I’m working on a 1920s dress for a friend who’s helping put on a series of Downton Abbey themed Steeped Tea parties. I’ve had lots of fun scouring the internet for examples of dresses and simple patterns for the time period. I’m using a blue white and black plaid. It’s poly, but I already had the fabric. I’m using the back side of a nice poly duchess satin for the accents. Right now it’s mostly pinned, but I like how it’s coming. It’s not the easiest shape to get it to hang properly. I’m still deciding on the exact neckline. I think I’m going to go with squared with the white collar on top. I also need to narrow the sash.
I’ve got a new job working at a fabulous local quilt shop the Material Girls. I’m just working part time on the weekends and I’m in training right now, but I love this place. It’s fun, inspiring and I get to play with fabrics! So many beautiful, quality fabrics and I get to learn about a side of sewing I’m not as familiar with, piecing, applique & quilting!
I haven’t been doing much with the Historical Sew Fortnightly. Between being sick, trying to start the new job, power outages, and trying to figure out/make Christmas presents, I haven’t been thinking about it.
I start training at the new job tomorrow (it was postponed a week from being sick). Wish me luck!
Bronchitis sucks. My son and I both have it. Not much is getting done. I’m supposed to start training for my new job tomorrow. Lots of rest, liquids and drugs are in order! X-P
There is a scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” that kinda hits home about why you would want to look at the whole range of class clothing for a particular time/place in history. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, so I thought I would write a bit about it.
I’ve got Flemish Peasants on the brain. I need to make a new sleeveless outfit and re-vamp the long sleeved one to fit.
I’ve made up a board over at Pinterest.
The Challenge: #22 Masquerade
Fabric: Cotton with silver glitter & floral cotton print
Pattern: Simplicity 5582 – Bodice, McCall 6343 “sleeves”, Simplicity 9026 for both skirts.
Notions: Lace & Ribbon, Zip ties for boning, grommets.
How historically accurate is it? Inspired by Georgian designs.
Hours to complete: No idea.
First worn: 10/28/13
Total cost: $0 Glitter fabric was gifted from a friend, floral print was leftovers from my Mom’s bedroom curtains. Lace was from a close out sale for decorations from my wedding. The ribbon was from the wrapping from a Christmas present from my Mother in Law. And of course I had the patterns already in my stash.
There are actually two skirts, and the over-skirt has a train, and is open in the front. The train is bustled and I wore this to trick-or-treat at the Redford Library with C2, his friend, and my fabulous friend Kendra who works there.
I had hoped to wear it trick-or-treating on Halloween, but it rained.
So it rained on Halloween, there was no way I was going to wear the Winter Princess dress that would just be a sponge for all that rain water and puddles. Also C2′s school wasn’t allowing costumes to be worn to school. So we went for a “under cover” costume of Ben 10. So he had 2 costumes this year. Ben 10 for school and Link from Zelda: Windwaker for Trick-or-Treating. I used my pleather corset and my bolero reversed and wig from Tare’s outfit. Even tho it rained, we had a good time.
So Ben 10 was made with white polyester crepe that was gifted from a friend, a remnant of black panne velvet used on the wrong side, made with an old Christmas pageant costume pattern. The Omnitrix (watch thing) was made with an old dog harness, craft foam, hot glue, a milk screw top and paint. In all, it cost less than $5.
Link is described here.
Halloween is around the corner. I need to finish up a few things. I’ll post more pictures afterwards!