2016 Year in Review

2016 was not a productive year by most standards, when it comes to my sewing projects, but compared to the several years prior, it was a great year. I started to thinking about the project list I set for myself for this year, and how much of I didn’t finish. Then, I started thinking of how much I did get finished, and how for the several years before I had barely sewn at all. It was very good year in the sewing room after all. So, I thought I would take a look back at what I had wanted to accomplish, and at what I actually did accomplish:

The 2016 Costume Plan
1. 1912 Walking Suit – This is a costume that I have been trying to make since 2013. I nearly finished it this year. I only have a corset, the jacket and the skirt to make for it.

2. 1887 Mourning Dress – A newer project to the list. Never even had a chance to get past the beginning of the planning phase.

3. Great Gatsby Dress – A project that was planned for 2013. We had all planned to wear 20’s dresses to go to see the movie when it premiered, but none of us made it.

4. Regency Half Robe Set – I had bought about 3 yds of two matching fabrics and planned on making a matching set of half robes to wear over an under dress. Well, this goal was mostly met. I did get the under dress and one of the half robes made.

5. 1950’s Christmas Dress – I just wanted to make a lovely dress for the Christmas season. I was going to postpone this project until 2017, but then got it in mind to try to make for this year’s company Christmas party. I almost hit the mark, too. If I had just decided to start a week to two earlier, it would’ve been done. As it currently stands, I just need to attach the sleeves to the bodice, attach the skirts to the bodice, hem the skirts, and make the cumberbund.

Now, for what I did actually accomplish this year:

Mostly finished blouse

Mostly finished blouse

The Gibson Girl blouse for  my 1912 Walking suit.

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A full set of Edwardian undergarments, minus the corset.

Wow! Looking good, Jane! Looking good!

1910’s Wearing History blouse.

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1910’s Wearing History Suit

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1950’s Tispy Tea Dress.

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Regency Half Robe with under dress, along with a new chemise and stays.

All in all, a total of 13 individual garments completed. Not bad after a three year dry spell.

Now, time to look forward to my planned sewing list for 2017. What do I want to do in the new year? Let’s have a look, shall we?

  1. Finish the 1912 Walking Suit
  2. Finish the 1950’s Christmas Dress
  3. Sew the 2nd Regency Half Robe
  4. Finally make the Great Gatsby Dress
  5. Sew the Late Bustle Era Emerald Green Dress
  6. Sew a new set of Victorian undergarments, along with a bustle

There is the list, so far. No doubt that it will grow and change through out the year. It looks to be a fun list of goals for the year. How did you do this year? What’s on your list for the new year? Comment and share. I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.

Be sure to drop back by in the new year. I’ll have lots more My Fave 5 Fridays, along with progress on my sewing list. Until then….. Happy Sewing! And, Happy New Year!

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The Tipsy Tea aftermath and chaotic life afterwards

Wow! Time can really get away from you. And, it appears that my sewing has really taken off this year, because I already have another finished project. It seems like I just finished my 1910’s Suit, and was starting my 1950’s Tipsy Tea dress, and now it’s a couple of weeks after the tea. This project flew by, granted I did cut out one step. Instead of making my crinoline this time around, I opted to save time and cut stress by ordering one from Amazon. After the mix up I had with that, twice, I’m not sure it cut out the stress. lol. But, I’ll get to that in a minute. As far as my dress, I loved it. And, we had a total blast with everything we had planned.

Lily, PJ, me and Elma

Lily, PJ, me and Elma

Don’t I look so thrilled in the photo above? lol. We were trying to hurry up and get photos done, as it was getting ready to pour down rain. For the Tipsy part of the Tea, we went to the Grass Skirt Tiki Room in downtown Columbus. Our previous favorite spot, The Jury Room, closed last year after it change ownership. That was really sad of a couple of levels: 1) because it was our favorite little historical spot to visit for a couple of drinks, and 2) because it had been the longest, continuously operating saloon in Columbus, having opened in 1836. But, I think the Grass Skirt Tiki Room has become our new favorite.

