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« Reply #525 on: January 03, 2013, 05:37:23 pm »

Wilhelmina, what a stunning outfit! The colors are beautiful, I can't wait to see the completed outfit.
I'm just sewing some fabric remnants into a few pairs of spats to (attempt to) sell at an upcoming swap meet the Sacramento Steampunks are hosting. I hope they go over well, they're easy to make, and I need the income. Wink
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« Reply #526 on: January 03, 2013, 06:12:43 pm »

I have been making for the bast few days a rainbow of tiny fez. So far I have 12.

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« Reply #527 on: January 03, 2013, 07:48:40 pm »

I have been making for the bast few days a rainbow of tiny fez. So far I have 12.


That's going to be quite an army of monkeys you've got there.
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« Reply #528 on: January 03, 2013, 08:44:06 pm »

Darn it now you know my plan for taking over the world.
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« Reply #529 on: January 04, 2013, 12:33:37 pm »

Nah, your secret is safe with us....although with the kepis I have made....hmmm....you may know my plan.  


Working on a First National Confederate flag with 7 stars.  I have the finished the "bars" since this photo was taken.  I plan to have it finished by tonight.  I need to sew in the stars and then hem the edges and add a strip of tough linen and sew grommets into it.  


The forage cap with the big visor was just finished the day before yesterday.  It is based on one from a photograph.  There is quite a story behind it. 
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« Reply #530 on: January 04, 2013, 09:04:44 pm »

Nice I think sewing hats get better as you go along or in my case you can stich on auto pilot while watching funny things on the internet.



Now I have a proper rainbow of fez.  I think I want the brown ones to either look like chocolate or a Dalek.
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« Reply #531 on: January 05, 2013, 07:07:10 am »

ms. gaslight, I had all sort of troubles making a tiny fez until I gave up on pinning the sides to the top and instead just freehand machined the two pieces together. I cut the side panel extra wide and long with a very slight curve to the edge sewn to the top. freehand took out all the extra slack in the top felt. the back seam is sewn last and you can adjust the final size a little when sewing it. I cut some thin cardboard with the same slight curve and added it inside the fez to give it ridgidity. the extra cloth is tucked inside and hot glued to the cardboard.
you can even block the felt shape over an appropriately sized drinking glass, to help tighten up the shape. I  believe I used a flintstones jelly jar/glass  Grin

the tassel is copper wire and steel arts and craft wire.

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« Reply #532 on: January 05, 2013, 07:16:00 am »

I want to try blocking out hats but my current work space is too cramped with next to no table space to let thing dry.  Working on my ball gown this year was an exercise in move everything out in to the hall and hope you and the dress can just barely fit.  I can't wait until I move house in to a bigger space,
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« Reply #533 on: January 06, 2013, 11:48:18 am »

I recently finished a batch of leather aviator helmets.  One was soft black lambskin with nickel silver hardware and the other four were stiff glazed brown calfskin shoe leather with brass hardware.

I was going to sew little brass bits on them, but decided to paint them instead.
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« Reply #534 on: January 08, 2013, 02:06:46 am »

I can't wait to be finished with my projects so I can clean and re-organize my sewing room. If I do it now, I'll lose everything.

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I still need to finish the sleeves, and some other small detail work, but its almost done.


Stella, those fezzes are fantastic!
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« Reply #535 on: January 08, 2013, 03:20:58 am »

Thanks. I understand needing to not loose stuff. I just moved house and my sewing stuff is all over the place.  The bonus is i have more space and get to reorganize in a better way but man hauling it around is a pain.  It is awesome my sewing machine is made of metal until I have to haul it up a flight of stairs.
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« Reply #536 on: January 08, 2013, 07:11:20 pm »

Now that the holidays are over, I think I need to work on the Turkish-inspired costume again. I'll probably start with a tarboosh/smoking hat, as it's slightly less likely that I'll sew the wrong seams together on that project... and it gives me an opportunity to play with the machine embroidery function on our soon-to-be-secondary sewing machine (I'm currently using the soon-to-be-tertiary IKEA machine...).
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« Reply #537 on: January 10, 2013, 07:07:28 pm »

I'm working on a self-drafted frock coat. The fabric is a tan herringbone linen. I've finished making the canvas, shaping the fronts with ironwork, and pad stitching the collar:



Next up: basting in the canvas and pad stitching the lapels.
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« Reply #538 on: January 10, 2013, 08:14:55 pm »

Re comments by Elycium and Stella Gaslight. All sewing rooms are in a permanent state of reorganistaion and whatever you are looking for is not quite where you thought it was.  Moved house a couple of months back and my sewing room is coming out of storage in interesting stages.  I am not good at taking pictures but when I have finished the two costumes I am working on I will ask for help from friends to do a photo shoot.  I am also very slow as I have Fibromyalgia.  The reason it's two costumes is if I get too frustrated with one I can see if there's something I can manage on the other.  Does anybody else work this way?

