Sewing-wise, Titanic has been finished for quite some time. And in fact, on Friday, I went to a pop-up Vintage/costume store that I had found some vintage buckles at last year, and they miraculously had two buckles with a 2.5" opening! One was a vintage green plastic in a semi-rectangular (but more decorative) shape. Unfortunately, when I got it home, I noticed that the middle bar was broken. However, I managed to super-glue it back in, and I'm hoping it will hold. I painted the plastic, and it looks quite nice! The other is a gold-ish metal, but the oval is quite plain. However, it will work if the green one winds up breaking again.
Once I finished that, I made a fun overskirt to wear with some of my medium-length modern skirts for the Halloween season. It is a black mesh with flocked bats that I splurged on at Joanns. I have another Halloween skirt which is currently in progress. At this point, it just needs the waistband finished and to be hemmed, both of which I'm hoping to do tonight.
In between the two skirts, I also did a mockup for the commission I'm working on for two Victorian jackets. I did the fitting for them on Sunday, so my next step is to cut out the one jacket I'm making in the velvet and lining (which I have to pick up tomorrow from Joanns), and to cut out the pieces I need to alter the other jacket. My goal is to finish both of those to the point of the next fitting by this weekend, so that I can go back to sewing for myself.
I'm going to a Regency ball at the beginning of November, and I've decided I need a new dress, since I've been wearing my first LWD for practically everything Regency for the last 5 years. Still not sure yet exactly what I want, but hopefully I'll figure that out soon - probably something early-to-mid 1820s. I'm hoping I can squeak it out of the 3+ yards of blood-red silk in my stash.
In sewing-related news, I did another portrait session on Friday, and this time, there was a sculptor there! I've never been sculpted before, but it was really cool to see her progress (and she's really good!)
I recently came across the 2016 BBC production of The Witness for the Prosecution on iTunes, and I was totally surprised to hear it existed. While I get bored by mystery series (same detective over and over gets old), I’m definitely entertained by a one-off movie or miniseries, but somehow I missed this one. This Agatha Christie adaptation was... Read more →
Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE.
Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:
"God Bless Neal"
I hear it's His middle name.
"Welcome Baby Arnold"
The spacing is what really sells it.
"Happy Birthday Mom"
Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.
[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]
"Congrats British Lit"
I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."
"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"
"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.
(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)
"Grats to Dad"
I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.
"Old Dirty Thirty"
At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.
"When I'm 64"
That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney.
(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)
Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)
Obviously, I need to work. I don't need a month for an 1860s dress.
But I currently have a cold. I wish there was a cold shot like a flu shot. I was very happy with my flu shot last year...
I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday in bed. I slept for about 15 hours on Sunday, which seems to have helped. I still have a fever blister on my tongue that is making it really hard to talk, so that's fun.
At least I'm getting to see the photos from the day, which is nice. The costumed turn-out seemed low, but it looked like there were several new people that showed up in civvies to check out the group, so that's good.
Since I don't have to rush anymore, I'm going to go back and rework some things on the sacque that I did sloppily or left off for time's sake. I only had one sleeve ruffle, when I really wanted three, so I'm going to take my sleeves apart and add the other two flounces, and the fit of the CF could be better, so I'm going to tweak that a bit. The petticoat also needs more floof. I'm planning to pick up some paper tape after work today so I can make a new 18thC dress form, which will help with fitting tremendously. I also didn't finish M's waistcoat completely, so I'm going to work on that. Hopefully I'll have enough time to finish everything well before the Georgian Picnic in November, but it's a toss up since my sister's wedding falls right between then and now, and the next few weeks might get eaten up by wedding stuff, and I still have to make my bridesmaid gown. Hopefully I can knock that out this week sometime so I don't have to think about it anymore.
Almost all of my weekends between now and the middle of October are booked. Two weekends are taken up with bridal and wedding showers, then there's a vintage airshow in Dallas, my Mom's birthday, a night at the ballet, and my sister's wedding. 90% of it isn't costume related (I may or may not make something vintage-y to wear to the airshow), with only minimal sewing involved for the bridesmaid dress, so hopefully I can get some costume work done during the week. I've really enjoyed having projects to take with me to work for when it's slow.
Next on the agenda, some clothes for M. The horsehair canvas I ordered should be here by Thursday according to tracking, so that means I can finish his waistcoat properly soon. I picked up some fabulous black brocade (at Walmart!) that he'd been eyeing, so that will become a new coat for the Georgian Picnic. There are two embroidered suit jackets that need to be done. I have the embroidery sketched out and the fabric out of storage for the red suit, so I'll probably work on it first. I have the teal silk for his other suit, I just need to decide on an embroidery pattern so I can get started. His silk embroidered waistcoat needs finishing, too, which will happen once the horsehair is in. I don't have any plans for my own costumes between now and the end of the year, so I'm going to try and focus as much as possible on his wardrobe. He needs some complete outfits!
The dapper and prolific Jeremy Irons has a birthday coming up tomorrow, September 19, which seems a good time to give a rundown of his historical costume movie and TV hits. There are plenty to choose from! Like many British actors of his era, he started in theater and transitioned to the many BBC costume... Read more →
Where is the moment we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves and the Volvo is lost...
