Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oxford update: Solstice Edition

So with a full evening and day off I managed to get some more work in before Christmas after all.

I managed to find all the buttons I needed, then after several times wresting them into the buttonholes and tearing up my fingers and nails with the uneven edges (and having one of them break off at the shank) I decided I couldn't stand those buttons and went out to seek more. So I put half of the new ones on and will pick up the other half tomorrow between a split shift at work.

Other than that I finished trimming the cape, added the filigrees, made a collar, turned out the cape with the lining and attached the collar and ties. The only thing left is to hem the lining to the cape. Because I allowed a little ease in the lining so it wouldn't pull and interfere with the drape of the cape I didn't just bag out that edge with the rest. The idea will be to hang the cape on a form and pin the lining to the cape where it wants to hang and where it won't pull in weird directions once it's on me. Problem: I don't have a form yet. Hopeful solution: I asked for a form for Christmas and I will hopefully hopefully hopefully get it. Then I can proceed with hemming the cape and that will be completed.

With the exception of a few last closures the slops are also finished. And with the exception of the missing buttons the doublet is also done. Tonight I was able to put on all three (nearly)completed pieces and get a great preview of the finished product:

Annnd again, my man faces don't photograph well apparently. But nevermind that for now, supposedly I will be getting man-lessons from my brother later...

So that's where I am as we wrap up the solstice. Unfortunately it's the official start of winter, fortunately it means every day from here out will get progressively longer! Aside from the aforementioned finishing items the next step in completing the outfit will be the sleeves. I have to order some flat back crystals and rim settings to decorate the sleeves but I can start putting the trim down once I pattern and cut the pieces. I'm quite excited at the progress so far and was ecstatic to be able to get myself into the gear tonight. Corset and all even after a big meal! Movement is great. I can sit, gingerly but mostly without fear. Kneeling, kicking, dancing, bending over a reasonable amount; all good. I can't imagine having junk though... I don't know where it would go. The slops are quite personal if you know what I mean. Everything is perfectly fit that way and I don't even need to make lacing holes and ties to tie the doublet to the slops. It all just stays put.

Anyway enough blathering on. Next update will probably be showing off any and all the goodies I get for Christmas. Should be a good haul considering the majority of my list was comprised of sewing or costuming tools. Super crossing my fingers for Gingher pinking shears and that dress form! Thanks for tuning in and Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, and/or Happy Holidays!

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