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