atherleisure: (reader)
This ended up seeming to be a year of little pieces more than full garments, though I did make costumes from the skin out for the 1690's and 1910's. I did a lot of knitting this year. One of my goals for the year was to do better with my hair for events, and I think I succeeded. There were some hairdos that I was very proud of. I got to go to a lot of events in different periods and had some opportunities to wear things that I had never really gotten to wear. One of the best parts was getting to meet a couple of LJ friends in real life in July.

I finally made the Le Baiser dress I had been planning for years.
Le Baiser

The rest is behind the cut: )
atherleisure: (reader)
Starting a new period from the skin out is wearying. I've got through the combinations, a corset, one petticoat, and all of a second petticoat save some ruffles at the hem. Now my attention is starting to wander. Maybe you could say it already wandered because I made the ribbon corset recently. Regardless, the motivation for the petticoat ruffles is lacking. Then it's fitting for the bodice of the dress, which is one of my less favorite parts of sewing.

It doesn't help that I need a new knitting project since I finished the 1910's corset lace. That always causes distraction. And now that I've got the ribbon corset, I kind of want to make the skirt that will finish off the c. 1907 sports outfit before it gets too hot to want to put on the sweater. And I'm getting interested in making a new Regency reticule with tambour embroidery on it.

I've got two months of sewing time before I need the 1910's stuff. Maybe I can have a short break and then be more energetic about the dress. Or maybe I'll lose interest more...
atherleisure: (reader)
Why do I need a 1900's sports outfit? No good reason. When am I going to wear it? No idea. I'll find an excuse. Since it involves a sweater and a medium-weight wool skirt, it may be a good Hallowe'en costume this year. Or it may make an appearance at Dickens on the Strand, assuming "third time's the charm" and I actually make it there this year. That is yet to be determined. At any rate, I now have two pieces finished - the sweater (finished a couple of years ago - see the Ravelry page or the tag for details) and a corset. Yes, it's backward making the corset after the sweater, but at least I made it before the skirt. (I originally made the sweater just for modern wear so I didn't need to deal with the corset then.)

I finished up the corset last night and actually managed to take pictures of it, partly because I hadn't been able to try it on at all until it was finished and wanted to make sure it didn't need any alteration. I'm pleased to report that it didn't.

1904 Ribbon Corset - Front

It's made using the c. 1904 ribbon corset pattern from Norah Waugh's Corsets and Crinolines. The only changes were shortening each piece by 1/2" and narrowing the side pieces from 2" to 1.5" because the mock-up worked well, and it was made with 1.5" ribbon. It's made of 2" wide pink silk satin ribbon and took 5.625 yd plus whatever extra M&J Trimming may have sent - a lot of places seem to give you a bit over when you order, and I haven't measured what I've gotten from them to have a feel for whether they do or not.

I backed the vertical pieces with coutil and lined them with twill. That may be overdoing it, but I wanted to make sure those pieces were sturdy. I left 1" seam allowances too so that everything would be caught in multiple lines of stitching and be less likely to pull apart. It's boned at center front and back and sides with steel. The eyelets are hand-sewn, partly because I couldn't find smaller grommets than I have locally, and partly because there ended up being a lot of layers in the back among coutil, ribbons, twill, and miscellaneous seam allowances, making the grommets more of a pain than they were worth.

1904 Ribbon Corset - Side

1904 Ribbon Corset - Bck

Since satin is shiny, the flash made the pictures less than ideal, but when I tried without the flash, things ended up too shadowy so you get flash pictures. I wore my Regency chemise with it for the pictures, but I'll use my 1880's combinations with it when I wear it for real.

It was a fun project, but now I guess I should get back to the 1916 project.
atherleisure: (reader)
Just checking in with a progress report...

My 1910's corset looks funny in the closet right now since I sewed on half the lace. I'm still knitting the other half so it will continue to look funny for a couple more weeks at least. There are only five pattern repeats left to do on the lace, but I really only work on it when I'm away from home or don't feel like sewing so I don't know how long it will take.

I finished my first 1916 petticoat and cut out the second one excluding ruffles but haven't sewn a stitch on it yet. The first one was plain, but the second will have three small ruffles around the hem. I'll get to use my rolled hem foot, which I practically never use so that makes me happy.

My c. 1904 ribbon corset is coming along nicely. I've finished the front and the sides so now I just need to do the back. I expect to finish everything except the grommets tonight and to do the grommets tomorrow or Thursday.

1904 Ribbon Corset - Progress 3/27/16

Silk satin ribbon is wiggly, but it's so pretty.
atherleisure: (reader)
1. I finished my bonnet for the tea Saturday. It came out well, and I'm going to ask Kaycee to take pictures of it at the tea. She's usually quite obliging, and she takes excellent pictures.

2. Speaking of excellent pictures, I'm very lucky to know people who are willing to take good pictures of my work since I'm a lousy photographer. So thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson, Kaycee, and Liz. Speaking of Liz, I've got some pictures she took the last time we were in Williamsburg that I want to share. They're the first good pictures of my curtain-along sacque.

3. I made an adjustment to the ribbon corset mock-up, and I'm happy with it. I have all the materials so I'm ready to go with it. I don't think it will be my next project, but it needs to stay near the top of the list.

4. Last night I made the changes to the paper pattern for the 1910's corset pattern that I mocked up a bit ago. I have all the materials for it so I should be starting on it shortly. (Unless it counts as already started because I've already knit a few inches of lace for it!)

5. I've scaled up a pattern draft from 1918 for combination underwear so I'll probably work on that in parallel with the 1910's corset.

6. My new 18th century mitts are progressing. I've gotten to the wrist of the first one and have started widening for the hand.

7. I still haven't gotten around to taking pictures of the petticoat with the knitted lace or the 1870's dress. I have high hopes of doing so this weekend.

Tonight is the girls' school program so I don't know whether I'll get much time to sew, but I'm hoping to find time to cut out the combinations and block the lace I've knit so far. Then I'll be able to estimate how many pattern repeats of lace I'll need for the corset.
atherleisure: (reader)
The supplies for my c. 1904 ribbon corset and 1910's corset have arrived. I want to make a couple of changes to the ribbon corset mock-up before saying the pattern is done, and I need to mark the pattern for the 1910's corset with the changes I made. Then they're ready to go. I've also scaled up a combination undergarment pattern from 1918 so it's ready to go too.

But not yet.

There's a Houston Area Regency Society tea a week from Saturday, and I have the materials for a bonnet to match my new spencer. I'm hoping I'll be able to have it finished by then. I've cut and wired the frame and sewn the tip to the crown sides, and I'm hoping to have the mull layer on at least the brim by the end of my sewing time tonight. Actually, I'm hoping to have the whole mull layer done, which will leave me five days for covering the bonnet and doing whatever rudimentary trim I find myself capable of. Trimming bonnets is really not my strong point. Actually, designing trim period is really not my strong point. I'm just not artistic enough. I think there's a level of artistry required for millinery that I simply am not capable of. It's not how my mind works.

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