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At 3h30 in the morning before the event, the dress is finished. Yo ! Except that, I didn't have the time to make a last try on to see if it was good, so I may have a awefully bad surprise tomorrow. I'm just to tired to care right now. The dress is finished, yo !

(It will go by the name of "monster dress" because the result is strange and a bit grotesque, a lot more grotesque than what was expected : I reproduce nearly exactly the dress on page 420 of Fashion of the Gilded Age volume 1, and, err... the apron part is weird, really)

WIP

Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:44 pm
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After Janet Arnold :

Resort

Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:03 pm
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What I like about this striped bodice, is that it is a fine exemple of seaside fashion : stripes are quite common on resort fashion of the 19th century, and you can see an anchor on the white yoke part. Very nice.
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(testing pictures and cut)

Found on Facebook, Livejournal, or elsewhere :


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So be it

Mar. 17th, 2010 11:06 am
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The regency side won on my precedent post. this bizarre fabric will be made into what it was originally bought for : a regency dress. Now... I will wait to see the final result to see if I would dare wear it anywhere but inside my cupboard.
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...so far:

- 7 march : 18th century LARP

- end of march : Poe

- 16 may : "Museums' night" : 18th century reenactement in an extraordinary Museum, a genuine 18th century house, with an amazing architecture (look here, here, here and here to learn more)

- 13 & 14 june : 18th cenury inauguration of the New Haven of the reenactment Association I belong to, Les Menus Plaisirs : a true hHôtel Particulier, built in 1810, but designed in the 18th century style by his first old owner.

- 21 jun : one day at the Breteuil castle, in the time of the Affair of the Necklace : 18th c.

- 24 october : Great New Orleans civil war ball : 1862
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The 4 first rows where done by machine nearly 18 monthes ago, and I hated them instantaneously. They are ugliness incarnated. I put the whole thing aside and only take it bake two days ago. All the other rows are hand-made on the last two days + today. At that rythm, i will finish it quickly !

As for the cord, I use a real cord !! I want my petticoat to be really really strong.
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I decided to make a little planning of what I need to do in september, because, I have a LOT to do :

_ finish the 18th century stays. Should be doable. I f I work fast enough, I can have it 80% done for the first September. The only problem is that I haven't done a lot of handsewn eyelets by now, and they can be the longest part of it all...
_ rework my old française (at least pin the alterations) and do correct pictures of all my 18th century costumes collection. For the people of Les Menus Plaisirs.
_ make a quick 18th century jacket. Because I have too few 18th century costumes for the moment.
_ make the 1830s-40s underpinnings, except finishing the red quilted corset. I leave that one for October. This means : 1 corded petticoat, 2 or 3 flounced petticoats and 1 multi-layered petticoat as instructed on [livejournal.com profile] demode_kvc website. I'm not sure of being able to do this in September. But I REALLY need to have it done quickly, before doing the dress. At least, if I decided to choose to do the 1848 revolution dress, a little part of it is already done.
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The Ume dress is finally doooooooooone !!!! At last.

I even find the time to make a hat. You will probably not believe me, [livejournal.com profile] saraic, but I did use your hat pattern as the starting point for my hat. I modify it strongly, and in the end, the hat did not look at all like the sorry prototype I painfully came up with, but exactly like I wanted it to be. Weird millinery...

Bad pictures follow :



The dress )

Blurry hat )

One detail about the pictures : the under skirt should be floor-leveled, but the skirt is hard to put on alone, and I'm a 19th century lady, and I need a maid to help me dress up, or if I can't find one, some friends to help me pull down my many layers of skirting.

The sleeves are to wide, and I think I hate them, but at least, I'm not stuck at the armhole.

And it came to me as an after-thought, but I'm not sure white becomes me...
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but we have a big hat, and big feathers :



It's in case I manage to finish my anglaise for the 23th.


on other news, the ume dress is driving me crazy, and i'm beginning to hate it : kilometers of handsewn bias (every time i used machine, i ruined my bias), I manage to bleed on the white silk, have to wet it to remove it, but it's a silk which doesn't like water, and which apparently doesn't let the iron press it. and I will never have the time to make a matching hat.


[livejournal.com profile] green_martha, I'm also giving up on the 20s dress, because I didn't excpect that the ume dress would be so time consuming, and the 20s dress is also time consuming. sorry.


and tonight, i'm on caps strike.
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Yes it's all your fault, if I don't work on my costumes. I've had so few connection this week that I choose to pass the few time I had on internet on Ravelry (my bad), but also I work on my costumes.

First, I'm reconsidering going to that 18th exhibit [livejournal.com profile] lisotchka talked about. I was (and still is) afraid of the kind of "costumers" who might attend, but [livejournal.com profile] fioforina coming made it suddenly very interesting. I so want to meet her.

So I get out of the waiting line my striped polonaise (I begin it in november, but put it on the waiting line because of the two other deadlines I had : the 1928 and the ume dresses) : still a lot of work to do.



