Making Things Meme Revisited

Remember the old Making Things Meme? I just finished this underbust corset for sylver_spiders.

Green Brocade Underbust - Front View

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I flat-lined the brocade to English coutil by hand, but apparently not accurately enough, as I had some bubbles. I used flat steels around the busk and eyelets, and spiral steels everywhere else.

Overall I'm quite happy with it. There is a lot of puckering and creasing, especially along the waist tape. I also had trouble sewing the binding. How on earth are you supposed to hand-sew into coutil? It's so tough!

All considered though, I'm happy with the way it turned out, and I had lots of fun doing it. Very much recommend Laughing Moon for other beginners out there. I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow.

To set the bronze eyelets I used my foot-pedal eyelet press. I picked it up for a song when a book binder was going to throw it away. Since pressing eyelets is usually my most hated task, this machine is wonderful. I also plan to clean it up one day so it's presentable enough to live inside. I love this machine. :)
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Making Things Meme: One given, one received (will post about that shortly). I've started the next "thing", but time always manages to elude me.

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Slowest work week ever. I didn't read Google Reader for 5 days over the weekend, but for two days now I've managed to keep it at zero unread items.

So, in the interests of keeping myself entertained, I've bluetoothed the most recent photos from my phone to my worktop for your viewing pleasure.

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And it's not even lunch time yet! However am I going to get through this week?

I am a serious art critic :P

The Needle and the Damage Done - Vinyl Journey - Fiona Scott-Norman
"The Needle and The Damage Done is a joyous romp through a top ten of the worst music ever released in the history of the world, from someone who’s been collecting bad vinyl since she was old enough to shoplift a Rolf Harris record." - Castlemaine State Festival programme

Events held at Castlemaine's Theatre Royal have a feeling of big-city culture meets country charm. The venue has gone through many facelifts since my childhood, undergoing a transformation from a small, run-down cinema to a bustling, cosmopolitan yet bohemian mix of wine-bar, cafe, theatre and music venue.

The crowd waited eagerly in the foyer, spilling out onto the footpath, as waitresses struggled to carry gourmet pizzas through to the throng. When the doors opened we flooded in, both to the theatre balcony, and the downstairs area, which had been cleared of tables and filled with chairs.

When Fiona made her entrance I was happy to see that she was wearing the same dress from her promotional material. While my inner bitch only wishes I could look so good in such a waist-thickening, skin-tight dress, there's just something about the retro coloured stripes that screams "serious comedian" to me. :)

Who would have thought that an hour or two of listening to bad music could be so entertaining. Fiona took us through a number of categories, including Australiana, Racism, Sexism, white Christian music, and Men with Stuff, announcing a winner for each, culminating in the announcement of the worst record ever released in the history of the world (I won't spoil it by telling you what that is, but they do have a website... ~shudder~). I disagreed with her winners in some categories, and there were a few mentionables that just left a sickening taste in the mouth (white supremacist nazi olsen-twin-wannabes), but overall the show was just plain funny. She calls it "cultural archaeology" - highlighting the massive difference between what was socially acceptable in the '60s and '70s compared with today. Who knew John Laws had produced so much offal? My personal favourite: John Laws: "In Love is an Expensive Place to Die" - WTF?

While the event would not have had as much inherent charm had I seen it in a more traditional venue, it would definitely be worthwhile seeking out Fiona's work in future. The show was thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Making Things Meme

Yoinked from sylver_spiders. I somehow doubt I'll get five respondents, but you never know...

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  • No guarantees that you will like what I make.

  • What I create will be just for you.

  • It'll be done sometime this year.

  • You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story, a CD, something blinky or shiny. I may draw or sculpt something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!

  • I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch: you have to repost this of course! (although I don't actually care about this)

Corset Follow-Up

It has been brought to my attention that I never posted the results of my corset-making experiments.
I finished my first corset ages ago (Vogue 2810), but I never got around to taking pictures.
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It turned out to be extremely easy to make, and fun too. It's not particularly well made. I didn't sew the topstitching because I liked the jacquard too much. I also think it needs a modesty panel at the back, and a proper busk so you can't see all those ugly little hooks at the front. Otherwise I think it's a perfectly acceptable first attempt.

I also finally published my first pattern review. I love patternreview.com. I always use it now before investing in a pattern, to get some idea if it's going to turn out right.

My second corset I made using the "measure and pray", pattern-free method. It's an underbust version. I finished it in about two hours, but I don't like the way it came out, so no pictures for you. I think if I had a proper busk it would have turned out ok. I also used cable ties instead of Rigilene, which is far cheaper, and doesn't poke through and cut me.

I'm planning to invest in the Laughing Moon underbust pattern and proper supplies, and make a corset for sylver_spiders. But I can't start on that until I finish my current project: a 1950s style dress. I went with a size 12, and it's slightly too big. I've almost finished the dress, but I think I might hate the fabric I used. I also haven't decided if I should try to make a crinoline petticoat to go under it, or just buy one. They're pretty expensive, but I have a feeling trying to make one would send me insane.

Melbourne Design Market

Today I went on an adventure to the Melbourne Design Market. It was pretty cool. Lots of t-shirts and pillow cases and interesting jewellery. I almost bought a set of cufflinks and some cute brooches until I stopped myself. Instead I bought something Useful!

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Yes, it certainly has been an exciting Sunday. After that I went a photography exhibition entitled "No Standing - only dancing" which was a bunch of photographs taken in the 70's, mostly of people at music concerts and people protesting about things. It looks like the 70's would have been an awesome time to be around.

In other news, I heard that they cut Joss's Doll House before it even aired. How sad. :(
~hugs pinkie to cheer self up~