Friday, July 31, 2009
I sewed the skirt to the blouse and tried it on and it made me look like a blimp. That's got to be bad, as I am relatively skinny! The neckline was too wide and showed the bumps on the tops of my shoulders, and Mommy didn't like that, and we figured that it would look better to gather it a little. But the question was, "How?" I'd have to cut out a whole entire new bodice; I'd have to start over again from Square 1! And I did not want to do that!
So I presented my problem to my friends on the forum and got some good ideas. "Mrs. Jenny Chancey herself ( :-) ) suggested that these shelves be fit exactly as you see them here..." Oops, no, that wasn't it... sorry... :-P She suggested pulling a drawstring through the space where I understitched the lining. Unfortunately, I understitched very close to the seam, so I will just take that out and re-understitch it a little farther away so I can slip a drawstring through. So while watching P&P (1995) last night with my cousin (who hadn't seen it yet ;-) ) I took out the sleeves, bias, and waistband to fix that lining. Bad idea to do it while watching P&P because now I want to make myself another Regency dress!! Ugh, I'm such a NUT! :-P
Well, I'll let you know how it goes. :-D
Look at all those lovely dresses! :-D
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Big, puffy sleeves! :-D
I do have one problem with it though. While watching Wives and Daughters again last night (my cousin says I am soooo repititious :-P), it finally clicked about the bias. I had been doing it the way I am used to-- wrapped over the top seam-- and wondered why it didn't look so wide as Molly's. So I've been thinking and am planning on taking out the bias and reapplying it just on the outside, so that it is wide like that. What do you think?
I've also sewn the panels of the skirt together, and inserted the placket (:-S Still not my favorite thing) I am going to have to REALLY narrow-hem the skirt because the width of the fabric was a little bit too short-- and I'm a squat! So we'll see how it goes. Hopefully I'll have finished it by the end of this week.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
BTW, today we went back to JoAnn's because I had forgotten to get hooks-and-eyes for my dress and boning for my new pair of stays. Most of you probably know Butterick patterns are on sale for $0.99 this week, so Amanda and I bought two new patterns: B4254 and B4377. Amanda has always wanted a "Belle" cape, and she loves medieval style, so she was excited about B4377. :-D
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I'm pretty sure this bodice is gathered at the bottom... On closer observation, I noticed it is gathered on the top, and I don't want that, but I do want it gathered at the bottom.
The sleeves are really what I'm aiming for in this dress: fuller than the orange flowered dress, perfect for summer. :-)
Here's a good shot of the sleeves (and of Molly ;-) ):
One More Thing!
Forgive me; I know I'm being longwinded.
Eventually I'd like to also try this beautiful dress of Cynthia's. I don't like a lot of them because sometimes they're really way out there, but this one is more simple and very pretty!
(Note: for those who haven't watched Wives and Daughters, Cynthia is the girl on the RIGHT, not the silly looking lady curstying on the left. :-P )
BTW, watching Wives and Daughters is the perfect thing to do when making a Romantic era dress. :-) Thanks for letting me ramble. There's more where that came from. :-)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
How about trying a Plastic Grocery Bag Keeper!
I made the following from Shannon's Plastic Grocery Bag Keeper Tutorial . This bag, with rows of tiny red apples over a yellow background, would make a lovely edition to an apple-themed kitchen!
I will either store this up to sell in an Etsy shop, when we start one, or, if any of my readers are interesting in purchasing it now, please drop me a comment and let me know!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
As the Victorian era grew out of the Regency era, waists became longer, necklines became wider, and skirts became fuller. Layers of petticoats helped to "poof" out the skirts of the gowns, still without giving them the huge rounded hoop-skirt look of the 60's.
This area of transition in between Regency and Victorian is called the Romantic era, a somewhat forgotten era until the release of BBC's wonderful masterpiece, Wives and Daughters, which takes place in the late 1820's, early 1830's.
