Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Test Post

Testing new crosspost interface! :-)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Part I: Camicia Construction Update and the Battle of the Fraying Fabric

IRCC May  Update

I am currently working on my camicia as my chosen underpinning for my costume. I was tempted to get a pattern for the camicia from Dravon Works, but a fellow costumer suggested a pretty good tutorial .  I am currently working on it in fine cotton gauze.  The instructions do need a little more improvement, which  sometimes make me think I should have went for the pattern at Dravon Works, but this pattern looks great so because  it uses 3 yards of fabric rather than 7+ yards as stated on the Dravon Works pattern.  After a delay for a couple of weeks,   because I was doing some work on my parents’ house, I was able to get the pattern drafted out.   

The fabric I am working with is a little difficult to sew. It has a way of fraying as I sew it, so I have purchased a proper lawn to work with instead. Since this will be the case, I will hold off on doing Blackwork on this camicia, so that I can keep the pace of my progress on my costume.  I was able to do the collar and I did struggle with the slit facing a little bit, most likely because the fabric was so delicate. When I was battling with the fraying while putting in the gores, that’s when I decided to just get a sturdier fabric to use. I shall keep you all posted! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

IRCC Competition Green Italian Renaissance Gown Pt. 1 Undergarments

Getting ready to get started on the camicia for my Italian Renaissance green gown. I think I am all set. Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

An inspiration that will go on my love to do list.  This is a beautiful example of the coordination of two beautiful prints together. A beautiful paisley and a dot fabric with lace and striped sheers were brought together for this quite beautiful silk and linen Weeks gown.  Click the link for more info on this dress that is in storage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Vintage Dancer Giveaway!

Vintage Dancer is running a giveaway that ends in two days! One lucky winner will receive this fantastic book!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How To Stay "Sharp" In More Ways Than One

Very interesting piece on how on Edwardian self defense. This is an excerpt that I translated with a photo from a San Francisco newspaper that discussed about the long 13 inch hatpins called "stingers". These pins were an excellent weapon for self defense for women. If an aggressor approaches, just reach for that pin and let them have it! Men had their canes, the ladies their hat pins. My Mom sent one back to QVC home shopping that was designed by Diane von F├╝rstenberg years ago. It was a very long pin and she wasn't fond of the dangerous length. I wish she had of kept it, now. This is how to stay sharp in more than one way ladies! Courtesy of Recreaciones Hist├│ricas Club Fin de Siglo. Love their page!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Brrrrrr! Get ready for winter time sewing!

It's getting pretty chilly outside. My furnace is coming on even more now. It feels like summer was just here. Maybe because the wasps were still hanging around like it was August. Almost time for the holiday season to officially start. What are your winter sewing plans? I think I will tackle an 1880s bustle dress, and cut out my 1860s navy Greek key design dress. First I better get my sawhorses done for my quilt frame to lay up on. I'm a busy bee! I can't forget to polish up my blog for my fans. Must share so much beauty with you all! Below, is something warm that I would be happy to snuggle into. Enjoy!

English dressing Gown, circa 1866 designed by Jane Mason; Twill wool printed with polychrome cashmere pattern; no waist seam at front, but there is volume at side back; front opening with wrapped button and matching belt. Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan. Follow my blog with Bloglovin