keskiviikko 16. joulukuuta 2015


It's been a while. Life happened, both good and bad. And with such a force that sewing (and this blog) came to a halt and got put on the back burner.

I've gotten lovely emails during this time and I tried to answer some of it. But my poor blog related email was as neglected as my blog and most of it went unanswered. Also, most of it is from so long ago that I'm sure the topic has passed now. I feel like going through it now would be a "too little, too late" kind of situation. Especially as I'm still fighting to find the time to get back to regular sewing and posting. I apologize. Thank you for reaching out to me.

I have completed a few projects during this time. An 18th century riding habit shirt (full length, based on a theory), Edwardian corset and combinations, a Victorian seaside dress and a Victorian court presentation gown.

I also have several nearly finished projects, a mid 18th century riding habit (fashioned after that brown riding jacket in V&A with the wide silver trim), a sheer striped 1780's dress, an 18th century Jesuit, an 1880's riding habit and an 1870's ball gown.

I'm also close to finishing my dress in the Vernet project

Then I have big plans to make an Edwardian ball gown after this lovely photo during next spring.

The plan is to blog about the events I've been to and the few projects I've done starting next week and hopefully have a fresh start for the year with all the new projects. 

maanantai 29. syyskuuta 2014

Mid 18th century shift

My c. 1790 shift was so obviously wrong for my c. 1740 stays that I had to make a new appropriate one. I followed Sharon Ann Burnston's article very closely, including the cut. I was glad to have the article because I never would have dared to make the sleeves so full on my own.

It's completely hand sewn from light weight linen with linen thread.

And having finished the shift, I'm also able to show off the corset a little better.

And without stays:

Construction is explained in detain in the article, but basically the seams are felled, neckline and hem hem stitched and the gathering stroke gathers.

I closed the cuffs with ties through the button holes but you could use cufflinks.

tiistai 23. syyskuuta 2014

Costume College dress rehearsal part IV, the 1874 day dress

The last outfit change of the day was to check the overall fit and the suitability of the new bustle also with my other early bustle dress. I was consciously pushing the boundaries by dressing my hair in a traditionally girly style. It was inspired by Jen's 1870 Peterson's scan "new styles for dressing the hair" which I've always loved. I also might have stuck the bonnet a little too far on the back. But perhaps the ladies in period had such mishaps too occasionally. It's hard to judge the angle looking at yourself from the front while getting dressed. 

lauantai 20. syyskuuta 2014

Costume College dress rehearsal part III, 1871 dress, ball gown version

I also tried on the ball gown bodice of the Tissot dress. I hadn't yet decided which one to wear at the event so I wanted to see which one I'd like better. And also most of the photos of me wearing it when it was first finished didn't come out well so I took advantage of the opportunity.

Costume College dress rehearsal part II, the Tissot inspired 1871 dress

This second dress I hadn't tried on since 2011 and had already lost the original bustle that I wore with it, so I had to see if it still fit ok and looked good over my new bustle. I also wanted to practice the hairstyle so I did a quick dress change and took some photos.