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Archive for January, 2009
So the 14th of January was my 25th birthday! I got a lot of amazingly nice presents, but yesterday I got the best of the best!
For graduation present after upper secondary school/high school I got a sewing machine from my mother. It was kind of a cheap unknown brand – but I was sooooooo happy and it was great for like 5 years, but the last year it’s really been kicking up a fuss; the needle broke every time I put it in reverse and it’s just been BAD but no one can find anything wrong with it – very frustrating! So I’ve been using my mother-in-law’s 40 year old Bernina, it’s been great but it still was just a loaner… =/
I nearly cried when I opened the wrapping paper and saw the little sewing machine icon, the text “Keeping the world sewing” and those three little hearts. It was a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183!
I said I would try to sew like 80-90% by hand on this project, but I think I have to do all those seems that doesn’t show on machine now, hehe. ;P
The perruque of perruques of the 18th century must have been the ship wig of Marie Antoinette:
Just now I found a wonderful and easy way of having a ship of your own in your hair! While surfing “rococo” in deviantART’s jewellry category I found this:
Isn’t it wonderful!? ^.^ I have been thinking about the possibilities of making something like this with a diadem, I’m definetley gonna “steal” this idea and make something like it in the future!
And talking about wigs… For those of you playing The Sims 2: Some time ago I made four Louis XVI wigs to download for your game here. 😉
Since I started making my stays I have been pondering what the best technique for making the eyelets would be. I have never done eyelets without those metal thingies. Now, I know not to stance holes in the fabric but rather pull apart the threads to make a hole in the weave. But then what? Wouldn’t it be hard to make the hole evenly round?
A couple of days ago I found the Diary of a Mantua Maker! Here Nicole Rudolph, author of the blog, mentions that the best tool to have around when making eyelets is an awl! Why didn’t I think of that – that’s brilliant! She says:
An awl just pushes the threads out of the way and prevents it from fraying later. By doing this you can use as many stitches as you like. I’ve seen extants with only four stitches holding an eyelet open. I prefer enough to cover the inner edge.
As my other half Robbie is a very handy man I know there ought to be an awl lying around somewhere! ;D
Whats your opinion on the hat? Would you despise me and wisper behind my back if I went on and used it as a tricorne?
Oh, just visit the Finnish National Gallery! =D
And does anyone know how wide it is between every point on these Fiskars Scallop decorative scissors? Can’t find any info on that…
A question to all of you more experienced and better-knowing than me:
Could duchesse (satin) work as a 18th century fabric?
Maybe I could pull two sides down… I’ve seen paintings and fashion plates of women with hats like that and it wouldn’t be hard at all. The thing is: I like it as it is – very much! *Frustrated* Oh well, it’s a solution if it comes to that… 😄