Monday, September 26, 2011

Mid-19th century doll dress

In case any of you were wondering, no, I haven't been doing a whole lot of sewing the last couple months. ;-) I took a break after my sister's wedding and the break ended up being a little longer than I was intending. This was due to a lot of factors... my grandma came to stay at our house due to her declining health, and passed away in August; I've been working towards starting college and had things like my ACT to take and fun stuff like that; we went and visited family and friends in another state for a couple weeks.... lots of things like that. Busy busy.

However, now that Christmas is coming, with school closely following, I've decided to get back to work on my sewing. I wrote out a page and a half of doll dress ideas, mostly movie costume remakes. :-) I also have some other large-scale projects coming up to get done before I start school in January, so I should be getting started on those soon too. Details yet to come.

Anyway, I thought I'd show you my most recent project. I started it a couple weeks ago, but ran out of thread and then life and busyness picked up and I didn't get around to finishing it until this last week.

The style was based on an absolutely fantastic specimen I stumbled across on [the world's most awesomest site] Pinterest.
I think this gown from 1844 is simply breathtaking. I would totally absolutely 100% wear this. :-) Unfortunately, historical costuming costs money I'm saving up for college, so the next best solution is to make it in doll size. :-)

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, except that the bodice ended up a little shorter than I would have preferred, and the skirt is fuller than I expected-- it seems to stick out more like a hoopskirt. I listed it as an 1850s dress instead of 1840s because I figured that was about right...? I could be wrong though... :-|

Anyway, this is now listed on my Etsy shop, which, by the way, I would like to change the name of, since I'm the only one who lists on there, and the products don't really have to do with the Dashwood sisters at all, but I would have to set up a whole new shop and transfer everything, come up with a new name, and confuse my Facebook fans... ;-) (and the rules about how many shops you can have are kind of confusing on Etsy, I've found). What do you think? Should I set up a new shop with a new name? Or is it fine as it is?

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully you will be seeing more of me now, though, as I have more sewing projects to keep me busy now. :-)

P.S. Question for [present or former] college students who sew: How did/do you keep up your sewing while in school/college? Or can you at all? :-P