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
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