1898 Walking Suit

16 Jan

I’ve finally finished a costume AND I’m blogging about it! It’s a miracle. A big thank you to my mom for taking iPhone photos of me before I left for a museum trip with the costumer’s guild. The place was PACKED, but it was nice to see some familiar Impressionist works from the d’Orsay Museum in Paris. I had the pleasure of seeing them in Paris┬áseveral years ago, but they are worth seeing again.

This outfit began as a possibility for a Christmas outing with the guild but I had my doubts I’d be able to make it before the event due to school. Grad school has infringed on my costuming, but I finally made it with last week. It was good to see everyone and I wish I’d taken photos.

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Patterns: Truly Victorian

  • 1898 Walking Skirt (TV291)
  • 1893 Blouse Waist (TV491) without sleeves. Vintage lace on the jabot.
  • 1898 Eton Jacket (TV498) Square collar, un-cropped length. Added an interior canvas sleeve-cap support.
  • 1890’s Victorian Corselet (TV492) Shorter length. Used skirt hooks and bars instead of lacing.

c. 1898

6 Dec

1890s Plan

The semester is almost over and I am looking forward to working on a new project.

Accumulation

12 Aug

I doubt I’m the only one who gets super excited about planning new costumes and the slight frenzy of collecting materials. Here’s what I’ve ordered so far:

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Yes, I’ve decided to do the lavender scheme. I was worried that the red would turn out too “christmasy” with the white and I couldn’t find a good darker purple that I thought would work. I’ve also ordered some ivory silk organza for the front panels and underskirt, and decided to trim it in silver instead of gold. I’ll have to learn how to make silk flowers and tassels at some point as well.

The only part I’m not 100% sure is what the back should look like. Should it be a “sack gown”/robe a la francaise? Should it be an en foureau anglaise? Neither? I just don’t know. Suggestions welcome!

18th Century Court Gown

10 Aug

Alternatively titled: “I have officially lost my mind”

I sort of just committed to making an elaborate court gown for next year. It’s all Kendra’s fault, you see. She came back from Costume College and had this great idea to make one and thought she’d rope everyone in to join her. I couldn’t resist, especially since I’ve already decided that unless something unforseen happens, I am going to CoCo next year. It looks like so much fun.

Official Page: http://demodecouture.com/18th-century-court/

Anyway, now I just have to decide on which color:

This is probably the original.

This is probably the original.

Red

Recolored by ekduncan.com

Recolored by ekduncan.com

Fabric Love

19 Jul

Some new fabrics came in the mail this week and I’m so excited about them.
Both were eBay finds.

This is a silk brocade that I am absolutely in love with. It’s so soft and has the most amazing drape. I only have two yards if it, so I’ll have to find something that won’t take a lot of yardage, like a caraco or pierrot jacket, but I’m worried that the large scale medallions will be lost. Definitely says 18th century to me though.

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Next is an embroidered peach silk that I thought was a taffeta but is actually a dupioni. While it may not be entirely period appropriate, I’m still going to use it because it’s beautiful. The photos wash it out quite a bit. I have 4 yards of it, so enough to work with, but not enough for a huge project. It would look nice with a light green silk. Maybe a bustle dress?

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Edwardian Blouse & Skirt

10 Jul

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Back on May 11th, a group of us from the costumer’s guild rode a vintage train from Grapevine to the Stockyards in Fort Worth for the Frontier Fort Days. As cool as that event is, we really just used it as an excuse to dress up. I decided to make up a blouse, skirt, and belt using the 1905 Circular Skirt, 1903 Plain Blousewaist, and Edwardian Dip-Waist Belt from Truly Victorian. As I was pressed for time, I didn’t do a muslin for the patterns (tsk tsk), so I was very thankful that it all worked out in the end. As usual, I used a smaller pattern piece for the back of the blouse and took off quite a bit of the shoulder width. The good thing about this style is that it’s way more forgiving than a fitted bodice, which is why I chose it. Also, I had to make do with my ill-fitting victorian corset by just lacing it a bit looser around the top. ( I have GOT to get over my corset-making phobia)

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Skirt Fabric: Italian Tropical Wool in Coral Pink from NY Fashion Center

Blouse Fabric: White Stripe Eyelet Lace from Hart’s Fabric

Belt: Heavy cotton from my stash

Due to the last-minute nature of this project, I didn’t get buttons and buttonholes sewn on the back of the blouse so I used snap tape (which is a fabulous invention!). I’d like to go back and do those at some point, but I’m not convinced that I could do them up myself when I get dressed.

I found that the heel of my boots caught on the hem of my skirt quite badly, pulling out the 3″ hem I had painstakenly handsewn. *sigh* So I think next time I need to make an honest to goodness hem guard. Meanwhile, I need to go back and try to smooth over all those broken threads in my nice wool…
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Much thanks to Jen Thompson of Festive Attyre for taking photos!

How to package a parasol for shipment

9 Jul

Exhibit A: Bad

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Exhibit B: Good

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