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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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Progress!

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
-Frederick Douglass

 

Lalala~  Things are progressing smoothly on all fronts!  This week was spent finishing my jodhpurs pattern, cutting out of muslin, then test fitting it…sorta.  The actual person these will be made for is back home, but I have a classmate who has very similar measurements.  The only change I need to do is raise the back waist band by about half an inch or so (I shortened the crotch too much so it pulls the back down, but it’s an easy fix).  I’m going to try it on Sarah first before I make the adjustments though.

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They’re more appealing on a body. Also, the angle I took this picture is ridiculous stupid

Once that fitting was done, I had a good chunk of time to begin working on the vest pattern (since that was going to be the easiest at the moment until I had a better understanding of what Sarah wants the shirt to look like).  So far I’ve gotten the torso block traced, shortened, and turned into a shoulder princess seam block.

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It’s beautiful, no?

Since this is going to be a sleeveless vest, I need to take out the room from the armhole by raising it (probably a half inch, maybe less), then adding a bit more ease due to the fact it’s going over a shirt.  And it’s going to be in leather which has pretty much no stretch.  Ohhhh the leather is so soft and awesome *3*  I bought some in New York at Mood when we went there in October.  I believe it’s Lambskin (I’ll get a picture of it later).  I’m excited to learn how to work with leather starting this coming week.

Side note, I also bought the (potential) fabric I’ll be using for the pants/bottom for all three of us.

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Stretch sateen, aka 97% cotton, 3% spandex. Gotta love spandex.

I’m hoping 3.5 yards is going to be enough.  Kind of sad it’s only 49″ which I think is similar to the muslin we use at school.  Not sure if that’s 49″ or 34″.

 

In other news, I have two cute pictures of me from Wednesday and Thursday that I thought I’d share

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Sorry for the grainy and not so epic picture. Not as great lighting.

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You can kinda see the corset in this one. I had my reservations about wearing this outfit due to my “back fat” (as I’m calling it) but just sucked it up and wore it anyway. I’ve seen far worse being displayed at school and I thought why the hell not.

My classmate Pa Kou and I have also made a pact to work out as many times as possible after classes this semester, starting Tuesday.  I told her we should probably start small (like 2 days a week, moving to 3, then doing 4) so we don’t kill ourselves haha.  I’m actually very excited to have an exercise buddy!  Gonna burn that fat off and look even more smashing in these corsets! Yeeaaahh.
Oh, and that reminds me.  I think I may invest in an overbust one of these times.  The underwire in my bra has been digging in quite uncomfortably the past week….although I think with exercise, that might lessen the amount it digs in too.  Idk.

 

Either way.  Enough on this subject.  I need to finish as much of this week’s homework before Monday so I can cram out my patterns before Thursday.  Making a bonsai trip home in order to test fit patterns to Sarah because it’ll be the only chance I get before the garment is due.  @___@.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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My birthday and other sorts

“Dreams have a habit of coming true when you least expect it – never lose faith, even the impossible dreams can become a reality if you commit to making them so.”

  -Deb Ivarsson

So, my art history class, I think, will end up being fun.  My teacher is incredibly smiley and energetic, so I think that will lessen the pain of having a night class haha.  I’m saying this now because I didn’t have a chance to tell you guys last time~

In other news, I had a fun celebration at Nakashima’s Friday in lieu of my birthday Saturday.  Always an entertaining time going to my favorite hibachi grill in Green Bay.  Our chef was hilarious and very amusing, and there were quite a few dirty jokes being said.  All in good fun, though!  What was strange is that during the meal, after the chef had left, I got a RAVE alert text message saying that if you were on campus, you were to lock your room and remain there until further notice.  Apparently there was a man who had threatened a girl in the dorms with a gun (i am later told it was possibly the fourth floor….which is the floor I usually reside <__>).  She was able to escape and notify police.  They arrested a man a couple blocks west of the school.  A short blurb http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Student-threatened-with-gun-at-Mount-Mary-University-241959401.html

 

Other then that craziness, the rest of the weekend was fine (considering I was home and not at school.  Thankfully.)  My birthday was spent being lazy, no corset or anything, and pretty much lounging in comfy clothes.  I was able to get a fitting, and some crafting, done however.  So the day wasn’t completely wasted!  Also got to spend some much needed time with the boyfriend.  I consider myself quite lucky to have such a loving and quirky boyfriend.

 

With my blocks for Sarah ready, I was able to get quite a bit done this morning in Tailoring.

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Jodhpurs

Not too bad.  I had to adjust a few things such as crotch depth, where the pants would fall (instead of at waist, they’ll hit about high hip), and adjust the inseam curve.  All that’s left before a test fit is cut the two sections apart, add paper where I cut to create seam allowances, and I’ll be good to go.  I think I may be able to use my friend Janelle, who is in the same class, as a test fit model.  She has very similar measurements to Sarah.

 

Nice thing about today is that classes have been cancelled from 4:30 today until 4:30pm tomorrow.  Gives me time to catch up on my internship presentation which I have to do Wednesday, and other homework I’ve managed to slack off on already n___n; I need to get my act together.  Oi.  It’ll come eventually.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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