Archive for the ‘Shifts’ Category

Stomacher fitting

July 11, 2011

Phew, almost gave up on trying to fit the pet-en-l’air and stomacher there, no matter how I tried the jacket wouldn’t fit well, which is strange considering how many times I’ve fitted it during the process, somehow it fit allright in the end, but I’m exhausted! I am sooooo setting hooks and eyes on this one! I might even be able to use only 2 or 3 pairs of them, I’m starting with 2 after this fitting. =)
Oh, and the shifts are done, nothing to show off though, bleh, ugly… XD

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Taking control

March 8, 2010

First of all I want to shout out my deepest thanks to everybody for your heartwarming support! Without exaggerating – it has truly helped me in these challenging times! I am lost for words, but I hope you all will accept these few lines and take them to your heart. You are all such good people and I wish this kind of kindness and thoughtfulness could exist between all!
   I am slowly taking control of my life again, I don’t know if it’s been a good or a bad thing that I’m currently unemployed and not studying. I have done some random painting and crochet. I have tried to clean the appartment, do the dishes and such, but I seem to forget all those need-to-do’s (more than usual that is), so I made a to-do-list. I am forming into a list-person, like my mother. I have allways figured it’s her way of keeping some control in her life, and now I see that it must be so and how useful it is. ^^ No 18th century costume sewing though, I should make a detailed to-do-list on that too.

In an attempt to build up the inspiration for more 18th century sewing, I am now posting a bunch of old and new photos, starting with the last progress I made on this project:

This is the lace trimming of the shifts. I know it’s not as fine as what was usually used at the time, but I think it looks great with the pet-en-l’air fabric, a whiter and finer lace might look out of place and synthetic against it. An alternative could be a ruffled trim of offwhite plain fine fabric, and I might consider that later on, but this is what it looks like now and I like it. =)
   These next two photos are of something very special to me. It’s two pictures, printed on a silk-like fabric. The motifs are 18th century, you might recognize them. ; ) (Click on them for bigger view.)


I got these on separate occasions, in different flea markets – like 6 or 7 years ago. I was so excited about the first one, it was cheap, small and romanticly kitschy and I had to take it home! It was double the excitement for the second one – now I had a pair! Now I know these are in fact not from the 18th century (duh!), but they have been a great inspiration to me through the years and I flet I must share them. As you might notice they are lying on the floor, we’ve lived in this appartment for about 4 years and they have yet to find a good place to hang. XD
   Some recent inspiration actually appeared after my fathers funeral ceremony. I don’t know what you call those “after parties” in English, but it was held at Solnadals Värdshus (Solnadals Inn). I’s an old inn from the 17th century and it’s very charming! But the most charming and inspirational thing about this house, I actually found at the loo:


I didn’t have much time for photographing the whole thing, so this is actually the two most interesting parts of two pictures, each with a row of about 4 illustrations. Please click the images for a bigger and more detailed view. It didn’t say much, no date, no artist, so I’m not sure if these are actually 18th century illustrations – but they’re evidently made to illustrate persons from that time. If they are in fact from the 18th century they are indeed very interesting in terms of Swedish 18th century fashion. Does anyone out there have more information in the matter?
   If you can read Swedish and want to know a little more about the history of Solnadals Värdshus, go here.

What’s been going on…

December 2, 2009

Since the last post I’ve been busy busy busy with school. But I’ve made some progress – sporadicly. =) Sleeves are now longer, I have meters and meters of trimming, and both sides of the pet-en-l’air is gathered! I have also been working on the chemise/shift… Well, just have a look at the pics! =)

A hip:

One shoulder of the shift:

A heap of trimming:

Progress – on everything but the pet-en-l’air

September 18, 2009

Instead of using my inspiration for the pet-en-l’air the last time, I started with the chemise/shift. I’m doubting the fabric actually is linen though… =/ It totally looked and felt like the linen I used for the lining of the pet-en-l’air when I bought it, now it kinda doesn’t, I think it’s 100% cotton… Hmmm… =/
   I also started the hat making process the day before yesterday, yesterday I finished it! With a lot of ugly swearing and PMS-tears (PMS really sneaks up on ya, doesn’t it!?) it came out better than I could have imagined actually.