I am attempting to make myself a "Wives and Daughters" outfit out of Jenny Chancey's Romantic Era dress pattern. Since I don't have a corset, or the money for a corset pattern and supplies at the time, I am going to make more "Molly-style" dresses with the slightly higher waists so that I can wear them with my short stays. Eventually I will make myself a full-length corset, I hope.
My first step was making a petticoat. I derived the following from a mix of patterns. I took some hints from Jenny's instructions for a bodiced petticoat (though this wasn't "bodiced" :-P). I got the idea of the flounced skirt from Simplicity 7157 (which I think is out-of-print now). Unfortunately, the fabric I was using for the flounce (leftover fabric from the 1914 dress Beth R. made for Marianne) just wasn't long enough to gather. In fact, it barely made it around the bottom of the main skirt. So it's just pretty fabric, it's not exactly flounced. :-)
Well, I'm afraid I've rambled enough about my petticoat. Let me show it to you now! :-)
This was my first experience with buttonholes, actually! I am deathly scared of making buttonholes on the sewing machine; it's just very intimidating! So I made them by hand. They're not perfect by any means, but I enjoyed making them, and thought the pink was a fun accent. What do you think?
And a sweet little rose in front :-) :
I would love to get started on the actual dress very soon but I don't have the fabric yet. I'm a little nervous, because I want to make it just right... I really should make a toile first. Will share with you any progress!
P.S. About the pelisses/spencers, I am putting those off until the weather gets cooler. I'd rather make something I can wear now, now, and then make something to keep me warm. :-)
"Oh! dear; I was so miserable! I am sure I must have been as white as my gown."
-Harriet Smith from Emma
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I assure you, I did finish my quiet time before I started looking through the book! Believe me! But I'll admit it was a little tempting, that ancient brown book next to me. ;-)
The fashion magazine reminds me of Laura Ingalls talking about the Godey's Lady Book.
"Bishop sleeves are favored for gowns of thin, soft materials; but when thick or less flexible fabrics are made up, double or leg-o'-mutton sleeves are preferred, if becoming.
Russian blouses, with or without skirts, are more elegant than ever and enjoy a corresponding increase of popularity..."
Pages and pages follow, with descriptions and pictures of the latest styles of the year. A lot of them look a little hot for July, I think...
Left: "Ladies' Greek Costume, with Train (Perforated fro round length). (Known as the hypatia gown.) (Copyright.)
Right: "Ladies' Corselet Princess Costume, with Demi-Train (Perforated for slight train). (Copyright.)
And let's not forget the latest and greatest accesories...
Wild, eh? :-D But as Jo says, "Let us be fashionable or die!"
Over 50 pages of almost purely dresses and descriptions-- some are a little scary, but many are breath-takingly beautiful. Why do people look "wierd" if they wear beautiful clothes nowadays? :-(
I should love to post more pictures of my favorite dresses but it might make the post too long, as I still have more to address...
The second magazine my mom brought in for me, missing a cover, terribly stained with age, and dating July, 1905.
There are some very nice dresses, however, several of which remind me of something Anne or Diana might wear in Anne of Avonlea.
"The bathing costume may be as tasteful and stylish as any frock in the wardrobe, and the new designs are very tempting..." :-)
Following this page are some very pretty summer outfits that look very Anne-ish (but with 1/4 size waist than she has :-P )
Then there is a section called "The Dressmaker"; in this edition of the magazine, the topic is "Making and Finishing a Bathing Suit." It gives some instructions and tips for making your own bathing suit... of course, it references a pattern (#8235) which I doubt anyone has a copy of...
Well, mean me has shown you all this just to say, "No, I am not selling them on E-Bay". I'll be Mr. Krook from Bleak House: "I keep 'em all!" :-)
Actually, I wish I could share all the pages with you but that might be very boring for some of my readers. Eventually I would like to make a dress similar to one of these styles. My mom has a dress that belonged to my great-great-grandma Jeannie (real name: Eugenia) O'Conner (afterwards: Lobdell), dating from somewhere during that time period, which I would love to recreate after I have learned how to draft patterns from existing garments. :-)
It's fun. :-)