September 24, 2010

Burgundy Travelling Dress

I began working on this gown right as summer started.  The Association for Living History Farm and Agriculture Museums (ALFAM) was having its annual meeting and attendees were invited to wear their finest raiment for the evening event.  The original inspiration came from a picture I have included below.  The fabric is a lightweight wool, and cut velvet curtain panels.  

The tails are such a unique addition to this dress, along with the buttons, which are all originals.  Along the front are rectangular glass ones with a gold detail, and on the back are two large brown ones.  The skirt was the most complicated part for me.  With its ruched front panels it was incredibly heavy and unwieldy. 

This is the pattern I used, although I altered the front to have an asymmetrical opening like the original below.  I also took some fullness out of the tails so there were not as many pleats as shown. 

September 20, 2010

My Weekend

My weekend consisted of a visit in Seattle with my Aunt, and old episodes of Project Runway...
What can I say?  It was the first time I had ever watched an entire episode, and while I wasn't hooked, I did enjoy them.  The drama shows are really not my type.   I hate the cruel banter, and the out of control emotions, but what I did like about this show was the inside look at creating a high end garment in a short period of time.  Some of the things I make take an embarrassingly long amount of time, but these designers often had less than a day to design, drape, shop, sew, fit, and finish.  Wow!  Now I'm inspired to finish the dress that's been in progress since May...

September 14, 2010

Building Inspiration

I am designing a clothing line.  I am also discovering how challenging it is to design a clothing line.  And I am finding how often my clothing designs are inspired by interiors.
These neutrals are spiced up with a splash of bold color, and the richness of the gilt mirrors.

And then here is a room full of color and energy, yet still grounded with neutrals.  

This is my favorite, the texture of an old house paired with the smooth wood and glossy silver.  

--I suppose inspiration can come in many forms

September 10, 2010

Lowell Mill Dress

This is the Lowell Mill dress, by Past Patterns.  I shared its construction earlier, but finally I have some nice pictures. It really was amazing to sew.  The fabric was lovely, and it was the first time I have done leg o' mutton sleeves.  Much of this dress is topstiched, and a garment becomes so much more dear after hours spent handstiching. 
The Pelerine is the only thing that varies from the pattern.  I copied it from a gown in the Tasha Tudor collection.  In my opinion it's extra large scallops are striking. 

September 09, 2010

Regency Frock Coat

Finally I am ready to share many of the things I was working on this summer.  School has started and my sewing has been pushed on the back burner.

This Frock coat is made from a medium weight black wool.  It will be very warm for its owner, but it sure looks dashing.  The buttons are going to be hand done by its owner, so straight pins are my substitute in this picture.

Something I did not know about Regency Coats: there is actually boning in the collar to hold it upright and give it body.  Using the welt pocket tutorial, I made functioning pockets on this pattern which just had fake flaps. 

September 05, 2010

Wall Art

Here is the finished wall art!  My inspiration came from a tutorial on How About Orange.  These are about 12 inch squares painted and monogrammed with sharpies.  They are actually cardboard too... basically its the ultimate in frugal wall art.

September 02, 2010


Hello Friends, I am here I've just been preoccupied.  School is back in session and I've moved back into my little apartment. 

The walls are shamefully bare though, so I'm looking for decorating ideas.  Any advice is appreciated.

Happy September!