Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lucy's Coronation Dress and Cape... finished! :)

I finished the doll-sized version of Lucy's Coronation Dress and Cape! Thanks be to God for His help as I worked on this project-- He gave me the strength and ability to get it done in good time, and He also helped me to not get stressed at all yesterday while I worked on it. Thank You, Lord! <3>
I drafted most of the pattern, but used Josefina's Christmas Dress as a base for the sleeves (I didn't alter the puff part, but I widened the sleeves to make them more bell-like).
The main part of the dress is made from crepe-back satin and the sleeves are a satiny fabric.

The main body of the dress consists of the front, the side front panel (seen in the picture below), and the back, like the original.

I didn't know how to make the pearls throughout the fabric, but I did sew on a pearl trim to the neckline.
The back fastens with velcro, but I added the pearl trim there also to give the look of the back button pearls on Lucy's. I had the hardest time figuring out the Velcro... how to attach it without sewing over the pearls. I broke a needle, but not any of the pearls, and eventually got it figured out. Yay! :-)

Now for the cape. I still wasn't able to get it shaped just like the original, but I did my best. It is basically a rectangle with a scooped area for the neckline. It's lined with white satiny fabric.
It closes with snaps but has a gold button for looks. The original has a lion head embossed on it, but I couldn't find any with a lion head...so I got one that I felt at least had the same "feel" to it. :-)

It has a cord trim around the neckline and front edges...
Look at the hem on the back... isn't it marvelous? I used sari fabric for this, and have enough left over to make another cape AND a sari! But it'll have to wait until after I'm done with all my other Christmas orders.
Thanks to "The Wardrobe Door" for the pictures of the movie costume and construction details! I referred to it often and it was a great help.

Well, I better get to work on my Regency dress. I forgot to post about how terrible it was going and how I bought new fabric for it... that'll come later, I guess. :-)

Have a wonderful day! Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Project ~ A Custom Order on Etsy :)

I know I've been saying I felt overwhelmed by Christmas orders but when I got the email to do this one, well, I just couldn't say "no"!

A lady contacted me on Etsy and asked me to make a doll-sized version of Lucy's Coronation Gown and Cape!

Today I went to WalMart and JoAnn's and was able to find the fabric for it.

The original costume was probably made out of crepe (panne) velvet but I couldn't find it in that color, so I went with a similar looking fabric-- I don't even remember what it is, now. :-P The sleeves will be made of costume satin.

The cape will be made with a sari fabric from JoAnn's, lined with white lining. It's not quite the same shade, but it was close, and it looked royal to me. :-)
I also bought a rope trim to go around the cape and pearls for the neckline of the dress and for imitation buttons on the back.

I figured out how to thread my serger, which was very "motivating", so now I'm moving along more quickly on my Christmas sewing projects. That's a good feeling.


Last two images taken from The Wardrobe Door.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meet Fred

My new Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger arrived this week!  Isn't he great?
I don't usually name objects, but I had a reason for naming this one.  It all started with an amusing Facebook conversation.

Me (status): "Mommy and I ordered my Brother 1043D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger (in short, my serger) today!! :D :D :D YAY!!"

DS: "Confused for about 20 seconds as I thought you were saying you ordered a brother! I didn't think it could be that easy. Anyways, congratulations on your new arrival. :) "

SJ:  "I was filled with the same confusion as D.S. and about to write Frances a congrats note... then kept reading. Whoo. That was close."

AW: " :D I thought you were saying that you ordered your brother a Serger...hmmm. ;) "

I finally said I should have ordered a Babylock instead. 
Anyway, all the joke about a "Brother" gave me the idea to name it.  So I named it Fred.  I have sewed a little with the thread that came with it; I haven't tried threading it yet though.  Hopefully I'll do that on Monday.  Anyway, I'm very happy with it.

Let's see.... what have I gotten done since I posted last?

Well, I didn't get to sew as much as I had meant to this week.  I did buy the sheer fabric for the sleeves on my Regency dress, and have made one of the sleeves so far-- I really like it with the sheer overlay.  I cut out the bodice for Margaret's bodiced petticoat today but didn't get around to sewing it yet.  (I've been so ridiculously busy!  I really can't afford to go places because I have so much to do at home... and yet I do go places and get little done at home. :-P )  I finished another part of one of the Christmas orders:

These are for a little girl at church, and there will be matching ones for her doll too (haven't made them yet).  Her mom wanted me to add ruffles at the hem, something which I was at first very wary about.  Ruffles?  I thought it would look weird.  However, once I finished them, I was very pleased with how they turned out.  The fabric was so cute too.   It's always very encouraging when a sewing project turns out better than you expected. ;-)

What else did I do?  Oh, I worked out the dress to match this one.  Um..... I believe that's all.

Life is so busy!   Busy busy busy.  I'm looking forward to after Christmas, when things should slow down a little.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Two New Etsy Listings...

Hey! Just thought I'd let you know that there are two new listings on our Etsy shop.
Here is one: a picture I took in June and then edited just recently.

And a crocheted hat and scarf set for dolls, preparing for winter! :)

Hope you all have a great evening! ~Margaret