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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I promised....

Today, I promised Beth a new post. Who am I to disappoint?

Contrary to what my blog may seem to tell the public, I have been diligently sewing. Mostly on the bodice. The bodice is two layers of denim into which boning channels are sewn. I used zipties for boning, and some poly from joann's for the long pieces that go over the shoulder straps. The front is faced with the orange "cut velvet", and the back is lined with a burgundy silky something or other purely cuz I'm vain, and its pretty.

I started putting the eyelets in for lacing. I was soooo tempted by the lacing ring suggestion, but one test run and it didnt' quite lay like I wanted. And since the di Toledo bodice has the eyelets, seems the thing to do. I am a cheater, though. I use metal eyelets and cover them in thread. The first one is covered, albeit poorly. Now just imagine this down the whole bodice. OH, and this is my first attempt at spiral lacing (thank you, Jen T!), so wish me luck, so far its a bit, well, curvy. But its on my side back, so hopefully it won't be too noticeable.

The eylets aren't done (not all put into the fabric yet), and so I couldn't try it on properly, but I thought my blog deserved some attention. Here is me holding it on just to get the effect, those wrinkles will hopefully disappear when properly laced:

The guard around the neckline is burgundy wool that I was forced to sew on by hand, which is why this has taken me so long to post. I'm the slowest hand sewer ever. ;-) ANd hubby stopped my insanity by banning me to sew pearls along the neckline. He said it would be too busy. Now that I bought my brooch (okay, its an earring), I'm inclined to agree. Thank you hubby for saving me from me!

Oh, and I jsut noticed the appearance of my SECOND pair of leopard print pj pants on this little blog. Chuckle. I'm a jungle princess. Roar.


Blogger Beth said...


adam's right, you know. it doesn't need the pearls. just the brooch. i do love the guard, and i think it'll balance the one on the bottom nicely. looking forward to seeing how spiral lacing on diagonal joins works out. i don't need it this time, but probably will for the next.

oh, and i posted pictures of me having a horned head, you jungle babe. as you may imagine, the husband had lots of fun with the concept of horny hair. the joke just never gets old, does it?

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Lydia said...

That cut velvet is scrummalicious!! I think the burgundy guard goes very well with it too. I can't wait to see the rest of the outfit! Also, handmade lacing holes aren't that hard. Probably easier than pounding in grommets and then covering them by hand. Give it a try on your next dress. Make sure you put fraycheck around the edges to keep the threads in place before you start going round with your covering thread. That way if you accidently tear instead of seperate the threads in the fabric you won't have a huge run from a stress point. Ask me how I know this *grin*
P.S. Nice pants!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Julebug said...

Yes, I really should venture forth into "real" eyelets. I'm a wimp. And a sorta- deficient-hand-sewer. I need much improvement in that realm.

I figure I will give it a shot on a project I'm not so emotionally (and financially) invested in. That way I won't be quite so scared of messing up! Perhaps on my future planned flemish working attire. Or my hubby's ties between slops and doublet. If i mess up his, I don't have to wear it. chuckle. I'm a bad wifey...

1:55 AM  

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