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Second, I work on the ume dress (because now I have my ume fabric !) : I made step one and two of the fitting/modifying pattern :

Step one :
This the pattern I modify (pattern in the gallery)


Step one is the fitting of that basis. It doesn't matter that it doesn't close on the front, becquse that piece will be cut out, and partly replace by another one.


Step two ;
the pieces are heavily modified. But here, white on white, you can't really see it.
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Yes it's all your fault, if I don't work on my costumes. I've had so few connection this week that I choose to pass the few time I had on internet on Ravelry (my bad), but also I work on my costumes.

First, I'm reconsidering going to that 18th exhibit [livejournal.com profile] lisotchka talked about. I was (and still is) afraid of the kind of "costumers" who might attend, but [livejournal.com profile] fioforina coming made it suddenly very interesting. I so want to meet her.

So I get out of the waiting line my striped polonaise (I begin it in november, but put it on the waiting line because of the two other deadlines I had : the 1928 and the ume dresses) : still a lot of work to do.



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Second, I work on the ume dress (because now I have my ume fabric !) : I made step one and two of the fitting/modifying pattern :

Step one :
This the pattern I modify (pattern in the gallery)


Step one is the fitting of that basis. It doesn't matter that it doesn't close on the front, becquse that piece will be cut out, and partly replace by another one.


Step two ;
the pieces are heavily modified. But here, white on white, you can't really see it.

Crafty day

Jan. 9th, 2008 10:50 pm
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I'm very happy tonight. It's been a long time I haven't been that crafty : today I

- make self-fabric bias for my 1928 dress,
- begin making the related self-fabric pipping,
- sew together the parts of the overskirt of said costume,

- then I try to make a pattern for a 1880 poke bonnet (you can see here, here, here, here, here, here and here -- the first hat -- that poke bonnet was indeed very fashionnable in the first years of the 1880s), with so-so results, but it's only my first attempt,

- and I'm also hoping to finish my crocheted so-called 1928 cap tonight, while lazily surfing on internet.

A good day, really.

Crafty day

Jan. 9th, 2008 10:50 pm
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I'm very happy tonight. It's been a long time I haven't been that crafty : today I

- make self-fabric bias for my 1928 dress,
- begin making the related self-fabric pipping,
- sew together the parts of the overskirt of said costume,

- then I try to make a pattern for a 1880 poke bonnet (you can see here, here, here, here, here, here and here -- the first hat -- that poke bonnet was indeed very fashionnable in the first years of the 1880s), with so-so results, but it's only my first attempt,

- and I'm also hoping to finish my crocheted so-called 1928 cap tonight, while lazily surfing on internet.

A good day, really.
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As I'm not posting much on my sewing agenda, I think I could just do a recap of what I'm I'm working on right now :

- The 1928 Janet Arnold's dress : I don't have have a picture of it right now (it's the black and white marocain dress). Mine will be Bronze and Ivory.
The pattern is done, except for the sleeves. I made a first mock-up, but really without and underwear it didn't work, so I will have to redrawn all of it after I made underwear. Which are on way : already have a bandeau for the breast. I didn't really search for accuracy. And I avoided complicated ;-))

Without With

the bandeau _ under a cut because... hem... some people might not want to see that much flesh )

For the hips, I will transform the 1914's thing from Corset and Crinolines

- The 梅 の ドレス (the ume dress) : 1880. That's the only one I talked about lately, but actually, I've begin working on it only two weeks away.



- The 1873 dress. I kept it a secret, because I didn't know if will be able to to buy the fabric I wanted to make it. And then, fabric sale ! So now, it doesn't have to be a secret anymore.
I found the pictures of the fashion plate on ebay. That's why they are so so lame.



Note the most important thing : it has pink in it ! Everyone should know by now that I hate pink with a passion. But I'm trying to cure myself.

I've begun the skirt. I'm making a built-in pink petticoat (yeah not period, but my skirt is unlined, and it required a petticoat, and as I'm doing the following...) and a built in bustle. I'm also thinking of doing a crinolinette, to have the right hem form.

- The final, not begun yet project is the fantamabulous Simplicity 1880's dress. Yes I know : Simplicity. Fantamabulous. In the same sentence. Wrong, isn't it? Well, no.

Because I'm talking about the pretty :



Why working on that one? Just because I've discovered that my Toto shop is doing great great silk for just 6 euros/meter. That one silk I'm using for my Ume dress. And 6 euros/meter, when you will nedd 10 to 15 meters of silk, is pretty yeah !!
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I'm trying to find a special type a fringe for my dress, and I don't find any in my usual shops. Look at the skirt front : it's a fringe, quite long, with little pompoms at the end of each fringe.
Did you see something like it on internet ? Do you think it's still exist ? All I can find is pompoms without fringe, and no way I can transform it like I need.

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