Sep. 12th, 2016 10:28 pm
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I made a new outfit for Belvidere this past Saturday. And I mean everything. The only thing that wasn't new was my hat. Chemise, pantaloons and corset were all new. I may or may not post pictures of those some day.

Wanting a natural form summer gown, I bought 30 yards of hand block printed cotton voile on Etsy. It was the best price, being $25 for five yards, $50 for ten yards, or $70 for 30 yards. I put almost half of it into this outfit anyway, so it's just as well I bought that much!

I used one of Butterick's costume patterns for the underskirt, adding a drawstring and a tie to get the natural form shape, Truly Victorian's 362 Wash overskirt, and 462 Tail bodice. Yes, those are both technically late bustle patterns, but the overskirt pattern notes mention it being in an 1882 advertisement as well, without a bustle underneath.

I really love the outfit, I just need to do a little more work on my corset. I need to put more boning in to better support the girls, but everything I have on hand is too long at the moment. I'll get to it at some point.


Jun. 20th, 2012 08:49 pm
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Finally posted my Dress U pics! It's a combination of my own and ones stolen from others.

I don't have pictures of Friday night and Saturday day for myself, but I did get the rest, so here's the quick list of what I wore:

Saturday Night Titanic Dinner )

Sunday Day: Let Them Eat Crepes & Mad Tea Party )

Sunday Evening: Tiaras and Jampagne )

And that's Dress U for me!
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The green dress is almost finished. I just need to do the last bits of tacking down the binding in the bodice and add the closures and buttons. The skirts are completely finished, and even have actual skirt hooks for closing, so I won't be safety pinning myself into it for once.

I'm about go to start on the white and red dress too. I think all the fabric is done drying by now. I also decided rather than try and find white eyelet with red embroidery, it's just going to be a fully white dress with a red sash.

Then my sari for my Titanic dinner gown should be arriving tomorrow, so fingers crossed~ It's only taken me a month and a half to get it, after the first one I ordered was damaged in processing and I had to pick out a new one. Dx

And finally~

I'm teaching a class at Dress U, first thing on Friday afternoon, 4pm-7pm. It's how to make knit beaded Victorian (and earlier and later) purses. Only two people signed up for it, but that should make things go faster and easier, I hope. Dress U itself says you can't get into the class day of, but I was planning on making some extra kits for it anyway, so I have no problem accepting extra people as long as they pay for it. We'll see, I guess~
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Or, what happens when the taffeta you use for lining is stiffer than the fashion fabric.

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For my blue and copper dress I need a short bustle, one that won't poke out below the planned knee length skirt. I was all set to start one from scratch when I remembered I had one I started a few years ago. I was working with this Ageless Patterns bustle pattern, but of course like most of their stuff, the directions are nonexistent, and when I couldn't make it work right, I gave up and into the unfinished pile it went. (Looking back now I think part of the problem was using hoop steel instead of springs, so it wouldn't curve like it was supposed to, but that's not the point.)

Anyway, I pulled it out in it's unfinished state, which looked like this.

As you can see, it's basically a series of vertical bones.

What I did to it was to add two horizontal bones, and here's what it looks like now. )
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but I did take pictures of what I picked up in NYC today~

The main focus of the day was getting fabric for Mom's dress for the Titanic dinner. She's going with this Liberty of London gown from the Met. She decided to go with a nice light sage green for the color, and we found some lovely silk charmeuse for it.

As for me, I picked up a wild purple and blue dupioni. I'm thinking of a combination of this and this for it. I don't know when I'm going to do it, but probably not for Dress U.

On the other hand, I did pick up fabric for something I am going to do for Dress U. I got this striped blue and copper silk a few months ago, but there was only three and a half yards, so it got binned while I contemplated what to do with it. I finally decided what to do for the Mad Hatter tea party, so I grabbed the solid copper silk today for my idea. The color match really is a lot better than it looks in this picture. So anyway, what I want to do is basically this gown with some slight differences, make it a bit steampunkish. I'm only going to do one tier on the skirt, so it'll be knee length instead, and the bodice/collar might be a bit different as well. I'll figure that out when I actually start working on it. And this also means I'll need to make myself a short bustle, as I only have my long lobstertail bustle and the 1872 hooped bustle from Corsets and Crinolines.

