October 10, 2011

September 30, 2011

1904 Vest and Blouse

 I can't seem to get enough of this blue swirl silk (previously it was made into an 1880s polonaise).  I love how this picture shows it's many characteristics.  From some angles it looks bright blue, from others it is brown.  I believe they call that "shot" silk because the warp and weft use different colors. 

Above is a late 1800s vest made from a Folkwear pattern.  It went together easily and is line with cotton.  It is made to be worn over the cotton blouse pictured below:
This is a cotton muslin from the home dec section that has diamond pin tucks all over.  the front gathers at the neckline and it buttons down the back with some antique shell buttons. 

Although the designs on these fabrics may not be perfectly accurate, the fibers are, and the styles are.  It's two out of three, and for me that is enough.  Always an interesting question though.  As my reader, what is your opinion on historical accuracy?  Are you a purest?  An "accurate as you can be within reason"?  Or a "don't really care, just want to sew and dress up"?

September 28, 2011


...someday you just might get the urge to pipe everything in red.  I did.  But don't worry, it's historically accurate.  Linda, my friend at the museum found an extant 1905 blouse with blue check fabric like the one above--piped in red. 

This blouse is for Linda actually.  The living history program she curates (is that a word...the living history program she is curator of?) just made the switch from 1880 to 1904 so she gets a new wardrobe!  This is a work blouse incorporating as much detail as possible so it feels *slightly* more like a nice blouse. 

I used a Rocking Horse Farm pattern, botched the cuffs--I'm sure of it, and piped everything.  The buttons were an amazing find from a 50 cent clearance rack at the fabric store.

I've got many more 1904 garments to post.  I suppose I should even make a new category for them.  Now isn't that fancy!

September 27, 2011

Wally Pops

Some girls I love run the Etsy shop, Pretty Wit.  Marguerite is the designer and creator of the irresistible Wally Pops.  Morgandy is the little guy who lives with me. 
He is a frequent resident of my rear view mirror, and while at school last semester, my friend Kami fell in love with him. 
For Kami's birthday I commissioned Marguerite to make a wally pop perfectly suited to my friend and she didn't disappoint!  Gabrielle arrived beautifully crafted with the sweetest smile!  The only things I told Marg were that Kami loves pink, Paris, and cupcakes.  Below is the description that was impeccably penned on Gabrielle's birth certificate:
"Bonjour! This is Gabrielle. She loves to bake sweet things and always takes time to make everything beautiful. She is often found sitting at sidewalk caf├ęs sipping Perrier and having long conversations with friends. She loves to ride her bike over the cobblestone streets and stop at all the old bridges to listen to the music drift over the river and fade into the pink sunset beyond the sparkling lights of Paris"
If you're looking for a gift for your bestie, I suggest you check out the Pretty Wit shop to adopt a Wally of your own!

September 23, 2011

A Friday Link

Hello my friends!  I think Friday is a good day to share links.  Because now, you have all weekend to go off and enjoy it.  Today it is a show.  I think you all will really like it, it is a fascinating glimpse into Victorian farm life.

I discovered this link from the Sense and Sensibility forum.  It was a television series produced in the UK in 2009.  I love how it is done by people genuinely interested in history.  This isn't one of those lets-throw-them-out-of-their-comfort-zone-and-see-how-much-drama-we-can-get kind of shows.  


p.s. see the snazzy new widget on the sidebar that shows what I'm working on?  That's to keep me accountable and make sure I actually finish my work!

September 03, 2011

Dorset Button Tutorial

A fellow blogger shared this link several months ago.  Although this blog was inactive, I didn't want any of my fellow costuming friends to miss seeing it, so have saved it in the drafts until this perfect occasion.

The link is from Burda Style, on making Dorset buttons.  They are so lovely, and just the perfect touch for a historic costume.  They are especially great as shirt buttons for men and women.  Enjoy!  Dorset Button Tutorial

August 26, 2011

The Three Spinsters and I (the unofficial fourth spinster)

Three of my very dear friends are Genevieve, Marguerite, and Aimee from The Three Spinsters.

Earlier this month we had a lovely soiree, which included clothing that has been out of fashion for at least 100 years*, a dip in the pond, and stories around the campfire.

*they included that lovely bit in the invitation, which gave me much amusement!

One afternoon, while lounging on the grass doing handwork, we happened on the idea of imitating a painting.  In essence, finding a painting with four girls in it, making the dresses, and posing for a replica photograph.  I have seen it done very well before with Portrait of the Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Maids of Honor
Picture from demodecoture.com

Lavender's Green also did one, The Croquet Game, by Winslow Homer.
Picture from mauicroquetclub.org

So, the T.S.S. and I are on the lookout for paintings with four girls.  The only one I have found so far is below.  It is a little dull, with three matching dresses and one black one, but Jeb could even have a part in it!
Oh the fun we will have!

August 22, 2011

Forgot to mention...

It's GarretCorner (dot!) com now. 

We have our own domain.  It's exciting. 

Your browser should automatically redirect, but I still wanted to share.


August 20, 2011

Have Dress...Need Event

The newest dress in my collection has been in progress since May 2010!  Normally I do not let things drag on that long, but I wanted this one to be perfect.  I was also hand sewing it, and the sleeves required several trial versions.  The last few stitches were added while visiting my aunt and when I finished we had a photo shoot in her parlor.    

Original inspiration came from a dress picture on the Sense and Sensibility England Blog.  It was a snapshot from a museum, of a sea foam colored dress covered with ornate trimming.  I attempted to find the exact color, but was unsuccessful.  This silk I found on sale for $4 per yard after Christmas, but there was only 2.25 yards left.  This is the most precisely cut dress I have ever made, and I was left with about 10 square inches of fabric left!  

Eventually I think I will add more  trimming.  Typically my dresses get a little something new added every time I wear them and as this post suggests, I am still looking for the perfect event. 


August 18, 2011

A Reintroduction

I'm back!  Hello to my old friends, hello to new ones.

Six months have passed since I needed a break from the internet world, and a lot has happened:

In December I completed a Senior capstone project, designing clothing for women who have undergone mastectomies and need clothing suited to prosthesis.

In January, February and March, I designed and constructed a line of clothing that was showcased in the school fashion show.

In April I graduated!

In May I moved 5 states away to do a costuming internship.

In June, and July, I constructed 70 garments for the museum, helped with historic demonstrations, and learned a little bit about collections work.

Now it's August.  I'm enjoying the sun, doing some interesting projects, and looking forward to reconnecting with Garret Corner readers once again.  

So, I am really back.  The Garret Corner is inhabited once again.