Monday, October 31, 2011
Fabric: 100% cotton from the "quilters" section of Joann's, acetate lining
Modifications: Ok, so I went to Joann's and picked out the fabrics based on how many tiers I wanted. I bought 1/2 a yard of the top black/magenta floral and 1/4 yard of all the rest. That is all I had and if I went by the pattern, I would not have had enough. To compensate I shortened the length of each tier (not width) and for the recipient, it ended up being the perfect length. If your not 5 feet tall, you will need more fabric ;) It was hard to tell how it would look exactly, but it sure is fun! I also added the acetate lining (shown in second picture) which was not part of the pattern.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Fabric: 100% cotton lawn (or was it voile?) from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Pattern: I used my own pattern that was drafted from The Dressmaker's Guide instructions. If you wanted to make a similar dress, Past Patterns Fan Front bodice pattern would work. You would just need to use a different sleeve pattern.
Inspiration: Go look at Atlanta's gown! She has a lovely drawing and historical inspiration that this client loved. I was happy to oblige. When else would I get to do 21 yards of ruffles?! And get paid to do it.......
Those two ruffles added a good 4 hours to the construction of the dress. I was surprised at how long they took but they definitely "made" the dress. It would not be the same without them, especially since they are on the bias.
The kick plate is white so that when the dress is worn with white petticoats, the sheer fabric will look the same along the entire skirt. You don't have to do a kick plate with a sheer but I find that sheer fabrics are so light weight that a kick plate helps the skirt drape better. Without it, it seems to stick to the petticoats and ride up. With the kick plate, it is independent from the petticoats and makes a much better silhouette.
Gauging. It's bitter-sweet. It takes so much time and is so fiddly but dresses would not look the same without it.
The dog-leg closure with hooks and thread eyes. The eyes are in white thread so you can barely see them. Hook and eye tape secures the front.
I got to use my new Vienna Woods Historical Reproduction Tags. I am starting to think I should have ordered them in black print though..... oh well.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Fabric: I think it was a cotton/lycra blend..... Its just the darkest denim I could find from Joann's that could be machine washed and dried. The lining is acetate. Just make sure when you line something that it can be treated the same as the fashion fabric in the wash. ;)
Pattern: Simple Summer Skirt pattern from Fashionably Modest Patterns
Modifications: The length had to be shortened significantly for the recipient and I also did a double ruffle instead of a single ruffle. All I did was shorten and lengthen the ruffle piece accordingly. I also added a lining for warmth and as a sort of slip. I just used the skirt piece without the ruffle. So easy! Now I need one for myself.....and two other people I know rather well decided they would like one for Christmas too.
Yay! for new care tags! I was able to get them from Hobby Time on Etsy and am pleased as punch. They weren't very expensive and she has tons of choices available.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
In case you haven't heard about the Girlhood Home Companion magazine, here is a brief synopsis from their website:
"The Girlhood Home Companion is a beautiful full color companion guide, magazine, and character study all rolled into one publication. The Girlhood encourages young ladies (ages 10-18) to enjoy their precious girlhood years while walking closely with the Lord and developing a deeper relationship with Him. Filled with the wisdom of writers from the past and present, each edition features encouraging articles and stories that center on one character quality per issue. Each theme is explored in-depth through editorials, articles, and stories that will minister to the heart of your daughter, while teaching her the practical skills of homemaking, cooking, crafts, sewing and other girlhood pastimes."
I was very privileged to be a part of their latest issue and I know you all will enjoy it. Jill and her family are precious and they pour so much into their work. They are having a giveaway for their latest publication so make sure you enter right over here!
Fabric: 100% cotton, quilters weight. Love this stuff. There are tons of choices and it drapes well for this sort of project.
Pattern: I purchased a vintage circle skirt pattern from Lanetzliving but that was a bit ago. If I was to do it again, I would just follow Casey's instructions! She did a circle skirt sew along and there are plenty of resources and explanations for anyone to sew one without a pattern. From drafting, to cutting, to sewing, its all there.
Modifications: If I were to do it again, I would have put some sort of stabilizer or interfacing in the waistband. I didn't know to do that at the time but it adds to the finished look and is very simple. It's in Casey's instructions so you can do it too, if you like!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fabric: 100% silk taffeta from a fabric.com sale
Pattern: Timely Tresses "Cordelia" bonnet pattern. I used Brim 2 without the bavolet. Highly recommend these patterns! I've used several and loved all of them.
Modifications: Instead of using buckram for the brims, I used that plastic cross stitch/mesh stuff. I'm sure it has a name but I can't remember what it is called! Joann's carried it and I did not want to have to order buckram online. It was cheap and I don't have to worry about the bonnet wilting if it were to rain. It was easy to sew, does not get "mushed" or crumpled if someone sits on it and it certainly was less time intensive to use since I didn't have to make a bonnet "form" with wiring and all.
Other than that, I followed the directions as is but did not put in a lining. I wanted it to be a light weight bonnet and since the taffeta is slippery on both sides, I did not need to worry about the fabric messing up the wearer's hair.
I made ribbon ties just by cutting the fashion fabric on the bias. Nice fabric doesn't fray!