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Only six months after the event!

New Castle was very enjoyable, and called for everything new. There was a (very close quarters) ball Friday night, and Saturday was spent strolling around town and visiting some of the houses, and generally looking decorative. I'm going to be lazy and link to other's posts for a rundown of the event itself, again, six months ago. Amanda, Robin, and Alice.

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For the ball Friday evening I used a sheer and gold brocade fabric I'd picked up from ebay a while back, and made a fairly basic gown. It was narrow, only about 43", and had a railroaded stripe in the sheer ground, so I had to be very careful with the five yards I had, because I wanted as close to four yards as possible in the skirt, to avoid looking skimpy. This resulted in me not paying attention to the rounds at the center front seam and having them off, but oh well! It's not horribly distracting if you're not very close to it. Now, because I was so tight on fabric I opted to make the sleeves out of a shiny organza. So it's two layers of organza and two layers of wide hex-net. I also pinned my net sleeve supporters in there too.

My front curls actually started out life as a cheerleader curly ponytail! The piece was large enough that I actually cut it in half, which gave me the added bonus of having the curls on each side go opposite ways. After I did that I very carefully, one curl at a time, combed the pieces out. The curls had been doused in some type of gel or spray, resulting in very stiff spiral curls. Combing them out softened them up significantly, and I was also able to wind together three original curls into one, giving me thicker and fewer curls that looked better and less wild.

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I also made the standing loop braids. The center one is a flat five strand braid, and the outer loops are one long wired three strand braid, arranged into two tall loops. I trimmed with some of the same gold lace as I used on my gown, some paper flowers, and the garnet necklace and earrings I bought in the Czech Republic on my honeymoon.

And now for Saturday!

Saturday's dress was probably my favorite thing I've made in the past couple of years. I absolutely loved it all. Here's the rundown:

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This magnificent outfit included FOUR different plaids. Yes, four. My gown and pelerine were plaid #1. My bonnet and muff were plaid #2. My shoes were plaid #3, and the base of my reticule was plaid #4. I wanted all the clashy goodness.

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The Sleeves!

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The sleeves are absolutely massive and floofy and crazy fun. This blogger posted about a circular sleeve pattern from the 1838 Workwoman's Guide, which is available in it's entirety through Google Books. My pelerine pattern came from the Guide as well. Basically you cut a giant circle. I believe mine was 34" or so. I folded it in half, offsetting it so that the lower sleeve would be on the bias, and drew a curved line up from the wrist to were the elbow would be. It's easier to see on the second image. I slit it open and then sewed the underarm seam. Cutting this sleeve gives you practically a full circle sleeve at the top, and a tight fitted lower arm, with no seam at the elbow. It was very easy to make, and looks fantastic. I have just one tweak to make to it before I wear this again. I discovered at the tea I had major t-rex arms going on. Luckily because of how the underarm seam is made, I can easily lengthen it but just slitting it a little further and sewing it up, and I can add an inch or so to give me greater arm movement.


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My bonnet is a mashup of the two different views of Lynn McMaster's 1830s pattern. I wanted the high crown of view A with the round brim of view B. It's basically impossible to see in the pictures, but the brim for view A dips down past the crown and then curves back, kind of the way an 1860s spoon bonnet brim does. Basically it goes further down and around the chin of the wearer, and I didn't want that here.
In constructing this bonnet, I only used buckram in the brim, to stabilize the silk there. The crown is just wire for structure. I wanted to keep this bonnet as light as possible, as it is quite a large piece of headwear. As a side note, these giant brims look utterly ridiculous when you don't have the hair to fill them.


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The pelerine was pretty quick and easy. Using a diagram from the Workwoman's Guide I just draped some scrap fabric over my dress until I got a shape I liked. I wanted the back on the bias and the front on the straight to further show off the plaid. It's made with the plaid on the outside, two layers of cotton flannel for warmth, and a cream silk taffeta for lining. Currently it doesn't have any closures, but I might add a hook or two in the future just to stabilize it, because I like it best crossing the fronts over at the waist, with a ribbon sash to keep it in place.

 And there you have it!

Date: 2017-05-04 12:10 pm (UTC)
brickhousewench: (Trelawney eyes)
From: [personal profile] brickhousewench
So. Much.... Plaid.....

But it all looks lovely!

Date: 2017-05-04 12:57 pm (UTC)
danabren: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danabren
That hat, love it

Date: 2017-05-05 12:32 am (UTC)
chocolatepot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chocolatepot
Ohhh, I love all of this plaid. How fantastically loud! The bonnet is truly glorious.


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