Monday, August 29, 2016

Yellow Regency Gown ~ Finished!

Back in 2013, I cut into the most beautiful piece of fabric I had ever purchased.  You saw a little glimpse into my project in this post, but were left in suspense, always waiting to see what came of it.

I completed the dress successfully, and to this day, it is one of my favorite projects I've ever made. Scratch that. It is my single most favorite dress I've ever made. It's not that fancy, but it's so pretty, and it feels the most nearly historically authentic of all my projects. I took extra time to hand-sew all visible seams and to cover the buttons, and while this is not an uncommon practice for many of my seamstress friends, it was a first for me, and I was really proud of it.

The dress's first outing was to the last Regency ball I attended.  Unfortunately, the pictures I have of that particular event are few. They are also the last pictures you'll see of me with long hair from 2012 up until the present time.

 Photo credit goes to Brandon P.

You can see some details of the back in the following photos. It's nothing elaborate, but I enjoyed making the bias trim and the covered buttons. 

As I said, those are the last pictures you'll see of me with long hair. The day after the ball, I cut my hair to the style I had always dreamed of: a pixie cut. It's a long story, but in short, I had always wanted short hair, and I had just been through a difficult break-up and had encountered my ex-boyfriend at the ball, which provided closure for me, and the next day I decided to be my own person and do the things I'd always wanted to do: cut my hair, and travel.  So I did both. But more on traveling later.

A couple months after that, I brought the dress out again for another brief outing, along with the jacket you saw in an earlier post.  Thanks to Amy W. for the photos.

This was in 2013, and it's the last time I wore the dress out. I was entering a period of my life where I had neither the time to sew nor the state of mind to be involved in things I had been before.  Shortly after this, I left for South Korea to study abroad for one semester. I liked it so much that I went back. Besides that, I worked part-time, went to school full time, and assisted in leading an on-campus club, so needless to say, there was no room in my life for costuming or reenacting.  I'm hoping that now I'm in a different stage of life (still different than the one before), maybe I can find some time for costuming and sewing again.  

What kinds of projects do you think I should start back with? 

Shout Out Into the Void

Hello everyone!

It's been several years since I was here last and it feels a bit like pushing open the creaky door to a rickety wooden house and treading carefully, searching to see if anyone is still here.

This is Elinor, a.k.a. Melanie, several years older and now a college graduate.  I feel like a very different person than I was last time I wrote here. Since then, I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Creative Writing, studied abroad in South Korea twice, led a club for Korean exchange students at my university, moved into my own apartment in Northeastern Ohio, gained two precious nephews, developed new views and philosophies, published creative and journalistic writings in several journals and magazines, and met the Love of My Life, Julian.

Now that I am done with school and have my own place, I am really hoping to get back into sewing costumes and selling doll clothes. Julian recently traveled to London and brought back several books for me from the Victoria and Albert Museum's costume collection, which heavily inspired me to get back into costuming (even though I've been talking about getting back into it ever since my last post here.)  I think I am at a place now where I realistically can, so I am reinstating this blog to document my journey.  I'll be cleaning it up a bit and publishing some posts about current inspiration and upcoming projects. I also hope to finally show you pictures of my finished Regency dress that I had told you about last time.

I am excited to get to know you all again.

Yours truly,

Melanie (Elinor)