Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Body and collar together
Still need sleeves and lining but that stuff is already partially assembled.
It's funny to me how fast things go together once I take the time to sit at the machine :) it always seems so much longer when I have to cut the pattern out at the same time, it's my least favorite part of the whole process!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The skirt was first worn for a women's suffrage historical rally and parade down in balboa park two years ago:
That's my little sister in front of me with two of our friends.
The jacket will be from Truly Victorian pattern #498 1898 Eton jacket, it's all cut out and has been hanging out in the stacks waiting for me to get around to finishing it off.
Monday, January 28, 2013
It's an embroidery pattern for the Coldstream Guards badge, which is a regiment he collects.
It comes with two different sized transfers and has directions for stitches and colors.
It's probably from the time around WWII, though I really just guessing there. I just love that it's approved by the War Office! :) I think I'll make myself a handkerchief with the small one in a corner, though I will trace the design rather then heat transfer to preserve the kit.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Here is my list of unfinished sewing projects, from which I will be finally completing one for the next
1. Ball gown bodice to match red silk 1860s dress
2. Ball gown bodice to match silver 1860s dress
3. Jacket to match already made skirt of a turn of the century walking suit in green
4. Late 18th century chemise de la reine
5. Striped silk robe a'la francaise
6. Skirt for the brown wool regency Spenser jacket
7. Black velvet late Elizabethan open gown
And in a completely different pile of unfinished projects there's a men's sack suit in brownish plaid wool for Michael ;)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The challenge: ". . . to sew something that would have been worn in __13, whether it be 1913, 1613, or 13BC".
I chose to do an evening gown from the regency. It is actually a UFO that I started last spring and didn't finish in time for the event. Previous work got me as far as having the under dress cut out.
Fabric: the under dress is made of a sagey green poly satin from the stash. At one point I think I had close to 20yds of this stuff and this dress is likely the last full size project I will get out of the fabric as I am now down to about a yard. The over dress is an embroidered silk chiffon that came from one of my favorite sellers in the LA Garment district, it just spoke to me and i had to have it, at the time i didnt even know what i was going to use it for. I bought 5yds originally and this project used just under four, so I have some to spare :)
Pattern: the body of the dress came from Butterwick pattern 6630.The sleeves I drafted in myself as I didn't want a puffy sleeve. The over dress came from Butterwick pattern 4890though with heavy modifications to the front so it would meet in the middle and drape away low, also I shortened the train a good foot as trains always make me nervous and would hate to ruin the dress by having it stepped on, as the silk is fragile to a degree.
Notions: hooks and eyes for the back closure but I might take those out later and have it lace closed as I trust lacing more when dancing. Even when alternating direction on hooks and eyes they can still slip. Also there a little pearl buttons to close the front of the dress where it meets.
How accurate: I give this one 4 or 5 out of 10, the patterns were definitely not historically accurate but the resulting shape is. Also the under dress fabric content is not correct nor is the embroidery on the silk, having been done by machine. And most of the ensemble was machine sewn. But I feel it is a good match to the inspiration fashion plate so it gets good points there.
Hours to complete: 20-23 hours. The hand sewing took me a long time as did messing around with the skirt of the over dress to get it to layout like I wanted.
Total cost: stash fabric and notions are hard to calculate but I remember the silk being $25 a yard and about four yards went into this project so something like $100+.
First worn: this dress has not been worn yet and likely won't be worn for quite a few months, as I think the nearest Regency ball is this summer, as we can't make the Jane Austin evening happening this weekend.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
For Christmas my mother got me a reproduction sewing bird. At the time I thought how beautiful, but not likely to get much use in my world. Ha! Then comes along the HSF challenges and here I am using it :)
I set it up at the kitchen table which had the right width and with my traveling sewing kit I was fully functional. That and catching up on my TiVo and I quickly and painlessly got through all the hand sewing for the regency over dress. What a super helpful tool!!! Totally going to use this little guy for all my hand sewing. The more I hand sew the more I love it!
My little repro bird came from The Victorian Trading Company. And is quite sturdy if a little on the small side.
This museum site had a nice overview of the history of this sewing toolhttp://www.monmouthmuseum.org/sewingbirds.html
Really neat stuff and it would be cool to have a real one some day . . .
Monday, January 21, 2013
Only instead of a yellow under dress I am going with green which is much more flattering on me :)
The green under dress is fully constructed i just need to set the hook and eye closure for the back and some trim to the edges like on the fashion plate. It went together in a flash, well it helped that it was already cut out :)
The over dress is being more tricky and time consuming, the material is so thin and fragile that I am having to sew it all by hand (so not my favorite thing to do!) but it's the right thing to save this fabric and make it turn out well.
I'm almost done actually just need to finish the scallops up the front. And add the little button and loop closures to hold it closed in front.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Lace overlay on an evening gown:
The use of color in regency gowns rather than white.