Spring is in the air

Well, not really.  There is still snow EVERYWHERE but it isn’t quite as cold.  I had a day off so I actually got a lot done.  Not quite twitter-patted but more lively than I have been in awhile!

I dealt with my Sims game families.  Don’t mock me!  Having ultimate control over them helps me have control over myself!

Puppy got her walks done AND I finally got the nerve (and the technique) to do her glucose curve (I have to poke and draw blood from her ear 6 times in one day-we don’t like that.)

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I gave her a much needed hair cut and nail clipping on Saturday. What a job!

I made the head for a crochet horse.  I ran out of stuffing so lord knows if this horse will get a body.

I cleaned out the buttons, bones and hooks drawer in my sewing room.  There is room in there now to move some other stuff that is cluttering the room.IMG_20190311_162611834.jpg

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Yesterday I did my ribbons and lace drawer.

I have been on a bit of a de-cluttering thing.  We either want to downsize or convert our basement into an apartment for a student.  Either way, the crap has got to get thinned out!

In my efforts I finally found my sewing scissors and its case with a built in sharpener.

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I’d say for the last 15 years, I have had one or the other but never the two at the same time.  I’m forever misplacing one part only to find it and realize I lost the other part.  Good thing too.  My stand-by for the past few years, pinking shears, has gotten really dull.  I found it was gumming its way through my fabric.

That was the other thing I did…I cut out the fashion fabric for my next dress. I still need to do the lining.

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You can see the difference between the gummed edges and the clean cut edges.

My pal, the name sake of the dress and one of my few readers pointed out that my inspiration dress didn’t really have a lapel…it was more of a piece sewn in between the front and side front with the fringe sort of hiding the seams.

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Once I zoomed the photo, I found she was right.  This means the patterns I bought were not needed.  I could use the pattern I used for Copper Penny and Atessa.  I cut the neck line into a V instead of a scoop.

The I will Frankencut the sleeves by sewing on a ruffle like this pattern.

I think once the skirt is done (I will be putting it on a waist band and not sewing it to the bodice) I will have enough fabric left over for another bodice.  Perhaps I will use the one I bought….

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Then I had to clean up the mess!

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Look at that photo.  Puppy has a wary eye on me in case I come at her with the glucose meter again.  Look at the photo again. Any guesses how I manage to misplace the two parts of my scissors?

Year in Review: Dresses worn this year

When you make these dresses, you sure hope you get some use out of them.  Because of some cancelled outings, I didn’t wear as many as I would have liked but some did get used.

In May, my 1861 Senora dress went to the old fort.16

And 1845 Atessa went to Kildonan Cemetary and Church.

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My 1903 skirt and blousewaist went to Dalnavert Museum at the end of May.

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In July, my medieval costume was worn at the Cook’s Creek Medieval Festival.

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1909 Olive made an appearance as a movie extra in August.

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And the last outing was in October for the annual train robbery.  I wore an 1895 walking outfit.4

6 out of 20 worn this year.  Hopefully, next year, there wont be so many cancelled trips so more of my children can get out and play.

 

Doors Open 2018: Kildonan Cemetery and Church

In the past few years, I have volunteered at the old jail for Doors Open.  This year I decided to change it up.

On the Saturday my costume group, Truly Victorian, went to 3 venues.  And on Sunday I volunteered at Dalnavert House museum.

The cemetery and church was the first stop.  Lottie and I went in 1840’s attire and Shirley was in later styles.  3 2

Of course when one goes to an old cemetery, one wants to see old graves.

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There are the sad ones of dead babies.

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The ones that reveal family tragedies.

The above stone shares of one man’s losses. His 24 year old wife died Feb 21, 1890.  Six days later, their daughter died at only 45 days old.  4 years prior, they lost a 12 day old baby girl.

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There are the stones that make you angry. Like this repaired one. There were several like this that possibly fell victim to vandals.

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And there are the ones that are creative and beautiful.

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The church, built in 1852, is under restoration at this time but we were allowed to go in and see it.

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The balcony was off limits as it is no longer safe.  But the main floor, in spite of needing a little TLC is in good shape. b

The stain glass, which was added in the 1920’s, was my favorite.

