Is it really June already? I would ask the rhetorical 'where has the year gone?' question but I think everyone living in 2020 knows where the last two or three months have disappeared to. Time has gone a bit wibbly-wobbly because of Covid-19 and the resulting Working From Home, Lockdowns, and other No-Longer-Normal situations. I… Continue reading 2020 Mid Year Check-In
When the blog goes quiet it's usually because I've been busy sewing and accidentally overloaded myself with projects. Case in point - I went just a little corset crazy over the past month and a bit. And by crazy, I mean, I may have made nine of them? I only set out to make three… Continue reading Corset Crazy…
My Big Project for this year is my first foray into the First Bustle Era. I've been wanting to make a new ball dress and to challenge myself by making something 'pretty' (if you've seen my earlier dresses you'll note that I'm not big on frills or froth and opt for colours one might not… Continue reading Pretty Princess Dress: First, The Foundations
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!
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
Sewing for the 1890s when you're used to the 1880s bustle silhouette is quite a change. There's no 'scaffolding' to change the shape... right? Well, sorry Shakira, but thanks to the awesome extant garment known as the Scott Hip Pad, and the loveliness of yet another stranger, my 1890s hips are definitely lying. I was… Continue reading The Scott Hip Pad