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. :-)

6 comments:

Elegance of Fashion said...

A while ago, I got Patterns of Fashion I and II. I'm currently working with a pattern from the first one. They're great books to look at!

Joanna said...

Indeed! I have been looking at that book for a long time! Since I got mostly money I am thinking about getting it. I love Jenny Chancey's patterns too, have lots of fun!

Joanna said...

Could I add your etsy link to my sidebar? I try to promote my friends there. :-)

Elinor Dashwood said...

Joanna,
Yes, you may add my etsy link! Thank you! :-D

Christine said...

I've just received a book for Christmas that I would very much like to recommend to you. You can find it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Ladys-Stratagem-Repository-Mantua-making-Stay-making/dp/0963651773/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1293465784&sr=8-1

It is over 700 pages of Regency and Romantic era etiquette, hair dressing, costume plates and descriptions, instructions for cutting out and assembling several different stays and a riding habit, as well as a few embroidery patterns, a glove pattern, and oh, my goodness I could just go on forever! It's all from period sources form the 1820s, translated mostly from French, but a few English sources were used as well. I think you would just love it!

Elinor Dashwood said...

Christine,
WOW! That sounds like an awesome book! 700 pages--wow!! I'll have to keep my eye open for a copy.