And lastly, we hit a couple of the stores in the wholesale district to pick up some jewelry. I grabbed a couple nice choker sets, as well as some hair pins, and lastly an adorable pair of fascinators. The one looks kind of blue in this picture, but it's actually bright purple.

And that was today \o/
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Everyone else is talking about Victorian fancy dress costumes, and I can't help it. I need to jump in, even though I won't be at Costume College. I'm liking this one the most. A Victorian take on Italian Renn is what it looks like to me. Kind of like a Victorian Juliet. I'll have to poke through the stash as I sort out what will go into storage and see what jumps out at me color-wise. I'm thinking maybe ivory? With a nice deep burgundy for the sleeve puffs and underskirt.

And a nice coppery-brown leather for the belt/pouch, which I just happen to have already...

Miss Scott in costume, Montreal, QC, 1881

:D :D

May. 12th, 2011 08:54 pm
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My tiara came today~ I've been wearing it pretty much the entire time since it was delivered, and [ profile] gwenevereofisis has been laughing at me. She's so mean. :c But I took a crappy cameraphone pic! :D I was lazy and didn't re-part my hair, so the tiara really is centered, it just doesn't look it. xD

It has plastic combs on the ends, which I'm a bit disappointed about because the picture didn't look like they had them. But I figure I'll very carefully break them off, because they're riveted on. And then I think I'm going to wrap the plain parts of the tiara with black ribbon, which will cover the rivets and any potential rough spots, and I'll also be able to add loops for pinning.

I also worked on my stripy dress some more last night~ I put together the back of the bodice, and I'm so happy with how the stripes came out.

another pic! )

And for a final bit of productiveness today, I spraypainted an antique parasol frame so I can recover it. This will actually be the second time I'm recovering this parasol since I bought it, but the first time it was bright red because it was for a theatre production. This time I've painted the frame nutmeg, and I plan to do a black canopy with an antique gold lining. I want it to work with as many outfits as possible, and that seems like a good color combination.


May. 11th, 2011 10:15 pm
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so scrapbook isn't working with the or something? Not cool, LJ. Your force me to email my pictures to myself just so I can upload them here. 365 pics will have to wait until LJ decides to behave again.

But anyway, stripy natural form update! Okay technically it's not an update because I haven't done anything else, but I took a picture! :D It still needs hemming, but that shouldn't take too long. And then all I really need to do is the bodice! I still need to cut the flatlining for that before I can piece it. I'm flatlining the main body with the same green striped cotton I used for the underskirt, and I'm gonna bagline the sleeves with probably some white silk taffeta I have in my stash. And I'm still trying to decide exactly how I want to trim this. Because the silk itself is such a bold design, I think I might only do some ivory lace around the neckline and end of the sleeves. And I think I'm gonna do either ivory or gold buttons on the bodice too.

big pic )

Now, for a bit of planning~ I think the next thing I'm going to work on is a summer bustle gown a la the 1872 dress I posted the other day. I was originally thinking of some type of floral print like the original, but then I remembered I have a lovely blue striped cotton gauze in my stash. It always comes back to stripes, what can I say? So not only to I want a nice light summer gown, I want it for something specific. That being Belvidere's Victorian Days this September. Which also means I'll probably need a white or light colored corset, instead of my black one. >_> But I've got a pattern I already like, so I'd just need to make another one.

ETA: works so much better when I get the html right >_>;;
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I couldn't help it. With everyone else talking about their pretty pretty tiaras I just had to look myself. And when I found a super pretty one then I just had to get it. It was fate, I tell you. >_>

This shop, Venus Jewelry, had some absolutely beautiful other pieces as well, so it was hard to choose. But by next week, I'll be ready to be a pretty pretty princess too!

No new pictures of my green dress (which needs a fun name still) because I haven't done anything besides redraft my fantail skirt pattern slightly.


May. 5th, 2011 01:58 am
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I'll reply to comments tomorrow, but I just want to toss this up before I hit the pillow~ I did most of the Hermione overskirt this evening! I just need to go through and tack down the hems and facings and the pleats that aren't in a seam, but otherwise it's almost done~ :3 it just looks a little weird on my dress form because my petticoats are still in my suitcase, which is in my car. >_>

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