The final appointment, which took time to arrange as the bridal party were all busy at different times, and chief bridesmaid needed to come so she could see how to get Ele in and out of the dress, and how to manage the bustle and arrange the train for pics etc. She admitted she’s an … Continue reading Ele-gant- Wedding Dress #5
I very much want to post here about a couple of pieces from the wedding outfit I’m making for my friend Jackie…but I promised not to blog anything until after the wedding. So instead, here are my smalls. Or bigs. My collection of Victorian/Edwardian undies, to wear when steampunking. Now if I was doing proper … Continue reading CoBloWriMo #16-Small Project
Traipsing around on FaceBook recently, as I do, I joined a group unpronouncably named CoBloWriMo (Costume Blog Writing Month), which aims to kick members into blogging by giving daily prompts throughout June. We’re not required to blog every day, or to use all the prompts, just to use the ones which we want. Nice and easy … Continue reading Why won’t you [un-]Dye?
or The Trials and Tribulations of the Lobstertail Bustle: What a fab pattern. Honest, it goes together like a dream! There are only 4 pattern pieces, plus the waistband, which hardly counts. I sewed it up very speedily, and was very impressed by the excellent pattern markings for the boning casings- they go across quite a … Continue reading Shellfish Sewing
I’m trying reeeeeeally hard to get some mojo back, despite the drug-haze. I’ve managed a little cutting spree [you know how much I love cutting out]. So now, the cut-out-but-not-sewn-yet pile consists of denim jodhpurs mock suede bodice for the wife silk bodice for the wife [procrastinating because I can’t NOT cord them now…] silk/cotton … Continue reading Clock lobster!
Last night I cut out the pattern pieces for the Truly Victorian#420 ‘cuirasse bodice’. THIS time, I read the instructions properly, and did all the calculations to choose the correct size pieces. I’m afraid that, rebel that I am, on the green jacket [TV462] I just went by corseted bust and waist sizes, and opted … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#2: Toile and Trouble
The story of the final stages: I stayed up til about 130 last night finishing things, as I wanted them for today, and I’d had a longish nap early in the evening. Ahem, 2 vodkas straight after work, what a lightweight. Waistcoat: all I had to do was understitch, sew the single sideseam, and make … Continue reading Steaming On #15: no more I promise!
My skirt and underpinnings…a teaser Black taffeta, front panel slightly A line, back panel half circle with a single pleat. V-shaped yoke at front, slightly curved at the back. Wide waistband, fastening at the side. I used the yoke pattern from that Gunne Saxe suit, and extended it out 2″ either side to accommodate my … Continue reading Steaming On #11