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.