Saturday, August 15, 2015

If Blogging were as simple as Facebook...

I can't tell you how many times I said "If blogging were as simple as facebooking, I'd be set" in the last two months. I am horrible at blogging. I always find myself sewing more than writing. But I'm hoping to change that.

I had an amazing opportunity a few weeks ago to go to a HUGE convention called "Costume College". I can't tell you how many fantastic people I met while there. It was all hugely overwhelming and I came back itching to create more things and, if given the opportunity to attend again, even teach a class. Which I have already thought out set up and gotten ready. SO if the powers that be grant me both of my HUGE wishes for 2016 I will die a happy woman.

Anyways back to the subject at hand. I am waiting for the AMAZING photographer at Shotwell Portraits to post my Ball Gown photos before I blog about the two Bustle Era costumes I made for the events but in the mean time you all (the what three people that actually read this) will have to be content with my Regency ensemble and my future plans. One of the ladies I had the privilege of meeting took the photos below, Kelsey, thank you again for taking these I never made it back to the studio for professional ones. :(

 The flash washed me out massively in this one and I forgot to take my glasses off. But I still love the shots. :D

I am ridiculously proud of this outfit... the hat was complete drafted by me with a LOT of trial and error. It came out great and I like it much better than the bonnets I have made in the past. The Pelise (long jacket) is made from the Laughing moon Spencer and I took the Sensibility skirt pattern and cut both pieces without being on the fold instead of the fold and added an extra panel so that I could have more pleats in the back. Silly me didn't think about turning around for the jacket as well as the gown. But Still.

The Gown is as always the Sensibility pattern. Its my go to Regency pattern. I know the bodice fits me after so many years of making different gowns. Its just easy. I know exactly where to add where to take off ect. Its a great pattern and the Sensibility site offers all sorts of modifications on the  Regency Gown pattern. I know many people have said that the neckline is a bit high for them... but I actually don't mind.

Ok, there is one of the four outfits I wore to Costume College 2015. I will post two more and didn't get any photos of the first one except a "selfie". It's just a silly photo of me in my Red Linen Regency gown that I wore for the Greek Pool Party. :D

Now I am going to talk about what's up next...

I have loads of ideas whirling through my head about what I want to make next. There are three events between now and the Christmas Fair in my town.  One is the Casa de Friuta Ren Fair which I attend every year. I haven't decided if I will attend as Nobility or go as an Elizabethan Wench. I am not going to lie, I sort of like people bowing to me... makes me feel like my hard work in costuming has paid off. Though I must remember to actually tell them to "be of ease" otherwise they get annoyed. ROFL

The other two events I am positively giddy about. I have head a "Steampunk" costume in my head for probably four years and now I might actually have an event to wear it to. One local and not all the way down in Long Beach! SO! I have planned a Air Ship Captain! Problem is I am not actually sure if I will get to attend or not.

For the AirShip Captain I am planning on making a long black wool walking skirt from TV 291 And I'm going to make a vest some how... haven't thought that one out yet exactly. And of course a shirt waist. I think I will make smaller leg of mutton sleeves and loose the lacy neck thing. :D I'm thinking white Cotton Voile for the skirt, with my favorite "Tissue Linen" from Joann's which is a Linen/Cotton blend fabric. I am also leaning towards a Naval hat I think they are called Garrison caps. :D addition to this outfit I have an outfit planned for my best friend who is attending for sure. She gave me FREE REIN as she doesn't do much with the whole steampunk thing so I have decided that I am going to give her her own character and going with the fact that she has CRAZY long pretty hair I think we are going to make her a Steampunk Vampire Hunter! She is going to have bloomers from Laughing moon's pattern #110, a vest that I'm still working out but want to have a hood and a shirt waist just like mine. She's not going to have a hat this time... but definitely for December.

The Second Event that I'm planning for is a GBACG event. A Picnic at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Victorian Mourning attire. I'm leaning towards Belle Epoche attire and have a full suit planned. Because well I can. I was inspired by a ladies blog and have decided that I will try to recreate it myself. But in black. LOL! Well That's it for now. I will try really hard to post more often. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saint Valentine's Cards...

