Monday, July 8, 2013

What I've been up to...

While this blog is more of a place for finished projects and tutorials than daily ramblings (for which you should be grateful for), the complete silence of the moment isn't what I want for it either! I do have a few more Williamsburg projects to share (two jackets, a banyan thing and a shortgown of questionable authenticity (linen lined in wool!) but it was for just around the house...), but I've been so engrossed in current projects that I haven't updated.

First--and this project is actually finished--a beaded 1920s dress. Here's a preview of some of the beading on the bodice

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It's tambour beading with size 15/0 beads on silk chiffon with a yellow China silk slip. I'll be wearing it at the Costume College Gala.

Next, the very close to being finished apron front plaid 1820s gown.

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It just needs the skirt trimmed and attached and a belt. Not bad! I'm happy with how it's turning out, but at the same time, I'm not devoting as much to it as I wanted to with this fabric. I blame one of the worst coughs in the history of the world (see also, reasons for not updating blogs--especially the antique one). Seriously. It should be a good dress though!

And next we have the Grumpy Cat sundress. Yes, you read that right!

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I'll be wearing this the day before Costume College. We decided against dressing up dressing up, but...

This will have a narrow skirt from a 1951 pattern. The bodice is from another 1950s pattern that I have. I loaned it out a few years ago, so I'm not sure of the date--I had the my size pattern from it though! I initially had a 1950s Vogue juniors pattern that matched my measurements for this dress, but it had almost seven inches of ease. Even pretending I was wearing a bullet bra, it seriously didn't work! I was going to use the skirt from that pattern, but it had a center front seam, which really wouldn't work too well!

Oh, and my No necklace should be here shortly...

24 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see you and your lovelies at costume college! :D I've not even gotten around to cutting out my plaid fabric..... oy! Must get sewing!

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    1. I'm excited to see you too! And you can do it--plenty of time, and it was really nice fabric to work with :)

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  2. Such amazing projects! I'm truly looking forward seeing the finished 1820s dress...the colours and pattern look so promising! And that grumpy cat sundress is such fun :)

    Sabine

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    1. Thank you--and isn't that the best fabric? I can't believe I passed it up the first time I saw it. Of course, I bought the brown damask for the chocolate francaise that day and knew that they'd have the plaid next time I was in LA. It worked out :)

      And I'm having way too much fun with the sundress. I can't believe I found a No necklace. It seems such an odd thing to have on a necklace!

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  3. Haha Grumpy Cat sundress, I love it! I've always thought it would be fun, although very time consuming, to do my own beaded 1920s dress. You are so brave to to give it a go. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Also, I'm absolutely in love with your 1820s plaid dress!! Remains me of one from the series "Wives and Daughters"
    -Emily

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    1. I did think of Wives and Daughters with it--that definitely is not a Scottish plaid!

      I really enjoyed doing the beaded dress. I have some bad pictures of it finished here:

      http://koshka-the-cat.livejournal.com/1473610.html

      As for the beading, I'm glad I started with the bodice first--it got very loose at the bottom:

      http://koshka-the-cat.livejournal.com/1472635.html

      It's not the more typical type, but I wanted something different, especially since you can buy recreations of those. Mine is very loosely based on this one:

      http://pinterest.com/pin/85498092897599589/

      Hmm, lots of links there :)

      But I think my most excited about at the moment dress is the Grumpy Cat dress. Because why not? It's so silly :)

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  21. Ooh, the 1820s dress looks lovely! I hope you'll put up pictures when it's finished!

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