It only took me a year and a half to do but the corset is done. I actually finished it back in September. I should mention that in that year and a half I had a baby and my sewing machine broke. So I have some excuse for not getting done sooner. The problem with a project like that is you can't exactly put it on and take pictures. I am sure a way could be found but I don't particularly want pictures of me in such a state of undress!
I spent the month of October working on the dress. That actually went a whole lot faster. I have made a dress from that pattern once before so it went a lot faster this time. The dress looks amazing. Isn't it funny that the part that everyone will see is the part that took the least amount of work. Oh well that is life.
The other reason that I have not posted about it sooner is that I didn't have pictures. I have been trying to coordinate with my friend Michelle (a photographer) to take some really nice pictures. We were finally able to get together this weekend and take some amazing pictures. I am so happy with the result. On a side note the chair that you see is one that I re-covered myself. That is another story for another day!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Posted by Belle Austen at 11:21 AM
Friday, April 30, 2010
I am not going to talk about how long it has been (more than a year) since my last post. I am going to pretend that like everything else in my life it is under control and I am on top of it all (ha ha). I finished my corset. I am so pleased with how it turned out. I will post pictures eventually. I also did a dress to wear with it. I was able to finish in time for Halloween. It took me long enough. Now I have to think of something do for next Halloween. I will try to be a better blogger at any rate.
Posted by Belle Austen at 10:33 AM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have been renewing my friendship with the wee small hours of the morning. It is amazing what can go through your head at 3 am when you are up for the 2 time with the baby. I think I have actually had dreams while half awake and feeding said baby. I just wish that I had a little more say in what I dreamed about. This morning I was at an NFL football game. I mean really! Football!?! I can barely tolerate college football (and only from my Alma mater) let alone the NFL. I would rather dream about doing my laundry than football. Obviously I am not fully responsible for the nonsense my sleep deprived brain comes up with but still, football? Maybe tonight I will have better luck. I do know that I will have plenty more 3 ams to work on it.
Posted by Belle Austen at 3:19 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Believe it or not I have made some progress on my corset. It has been slow going. It doesn't help that my sewing machine broke on me either. I have borrowed one from a friend and hope to be able to finish before Thanksgiving. We shall have to see. I thought I would include a picture of the first layer to be finished. I have two more to make before I can start to put in the bones.
I have been working on another project as well. A good friend of mine wanted to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast for Halloween. So I made the dress and apron for her. Here she is looking pretty darn good if I do say so myself!
Posted by Belle Austen at 12:49 PM
Monday, October 13, 2008
I have been discussing literature with two people whom I consider very knowledgeable on the subject. My brother is currently finishing his Masters degree in English at BYU and Michelle did her undergraduate in English and is writing a novel. I on the other hand have a degree in Humanities. Which basically means that I dabbled in English among other things (mostly art) and could never really commit to one subject.
The main thread of our conversation ultimately came down to the idea that the only good literature is depressing literature. Of course it was the two English majors who felt this way. As the only sensible person in the group I argued most strongly for the happy ending. Well, this continued for several different conversations. My brother ultimately claimed that depressing literature was the only literature with depth and intellect. Michelle, of course, agreed completely with him! I finally did what I always do when I seem to be at a conversational loss, I quoted Jane Austen. I think that her philosophy of literature is one of the finest. She begins the final chapter of Mansfield Park with this delightful thought:
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest."
Of all of her novels, I find that Mansfield Park is one of the most moralizing. I feel it is a tale of meekness and weakness and the vast difference between the two. There is great depth in her characters and the struggles they face. Yet ultimately, there is a happy ending. As Mary Poppins says, "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." Hooray for the optimists in literature! Thank heavens for Jane Austen!
Posted by Belle Austen at 3:26 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This is a companion piece to a post on Michelle's blog (The Innocent Flower) called "Top 10 reasons a best friend hates my novel". Some of you know Michelle and some of you don't. She is a dear friend of mine who has been working on her first novel for the last six months. I have been doing all that I can as a friend to support her in this. It has led to some very weird conversations and weeks that go by when we seem to have the exact same conversation every time she calls, usually beginning and ending with the phrase "No you are not a bad writer..." or "No I mean it, it is a great story. I am sure it will be published". Some days it is like having asking my children to do something, they just don't listen to me. So here in all its glory is my top 10 reasons why I hate Michelle's novel:
When she sent me the first draft after 3 months of writing: "I have not finished reading it yet! stop calling me!"
Can you say baggage?
I have spent the last six months telling her she is NOT a lousy writer! And I'm still telling her . . .
Poor, poor, poor Adam (her abandoned husband)
It used to be that I could have a crisis!
She even writes when she's at my house
If your name isn't Karen, Eric, Naomi, or Jesse, you don't matter
All of the emotional trauma of a real-life crisis - none of the resolution
If I have to talk her down off the ledge one more time, I will jump!
Heather, I know you are reading this and you better comment!
Posted by Belle Austen at 10:36 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Any one who knows me knows that I do not like the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightly). Well some how on Saturday night I got sucked into watching it. It started out innocently enough. I would just flip to it during the commercials of the show that I was actually watching. Well that show ended and there was nothing else on (and I mean nothing!). So, Justin and I watched it. I spent the whole movie explaining in great detail what was wrong. It didn't help that every few minutes Justin would look at me and say "That can't be right."
Of all of the things that bug me (and trust me there are plenty). I think the thing that drove me crazy was the costuming. The extras were better dressed than any of the principle actors. I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I have spent a great deal of time researching regency costuming. Like I said in the title I am trying to keep this rant on the small side (too late I know). I will conclude with a shout out to Caroline Bingley at the Netherfield ball "Woman go back to your room and put you dress on!!!!!!"
Posted by Belle Austen at 9:48 AM