Thursday, June 30, 2011


I will work on the drawers tonight! I have ironed my linen and am ready to lay out the pattern. Then to do some embroidery and stitch it all together! Updates as I go- I have to get myself moving again!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

bad day

it was a really bad day today. I had big plans to really work on my drawers today but that ended quickly. I won't get into the reason why but It was a bad day so I am watching old musicals and eating chocolate here is hoping tomorrow will be better

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 contest

I have entered my 1515 Florentine Gown into their contest- the one that started it's life as a ladder laced gown that I remade since it had a ton o fitting issues. Please if you have a minute please vote for my entry you can vote once every 24 hours. I am currently in 4th place, I am 16 votes behind the third place entry- help me bridge the gap

Thank you

Vote here

If I place in the contest I will use the prize to get more linen to make sleeves and a sash for this gown!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

little update

The long awaited veil, the embroidered chemise and the banner

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


not much done today. I am gathering the neckline and hope to finish it, add cuffs and finish the hem tomorrow

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I got home from nationals today- I am so tired! I knew I needed to do something to start to get myself back into the swing again. So I sat down with some movies and worked on the second part of my painted banner. While it doesn't count towards the IRCC it is an accessory I have been wanting a long time and one I hope to have in the background during my photo shoot of the finished gown. It's that whole branding thing

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Since I have been at nationals all week the only thing I could bring with me that would fit into my bag was my handkerchief. I have discovered it takes about 6 hours to finish each side of the drawn thread work with the buttonhole stitch. I have finished two sides since I got here. I am thinking I really have to budget my time on this project so it will have several stages of "done" I go home tomorrow and I hope to finish my chemise within the week and send in a new update to the challenge. Next on my list is the drawers then I can move onto the meat of the project- the dress itself. At the moment I am still ahead of my schedule so I am not in panic mode yet.

I am so thrilled to have so many people following me on this blog helping me stay on task. The two people I was so thrilled to see taking on the challenge and who I was hoping to use their progress to keep me motivated have dropped out. So I really need to be sure to push myself- the nice thing is I know I am not alone there are 25 other people and many of whom read this blog that are keeping me going and I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for that. It would have been very easy for me to give up when I started back at school and then with this trip to Nationals- you guys really inspire me and fuel my drive. I just hope when it is all said and done that I don't let you or myself down

Thursday, June 16, 2011

not a creature was stirring

yes I have been a bit quiet around here- all this week is the National Speech and Debate meet, One of my students qualified so I have been very busy all week with her, there isn't a sewing machine in sight and all I was able to bring with me from the IRCC is my handkerchief and I really haven't had time to work on it. I return home on Sunday and Hope to jump back in with both feet with the goal to get all my underwear finished by the end of this month

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Is nearly done! I just need to add cuffs, gather into the neckline and do a little hem around the bottom. I may make my end of the week deadline Pics up tonight

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Silk petticoat

So while waiting for the advice to come in about the camicia I have tossed my petticoat into the wash again I have washed it several times now but I am still finding it is bleeding color badly- so I got some Synthrapol and I am going to try to get the dye to a stable place- I would just hate to get dye all over my stockings after all that work

I took a pic to show the dye coming off of it sadly the pic doesn't do the bubble gum pink color justice. I hope this works

What to do?

So as you can tell from my last post the blackwork is starting to really burn me out. I have 7 days before I head to Dallas for work- It's a National Speech and Debate competition. So I will be losing 7 days. I had hoped to have the camicia finished before I leave. As it stands right now I have the 2 sleeves embroidered and the two side panels. I had originally planned to also do a row of embroidery near the seams where the front and back meet the side panels. Now I am not so sure-

I am using the Camicia pattern from the realm of venus website for the first time- it's very close to my usual pattern so I'm not to worried about that

This is a rough diagram of the camicia on the left half is where the embroidery is right now the right is pre embroidery. Do I add another row of embroider on the front and back where they meet the side seam?? or do I just leave it? I am doing a ladder laced gown and once in the dress none of the embroidery will show-

I'm being such a Libra about this- so I need to ask advice from my readers- what do you think I should do??

***note the squigle lines are embroidery straight lines are seams- I already have all the embroidery shown in the diagram finished for both sides

brick wall

So I have been hitting the blackwork pretty hard for the camicia. I have finished 2 sleeves and a side panel and I have realize I have hit the wall. My eyes are crossed and my brain hurts. I am dreading doing any more., Normally when such a wall hits I put the project away and deal with it when I feel my energy comes back. My problem is that it could take months before I am ready to move forward again. I don't have that kind of time. I also had plans to fully embroidery my drawers which would be more of the same. I'm trying to rest my brain I have the 3rd season of true blood and I am going to take a nap I hope I feel ready to move forward again soon

Friday, June 3, 2011

to the grindstone

back to work on the blackwork on the camicia still working on the sleeves