August 30, 2009
August 28, 2009
This is a dress I made from Vintage Vogue 1043. It's a 1940's design, but the fabric reminds me of a 1930's flour sack so it is a mixed dress.
August 26, 2009
August 25, 2009
The pattern again is TV904. It is made up in an incredible Italian silk that unfortunately doesn't photograph very well. The background is a lovely sky blue, with brown swirls all over. To get to sew on fabric like this was amazing, it took days until I was brave enough to cut it, and I would just gaze at it lovingly while it was spread out on the table!
Linda did most of the trimming herself, but I did some of the brown pleating around the neckline. We spent lots of time at the ironing board burning ourselves before we caved and bought a pleating attachment for the sewing machine. It will get tons of good use though because the ladies in 1880 were obsessed with pleats!
The Polonaise pattern is Truly Victorian 904. We changed it into a high neck with collar, and square back "pouf" instead of curved. Sorry, it's hard to describe some of the parts of this dress! Unfortunately I would never recommend this pattern, it gave us so much grief. We did a lot of mock ups first, so now Linda has her own custom pattern for making this polonaise.
The pleated trim on the Polonaise was copied from a tiny, one inch square sketch from a Godey's Lady Book, and it certainly turned out dramatic!
The skirt is Truly Victorian 221. It is very narrow, fitted around the front then pleated in the back. It works well under the Polonaise, or an overskirt and accommodates a bustle well. For plain work dresses we usually use the slightly fuller TV 201.
We were considering doing a row of pleating around the bottom of the skirt because of its popularity in the 80's. It wasn't really exciting us though, but we happened to find this picture of an existing 1880's gown. We loved it, and I added it to the skirt, modifying it slightly.
Each piece is piped in the red cotton and it is placed lower on the skirt so it can be seen from under the polonaise. The horizontal band is sewn securely on, but the tabs are only attached at the top so they can dangle freely.
This is another dress that might be seen in the Jesse James movie, so keep your eyes peeled on November 16th!
August 23, 2009
We found a front and back view of it on line and decided to copy it. We used wool flannel from Denver Fabrics, homemade black cotton bias tape, and extra large hooks and eyes. They are hard to see, but six of them run along the front edge for decoration.
It's been months since I finished it, but we finally had a photo shoot in an alley downtown.
August 22, 2009
She has been sewing most of her life, but isn't as obsessed as I am. Once in a while I have to share my space with her and she leaves pins all over the floor and uses up my bobbin thread.
For a few years she participated in 4H and won countless awards. Her garments often won Grand Champion, and she received many prizes for modeling. She even had to model one year at State fair with her arm in a full cast!
My sis is also a fashionista. She can set the trends, which I believe is a skill. While cleaning out my Grandmothers house, she had a grand idea to use her old handkerchiefs and scarfs to make a skirt. Here is the result:
August 18, 2009
I finished reading Little Dorrit last night, it was another off the large pile on my nightstand. The BBC adaptation that was on Masterpiece Theater this spring inspired me to read the book. Oh how I wish now that I had taped that series because they did such a wonderful job with it!
August 17, 2009
It's such a fun way to use some of your favorite fabric scraps.
I had one little onesie left over from a gift I made years ago and I figured some baby would be very happy in it. Especially with a yummy pink cupcake on the front!
August 14, 2009
Here is Jesse James Himself
He looks pretty tough
But usually he's a nice guy
This is Jennifer. I think she's enjoying this.
This is Thor. I don't think he's enjoying it as much.
Now I think Jesse has met his match.
This is Linda. She is in control.
And this is me, having way to much fun.
It's time to board the Stage.
And we're off! The horse is called Harry.
Uh-oh, we're being surrounded.
Regrettably, the ensuing action was a little chaotic so I don't have pictures. Lots of great stuff was filmed though, I can't wait to see it!