Busy!

Busy!
Busy!

I’ve been busy lately! I’m working at Material Girls, and the Michigan Opera Theater, plus commissions and my own outfits getting ready for Costume College, and the class I’m going to teach there.

Luckily the Historical Sew Monthly is able to fit in with what I’m making, mostly. I need more hours in the day! :) I kinda like being busy tho.

I post random pix on instagram of my work, and stuff. Check me out there too.

 

Stays, in progress

Stays, in progress
Stays, in progress

I’m still working on the mock up for my 18th century stays for the HSM. The first set were too short in the front, and too big, the back lacing was touching. So I made it a bit smaller, lengthened the front, and it’s fitting much better. I didn’t put any boning in for the fitting, so it’s more wrinkly than it will be.

I just need to find my boning stash and figure out what fabric I’m using for the main body of the piece. I also have to decide if I’m going to do that side lacing or not. Decisions, decisions…

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Renaissance for All!

Renaissance for All!
Renaissance for All!

16th Century TrishSomeone on the Elizabethan Costume Facebook Page asked about Renaissance dress/looks on different sized figures.
I put this together from my 16th century looks.

I also put together some pictures of different sized women from other women dressed up at Renaissance Festivals that I’ve taken over the years. All sizes, small, large, tall, short, everyone can look absolutely FABULOUS in Renaissance styles. (Pictures were mostly taken at Bristol P.F., but 1 is from Silverleaf. I was having trouble finding some of my pix)

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Patterns

Patterns
Patterns

image (47)Patterning the stays. So I patterned out my stays last night and cut them out of some mattress ticking. I haven’t yet gotten a chance to sew them together. Probably not for a few more days either. We’ll see how this pattern looks once it’s on my body

I kept fiddling with it until it looked right. I still don’t think it’s going to be long enough at the center front, but we’ll see.

I’m very squishy so I didn’t add any seam allowance. Again, we’ll see how that works out when I sew it together and try it on.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

PicsArt_1420136296635And to begin the Historical Sew Monthly 2015, I’ve just started drafting my new set of 18th Century Stays! I’m using the Elizabethan Custom Corset Pattern Generator as a base from which I’ll make my pattern pieces. I’m going to use a combination of the corset pattern generator, the 1780-85 Pregnancy Corset from Jill Salen’s “Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques”, and the Finely Whale Boned Corset c.1750s from the same book.

I want a set of strapless stays, as I’m happy with my pair with straps right now, but I want to make a Chemise A La Reine for Costume College, and I’d like to have an extra set of stays for reenacting. I also fluctuate a lot in fluff/weight so I want the extra lacing option. I retain water like a camel. (Please no hump day jokes)

 

Historical Sew -Fortnightly- Monthly

Historical Sew -Fortnightly- Monthly
Historical Sew -Fortnightly- Monthly

2015 will see the replacement of The Dreamstress’ Historical Sew Fortnightly, with The Historical Sew Monthly. I love the idea of being part of a community of costumers, so I love the HS(F)M.

The first challenge for January is… “Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.”

You don’t need to tell me twice it’s time to make a corset!!!

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Lots of Projects

Lots of Projects
Lots of Projects

I’m working on lots of little projects that I need to get done before Christmas. Some are gifts, others are display pieces for the store to promote the class(es) I’ll be teaching. It shouldn’t really take me too long, but I’ve been so tired lately, and I’m finding it difficult to get motivated. I’ll be so glad when the days start to get longer. Still haven’t gotten the sewing room cleaned up, just enough to get a few things done.

The first project in the series of beginner classes I’ll be teaching is a pillowcase using the “Burrito Method”. It makes an enclosed seam for the pillowcase edge. Then it’s sewn together with a french seam.

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