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The Joy of Sewing has Returned!!

I have mailed my last dress commission today. 


No more orders for me, I am going to sew whatever I want!!!!!  My brain is overloading with possible projects, but this one is being the most persistant



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Double Period Project: Final Pictures

Here are my final pictures of my entry.  I went to a local museum and they were kind enough to let me take pictures all over the place including several roped off areas. 


  
   
 

Here are a few detail shots, including the only shot I got of the dust ruffle.

 

I used a modified TV Fantail for the underskirt and draped the overskirt.  The bodice was also a modified TV pattern.  I had originally wanted to make the bodice with the high neck and collars like men's coats and vests, but then I found this painting
 
and I like the idea of a more "evening" style dress.  I would like someday to add lace cuffs etc., but not right now. 
Nothing special about the underwear.  I was able to make a slip and tournure out of scraps of last years new undies.  I do wish I had entered the corset part of this contest.  Ithought I had a perfectly good victorian corset so I couldn't justify making a new one, but after using it I noticed several seams are just about done for and the busk is rubbing through....time to canabalize the parts for a new one :-)
Well that's all, I can't wait to see everyone else's entries!!!  WIth two popular eras I hope there will be more than last year!

Double Period Project: Inspiration

I finally got my dress done!!!  I will be posting pictures later today, but thought I would go ahead and post my inspiration pics and some misc.

I had a hard time deciding which era to enter for "Your Wardrobe Unlocked's Double Period Project".  Natural Form or the 18th century Revolutionary era.  I love them both so I choose to sort of combine them as per these fashion Plates

 

I set a few rules for myself....Stash Fabrics Only!!  As I got started that rule was very hard to follow.  I would have done a few things differently with more funds availble.  The stash only was hard, but sewing with baby was even harder.


Why is the dress on the desk?

To keep it out of these sweet little fingers!

More pictures later!

 

I haven't died, but I have dropped off the face of the world for the past few months to enjoy my new little boy!!  Posts probably won't be to consistent, but  here are a few updates.

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A very important customer!!

My Mother and I have a very important client  at the moment.  We are working on a joint project for my Brother's belated Christmas/Birthday gift.

Here is the inspiration



Yep he wants a "Hussar" jacket.  Can't say that I blame him, I want one too!!!!  My Mom is making the jacket base and I get the fun task of sewing on the braid.



Here is what we have done so far.  I will post pictures as we go!
 
Well folks that is all.  I made this journal just for this contest so it has been a learning experience.  I never did figure out how to place things under the cut, so I apologize for any viewing inconviences.

Here is just a brief run down of my Entry for this contest. 
I added tags to each entry to make finding things alittle easier and they can be found on the sidebar to the right.  In general they are

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 1
This tag is for any inspiration and general info about the project.

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 2
This is for the Mock-ups of the original patterns.

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 3
This is for all of the Underpinnings that I made for the contest.  They include a Chemise, Pantalets, Modesty Slip, Hoopskirt, and a Ruffled Petticoat.

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 4
Mock-up of the overbodice, and trimming ideas.

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 5
This is my entry into the corset segment of the contest.

Your Wardrobe Unlocked part 6
This is the finished outfit.

I am entering the contest as an experienced seamstress, in the most skillful workmanship category.  Now that I am finished I am getting excited to finally be able to see everyone else's entries.  I wish everyone the best of luck

Grace E.

 

SPP - Photo Shoot

I finally finished the dress, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it.
We went out today and took a ton of pictures.  It was very sunny out, but they turned out pretty good.  Someday I would love to go to a historical mansion and get some period style pictures. 

Making this dress has been so much fun I hope I took enough pictures to show you all everything.
Here they are, Enjoy!!!


Click on the pictures to see the full sized version.
 





 

SPP Corset contest

Vena Cava sponsored a corset contest in conjuction with Your Wardrobe Unlocked, and here is what I came up with.
I have always loved the look of the "ventilator" corsets like this one below.



I wanted the shape of the 1860's with the fun details of this type of corset.  Here is what I came up with.  I used black twill tape for the body, and black satin ribbon for the binding.  It is only boned in plastic because that is all I had on hand.  I really, really love this corset so much so that I have started another in cream, satin ribbons and I intend to do it up in steel.


  






 
While toying with the whole decorating idea, I found that I really love peplums and little overskirts.  Like these.



And of course my favorite Worth dress of all time has a peplumed over bodice, and it became my main inspiration


Here is my first mock up of the overbodice.  On the final one I ended up making the bottom much fuller.  But all in all I really liked the look of it.

Now that my undies and my mock up were done, I kept trying to figure out how to make my dress.  I had found the most beautiful black shot copper taffeta, and a corresponding heavy, gold satin, and I just couldn't figure out what to do.  I started out with the idea of a fall inspired dress with embroidered leaves and I went so far as to embroider some of the leaves.  I also made several yards of  bias tubing out of the gold fabric to try making branches out of.  When it came time however to start decorating the skirt, I started pinning the tubing around and found a completely new idea that I just fell in love with....... So with out further ado here is my test that I fell in love with.



Of course I couldn't leave it that simple!!