Thursday, February 11, 2010
I was having such a nice week and bam! Someone literally yanks my laptop out of my hands. Yep! Gone. So, I haven't updated my blog I hope to get a new one within the next week and get back to some serious blogging. So, hang with me a bit, and more posts to come!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I am trying to build an late 18th century wardrobe and I am having a lot of fun with it. Although I have a couple of garments in the closet I, of course, need a few more. For the Pelican Inn luncheon I decided to make a traveling ensemble - keeping it very simple since traveling is such a 'dirty' experience. I decided on dark colors for a more winter look. Dark blue and black is what I came up with (trying to use fabric in the stash and not buy more...mmmm as a fabriholic that is hard to do). I had a deep blue crushed velvet - yes, not a period fabric but its sooooo pretty. And I had pre-quilted black fabric for a skirt. I used the JP Ryan robe anglaise pattern and altered the bodice waist seam, and lengthened the sleeves.
Fitting the mock-up
I started not to do a mock-up since I had used the pattern before but glad I did since it is a bit long-waisted for me. Fitting yourself is always a challenge but it works out okay.
Putting the bodice together.
The final product actually came out better than I expected. I felt really comfortable in it - yes, period clothes can be comfortable...no, really.
I wanted to decorate a felt, low crown picture hat but ran out of time, so one of my Milan straw hats worked out okay. Here are the results:
At the Inn
A stroll along the beach in the wonderful sun - something we have not seen in a gracious while.