jeudi 30 août 2012

It's been a while!

Hi there!! It's been a while, sorry for the long abscence. Since I work in as a waitress in a big fancy hotel (for now), I've been quite busy lately, blame it on the nice summer weather. I have been sewing and knitting a bit in my spare time though! I've also decided to go for a little (big) trip to Europe soon, mainly Switzerland and maybe I'll pop over to Italy, Austria and wery probably England, so hopefully I'll get to see a few nice things over there and post about everything. One of the things I really want to see is the new permanent exhibition on Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace... I'm told there are quite a few costumes on display!!

I had lots of nice pictures of my 1840s stays to show you, but my computer crashed and I lost everything I had on it. Thank god for my blog, at least I have a few remaining pictures of my various costumes and works.  I'll take some new ones of the stays this week. In the meantime, I've been working on my 18th century stays, and some knitting as well.

It will be laced in the front and the back. The first picture is with the back together and the one below it with the front together. The bias binding will be beige. 

I'm also almost done with something else, but It's a present for my cousin's baby's first birthday and I want it to be s surprise. I'll post a picture as soon as she gets it! A clue: it's not clothing and it's really cute!!

jeudi 2 août 2012

What I've been up to since my last post...

Hi there, I havent posted anything in quit a while!! I've been rather busy, lately. I'm working in a four star hotel as a barmaid and waitress (until I can be a doula full time), and since it's high season now, I work much more. I'va also taken the time to create a professional page on facebook for my labor support services. Here is the link: Most of what I post there is in french, but a lot of stuff is in english, especially some videos and links. I'v written two new posts on my (french language) doula blog as well. However, I still managed to get some sewing and knitting done.

First of all, I started a new costume project. It's an 18th century outfit, and I call it the ''New France Hippie'', because I won,t quite follow the rules of proper fashion of the New France period. The main thing being that I will wear the stays on top of the outfit and not covered by a dress...

here is my sketch:

The 18th century style stays will be laced in the front and back, and this will be the outer fabric:

The chemise under the corset will be plain white or cream, depending on what I find, and the skirt will be a very dark purple silk I have in my stash. Te skirt will alsi serve as a petticoat for my 1840's ball gown (still a work in progress, I haven't finished the undies yet). I might also be using my corded petticoat, which is also for my 1840's dress. So the whole outfit won't really be period accurate, but I'm sure the look of it will be awesome (and most people won't know the difference anyway...)

As for my knitting endeavours, I found some interesting patterns and ideas to get inspired with and kitted some educationnal material for my (near)future as a childbirth educator, so I knitted some: 

First a cute little uterus with poseable fallopian tubes!

And this is a ''full-term', uterus in witch I can put my foetal doll and it's placenta  and demonstrate dilatation, contractions and crowning. The soft thing on top is supposed to be a closed cervix that fits in the birth canal. Educationnal and medical material is usually very expensive, so I was really happy to realize I could make some myself!!

I've also re-started my ETSY shop and now concentrate on newborn hats, to go with my labor support practice. I've started knitting more newborn hats as well as sewing some baby caps for a friend who ordered some.  Needless to say, I'm keeping pretty busy!!