Thursday, January 29, 2009
Now what do I want to work on? Something Edwardian, something Renaissance, something modern, something else? Maybe I should just go to JoAnns to pick up some muslin for my Regency bodiced petticoat.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
And so with some stashed fabric that was labeled "what do I do with this?" I thought I'd use it as a tester to see if I'd like the pattern or not.
::cough:: I think they must have used a choir robe pattern as a base for this. Talk about shapeless. I didn't even bother sewing up the underside of the sleeves and bodice sides.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Would you like to take some off my hands?
The rich plum bias really brings out dark purple centers in the green flowers. Oh to be allowed to have as many aprons as one wishes. ::sighs::
If you want it, you may have it.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Because of the sheerness of this fabric, I will need another garment underneath it. =) It was either a chemise and stays, or a bodiced petticoat to go along with it. Because the less bulk the better for a light summer gown, I have chosen to do the bodiced petticoat. Looking at the instructions for it, I think I might try to implement the actual stays pattern for the top part. Stays would offer the proper silhouette needed for this particular pattern, and so we'll see how it turns out.
After I make that, my peach robe will be next.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I do have a small amount of time however at this moment to fix myself a cup of some *tea from England and watch an episode of Bleak House. I might try to work on hand sewing the bias fabric to bind my sleeve and waist seams too...
*I was only to delighted to see this lovely canister of tea being sold at a local family-owed discount grocery store. It cost me $2.44 for 50 sachets. The tea is delicious, and the container will grace the kitchen counter for awhile.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I just love how the sleeves fit into the armholes like a glove! In previous makings of this dress, I felt like the sleeve wasn't in there properly or something. Turns out that the pattern did indeed have a couple of wrong markings, but they have been remedied, and now I can actually enjoy putting these sleeves in!
Now to just figure out how to do french seams on the armcycle of the sleeves...
EDIT: Okay, never mind. Apparently what I'm doing is called "flat-felled" seams, and not french seams. As they say, "you learn something new every day!" =) And I think I'm going to make some same-fabric bias tape, and use that to bind the inside of sleeves.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Instead of just waiting around, I decided to finally pull my fabrics out that I'm using to make Marianne's picnic outfit from the 1995 version of Sense & Sensibility. Because the sheer voile gown will take longer with doing half of it sewn by hand, I decided to start working on it first. I am using the Elegant Ladies Closet pattern for this. Click here to view more details about getting an e-pattern for yourself!
Because it being so light, I have decided to take on the task of doing french seams on everything. Because of my lack of lots of experience, does it look right, to those who have done it?
Monday, January 19, 2009
For along time now I have been trying to get my purebred persians to mate, and around Thanksgiving time, they finally, or I should say, my female finally starting liking my male. Needless to say, things got rolling, and now my female is definitely in labor with her kittens. She is certainly more nervous than our previous mama cats, so I am having to stay right beside her (who is under a bathroom sink in the cupboards). So it looks like there will be no sewing for me in the next couple of days... =)
Over the weekend, I did finish up an apron which is now in the shop. I love the cheery floral print in this fabric. If it doesn't sell, I just may decide to keep it for myself. =)
Friday, January 16, 2009
I finished this skirt this morning, using Simplicity pattern #3841.
I just love the "sewn in" pleats of this skirt, and the fun, mid to upper-calf length! It was quick and easy to put together, and the poplin fabric (thanks to a red-tag clearance sale at JoAnn's!) is very forgiving and easy to work with, not to mention wonderful to wear.
The shoes came from a grocery chain out east, and I fell in love with their old-fashioned flair! And believe it or not, the leather purse came from a thrift store! An older friend of mine out east had one of a similar fashion, and I thought that it looked a little "grown-up-ish" but not to much for a young woman going on 25 in a couple months... =)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Having recently watched "Bleak House," I find myself falling in love again with 1850's fashion. I just about swooned when I saw this stunning gown up for sale on ebay.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Green may not be my personal favorite color, but I think any person who likes green would like this! Or at least I hope so, because it's up in the shop...
Saturday, January 10, 2009
They're fun to decorate, and easy to put together! Not to mention they make a great way to use up some stashed scraps of fabric and notions.
Like 'em? They're in the shop...
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I'd keep it myself, but I already have more than I know what to do with...
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