vendredi 30 mars 2012

Beaded belt progressing and new summer dress

Hi! Sorry it's been a while since my last post. I'm still working on my 1912 gown, but we had a week of summer weather recently (and afterwards it went back to freezing) and it got me thinking that I don't really have any nice summer dresses. So I went through my collection of vintage patterns and dug up this one:

Here's what I came up with. The copyright on it is from 1959! I also wanted the dress to look a little bit like the Downton Abbey styles in a modern way, so I loved the idea of the high waistline. I chose a navy blue cotton blend and some cream crepe. 

This is the result! Sorry the pictures are so bad, I'll take some good ones when the weather will be better. 

I'm quite pleased with the result, even though the back is a bit wrinkly. I think it's because the style is not supposed to be that adjusted, combined with my deep lower back curve. 

Progress on my beaded belt

This is a baby's bonnet I have starded, again with a DROPS design pattern. The yarn I used is called SeaWool and is a wonder to work with (and is also expensive).

Oh and as for my 1840's stays, they're basically done but I haven't found a busk yet. So I'm waiting to eitner find something that would fit or to find a nice piece of wood to make one. 

jeudi 15 mars 2012

What I've been up to regarding my 1912 gown

Here are the beginnings of my 1912 evening gown.

Pattern pieces

Beginnings of the beading of the belt

After another 4-5 hours of beading, we can see some progress on the belt!

A very simple shift. I needed something to wear under the corset, so I made this up. The only decoration in it is some lace on the neckline. It comes down to my knees. 

Lacy hat for a baby

Hello, this is one of the things I have been woring on lately, in parallel with my costuming projects. It is a baby's lacy old-fashionned bonnet. I used this Drops Design pattern (in french, but I think they have them in other languages). I only modified the back of the bonnet because I love little bonnets with circles in the back instead of the ''square'' back. It was knitted with a wonderful yarn my sister gave me for Christmas, and I believe it is a mix of very soft wool and seaweed. Whatever it is, it was a wonder to work with.

samedi 10 mars 2012

A Quick Update

Enough with the giveaway publicity now, here is what I'm currently working on. It's a 1912 evening gown for the Titanic centennial. I also touched up my Titanic ''Swim'' dress, but haven't taken pictures yet. The new one is the 1912 christmas dress from this website. The pattern given is just a layout so I had to draft it. I used bits of the Simplicity 8339 (the Titanic-inspired one) pattern as a base for the underskirt and the bodice but modified the cut a little to get the deep V-neck shape. I made up the overskirt and the belt with the images I had.
This is the picture from the website:

Mine will have a cream crepe lining with a cream textured chiffon underskirt. The overskirt and overbodice will be of a very pretty and delicate pink silk. The belt will be black with gold beading (that's gonna take hours to make), and I'm still thinking about the look of the headband but there will be one and a feather which I have already purchased. I will also have some black ''Astoria'' shoes by American Duchess. 

The patterning part is done and the pieces are all cut. I've also already started on the beading of the belt.  It's only a matter of time before I get it done!!

vendredi 9 mars 2012

Wearing History blouse pattern

While we're all into 1910's fashion, here is a nice pattern I came upon today. They're having a giveaway of it because it's a new release. Anyway, here is the picture:

Pretty isn't it? Here is the link if you want to know more. 

Have a nice day!

mercredi 7 mars 2012

Ooh the lovely shoes!

I recently purchased a pair of ''Astoria'' Edwardian shoes from American Duchess. Her newest model is yet another 18th century shoe and is calles the ''Kensington''. I wish I had the money to order a pair right away!! It comes in red and black and is just lovely.  I don't know which color I like the best!
"Kensington" 18th Century Leather Shoes
Ruby Red or Coal Black
Pre-Order Now Open
March 5- 19, 2012
On Sale - $99 ($120
Go to
Ordering is unlimited on all women's USA sizes 6 through 12, including half sizes.
Our new "Kensingtons" come in ruby red or coal black, and are the picture perfect shoe for re-enactors and Colonial costumers, particularly for those portraying the 1770s and 80s.  Kensies feature our custom designed Louis heel, along with a hand-stretched pointed toe, and period-correct latchets and seaming.
Delivery in May 2012.