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And of the 4 of them, this was my favorite both in terms of the picture itself and because I recognize the Henderson name as I lived a few blocks from a street named after that family.  And on Henderson, there is a church named after the pastor that originally founded this church, John Black.

When we were done looking at the interior of the church, we walked around the exterior to see the work that had been done.

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On the right side of the photo you see the west side wall still covered in stucco. The left side of the photo shows the north wall with the stucco removed and the tyndall stone revealed.

For those of you who liked to be a bit grossed out, I have to show you what I saw next to the door on my way out of the church.

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Dozens of Lady Bugs.

I used to like Lady Bugs but last year they introduced an Asian variety to our city in hopes of controlling aphids.  Those little devils bite.  I can’t tell if these are the Asian ones or the nice kind but even the nice kind are gross in huge bunches!

 

Year in review: costumes that got out of the closet

I really thought more of my costumes got out of the closet this year but I guess not.  I think it was because there were no events like the Dicken’s Festival or Coco where multiple costumes get worn. Here are the ones that did get out.

Seven in total.  Eight if you count the time I played a hooker at the old jail and stood in my undies for the audience.

I’m hoping, this new year, my costuming buddies and I will make it out to the Dicken’s Festival in Saskatchewan.  That will increase the number of dresses that get worn!  I also hope that I will have the opportunity to wear the ones that didn’t get used this year.  I don’t like the idea of dresses languishing in the closet too long.  But perhaps that may encourage me to part with the ones that no longer thrill me.  The ones that have flaws that now seem glaringly obvious.

PS.  I hope you folks had a good New Year’s celebration and you enjoy this new one.  May your troubles be few and your joys be many!

 

Picnic in the park

In spite of my procrastination on Saturday, I did manage to get my crap together and was prepared for my outing on Sunday. We went to Birds Hill Park for a photo shoot at the old Kudlowich Farmstead.

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It was built in the 1930’s but has crumbled to the point of “looking the part” for our purposes.

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I wore 1840’s, Shirley wore 1850’s and Lottie wore 1860’s.

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A nosy neighbor shot…

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Then we went to the barn.

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The path between the barn and the house made for some nice shots.

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After the photoshoot, when went to the picnic areas.IMG_20170709_130125538

Shirley got her birthday gift.

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And Lottie got her REALLY LATE Christmas gift!

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Then we played games before heading home.

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So much inspiration so little time

When I made the Atessa dress, I ended up with a lot of material left over.

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Don’t know why.  The material was wider than I thought? Anyway, there it languishes in my stash.

I didn’t know what I would do with it.  Then I saw this dress at the Met.

1978.295.8ab_FThe fabric is a similar color range, and is also cotton.  The pattern in the fabric is different (mine is more paisley) but both are equally busy.1978.295.8ab_dAnd I’m quite fond of the bustle era.  So yummy.

I know I have said this before but I need to retire!  I need more time to sew up and knit up my ideas and I need more places to wear these things!  I need more weekends like CoCo and the Dickens Festival where I can wear MULTIPLE ensembles!  I keep piling up more and more outfits and I can’t possibly wear them all in one year!  And yet telling myself to stop is not going to happen. Anyone else feel my pain?

 

 

Another year bites the dust.

If I don’t look globally and only focus on my own front door, 2016 has been pretty good.  DECEMBER 2016 can bite me, but 2016 as a whole has been fine for me and mine. I hope 2017 is a good one as well.  And to my 4 readers, you know I wish you well too.

Blogger traditions says I must do a completed projects run down.

First on the list is that dumb cloak that never did hang right and I never had occasion to wear (thank God).IMG_20160110_183519126

Then there was several knitting projects, most have not yet been used.  I just don’t costume in the winter much.  Going outside sucks.

Then came all the parts for the Spanish Senora dress-blouse, skirt, jacket, belt and hat.5c

The lace cap is the part of the Spanish dress I am most pleased with.IMG_20160625_123514487

More knitting…a tulma that I did actually wear.img_20161022_130710981_hdr.jpg

And more modern knitting.