HAT!

The finished product! It’s totally the look I wanted, it’s a bit uneven, but after a little decoration I’m sure no one will notice! ^^;

Lingon

And just for fun – crown on an old lingonberry jam bucket… XD

Additions

September 11, 2009

I just added the very “expensive” wig to the total of what I’ve spent so far on the outfit. I also added the lace I’m going to use for the shifts aaaaaand a linen sheet I bought at the same time as the gloves that I’m going to use for the shifts! ;D
   The list now has two totals – with and without the wig. I just felt the wig kinda ruined my very cheap total… Hehe… ^^;

How cheap I really am!

September 9, 2009

In my last post I said quote:

– Wow, this has really become a quest for the cheapest way to make an as accurate as possible 18th century outfit, hehe ;P I’ll have to try and write down exactly how little I actually have spent on this project! =D The shoes cost no more than 50 SEK btw – about $5 I should think. ;D

And now I have summarized, to that extent my memory could manage, how much I have spent on stuff and materials for my very first “as-accurate-as-possible-for-as-little-monye-as-possible-18th-century-outfit”.
   You can view the whole list at the page “What I’ve spent so far” to your right. But I’ll give you the whole so-far-total right here and now, and I am serious!:

273 SEK ≈ 27 EUR ≈ 39 USD ≈ 23,50 GBP

Findings

May 17, 2009

Just before christmas, my better half’s grandmother passed away – may she rest in peace. Nobody’s exactly been looking forward to taking care of her belongings, but a couple of weeks ago, they started looking through her linen cabinets, with table cloths and curtains stuff (a loooooot of stuff). And what the family didn’t want to keep, I was lucky to get a chance to look through. They’re all so kind, me and Robbie have “only” been together for 4 years, I’m not even related by blood in any way – and still they allways think of me if they have stuff they want to get rid of. =D
   Anyhow, I found some quite beautiful things! =) I found two smaller white embroidery table cloths – I thought they might do cute engageantes, some useable lenghts of lace – of which one length is perfect for the shifts and a few curtain tufts (4 brown and 2 bone white) that might make cute details for something somethime, hehe. ^^;

finds 1

But I also found what has to have been a kind of mattress covering once, it’s a very soft and a little shiny cotton material in blue stripes with narrow yellow stripes in between:

finds 2

My first thought was that it’d make a perfect mock-up fabric for my pet-en-l’air, but now I’m thinking it’s too cute for that… Now I’m thinking robe á la turque/cutaway gown of some kind. ;D Maybe…? But I need a mock up fabric and I really don’t feel like buying one. =/
   Oh right, Kristina (Robbie’s mom) knew I had been admiring a pair of her mother-in-law’s draperies, so she had asked all the other involved if they wanted them or if I could have them. The draperies aren’t exactly in-fashion right now, so nobody really wanted them and Kristina said I could have them! I was sooooo excited, cuz they’re really beautiful and could absolutely pass as an 18th century fabric (I think). Just look at it!!!

finds 3

Yaaay!
I have more to blog, I’ll just take lunch now and bbl! ;D

Gazue?

May 13, 2009

So was gazue-type fabrics used for shifts? I’ve found pretty thin linen fabrics, but I still feel they’re too thick to wear under all that clothing in the summer. I’ve found a linen gazue – is that a good idea to use?
   Here’s a linen gazue recommended for different elements in clothing, from flounce to underskirts (from a site not related to anything 18th century):

gazue 1

Guess what!?

May 13, 2009

Guess what!?

The stays are basicly DONE!!! I’m not kidding! They’re totally wearable! The only thing missing is the shoulder straps and a few decorative details.
   And YES! I will take pictures – as soon as my “better” half stops teasing me about the cute curl of the tabs and start helping me with the lacing!
   Next step: pocket hoops or shifts. It all depends on what I can find material for first. I have a light brown (ya, it’s really a horrible color) cotton fabric to use for the pocket hoops, but I don’t know what to use as boning… Any suggestions? Has anyone used anything but usual corset boning? Anything cheap? As for the shifts I have to find a good fabric, I thought I saw something I could use in town, but I don’t remember the price and I really have to be cheap right now… =/


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