You tell me your blue skies fade to grey
Your baker still hates you, too, they say
But I don't need no carryin' on!
You fall in the line just to hit a new low
You pretend that you meant to, but everyone knows
You tell me it's hard working here offline
Your coworkers mock you all the time
But I don't need no carryin' on!
So you had a bad day
You're itching downtown,
You sing a sad song just to drown out the sound!
You say you must know,
You tell me don't lie,
Then you work on a smile and you opt for the pie.
You had a bad day!
Now that's a bad day.
Thanks to wreckporters Connie L., Deborah P., Melissa F., Fribby, Monique R., Anony M., & Rachel B. for inspiring a new CW policy: from now on, we want any and all apologies handwritten. ON CAKE.
Whether you're a kid or just feel like one, nothing beats seeing one of your favorite characters in cake, am I right?
And if you've already seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I bet this is one of your new favorites:
(By Tattooed Bakers)
HE IS GROOT!
And just look at all that fabulous detail & airbrushing!
Here's another favorite no one's ready to "let go" just yet:
(By The Hobby Baker, photo by Alison Greenwood)
Olaf! Let's just pretend he's singing our version of his summer song.
(Those waves are fantastic, btw; love how the number 5 is floating off to the side.)
Groot and Olaf may be the new characters in town, but some classics never get old:
(By Sonata Torte)
Winnie-the-Pooh, and the whole gang, too!
I'll admit it: I still love cartoons, and I still really love the Ninja Turtles:
(By You've Been Cupcaked)
Look how cute! And lookit Mikey on his back! D'awww.
This next one is for my fellow writer Sharyn, because "it's so fluffy I'm gonna die!!"
(By The Bunny Baker)
That's Agnes from Despicable Me, and I want her stuffed unicorn.
Ever see a character you grew up with and instantly get the show's theme song stuck in your head?
(By Richards' Cakes)
"Down in Fraggle Rock!"
Time for another favorite, this time from The Lego Movie:
(By April Heather)
Would you believe April is just a hobby baker? She made this for her daughter, so I think I speak for us all when I say, "JEALOUS."
How about an old arcade classic?
(By Sculpted Sweets)
It's Pac-Man, now in 3D! Great design, great colors.
And everyone's favorite Pixar robot:
Wall-E! Look closely; that "dirt" is actually chocolate sprinkles.
And another universally loved 'bot - though I think he prefers "droid":
(By Mira que Tarta)
Like Wall-E, there are a TON of great R2 cakes out there, but I love the extra details here: the themed number 7, the Tatooine landscape, and those bitty yellow wires on R2's "feet."
And finally, from droids to dragons:
(By Richards' Cakes)
This How To Train Your Dragon masterpiece needs a closer look, so here are a few detail shots:
He's even wearing a saddle!
I'm amazed bakers this talented don't also go into the clay figurine business. I'd buy some of these dragons for my desk in a heartbeat!
Hope you enjoyed your Sweets today, everyone! Happy Sunday!
It probably has more detail stitching and outlining than any other picture I've made in the last 25 years. And so many French knots. So many. I'm not crazy about French knots, but at least I don't hate them I like I used to. This is the first cross-stitching piece that calls for lazy daisies as part of the details too.
This project went really, really fast. I've had a fair bit of free time lately.
Since I still have a week before I'll have access to a sewing machine, I'll keep working on Christmas ornaments for the children. This year they're very shiny.
One of my favorite things about hand sewing is that seams are finished securely and don't pop doing things like this. So of course side seam popped. Oops :)
Just when you thought Fridays couldn't get any better, along comes...
Molly S. ordered this lovely ombré design for her wedding cake:
But instead, she got this:
Molly paid $500 for it.
It was still frozen solid in the middle.
And it left a giant puddle on the tablecloth.
Stephanie R. tells us the bride wanted a combo of these two cakes:
So, a blue ombré fade on a smooth tiered cake with a monogram?
ROGER, KILL THAT.
And finally, not a wedding cake, but Michelle tells me they wanted this for Madisyn's birthday:
I guess the baker didn't feel like making all those strands of fondant, though - which would probably be ok, provided the aforementioned baker can pipe even lines of oh who are we kidding.
Thanks to Molly, Stephanie, & Michelle for reminding us maybe it's time for a new trend. I'm thinking... chevrons. Eh? What could go wrong?
How could I resist a Korean historical drama about dueling court tailors? Unlike many Korean serial dramas, The Royal Tailor aka Sanguiwon (2014) is neither a romance nor a action/marital arts story — instead, it’s a movie about two men who conflict over needle, thread, and politics. Awesome! While the story is set in the middle... Read more →
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I reeeeaaaaallly need to get going with all this...
Occasionally, there comes along a movie or TV show that, even though there’s nothing spectacular about the costuming, still manages to blow me away and I want to make everyone watch it. L’Allée du Roi (1996) is one such series. It had been recommended a few times by commenters on this site, but since it’s a French... Read more →