poetry 004

Translation )

This morning, I started out with coffee, Spanish magnetic poetry, and NPR. By the time I realized that this is probably not a combination that most people would start their days with, I had puzzled together a poem which is so like a poem by Pablo Neruda that I'm ashamed. Señor Neruda, I'm sorry you are dead and I'm acting like an Elizabethan playwright. It will not happen again. My apologies also for my magnetic poetry kit not having enough "mi" or "me" tiles.


Also, Saturday, I started my gloves for Plimoth Plantation. (I'm not sure if they're still taking volunteer knitters, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. There are some additional posts with regard to knitting after the one I linked to.) I'm still working on the thumb gusset of the first glove. It's amazing how little knitting gloves has changed since the 17th century. (Assuming, of course, that the pattern uses period techniques.) The only deviation is the big ol' gauntlet, but that's more of a style thing than a construction thing. It's a great project, and I can't wait to finish these so I can make some of my own.

yarn 004

The yarn that I dyed for my projected sortie-cap-that's-not-a-sortie-cap turned out a lovely olive-y green. A quick survey of headgear on 1850s/60s ladies showed that pretty much any color was a go. I'm planning on pairing this with red or burgundy ribbons. I think the olive will save it from looking like Christmas.

And now I need to go iron the fabric for my 1870s corset, because I have been procrastinating on it for too long. My friend and I are obviously not going to Milwaukee this winter, as she had the opportunity to travel over her winter break, but some day. And there's always potential MACS events to look forward to.
21 September 2007 @ 08:27 pm
1. I am completely in love with the icon I'm using for this entry. Vintage photos of pretty girls? Pssst. Butterflies? Hell yeah!

2. Last night, I sketched up the design for the 1870s dress. The whole thing is here, but there are selected bits of it under the cut. Here's the original, if you need a refresher.

The purpose of this sketch was to get the seamlines of the jacket firmly in my head. You really can't see any seams in the photos I have, so I used this paletot from the March 1877 Peterson's magazine to give me a guide. It has two darts in the front, while the pink/gold bustle gown has only one, but I'll probably use the pattern for the paletot as a base. (My original plan was to use a Truly Victorian bodice pattern. In the end, it will probably be a combination.)

Behold my masterwork! )

If anybody has any suggestions about proportions, etc. feel free to share them!

Crossposted after a fashion (har har har) to [ profile] dressdiaries -- sorry if this shows up twice on your flist.
Current Music: If I Had a Million Dollars -- Barenaked Ladies
20 September 2007 @ 01:22 am
Since I needed a new chemise for the bustle outfit, I made one today. I was planning on using my 1860s chemise, but I hate it*, so I ripped it apart to make this one. It took me about four hours, from drafting the pattern to hemming. I used the 1889 chemise pattern from The Ladies Treasury, a online collection of patterns/articles from 19th century fashion magazines.

And I know I promised pictures of myself in my underwear sometime on this journal, but today is not that day. It's just laid out on my bed.

  • Fabric: about 2.5 yards of 36" wide cotton muslin
  • Thread: White Guterman polyester
  • Notions: White polyester/cotton eyelet lace, app. 1.5 yards

An Ode to Singer Sewing Machines OR Zig Zag Stitches I Have Known )

I am pleased with it. It took very little time, and it has a little bit of lace on it. It makes me feel girly. There's nothing especially to be proud about with the construction, but I know I can toss it in the washing machine and not worry. It balances out.

Of course, now I have the urge to make myself a pair of drawers with tons of embroidery and lace and tucks. But I'm out of white muslin, so it's going to have to wait.

*The 1860s chemise was the Simplicity pattern, the sleeves were too full to fit under anything. I can't figure out what the pattern designer was thinking with that.
Current Music: Musa Venit Carmine -- Mediaeval Baebes
18 September 2007 @ 08:57 pm
This post will take us from buckram to covering the hat in velvet. The as yet unwritten Phase One (Patterning) will appear when I get around to taking pictures of myself with a grocery bag on my head, which I'm sure won't take too long, since I love to put ridiculous things on my head. I've never been to a party with lampshades, but rest assured that if I do go, there will be one on my noggin in short order.

I am proud to say that there is not a drop of glue on this hat and it is entirely handsewn. Additionally, all materials came out of my stash, but the final cost would probably be less than $25.

Materials used
  • heavyweight buckram
  • 14 gauge electric fencing wire (in place of millinery wire; less than 2 yds)
  • thread (button, regular sewing, and silk)
  • fabric (less than a quarter-yard of cotton muslin, flannel, and black velvet)
  • double-fold bias binding
  • 1/2" wide ribbon

  • darning needle (curved needle recommended)
  • pliers
  • thimble
  • scissors

There are a lot of pictures under the cut, but they're small.

Next week [I] shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. )

Next comes trimming. Which I don't actually have any pictures of (the process), so just see my last journal entry.

The quote in the cut is from a letter Jane Austen wrote in 1798. I highly recommend you read the quotes from her letters if you need some amusement. My favorites: "I give you joy of our new nephew, and hope if he ever comes to be hanged it will not be till we are too old to care about it." and "At the bottom of Kingsdown Hill we met a gentleman in a buggy, who, on minute examination, turned out to be Dr. Hall -- and Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead."
18 September 2007 @ 03:58 pm
I'll post a more detailed entry following the construction process later; I need to figure out which of the approximately billion pics to use.

Three pictures )

There are some more of the process in the gallery, though I still have to upload about ten. Most of them have notes, but not enough to explain how I put it together. If anyone has the burning need to see the huge original photos, let me know. I'll e-mail them to you or try to upload them.
Current Music: Poor Irish Stranger -- Niamh Parsons