You've already seen the petticoats that I've made for my Dear Mama and since then I have been busy working away on more of her outfit. Here's a quick update on the progress I have made so far. Starting off with another undergarment, I have made Mum a chemise to wear under everything. I used… Continue reading Progress on Mum’s 1890s Plum Outfit
Petticoats are brilliant for creating a really good Victorian silhouette - no matter what decade/style era you're sewing. Two, or even three petticoats can take a skirt's shape from good to great. I recently made up two new petticoats for myself - another one for the 1890s, and a new 1880s petticoat with lovely organdy… Continue reading Petticoat Party!
After (nearly) experiencing costume burnout while making my Bastille Dress the last thing that I felt like doing this year was taking on another 'big' project. I certainly did not want to make anymore trim for several months! Back in March I picked up some half price taffeta in plum and eggplant, with plans of… Continue reading The Aubergine Part 1
Last year, the local French Society's Bastille Day Masquerade and Dinner presented a rare opportunity to travel further back in time than the Victorian era. Not having a dress of my own to wear I was fortunate that Liane had a spare that I could borrow. Afterwards, I started thinking about attempting my own and… Continue reading The Bastille Dress
As always when starting a new silhouette one needs to start from the skin out. So, for my first foray into the Eighteenth Century, that's where I started. Rather boldly too, in lolly pink. After all, who says that underwear has to be boring? I used the American Duchess Simplicity pattern 8162 for the stays… Continue reading Pretty Pink Panniers and Stays
I don't know how creative I am when it comes to naming different outfits that I make but, this is what happens when a spur-of-the-moment nickname sticks. It should really be called something like, 'The Riding Habit Inspired Bodice' because, as long and rather dull as it sounds is the truth of it. This bodice… Continue reading The Penguin Bodice
While reaching somewhat of an impasse with my bodice (See Part I here) I turned my attention to constructing my overskirt in the hopes that once I could see both together, it would help me decide how to proceed with the sleeves and such. I chose to work with the Truly Victorian August Overskirt (TV365),… Continue reading Trimmed with Tartan Part II
If you've read The Tale of Two Tartans then you'll know that I once bought 19 metres of tartan silk. Two dresses were made from it and still, I had what could be called a reasonable amount left in my stash. Not enough to make another outfit on its own of course, unless teamed with… Continue reading Trimmed with Tartan, Part I
Since 2017 went so well for me I'm not really sure that I can top it...but, since I had no idea how well that year would play out for me then 2018 is full of possibilities and I find that quite exciting. So... what is 2018 going to look like, event-wise? While I hope to… Continue reading Goals for 2018
Unfortunately, with any creative hobby (or any hobby/sport/pursuit really), there is always an element of comparison. It could be that you’re comparing yourself to others, that you are being compared by someone else, or someone is comparing themselves to you. This can lead to either feelings of inferiority or superiority and sometimes these can lead… Continue reading Comparison, the Thief of Joy?