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« Reply #539 on: January 10, 2013, 09:32:55 pm »

The reason it's two costumes is if I get too frustrated with one I can see if there's something I can manage on the other.  Does anybody else work this way?

I can't work on two things at once, because then it would soon become three things, and then four.... I need to focus on one thing at a time. I agree that sometimes something will frustrate me, but if that happens then I just take a break, and come back to it in a day or two. Usually by then I'll have spent a few hours awake in bed in the wee hours of the morning puzzling through the problem, and I can go back to it. Hurrah for insomnia!
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« Reply #540 on: January 10, 2013, 11:32:50 pm »

The reason it's two costumes is if I get too frustrated with one I can see if there's something I can manage on the other.  Does anybody else work this way?

Always. I work on multiple things because I have a short attention span. I'll get bored with a colour or style part way through, so I need to have something else I can switch to.
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« Reply #541 on: January 11, 2013, 01:50:49 am »

The reason it's two costumes is if I get too frustrated with one I can see if there's something I can manage on the other.  Does anybody else work this way?

With my millinery, the fact I tend to stick to the historical (branching away from that soon) I can't afford not to do multiple projects at once.  Right now I have 2 chasseur visors in the process of being lacquered.  One is going to the Confederate kepi that is 85% done and the other is going to the forage cap I got a commission for that I have not even started yet (aside from the corps badge which will go on top when I am complete) in the meantime I am researching the forage cap as well keeping my eye out for anything I want to add to my list of projects.  With working a lot this week and going on a cap making binge, I am burning out a bit, so I am probably taking the night "mostly" off. 
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« Reply #542 on: January 16, 2013, 03:00:42 am »

I do at least two projects at once, because usually one is a braided rag rug, and that work sets off my carpal tunnel syndrome, so I have to switch until the flareup is gone. Machine sewing is kinder to my hands, so I work on things like spats or bustles.
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« Reply #543 on: January 16, 2013, 05:04:54 am »

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My tiny fez rainbow is done so on to making squished squid scarves.
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« Reply #544 on: January 27, 2013, 01:42:48 pm »

Chopping a men's jacket up into a women's blazer today, hoping it all works out since it's going on the blog!
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« Reply #545 on: January 27, 2013, 01:55:19 pm »

sry no pics right now but i am making the pouches for mt belt. 

i have a question when i' making my steampunk outfit were would i post the pics
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« Reply #546 on: January 28, 2013, 03:55:50 am »

Usually by then I'll have spent a few hours awake in bed in the wee hours of the morning puzzling through the problem, and I can go back to it. Hurrah for insomnia!


I know that feeling...sometimes if I do end up falling asleep, I'll dream up the answer or an entirely new project! That's how I ended up knitting a sandworm a few weeks ago...
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« Reply #547 on: January 28, 2013, 03:59:09 am »

If you mean where on the forum clockwork brit this is the board for you.
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« Reply #548 on: January 30, 2013, 03:11:37 pm »

I'm working on a self-drafted frock coat. The fabric is a tan herringbone linen. I've finished making the canvas, shaping the fronts with ironwork, and pad stitching the collar.
Very nice work, Mr. Watson! If I may ask, who's method did you use to draft the pattern? Cutters' Practical Guide? I've ben trying to find the time to start my own frock drafted from the CPG system but haven't had the chance yet.
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« Reply #549 on: January 30, 2013, 05:52:06 pm »

Very nice work, Mr. Watson! If I may ask, who's method did you use to draft the pattern? Cutters' Practical Guide? I've ben trying to find the time to start my own frock drafted from the CPG system but haven't had the chance yet.


I've used the CPG for drafting a waistcoat, but for this coat I used a combination of two frock coats from R.I. Davis' Men's Garments, 1830-1900.

Here is the coat before lining it:



And with one side of the skirt lined (with a hidden tail pocket):

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