Saturday, December 25, 2010

Things That Make a Seamstress Happy....

Some gifts I received today!  Thank you, Mamma, Pappa, and Marianne!!

I already have the fabric for the Swing Dress-- the same fabric I used for Marianne's medieval dress.  I can't wait to get started on it!!! :-D  My first '40s dress!  :-D 

I spent some riding-in-the-car time today pouring over Patterns of Fashion. For those of you who have heard about how amazing it is-- you heard correctly.  It is fantastic-- no wonder all the "big-time" historical costumers love it.  It contains notes from and for dressmakers/tailors from the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s, as well as the basic patterns for some 40 or 50 women's clothing styles from 1660 to 1860.  There are some gorgeous gowns and outerwear from the 18th century which I definitely plan to add to my wardrobe over time. ;-) (I'll just have to sell some more doll clothes first. ;-) ) (Speaking of which, I think some of the patterns in J.A. may serve as inspiration for doll clothes as well. ;-) ) 

So, yes, I'm pretty excited. :-)

Friday, December 24, 2010

I Want to Make....

 ...this dress. :-)

Obviously it's not one I need, but I'd love to make it one day. ;-)
I'm totally love in that shade of blue right now... :-D

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Free Patterns!

Homespun Threads patterns are FREE right now!  Swing over there and check it out!  They have some adorable baby booties and handbag patterns!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elinor's Sage Green Regency Gown

First of all, I know this looks a lot different than what I posted about here. That is because the thick satin I had originally bought was too thick and heavy and just not nice to work with, especially for a ballgown, and the darts were being so unruly and it was fitting well over my stays so I finally decided to buy new fabric and start all over again.

I'm glad I did!

Pattern Description: Simplicity 4055, View A (loosely based)

Pattern Sizing: Size 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really. Again, I made some alterations so it doesn't look much like the original.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I feel like I'm repeating the last survey... the instructions were just peachy!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? See last post on this subject.

Fabric Used: Something new, finally! I actually don't remember what kind of fabric it was, technically. But it's very light and drapes wonderfully in the Regency style.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't alter it as much as Margaret's but the look ended up quite different. I cut the front bodice piece farther from the edge and at an angle to produce the gathered look. The front bodice and the back bodice I raised by a couple inches. I also shortened the skirt and fastened the back with hooks and eyes instead of buttons.

I was going to do a sheer overlay on the sleeves but the overlay fabric was shredding so much, so I didn't.

Would you sew it again? Definitely!

Would you recommend it to others? See above answer or previous post.

Okay, more pictures....

Hairstyle done by brilliant Marianne (thanks, Marianne! ) Didn't she do a lovely job? It was loosely based off of Lizzy's in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice (minus the pearls.)

The gloves are from Icing by Claire's. $15. The only opera-length gloves in the whole mall.

"Now he danced the first two with Jane, and the next with Charlotte Lucas, which vexed me greatly, but lo, there in the very next, nothing would please him better but to stand up with Jane again! And then of course he danced with Lizzy... and then, what do you think he did next??"

Me pretending to me Miss Wiggin to Beatrix and Norman (from Miss Potter) ;-) Thankfully they didn't give me any intoxicated coffee.

And here's all four of us!
Elinor, Margaret, Marianne, and Colonel Brandon (Alex)

I'll try to do a post soon with links to videos of the ball!

Pictures by/from Mrs. Dashwood, Brandon P., Hannah M., and Margaret Dashwood

Margaret's Ballgown

I completed this gown just in time for the Christmas Regency Ball. 
The ladies on the Sense and Sensibility forum were also so helpful as I needed help getting the darts just right.

Doesn't Margaret look lovely?
Pattern Description: Simplicity 4055, View A

Pattern Sizing: Size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not too much... I made a lot of alterations.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Sure... I've done this pattern several times, and have made several Regency doll dresses, so it comes easily to me now.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's Regency, and it's easy to work with.

Fabric Used: costume satin from JoAnn Fabrics

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I darted the bodice instead of gathered it; omitted the overlay; shortened the skirt; raised the neckline, and worked the sash from View B into View A. 

Would you sew it again? Oh yes. Though I don't think I want to do the darts again; they're so hard to get to look right!

Would you recommend it to others? Of course!

More pictures:

Photos by/from Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, and Brandon P.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I figured out the sidebar issue!
Apparently it had something to do with the formatting or something in just one of my posts, so I had to go back and fix that.

Glad to have that fixed! :-D

Oh, and:

Pictures to come soon!!! :-D :-D :-D

Friday, December 3, 2010

Making Progress :-)

Besides the "Lucy" outfit, I also finished (late Saturday night), the matching dresses for B. and her doll.  I didn't get a picture of the girl-sized dress, but here's the doll dress.

The flower circle was scary to make but I love how it turned out!

Anyway, I am nearly done with my Regency dress, except for the hem and the back fastenings, and I finished Margaret's bodiced petticoat (except for hemming it, which she will do).  That means all I have to do is make her Regency gown and we'll be ready (clothing-wise) for the ball!  Well, except, we still need to get gloves... going to run to the mall sometime early next week as we heard they have gloves at Icing.  We got really cute shoes at Walmart that look very Regency.  Maybe I'll get pictures later to show you.  At any rate, you will be seeing pictures from the ball (if all works out as planned) and then you'll see the dresses, shoes, and (hopefully) gloves. :-)