Most cities in the UK are not as great for fabric buying as Birmingham. We still have a very extensive market area, selling fresh fruit &veg, fish [apparently fresher than you can buy on the coast], meat, spices and snacks. There are knick-knacks, toys, hardware, toiletries…and fabric. Lots and lots and lots of fabric. And … Continue reading CoBloWriMo #24-Unexpected Source
All done! Reminder, Truly Victorian shirtwaist #494 and ten-gore skirt, #E23. Fabric is African wax-print cotton, embossed and pintucked in red, from Birmingham Rag Market. Skirt facing in leftover scraps of another wax print, and buttons, plastic that looks like jet, also from the rag market. Waistband, collar and cuffs all faced in black and … Continue reading Edwardian Dominatrix outfit #3
Black wax cotton with an embossed pattern, [from the Rag Market], pintucked in red. 6 yards for only £20, well it would be rude not to! SKIRT: Truly Victorian #E23, 1906 10-gore skirt The skirt is simple, but not quick, as there are 10 gores, and I overlocked all the seams to neaten, but … Continue reading Edwardian Dominatrix outfit #2
Well, that’s what my steampunk pals reckoned this fabulous African wax cotton from the Rag Market foretold! Black glossy waxed cotton, pintucked in a criss-cross pattern in red, it really does look rather like fancy leather [I don’t think you can pintuck rubber, lol]. I’ve decided to team it with the Truly Victorian 10 gore … Continue reading Edwardian Dominatrix outfit #1
Part 2 of The Edwardian cycling outfit from Laughing Moon #110. I was originally planning to make the entire outfit in the African wax print, but pattern matching and fabric width defeated me. I got this rather gorgeous quality black cotton sateen as a substitute, and used it for the collar on the jacket, to … Continue reading Late Bloomer
Decisions decisions… I’ve been dithering, and distracted by work stress [nothing new there], but had a moment of revelation, which is igniting the sew-jo at last! The pattern which is calling to me the loudest seems to be the Edwardian lady’s sporting costume, #110 form Laughing Moon. When I knocked together my planning last week, … Continue reading Waxing Hysterical
Yeah, yeah, I know it means ‘why’ not ‘where’ but just let it go for now eh? I uncovered a bit of mojo yesterday, it seems that I MUST have a talking book, and a list. Thus armed, I got all that ruddy cording done, and the bodice pieces assembled for a fitting. In case … Continue reading Mojo! Mojo! Wherefore art thou..?