Tuesday, February 25, 2014

American Duchess Giveaway

American Duchess is giving away a pair of their new Nankeen boots.From the site:
 Nankeens are a later Regency fabric boot with leather soles, adjustable lacing closure, and a soft, round toe. They are perfect for daywear, intended for outdoor use, and are even dyeable (purple, red, blue, oh my!) You can learn more about the boots here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Oscar Trolls

Every year, I have an Oscar party. I make myself something fabulous of course, but this year I've been so busy sewing historically that I haven't even started. I'll whip something up. In the meantime, I also made some special troll dolls as awards.
Best Dressed Female Award
Don'cha wish your girlfriend had a booty like me
Best dressed male award
Best original costume

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fairy Tale for the Historical Sew Fortnightly

The Fairy Tale challenge for the Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge isn't due until  April 1st, but I'm so excited for it. I am busy busy busy sewing some 18th century stays and will post pictures soon. In the meantime though, let's talk fairy tales. I am 50 years old and I have gray hair. I love my gray and I'm actually pretty happy with my age too. Sooo, where does that leave me in the fairy tale world? I can be an evil witch, an evil stepmother or an old crone that keeps the princess in the tower. Of course, nothing says I can't just make myself a Cinderella costume or some other youth driven fairy tale, but I don't want to. Why? Because I'm proud of my journey. So, I'm going to write my own. At least, I'm going to write my own outline of one and base my costume on my story. Working title: The Autumn Queen. I have a lot of orange, rust, and mustard yellow fabric also. I love the idea of a woman who struggles and reaches her autumn years and then finds out she is a Queen.
I would totally rock this Dolce and Gabbana crown
It has to be historical, but since it's a fairy tale, I can also go a little nutty with it. I love some of these fairy tale illustrations.

Illustration by Jennie Harbour

Pamela Colebourn

Felix Lorioux

I need to use them as inspiration, choose a time period and just go for it. Of course, you can't go wrong with a Worth gown.
So me
Now if anyone can think of a Fairy Tale, from any country that involves an older woman as the heroine and not the evil nemesis, I'd love to hear about it. Not a myth, but an actual fairy tale. Bring on the knowledge!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Watch the Windows! or The Regency Short Stays

My mother was always very sensitive to my concerns about my ever expanding bosom. When I would turn around to show off a new blouse or shirt she would say "Watch the Windows!!" so this was my first thought when trying on these stays. Actually I can't even show you what they look like when I have myself all hoisted up in the correct manner. I'll just let this lady show you.
You're right. It's so distracting that this is a picture of the wrong time period.
I completed these for Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #3: Pink so I had to photograph them.I kind of re-arranged things to be a little more safe for work. Here's me.
Is that the prow of a ship?
If you aren't too distracted to look at the actual stays, they look pretty good if I do say sew. (see what I did there?) They are all hand sewn. I used some leftover silk from a dress I found at the thrift store. I also had some Coutil left over from my victorian corset. The boning are 1/4 inch cable ties and the eyelets are all hand sewn. Badly. I will redo them when I have a chance.
I look downright tasteful in this one
The pattern for both the stays and the chemise are from Sense and Sensibility Underthings Pattern If one must be altogether truthful, ladies of my extreme age and bodaciousness weren't really wearing this style of stays. If I was wearing this style at all, I'd be wearing longer stays that are a little more like a traditional corset. I am, in truth, mutton dressed as lamb in this get up.But you know what? Pffffthhhh.

Friday, February 7, 2014

I won! Costume College Scholarship.

I just found out yesterday that I am the lucky recipient of a Costume College Scholarship. There is a good chance that, if you are reading this blog. (helloooo, Bueller? Bueller?) then you already know what that is. Just in case you don't, Costume College is an amazing four days of classes and events all put on by costumers for costumers and a chance to stay immersed in that environment at a hotel the whole time. These are my people. For more information, check out their website
Beside classes, which haven't been released yet, there are several events. Although wearing large overwhelming costumes to the actual classes is not encouraged, the events are another story. There is a Pool Party, An Ice Cream Social, An Ascot Tea and the Time Travelers Gala. All I know for  sure, is that I'll be rocking some kind of 'My Fair Lady' type outfit for the tea. Maybe a Poiret inspired dress with an enormous hat.
Not this one, but something like it
I'm also pretty sure I'm going to go 18th Century, probably 1760's for the Gala. Since Ken is going to accompany me, I need to make something for me
Just a little something
and for Ken
Don't tell Ken, he'll never know unless he reads this blog. Mwaaahhaaaa
Okay, so probably not in those colors, but I'm awfully tempted.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Regency Chemise

This is a very simple garment. A regency chemise of cotton voile. I used the Sense & Sensibility Regency Underthings pattern and sewed it all by hand. It's very very soft and very very sheer. It will be worn under a pair of short stays and a dress. I was going to use the same fabric for the dress, but I think it will far to see-through unless I line it.
My victorian corset is under there. It won't be when actually worn.
It would be immodest for me to model this myself. Even Tessie was blushing at the thought. Here's a closer look at the top.
I'm going to replace the pink ribbon with a white cord when I acquire some. 
Here's a sneak peak of the short stays I am making.
Just a little tease. You can't see the front until I'm further along