Then I fixed my garage sale find loom…still haven’t used it.img_20160611_162710381.jpg

I made some steam punk earrings.  Which were worn once for the steam punk tea at Coco and never again.  img_20160619_163512.jpg

And I made some wings for the Coco gala.172

I made the Ugly Bag of Tea Gown less hideous…again for Coco.187

Atessa was the dress I was most pleased with this year.img_20161031_205643558.jpg

My first attempt at leather gloves.img_20161010_204650046

My second attempt was meant to be completed on time for the final HSF challenge of the year and as my final completed project of the year…but as I said earlier, December 2016 can bite me.  I’m too grumpy to be bothered and we all know what happens when we push through when the mood is off.

There was some more knitting.  Not shown is neck warmer for my son…turns out I made it too big and I’m now making a smaller one.img_20161113_173000892.jpg

And finally a pretty nice bag.img_20161127_213658667.jpg

Knitting was a real theme this year.  I should probably reduce that for next year or actually get out of the house in costume during the winter.  Or stick to modern stuff…but how much does one actually need…even in winter.

 

Year in Review: costumes worn

I had big plans to wear all my dresses this year but that didn’t happen.  I blame my new job…not having vacation time, Shirley and I were not able to go to Saskatchewan for the Dickens Festival.  That trip alone would have had at least 4 dresses out and about.

But lets see how well I did.

1838-40 Queen V dress.  Check. That was worn at the Coco Gala.172

1845 Atessa dress was worn for Halloween.

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The 1860’s  Silky Skies dress got put on for this photo but I can’t figure out where I wore it.  I wouldn’t have put all that on for a chance to try on the apron!IMG_20160807_121745

Oh, wait!  Good ol’ Facebook!  According to Facebook I wore Silky Skies to the 7 Oaks Museum.  For some reason, those photos didn’t get posted here!  I will remedy that next post!

1861 Senora dress was worn to the St Boniface Museum this year.

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1872 Basque in Blue was used during Coco’s Steam Punk Tea.  200

My 1872 Lilac dream was worn to a play (I had almost forgotten about this fun event!)SAM_3652

1873 Purple Polonaise went to Little Britain Church.53

1880’s Half Grand Surprise Dress was used during the Circus themed social at Coco.

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My 1880’s travel outfit was chosen for our annual ride on the Prairie Dog Central Train.

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The 1882 Tea Gown finally got a real wearing during the Sunday breakfast with the artists at Coco.  I still don’t love the gown but I no longer loath it.189

My 1890’s swim suit was worn by the pool Friday night at Coco.29

My 1895 Summer Ensemble made an appearance at the Steam Punk wedding.img_20161022_130710981_hdr.jpg

1900 Widows Weeds got worn twice.  Once by myself at a celebration and fashion show at work…img_20160930_153444423

…and once by another person at the Vaughn Street Jail event last spring. (Serious nip tucking needed on the dress for this event.)

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Four dresses didn’t make the cut this year: 1840’s Copper Penny, 1850’s Tea Dress, 1895 dinner gown, 1895 Walking outfit.  It is probably best that I have only one dress on the docket for 2017.  If I can’t get them all worn, then I have to slow down production.  Or I have to part with some of them (gasp!)  Trouble with that is, if I am disenchanted enough to be willing to part with one of my babies, I am disenchanted enough to feel that no one actually would want it!  Then factor in size…nah.  I’m just going to have to find more times to wear them or set my goal to “wear once every two years”.

 

Fluff lump

My last post was about my Halloween costume and my little dog Ginger was in the photo.img_20161031_205736490.jpg

One of my (4) readers commented that I needed a lint roller to remove a lump of fluff at the hem.  When I read the comment, I was only half way through my morning coffee and so my mind went to the fact that the photograph was taken after wearing the dress for 8 hours at work.  I actually thought I had picked up some dirt from the floor and dragged it home.  I then remembered the “dirt” was already at home waiting for me.  My reader will be pleased to know the fluff is now off my hem and on the couch with me.img_20161103_082122372.jpg

Sorry for the shaky picture.  Half a cup of coffee to go….!