As of this month, we’ve been cable free since June. 7 months later we’ve managed to save $665 so far, we aren’t really missing the tv shows and are really enjoying the extra money. Don’t tell my husband but I think we are on to something.
Molly (Mrs. Weasley to you young ones) is what I affectionately call my Duct tape Double. she had been looking under the weather so I decided to make a cover for her out of some stretchy twill like fabric I had in my stash.
The process is/was fairly simple – make a tube of fabric the same size as the largest measurement and several inches longer than needed. I made my xx wide and a yard long.
Then I slipped it over the dummy wrong side out and pinned in darts where needed. I found that starting at the middle and working up and down worked best. Don’t forget to pin the shoulder seam as well. Then slip it off and run it thru a machine. I didn’t even bother with marking anything, I just pulled pins as I got to them.
Here is a photo of Molly in her new cover. It only took a couple of hours!
I have just finished Victoria’s 18th Century corset. Why did I make Victoria an 18th Century corset? Because in a rare bit of mother-daughter bonding she told me that she wanted one of those fancy dresses from the Colonial/American Revolution era. So after some research (which did require some arm-twisting) I was able to determine that she REALLY wanted an a la englaise.
So as with all good costuming, the underwear comes first. My good friend Hannah was over one day and was able to draft a pattern for a corset. The photo contains the finished product. Along with the pocket hoops that *only* took 5 hours from idea to completion made by Hannah as a gift for Victoria. Victoria’s only job is to add a hook and a bar to the waist band of the hoops.
Alteration notes have been taken on the corset – it needs to be longer and smaller in the shoulders. As it stands now the corset closes and the back. Because of her scoliosis, the front doesn’t look just right – to help with that I may add an inch to the top of the left side. This will make the corset look odd on paper, but should help with coverage in her front.
so a couple of things happened after Thanksgiving. Hubby and I went to SUPER Walmart. Its super big and super crowded. While walking around showing him what we haven’t been missing all out lives, he picked out presents for the kids in NM. So I call up my friend in NM to see if said chosen presents would be a good pick and after talking a bit, I’m making the kids ritual wear. woo-hoo! I would have suggested it first off but I wasn’t sure they would want it.
So a tunic for each of the boys and a little dress for the girl. Hopefully I’ll have a photo soon of them wearing it. Which I’ll post as soon as I have it.
The tunics are very simple although (i hope) I made them on the long and wide side so they will fit longer… The dress is a simple white dress with a lined bodice and skirt. The outer skirt has three (?) 2 inch tucks sewn in using pink thread so that K can lengthen the dress when she needs to. (see photo at left, for reference Victoria is 4’10” tall and wears a girls 14 slim @ Old Navy)
They all have patches that I purchased on ebay – a dragon, a griffin, and a phoenix – the kids mythical creatures!
Luckily it only took me a week to make them all (around work and such) and the patches got in just in time to ship it all off for Yule.
so after a massive bout of bronchitis that I had throughout the ENTIRE MONTH of October, I’m back, caught up at work and ready to sew again.
I have a few posts to catch you up so here goes….