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It is the perfect spot for our 1950’s theme, full of 1950’s Hawaiian kitsch. They even had a fake lava wall! How cool is that? The drinks were awesome, and the appetizers were just a good.

Miss Elma

Miss Elma

We arrived just before 1 pm, and seated ourselves. The bartender was thrilled to see us. She said that Saturdays were normally very slow, and we livened it up her. As we talked with the bartender, we explained that we like to dress up in different eras for our yearly outing, and she was excited. She told us that we were more than welcome to visit again, in any era costume.  She even pulled out the big, fanned back wicker “Party” chair for us. Miss PJ claimed it, and we dubbed her our Luau Queen.

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Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see. It’s one of those places that you could visit a dozen times or more, and still find something you missed all the times you were there before.

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They even have a patio for warm weather, and it has a volcano. We did not make use of the patio as it was way too hot that day, and it did rain, horribly. lol.

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Every time we neared the door to leave, it would just start raining harder, forcing us to sit back down at our table. Not that we minded terribly, we were all have a great time, and really didn’t want to leave anyway.

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All of the drinks were served in really cool Island and Tiki themed glasses. They even sell some of them as souvenirs. Elma’s drink was served in a really cool shark cup, and she purchased one to take home. I told the bartender that I wanted the most turquoise colored Tiki cup they had, and she delivered. PJ bought a really cool green alien Tiki cup as her souvenir.

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After we finished up at the Tiki room, we headed back to my house for our luncheon. We had thought about heading over to the Ohio Historical Center, as it was opening day of the Ohio Village, but decided to skip it due to the “rain delay”. lol. Besides, we just couldn’t wait to dig into all the delicious food we had waiting.

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Once we got back, we did a few quick photos on the deck of everyone’s costumes, and then changed into more comfortable, modern clothes so we could eat. After we ate, we lounged around for a bit with some vintage cocktails. We all had a blast, and it was some much needed girl time, with some much needed cocktails. After a while, our newest member had to head home, so we packed up leftovers for everyone. Then, the rest of us headed back to Miss PJ’s house for more cocktails, dinner and some fun in the backyard. Of course, we decided to set up PJ’s tent, and the sky decides to open up and soak us and the tent in the process. We bailed two full buckets of water out of the tent once it was up. We tossed in the air mattress, turned on some music, and relaxed until late.

Now, for my dress. I used Butterick B6055. The bodice design was very close to the last 1950’s Retro pattern I used from Butterick. I think that was part of the appeal for me. The fabric I used was from Gertie’s retro collection. I normally go with solid colors and avoid prints, but I decided to step outside of my comfort zone on this one. And I loved it. I did buy the tulle needed to make my crinoline, but with the last minute time crunch, I let me fingers do the walking, and found one on Amazon for about $12. PJ and Lily decided to order with me. I also purchased nude colored fishnet stockings, tea length gloves, vintage style pumps, and a vintage styled clutch. I had planned on making a new hat, but things got a little to busy, so I just used the hat I made for my last 1950’s dress. As for issues, I didn’t have any issues with the pattern, it was all with the crinoline I ordered. I just happened to look on Amazon to see what they had that was inexpensive and available on Prime that I could have shipped in two days. I found exactly what I was looking for, and Amazon was the warehouse for the vendor. Yay! I sent out a text message to everyone to see if anyone else wanted in on the deal. PJ and Lily did, but Miss Elma passed. So, I ordered what we all wanted. I decided on a royal blue crinoline, but what arrived was clearly purple.

That's supposed to be blue???

That’s supposed to be blue???

