Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday the Forty Fourth...

Yet again, a few more rows of progress has been made on both the scarf and the baby blanket - but not as much as I planned or wanted. I've been reading a lot lately: I finished volume 1 and 2 of The Walking Dead comic, Jane Austen and the Ghosts of Netley Hall, Miss Lacey's Legacy, and The World We Live In (which is the third book in the Life As We Knew It trilogy)

While The Walking Dead comic, Jane Austen and the Ghosts of Netley Hall, and Miss Lacey's Legacy were fun reads, The World We Live In was not. It's a good book, but it's also very depressing. So much so that I immediately came home and hugged the husband and the cats. I then proceeded to reassure them that if an asteroid hit the moon and caused a world wide catastrophe that I would do whatever I had to to ensure we all had food to eat and didn't starve to death. Needless to say the husband just laughed at me and the cats promptly started squirming until I put them down.

The process of making myself a new bodice for Renn Faire has been started. I went over to my friend Jeffrie's house - she has a lovely foodie blog - on Friday and was duct taped up. 

Now a lot of you are probably raising your eyebrows at this point. I don't blame you, the first thing I thought of when making a bodice for the first time was not duct taping - I'd actually read a number of websites on how to adjust commercial patterns and make them period appropriate prior to my first bodice and all I could think was: aw, crap... I'm going to have to do math and sew muslins... what's a muslin?

That first bodice turned out okay, but the shoulders were a bit big, so there was some gaping going on. Still not bad for someone who had only shown chemises and skirts before. Then another friend explained that duct taping was the way to go. 

Basically with a duct tape pattern you wear an over sized shirt - big enough that you are comfortable, and that it hits your hips or thigh, but not so big that you're swimming in it. A friend then proceeds to wrap duct tape around your torso starting from either your waist up, or from your chest down. Duct tape is applied over the shoulders and built up in the front and the back to a desired height. Over time more layers are applied until it's not as flimsy, but not too thick. Normally at this point the design for the bodice is sketched onto the duct tape with a pen and then the victim is cut free. I usually go one more step and I'll even measure the person while they're in the duct tape - but that's only because I sometimes have a hard time finding the middle... sometimes I can be off a little. 

There more details on how to do a duct tape bodice pattern here, here, and here.

Here's what three rolls of duct tape looked like once I escaped:

Jeffrie is an amazing seamstress (in addition to being an amazing cook) and was able to make a pattern from the bodice without any sketching on the duct tape or measuring. She simply folded the duct tape pattern in a couple of different ways, took her scissors to it, and viola!

Now all I have to do is transfer the pattern to paper, clean up the lines, add seam allowances and then I'll be good to start cutting out fabric. 

I bought some yellow gold gimp braid to use as trim this weekend, but I recently read about Petersham ribbon, and I'm sorely tempted to get some in gold and use that instead of the braid. It's pretty inexpensive, and would be easier to sew with as it's not as bulky. Hmmmmm.

Next week, making a pattern from a duct tape pattern, and possibly cutting out the fabric. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pretty Toe Nails...

The last time I had a manicure or a pedicure was right before the wedding, so it was nice to drive up Alhambra today and hang out with one of my girlfriends. We went to her local nail place and spent a good hour being primped.

Apparently you can have acrylics put on your toenails. Who knew! There was an unfortunate incident with a suitcase shortly after my wedding - so it fell off a few weeks later and has been wrapped with a band aid ever since. Now it looks all nice and normal and pretty! See!

I think I'll have to go back and get this done again when it's summer time!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WIP Wednesday the Forty Third...

I admit it - I haven't done a whole lot of knitting this week. I have made some progress on the baby blanket though, but not enough to warrant taking a picture.

I have another confession to make - I broke down and bought some more fabric this weekend. See, I already have two pretty big bins full of fabric for Faire Garb and other costumes (all sorted by weight) I decided after we moved to our new apartment last year that I was not going to buy any new fabric for awhile until I had used up what I already had.

Then I went shopping with a friend this weekend. We had planned to go up to the LA Fabric District because she needed to buy some blue satin to put under the lace overlay of her wedding dress - there's a store up in LA off of 9th and Maple where you can buy satin for a $1 a yard. My friend had never been, and since I love the fabric district, we decided to make a day of it.

Only we never made it up there.

Traffic was pretty horrendous (the on ramp for the freeway we needed was closed) so we turned around and went to Joann's instead. My friend was able to find the exact fabric she needed for only $2 more a yard than what she would have paid in LA and as I was wandering around the discount aisles I found this:

The picture doesn't really capture the colors very well, but that green is a lovely shade of avocado, and the brown is kinda bronzy. I wasn't planning on making a new bodice for Faire, but these fabrics just jumped out at me, and I can't not make a bodice with them. 

So starting next week expect to see posts detailing how I make bodices starting with the first all important step - making a pattern out of duct tape. 

Check out Tami's Amis for more Work In Progress fun

Monday, March 12, 2012

You know you've missed it...

Meatlocker Monday is back!

I have yet to see a movie this man has been in (not for lack of trying though...) but he was in Inception as Eames, recently starred oposite of Chris Pines in This Means War, and will play Blaine in The Dark Knight Rises.

Ladies, I give you Tom Hardy...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday the Forty Second...

I am nearing the end of the second repeat of the pattern for the baby blanket. I'm trying to decide if I want to continue with the repeat or reverse it. Either way I need to buy more white yarn soon - apparently I bought the wrong shade!

I've only made a couple rows progress on the scarf. Last week was really really crazy at work. This week has been much calmer, but I've been busy reading Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. It's a partner novel to Austenland, and was only $3.99 on google books (which is now google books play) It's a fun read so far, and I'm really enjoying it.