Last weekend my Mom sent me a picture of an adorable bag she had sewn. It inspired me, so after finishing my homework on Sunday night I went into the sewing lab and made this purse. I used this Buttercup Bag pattern, and made it out of a grey suiting with plum lining. The black buttons were added on a whim!
Today I spent the morning with a dear friend of mine sewing German Dirndls. We have been talking about making them for months, so we finally we decided to just go ahead and start. Yesterday I spent some time searching for inspiration, and came up with a large number of wonderful pictures.
First of course, I looked at the Sound of Music. Maria's dresses are truly lovely.
Here are the current von Trapp family singers wearing German Dirndls for their performance. This one I found up for sale on the German version of Ebay. It would probably be saved for special occasions. Here's another one from www.ebay.de. Disregarding the unflattering pose, I love the bodice front with the lacing. Here are sweet matching dresses that look easy to make.
As for the accessories, I love the Edelweiss necklaces,
And these amazing stockings! And how could I not resist sharing these adorable pictures of the children!
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloddthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors. But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. ~ Psalm 5:1-7 ~
This is the last thing I finished over my winter break, an 1830's gown for my friend Linda at the museum. Our inspiration was this dress from the Tasha Tudor collection.
We used reproduction fabric from the Sturbridge village collection and the Lowell Mill dress pattern from Past Patterns.
It is hard to see details because of the busy fabric, but here is the finished bodice front. It has a darted and gathered front bodice, a square piped neckline, banded down leg of mutton sleeves, waistband, and a pleated skirt.
I did not use the Past pattern pelerine pattern because we wanted one that was more dramatically scalloped like in the picture. Instead I drafted it, and it is fully piped with a contrasting color.
This pattern was wonderful to work with. It had very clear instructions and fit with only a slight bit of tweaking. There are 17 pages of research included about the original dress, and other similar ones worn during the time period at the Lowell Mill. It was an expensive pattern, but includes all sizes and would be easy to alter for many different 1830s looks.
The Lowell Mill pattern has you put together the dress exactly like the original was done and I found it very unusual. The darts and seams are all folded under and then topstiched together. I imagine that this would be inconvenient if extensive alterations have to be done later. Because of the strange technique, about 75% of this dress was done by hand. Personally I love the appearance it gives on the outside.
Linda and I decided to use a contrasting piping on this dress because it is one of the only decades where we have seen it done on originals. Many of the other eras only have matching piping, but we saw many examples of contrast on Tasha Tudor's gowns and other sources. It also provides visual interest since there is very little trimming done on the gown.
Of course, after making this dress I had to have one in my size--so I'm working on another in all my spare time :) It will make it's appearance eventually and then Linda and I can pose like the cover from Wives and Daughters!
This was another project I did for a friend of mine over the break. She already had a regency dress, and hired me to make a jacket. I used the Sense and Sensibility pattern, and it went together smoothly. We used a navy blue cotton velveteen, with metal buttons in front and on the cuffs. Now we are both ready to participate in the Oregon Regency Society's 2010 events!
I did not make very many Christmas gifts this year as I was busy with finals and only arrived home one week in advance. Instead I enjoyed spending that time with my siblings and cooking with my Mom. The one gift I did make was this computer case for my younger brother.
It closes in the back with velcro and fits his laptop snugly. He was thrilled with it, which is always a good reward for a homemade gift!
"Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."