mardi 20 janvier 2015

Sneak Peek of the Newly Made Regency Ballgowns!!

Hi! I just recently finished the last touches on our regency Ball gowns!! One for my mum, and one for me. I will most likely make two more (one each) because we will have 3 balls this year, and you really can't wear the same dress for all the balls (or maybe I just need a reason to make more dresses haha)! So. My inspiration came a lot from the movie Vanity Fair, with all it's brightly coloured costumes. My mum's dress is made with royal blue silk taffeta from Vietnam. Mine is made with a vintage Indian sari that I got on eBay. Using the sari for a Regency dress does not only look fabulous, it's actually period accurate!! Trade between India and England was already well established in the Regency era, so fashionable ladies could have stunning dresses made with luscious Indian silks.

Well anyway, here are the pictures. We will have good ones taken at out Regency ball in april in full getup.

The first one is mine. The sari was already embroidered. I strategically used the various parts of the sari to make the bodice, skirt, sleeves, bib and ties. I sill have a length of it left, I'll see what I do with it! Isn't the color absolutely stunning?

And this one is my mother in her silk taffeta dress. It's incredibly light and super comfortable!!

Notice Charming the cat in the bottom corner!! I think he was in need of attention!

I'm really pleased with how they both turned out. Still plenty of garments to make for the festival and other events, but I think I'm making good time.

Have a nice day!

mardi 6 janvier 2015

Christmas presents...

Hi! Hope everyone had a good Holiday season. Too bad it's all over. Over here, in Canada, we're in the coldest part of the year (it's around -20˚C today, and tomorrow is supposed to be colder). So we stay inside and knit, sew, read, look at the fire and pray that the car will start next time I'm called to work. Well anyway, This Christmas I tried to make as many homemade presents as I could. I think handmade presents are so much more unique than store bought ones. So I got started in november and tried to make stuff for everyone. We don't exchange a whole lot of presents, so that was entirely doable. Here are a few pictures of what I made:

These three lovelies are waldorf-style soft dolls. I made them for the two new babies that were born in the family this year. The third one is mine, I thought they were so cute I decided to make one more! They also each got a little knitted hat too. 

This lovely is a silk regency reticule I made for a friend. The silk is from Vietnam, and I found the embroidery pattern online. She was really happy with it!

This one is a tea cosy I made for the house. I got the pattern from Jane Austen Knits, but altered it a little bit. 

And these are butterfly wings I made for my cousin's Three-year-old little girl. You put them on like a backpack and there are little elastics at the end of the wings that you put around your wrists. Wish I took a picture of her wearing them!

I also made some other things that I forgot to take pictured of. There were lace gloves and a regency tie for friends, Some hand puppets for my stepmother's children, a knittet winter hat for my father and a set of finger puppets fot my cousin's daughter. Everyone was really happy with their presents! 

Now I'm off to resume work on our Regency wardrobes. I'm almost finished with my orange ball gown. It's going to be stunning. I'm so excited to try it on once finished!!!

Oh, and I almost forgot: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!