Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bits and Pieces

I realize I haven't posted in a while, and thank you to those who kindly inquired about me!  I have been extremely busy with costumes for the past 3 weeks or so and it looks like I will be for the next couple of weeks.

The other news is that I have an immediate family member that will need two surgeries this winter and spring, which will leave me with helping out quite a bit to make sure things go smoothly.  I'm not sure how much time I will have to blog.

That said, I will try to post a few things here and there when I can!

Parting Shot:  Franconia Ridge.  This was taken last week before the day before the last snow storm, from across Franconia Notch on Cannon Mountain.  Even though we don't have a lot of snow at the lower elevations, there is plenty higher up on the mountains!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!

This has turned out to be a very busy December for us, plus the children have not been feeling well.  After a week of concerts and performing, in addition to school, they're pretty much done. 

As far as sewing, I'm taking a bit of a break before tackling the eight dance costumes that need to be done.  I did get a few pot holders done for my mother in-law.  This is the style that slips over a long pot handle.  The ones I made about 10 years ago or more have had a long and useful life and need to be replaced.  There is nothing magical about these, just bound rectangles of fabric and batting stitched right sides together and turned right side out. 

Due to school/work vacations, I will not be posting until the new year.  Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope you take a few quiet moments to reflect on the true reason for the season we celebrate this month.  See you in 2012!

Parting Shot:  Mt. Lafayette.  This is me at the summit of Mt. Lafayette on Saturday.  Not much of a view this day, unfortunately - I've been up there in beautiful weather with 360 degree views into the surrounding valleys. With temps in the single digits and a moderate wind, we didn't stay long anyway!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Costumes, Done For Now . . . .

Or at least until tonight's dress rehearsal when I'll see how much more work will need to be done.

I finished up the alterations to the Roman soldiers and organized them:

The Roman soldiers that needed to be altered have a new adjustable side panels - these costumes can now be adjusted a size up or two if needed:

Both priests are finished, too:

Should be an interesting evening!

Parting Shot: Mt. Washington.  The highest summit in New Hampshire, as seen today from the summit of Mt. Jackson.  Looks like it will be a white Christmas up there!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Costume Progress!

After sewing for the past three days, I've made excellent progress on the costumes!  The chief priests are done except for the hemming and headpieces.  The Roman soldiers have been organized, and I've finished the two new red tunics and started the drafting for the alterations and traced out another helmet, seen below:

I also got that extra helmet made.  It is shown below with the original on the left. 

For right now, I know what's left to be done, just the alterations and headpieces, so I think I'll finish those things up in the next few days. 

Parting Shot:  New Car.  We traded in my old car for a new car, a Subaru Outback Wagon.  It is perfect for what I need it to do, and I love the color.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

More Costumes!

Thank you for the lovely comments regarding my daughter and her Christmas dress!  She is growing up fast - no more Daisy Kingdom for her.

If you guessed that all that blue fabric that Wellie was sitting in yesterday was more costumes, you're right.  It is the time of year for costumes, and between the Christmas program and dance competitions I am very busy.  Thankfully there is no spring production that I know of.  Yet. 

For this year's Christmas program we needed Israelite Chief Priests.  Of course, that's the one costume I didn't have in the collection.  If you want shepherds, wisemen, angels, Roman soldiers, and a host of other Biblical characters, we've got those.  Chief priests, no.  So, I'm making two new costumes from scratch and reworking a few others to fit some larger frames than the last actors had who wore them. 

With a modest budget and short time frame, this is best I'll be able to do for the moment, although I wish I had more of both!  So far, I've got white plain robes (not shown), blue vests, brocade over vests, gold belts and headpieces.  The white plain robes are almost done and the headpieces are cut but not even stitched.  Do realize that these costumes are for XL men and look a bit sad on my small dressform!

Within the next few days, I hope to get all this finished, including the alterations to this pile of Roman soldier costumes.  That will be it until next Monday's dress rehearsal in which I'll find out how much hemming I'll need to do before Friday night's first performance. 

Never a dull moment here.

Parting Shot:  Blue and Orange.  Yes, Wellie loves costumes, too.  He thought this was a neat place to hide this morning.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Christmas Outfit #13 - McCall's 6396


Actually, it's been done, but things got a little crazy around here at the end of the week and I just did not have time to post the final product.  At any rate, here it is:

This is what it looks like on her, although this is not how she'll wear it for Christmas.  We haven't quite got all the accessories together yet, but we will!  She needs to pick out some tights and jewelry, but that's a shopping trip for another day.

She's happy with it and I think it looks good on her.  It is fun and a little different.

Parting Shot:  In the Middle.  Wellie is usually in the middle of everything and today was no exception.  I walked into the sewing room to find him sitting in the middle of some fabric I had laid out on the floor to pin some trims to it.  I'll explain this project tomorrow.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas Outfit #13 - McCall's 6396

Almost Done

This jumper is almost done, but not quite.  At this point, I still need to finish the armholes, and then do all the interior hand finishing, along with adding a hook and eye.  Between tonight and tomorrow that will get done. 

Due to the way I inserted the zipper, I could not finish the jumper's armholes the way the instructions indicated.  That's fine - I'm just as happy finishing them with a binding.

The skirt seems to be long enough.  Along with tights or leggings, she'll be fine. 

Maybe tomorrow I'll be done with this one!

Parting Shot:  Hiding.  Wellie is hiding under the tree because he knows he's in trouble for chewing on the Christmas tree and knocking off ornaments.  He doesn't think we can chase him back there.