perjantai 2. toukokuuta 2014

A new blog

This blog won't be updated anymore, and the posts will be moved (as soon as I figure out how)
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maanantai 14. tammikuuta 2013

DIY knit minidress from two knit shirts

The local charity second hand shop has every now and then sales, this time I got
why did blogger rotate the pic?
Down, black (knit fabric) shirt, mint condition, for 2€,  I love the and big boxy sleeves, and glittery silver stripes. but I knew as I saw it, it's just way too short...
 so,  I rammed through things and found a knit shirt (up) for 1€
This one was clearly used but the knit was exactly what I was looking for, a very flexible rib to become the tight skirt part of the dress.
with black legging trousers, the silver stripes and big sleeves balances the proportions and gives a figure not bad for this slightly over-weight body.

Basically, just cut the down part of the rib shirt and sew the tube to the hem of the other shirt.
Instant knitted minidress!

perjantai 11. tammikuuta 2013

Robe a la Turque

robe a la turque over 1844 corset, rather victorian feel.
 Red & black taffeta were a bit of a mis-choice for a late rococo gown, as it looks more like saloon girl than Marie Antoinette. However, this was a halloween gown, so it doesn't matter.
 Red taffeta robe a la Turque, worn over 18th century stays, a bum roll, red shiffron long sleeved ruffled shirt, black taffeta skirt. Celtic cross pin (originally got it for my kilt) and taffeta ribbon. Black velvet choker from the old gothic girl days, and ostrich plum over roughly put up wig...
Hem of the skirt, pleated taffeta with sateen ribbon and beads hand stitched.

taffeta rosette with brass button

Learning to like zone front gowns, so something similar will propably get made some day...

maanantai 22. lokakuuta 2012

Robe à la Turque

Current project, Robe à la Turque:
 robe a la turque quick sketch
I was planning on the same frosty pink I used for the last Rococo corset, but I also have some mint green taffeta... so, as I couldn't decide, I thought that I'd just make a quick one for Halloween, as I had the cheap dark red taffeta I failed to use last Halloween and decide on the "real" 18th century ball gown later.
 Robe a la Turque WIP

Rococo Corset - 18th Century Stays

Needed a nice pair of 18th Century Stays, and decided on a pretty frosty pink to make something really Marie Antoinetteish.

18th Century Stays 01

18th Century Stays 02
18th Century Stays 03

 18th Century Stays 04
You wish.
I had a piece of "Midnight Pastoral" fabric by Alexander Henry, and so another piece of whimsical clothing was born instead of historical accuracy.

18th Century Stays 05
Yay for 17th century drunk corpses?
I also used another toile by Laura Ashley as lining:
18th Century Stays 06
18th Century Stays 07
18th Century Stays 08 It is wearable now, to finish the corset the lower edge needs binding but I'll leave that to a day I want to get frustrated...

1912 "Titanic" Corset

This one was ready before deadline, but I had such a busy summer I didn't get to update blog.
Here's some photos of the finished Corset for Sew Along!
The corset is worn over a lovely tunic I found at a second hand shop and the Art Nouveau (or Jugend, as it is know around here) style fireplace in the background is actually from 1911!
Titanic corset side
Titanic corset front
Found some lovely turquoise lace and also used similar color for flossing (decorative stitching in the end of the boning)
Unfortunately, didn't get to go or arrange any "Titanic" events either, but "The Night to Remember" was on TV in the week Titanic sank 100 years ago, so I entertained myself by watching it dressed as Edwardian as I could gather from my wardrobe.

tiistai 14. helmikuuta 2012

1911 corset sew along - Almost Finished!

Trimming and decorating to do! That's the tricky part... Should I just trim it with the same white coutil? Or use other colour binding? I really want to try out flossing it as well, so should I use matching thread and bias trim?
1911 Titanic corset WIP

sunnuntai 12. helmikuuta 2012

1911 Corset Sew Along - Bone Channels



Bone channels. And a stripey glove, my dog likes to play catch with them, by herself.


I'm missing the side table thing on the sewing machine :( such unhappy thing to sew long, straight lines...


I'm sewing with my sister's machine, with a macgyver fix


Grommet holes;
I don't have an awl, and punching holes with scissors would cut the fabric - not desirable - so instead I use a coulpe of knitting needles. Punching a hole with thin one and widening it with bigger one.


Corset so far, bones seems they might be too short, but I'll see that when fitting to myself.

tiistai 31. tammikuuta 2012

1911 corset progress and Midshipmen

1911 Corset Sew Along: I left the just sewn pieces of the final corset on the ironing board. Now, there was a slight brown pawn print on it. D:

Damn you, roomie's cat!

So I had to wash it gently, I suppose I also need to wash the other piece to maintain the same strenght with the whole piece.

Otherwise, guess who will be dancing with the cadets the next five weeks x)

I saw an ad in the bulletin board in the groceries searching for ladies to attend to dancing class for cadets. It's quite fun to think about that you can't become an officer of armed forces without learning how to waltz...
Shyly approached them as I was a little late for the signing in (and have two left feet), I would have regretted more NOT using the opportunity to grope uniformed young men learn to dance, than the might be complete humiliation of myself.

I might need to sew myself a neat dancing gown... something simple and day wear worthy, yet nice enough not to feel out of place as I just don't feel like jeans and a tee while the boys will be in their uniforms.

perjantai 27. tammikuuta 2012

Cage Panier / Ribbon Pocket Hoops

Got a commission to make a truly different 18th century inspired pocket hoops, ivory ribbons for showing off rather than underpinnings.


This was the starting out image of commission, idea of what was after
but I do not do metal work, (I don't stash forge & sledgehammers...) thus I had to try and make a sewed pocket hoops version of it.

Here's my sketch of Pocket hoops made from ribbons.

Cage hoops making of

Materials used, metal boning would've been sturdier choice, but budget was issued by customer.

Cage hoops making of
Sateen covered boning.

Cage hoops making of

The amount of ribbons in the first design / sketch was not enough (as I suspected for synthetic whalebone), engineer had to step in and add two more.

cage hoops

The final ribbon pocket hoops.
Happy to have them finished, it was not as easy to make as the simple looking style would suggest, trying to get the bone channels stay under the sewing machine pedals while the excess ribbons out of the way.
These were made for show off, and for 18th century re-enactors I do not suggest trying this at home. They will not be strong enough to hold many layers of heavy petticoats.