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First Garment (mostly) done, and onto the next! Also, Fashion Info at bottom

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Busy busy busy.  I have either been at work, at class, or in the sewing labs.  The only time I’ve managed to spend in my room is for sleeping, and grabbing a few things for the next class this past week.  The good news is, I’ve gotten quite far on my collection.  As of yesterday, I have the base tunic and pants to a finished point.  (I’m just waiting on some potential embroidery designs from Sarah to put on the tunic, and I have to try the pants on her to double check fit, and hem).

I am also incredibly happy that my GoFundMe is working out pretty well.  It fills me with warmth and gladness that my family and friends are in such support of me traveling abroad.  Other then a short-lived dream to teach English as a Second Language in Japan my freshman year of high school, I never thought I’d actually ever get the chance to study abroad, and especially after coming to Mount Mary.  I all but gave up that hope.  That changed, however, in October when we had a lady from SAI talk to us.  It gave me renewed energy to try and pursue this, and I figured Italy would be easier to convince my mother to let me go to, compared to Japan.  Eeeeee!  I am so incredibly excited!  I also just finished an application to the SAI scholarships.  I’m thinking I have a pretty good chance, but I will have to wait until about March 31st before I’ll know whether or not I receive any.  Fingers crossed 🙂

Okay!  Progress shot time!

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(Left to right; top to bottom)

1.) Peasant Top all cut out and put together (minus bottom sleeve).

2.) Top + pants (I’m debating on whether or not to just make me have jodhpurs like Cassie and Sarah, or keep the shorts.  If I keep the shorts, I have to make a little wider band, and I might have to flare out the pants a bit more so I can have some more pooooof).

3.) Hanging sleeve pattern

4.) Hanging sleeve constructed with elastic

5.) Harness vest…thing…pattern majig.

6.) Harness vest cut out and put on me (mostly pinned except for back princess seam).  Had to let it out and drop the armhole, but I’m surprised I didn’t have to take it out more.  I based it off of my princess-torso block I made last year Spring which was made to be a base-layer garment and not something that went over the top XD  (I think it helps I’m wearing my corset).  I have to refit the pants, though, because I completely forgot I was making this to fit my corseted figure so I have to take it in more in the pants.  I went through a great inner debate on whether or not to pattern this for my corseted, or uncorseted figure.  I came to the conclusion that I am, more often then not, going to be wearing this ensemble with a corset on underneath.  Even if I can’t wear my corset to the fashion show, I can always find other people to wear my outfit.  It isn’t like las tyear where I ended up hating the garments and I was never going to wear them.  I’m making these garments to wear for future endeavors.

 

For those interested in the Mount Mary Fashion Show:

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If you’re in the Milwaukee area (or are willing to drive once a week in April, and for the show), and you would like some runway modeling experience, please consider trying out for our show!  We need models of all sizes (whether you’re a size 2, or a size 20, etc).

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I think that’s enough for now.  I will post more progress next week 🙂

OHOHOH.  I FORGOT.  Next week is also the start of my spring break.  I am so excited to have a few days for myself ;____;

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Collection update, GoFundMe, and more

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
― Terry Pratchett

 

I some super awesome exciting news!  Monday night I applied to the Study Abroad Italy (SAI) Florance University of the Arts (FUA) Summer II program and guess what?  Yesterday, around 1PM they sent me back an email saying that I’ve been accepted!  I think that has to be the fasted time in between an application, and acceptance, that I’ve ever had.  It’s also probably so fast because the application deadline for summer isn’t until March so I submitted mine pretty early.  The only problem with this, now, is the part on where I have to try and pay for this trip.  Unfortunately for me, this school year FAFSA wasn’t kind to me so I had to pay a lot (again) out of pocket.  What sucks is that it takes me pretty much all semester to pay off what I owe school, so that leaves me no time to save up for Florence.  (Last payment is due April for School, but 50% of FUA program, which is going to be $2300, is due March 10th and final payment is due April 9th T_T).

For those of you who can, please take a look at my GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/studyabroadflorence and possibly pass it to everyone you know!  I would really appreciate it!

That aside, I have some wonderful progress pictures for you guys on Sarah’s outfit.

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Pattern for the viking-esque blouse.

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Mock up of the blouse ready for trying on

The mannequin I used for the above picture has a different shaped bust than Sarah, so that’s why it looks like it’s pulling funny

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Vest in mock-up, minus collar (that was added this morning and this picture was taken last night)

Ignore the fact that I’m in part of that picture haha.  I’m pretty sure that this stretched on me while attempting to do the princess seams (i totally forgot to stay stitch until afterward) so that is why I don’t think it lays right in parts, even when on the body.  I realize something like this doesn’t ever truly lay right when flattened on a surface…but still.  >>;  As of this morning, when I added the collar on, Sarah’s outfit is completely set to go for me to make a bonsai run home tomorrow!  Yay!  I also got Cassie’s pant’s block drafted (Although, again, I’ll have to add to the back.  For some reason, I always screw up that part D:<  It sits fine in the front, but for some reason it always ends up too low in the back.

 

Last night, I also pulled out my super amazing display board that Sarah made for me to use when I make things for Artist Alley.

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I think 4 more hair prongs/forks (whatever you call them D: ) will fill out that row nicely, and then I’ll need to make more stock….because other than like 4 pairs of earrings, that’s all I’ve got made right there.

 

That’s it for now~  I’ll update more soon!

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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