Ok, So I am not normally a big blogger. As can be seen though the very minamal posts I have on here. But I made these lovely Valentine Cards (as I do every year) and I had a few ladies on the Exchange group express interest in how I made them.

Now I can assure you these are VERY simple. In face I really cut a lot of corners on these as I wanted them to be cute but I didn't want them to be as detailed as my Christmas Cards are.

So I know there are a LOT of people who do not like Hobby Lobby. I'm sorry about that. Really but I am a pragmatist, and if I can get something at a good price I'm going to go to the place that has it. Please no hate mail. We are all given Free Choice, that is our right under the law... that being said I found half my supplies at Hobby Lobby and Half at Joann's. If Joann's had had my red cards then I would have purchased them there. This last week HL Had Paper Studio supplies for 50% off.

Here is my supplies:

Cards & Envelopes (I didn't feel like cutting and folding my own) -HL

White Cardstock I got the textured kind as I love the look -JoAnns

 White plain Cardstock (Already had on hand) no photo

TapeRunner -HL I used a 40% off Sorry its sideways I didn't catch it before it was uploaded.

Ribbon - Joann's it was on sale

Martha Stewart Double Edge punch (This is the most expensive part but Joann's had them 40% off)

And the photo you want to use.
I literally searched for "Victorian Valentine's" and printed them out on cardstock in a 3x5 photo size. Because my printer is so old and the ink so expensive I actually printed mine in black and white and then colored my pictures with colored pencils. You can print them in color or black and white. Do what makes you happy.

That being said this photo would make an ADORABLE Valentine as well as the ones I used for my cards this year. I hope that everyone will search for their own favorite Valentine and go from there.
You could easily print this one in color and skip the coloring portion of my cards. :D

So you have found your very own favorite Victorian Valentine photo. Well now you get to go into (if you have a PC) Windows Photo Viewer. I took some screen captures on how I fix my photos to print. First you are going to view the Photo in the Window Photo Viewer and go to the "Print" option.

 Once you are in there you are going to uncheck the "Fit picture to frame" this isn't an option you want on this craft. TRUST ME! LOL *hides the papers that are messed up*

Once you have your lovely photos printed out you are going to color them if you printed in black and white. If you printed in color you get to skip to the cutting out. Now, I have a wonderful Guillotine paper cutter however I was too lazy when I cut mine out to go get it from my room. So I got my trusty Paper scissors (yes I have paper and fabric scissors. LOL, I'm a seamstress don't even think about using my pricy fabric scissors on anything but fabric) and cut out my photos. I then set them aside.

 So now you have your photos, you are going to set them aside. Have a new kitten (I do!) put them in a plastic baggie so she doesn't lick them. Yes she really tried to lick them. *sigh*

Now, its time to make the white lace... All you really need to know is to be careful when you are lining up what you have already punched out.
 See the pictures on the sides? That is how you line the sheet up, it took me a couple tries.
Ok, so you went to town on the white textured cardstock and you have a whole bunch of strips... now what? 

You are going to start Gluing them down. I used the glue runners for this. SO much easier than a glue stick. And trim the flush to the edge of the card.

Now for the middle...While laying out my first card I realized that both middle strips would be covered by the photo so I thought why waste all that paper. Well I'll let you in on a little secret, guess what *whispers* I cheated, and only used a little piece that would peak out from the edge of the photo. 

 Now its time to glue down the photo... Tape Runner to the rescue.

Anyone notice how I goofed???? Yep I put the photo upside down... thankfully it was only a mere second or two so I could lift the photo and replace it.

Now its time to add the bit of ribbon. You can do a bow if you have really narrow ribbon but I thought a bow was too busy for mine. SO I just knotted the middle and glued it down.

Fill in the inside and you are all done!

I would love to see what Victorian Valentine you picked to use with your cards! So please feel free to email me at SeamedThings @ (take the spaces out) and show me your cards!