Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:07 am
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The State Fair results were posted this morning.  I've been just dying with anticipation for the past few days, but I won nothing.  Ok, that's not entirely true, I did get a 5th place ribbon for my muffin.  But last year I got 3rd in the same category and I really thought this year's muffin was so much better!

For my baklava, my embroidered pillow, and my felt donut, I didn't even make 5th place. (I'm pretty curious now to go to the Fair and see what did win.)  Oh, the homebrewing results are not in yet but it's pretty unlikely I'll win anything there - I'm not a very accomplished brewer.

Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed. 


Aug. 15th, 2007 12:56 pm
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Ok, so now that my power is on, my phone is out. I’m at the library.
It’s been one of those weeks where I just hate everyone.
I’m trying so hard to not complain about how much the last several days have sucked.
One positive thing: I decided I didn’t want to completely give up on the Fair, so today, the last day to drop off, I brought in my crewel flowers on plaid pillow for my “embroidered pillow” entry, and I brought in a felt donut I made about 2 years ago for one of the “small stuffed toy” lots. Now I don’t feel like the whole thing was a total loss - at least I entered something!  And I still have baking entries to do this Sunday.
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Last night I finished the red silk corset up to the point where it only needs binding now, and I tried it on.  It fits pretty well, the bust and hip are are bit looser than I would prefer (and I really can't lace any tighter) but it's so minor that it still gets a passing score from my inner quality control.  So I'm relatively pleased with it.

Then, as I was eating dinner last night, a random thought occurred to me.  I was making this corset specifically to enter in the State Fair, but I remembered I read a rule stating that people who use a craft as a means of livelihood and not just as a hobby are prohibited from entering.  I had forgotten because I told myself last spring that I was done with sewing for pay (forever!).

So, needless to say, I had a bit of a meltdown.  After feeling so crappy all week about the dance dresses and nervous about a performance coming up this weekend, I was really enjoying thinking and planning and working on my Fair stuff.  It was so disappointing!  I can't enter this dumb corset that I've been working on solely for the purpose of entering!  

I know they'd probably never find out I sew for pay sometimes for half a dozen friends and acquaintances, but I'd feel so unethical breaking the rules like that.  Besides, if they did find out, I might never be able to enter the Fair again, and that would be no fun.

So I decided I just won't enter it.  I'll finish it for it's own sake, and I'm still planning on bringing in my embroidery and baking entries, but still, I'm pretty bummed.
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I've really been putting off working on the dance dresses this past week.  I really don't know why I feel the need to leave everything to the last possible minute.  Instead of working on them yesterday (which I promised myself I would!) I spent a few hours embroidering.  

I'm about halfway done now with the outlining on my new piece.  When I'm done with the outlining (read: when I feel I've accomplished something) I'll post pictures - I need some help finalizing my color scheme!

A few days ago I was fiddling with my beaded flowers project, the one I was planning on entering in the fair, and I think I've decided against it.  I almost entered it last year, but I mis-read the entry info and missed the drop-off time by about 3 hours.  (Of course, my little heart was broken.)  But I wasn't really happy with the piece anyway and so I shoved it in a bag for almost a year, and now (obviously) I'm still not happy with it.  I don't think I got the varegated colors on the petals at all right.  I was planning on re-making a few parts of it and reassembling it, but I think I'll leave it till fall and skip entering it yet again.  Too much work, too much "learning experince" type problem solving in too short a time.

I've put the busk in my new red corset and I've started stitching the boning channels.  I've also cut out most of my bustle and decided I don't want to bother with a mock-up (although that does have a sort of ominous "famous last words" sound to it).

Apart from the embroidered pillow and the corset and bustle set, I'm still planning on doing a couple little stuffed toys for my fair entries.  But today, I really have to work on dance dresses.  I can't wait until they're done and I can finish all my fun state fair stuff!  I think I have just a little over 2 weeks until the drop-off date!
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I cut the new front piece for my red silk corset and attached it.  I haven't gotten any farther than that yet but I can already tell it's going to improve the fit a lot.  Today I hope to put the busk in and stitch the boning channels.

I've enlarged the bustle pattern from Corsets and Crinolines. I wonder if I should do a mock-up or if I should just go ahead?  I think I might just dive into the actual fabric and see what happens.  I don't have a whole lot of time before the state fair's handcraft drop-off day.

I finally started the outlining on my new embroidery piece.  I'm a pretty slow embroiderer, but I still hope to have it done for the fair.

I also finally started on my HB's organic denim natual-indigo-dyed jeans. 

So things are happening!  I think if I can stay focused on my few current projects, and not daydream too much about things I will be sewing a month from now, I'll keep making good progress. 
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Yesterday I finished writing my little documentation paper for my State Fair historic garment entry. They say they need documentation but they don't say how much or what kind, so I just wrote up about a page of explanation and included some photos (properly referenced. . . I hope) from fashion plates and costume museums.

So now I have a bit more of a guide for my project. I expanded the period I'm trying to represent, I decided it would be easier for me to just take into account all the years from 1870-1875, instead of just one specific year. It seems like corsets and bustles would be used for several years anyway. (I am so not a hardcore historian, so I'm just trying to do the best I can.)

Today I'm going to take the pattern from my black corset (please ignore the 'this is the 100th picture I've had to pose for" look on my face) and modify it, add bust gussets, lengthen the hips, etc. and cut out the new corset. I'm making a matched set, corset and bustle, out of some lovely red/yellow shot silk I have left over from Mr. Painting's project last winter.  I don't know how accurate that is, but I like having matchy underwear!

I also finally traced my new embroidery design for my embroidery entry so I can start doing the outlining tonight, yay!
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