June 29, 2009
June 28, 2009
June 26, 2009
This dress is made from a lightweight forest green wool fabric. It has large pagoda sleeves, undersleeves (not pictured) a pointed front, and a dart fitted bodice. The points in the front actually flare out when worn over a hoop skirt.
Of course it features Czech glass buttons! These ones have colored rhinestones glued in the center. Unfortunately my camera doesn't do them justice.
The skirt has a combination of pleating and gauging, and it has a faced and bound hem. There are no pictures of it yet because it doesn't look very good on a hanger.
There is still some trim and a collar to be added to the dress, however I won't be putting them on. Perhaps I can get pictures of it eventually. If you are wondering, I made the connection for this job through the museum I volunteer at. It was a one time deal, but perhaps I will be able to do more film costuming in the future.
June 25, 2009
June 23, 2009
This hat I made for my awesome little brother. He wears hats boldly, and with style. His hat collection is more than I can count, and he loves to search thrift stores and yard sales for new and interesting hats. It was nice to make something for him that he loves. The pattern is Simplicity 2581
June 21, 2009
A local bead store bought boxes full of these buttons in bulk. However, to find matching sets you have to dig. And dig. And dig. I spent an hour unearthing these ones, and my eyes were starting to cross. Eventually I narrowed down the piles I had chosen to these four, but I hope to go back soon for more!
These are the four different patterns I chose. The big one in the back you will see in use very soon!
June 16, 2009
June 12, 2009
This style of hat was typically worn by young girls, and during this event an older lady told me that the streamers were nicknamed "catch me if you can ribbons." Hmm, I should be careful.
June 09, 2009
Miser bags are seen throughout the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This one is based off an original pattern from 1922. I'm not exactly sure how they get their name. Maybe because you divide your money between the two pouches and spend half and hoard the rest.
Most of the bag is crocheted with single crochet, and the designs are done with Czechoslovakian glass beads. I don't know exactly how long it took to make, but I did have to rip out almost half and start over again because it was turning out too big.
Are you wondering how to open it?
You slide over one ring and then you can get into one of the pouches, and you slide them both over to get into the other side.
June 08, 2009
It's not exactly a hat I would put on my head--the inside is still unfinished and would stick.
I used wire to create the shape I wanted then covered the wire with duct tape. The ribbon is just for looks of course.
I used this duct tape hat to create the pattern for my regency bonnet. Unable to think of a way to draft the curved brim I needed, I finally decided to first make it in 3-d, and then drape interfacing over it to create my brim piece.
But of course I couldn't throw away such a cute hat, so it resides on the shelf next to all my others.