Now, the label on the outside of the bag said blue, but you can clearly see that it’s not. I had thought to just do a return on line and reorder. But, a split second later, I decided to call about this. What if I send this one back, and the next one arrives in the wrong color as well? Maybe if I call, they can make sure that this was the only one that was mislabeled. So, I called and talked to an Amazon representative. He kindly told me to keep the purple one for the mix up, he would refund my money, and I could reorder the correct color. I thanked him, hung up and reordered the one I needed. After that, I asked Elma if she could use the purple one, even though she said she didn’t want to order. Turns out that it helped her greatly, as she had gotten behind in her sewing, and hadn’t started her crinoline yet. Then, two business days later, another purple crinoline arrived. Yes. Another purple one. So, I called again and informed them that there was a serious issue with the product from this vendor, as far as the royal blue and purple went, since the white and ivory colored ones I ordered for PJ and Lily arrived just fine. So, I had to do a return on the second purple one, and then jumped on line to find a different vendor that sold the royal blue that I wanted. I found with little trouble, and made sure it was the only color this vendor sold, and ordered it. I did get my blue crinoline a couple of days before the event, finally. lol. I was beginning to think that, maybe, I should’ve just made my crinoline, like I originally planned. lol. But, all’s well that ends well, right? 😉

As far as the rest of life goes, it’s been kind of chaotic. The Teenaged Attitude has completed her freshman year of high school, and the hubby has gone back to school to get his LPN degree. I have been running with constant errands, working a little later than normal for the office move at work, and finding fun things to do. I do have several sewing projects that I want to work on, but no real deadline sewing until later this summer. After I get the spare room in order for the hubby to use to study in, I need to finally get the sewing room in order, so I can have my sewing space back. So, that’s life at the moment. Is anyone else doing anything fun at the moment? Or have any fun sewing plans or deadlines? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment. Until next time… Happy Sewing!

You can read more about my 1950’s Tipsy Tea Revisit on the project page here.

OMG! I actually finished something?

Hello! I am so excited! Not only do I have progress to share, I have an actual finished project! Woo hoo! I haven’t had a finished costume project since 2013. So, this is a major milestone for me right now.

The project that hijacked my sewing mojo has finally been seen through to completion. I really enjoyed making this costume, and will be revisiting it after I get a couple of other completed, as I have several bolts of linen that are screaming to be made into one of these suits. So, without further delay…

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I was able to get just about everything finished up by Thursday evening of last week, with the exception of the buttonholes and buttons on the cuffs of the blouse, which was quickly taken care of Friday evening. I was so happy to have it all done, and apparently, Jane was, too.

Jane, relaxing after so much hard work

Jane, relaxing after so much hard work

This is the way I found her Friday morning. She figured that since the costume was complete, she could take a rest. It was hard work holding up those garments, especially after lounging around the sewing room for the past two and half years. lol. I have posted a few, very frumpy photos of me wearing it, they are on the project page here. Please forgive the lack of makeup, styled hair, and period correct corset. I really loved working with these patterns, and will be posting my reviews under the pattern review page that is set up. In fact, I loved these pattern so much, I purchased a few more that I want to dive into at a later date.

Now that the 1910’s Suit is done and ready for a garment bag, I have been able to move forward with the next project, which has a deadline…. of next week. lol. But, this one is a breeze. It’s my new 1950’s Tea Dress.

Gertie's Tropical Sateen fabric and Butterick B6055

Gertie’s Tropical Sateen fabric and Butterick B6055

This past weekend, I was able to get started on it. After working all day at the shop, I hit Miss PJ’s house to cut out patterns. Then we got started somewhat bright and early on Sunday. We had to hit the fabric store for PJ to pickup more of her fabric, as we forgot to add to the yardage of her fabric, that it’s very directional. When we got back to her house, we got set up and started cutting fabric around noon. Miss Elma joined us.

This is what a ping-pong table is really for

This is what a ping-pong table is really for

By the time we stopped and started packing up, which was around 6 pm, we all had our dress pieces cut out, and each of us had a really good start on our dress. I had my bodice almost entirely done, I just need to tweek the fit a bit. The past couple of evenings, I haven’t been able to work on it, and Monday the Teenaged Attitude had a choir concert at the high school, and last night I had some errands to run. This evening, I want to finish the small bits on the bodice and get the skirt panels sewn together, and maybe attached to the bodice. After that, I still need to make my new crinoline. Which means I need to get my hinny in gear, since our event is on May 28th. No pressure! None at all! lol.

Until next time…. Happy Sewing!