Posts Tagged ‘Sewing’

Stomacher – basicly done! (Photoooos!)

July 5, 2011

Well well well, I actually pull through sometimes! ;P These past days have been very productive indeed!
First – I promised you fail-pics of the first button I covered and I’m just gonna go ahead and get it over with. Don’t ask me how I did this or why, let’s just leave it at this, k?

I managed to find some old flat buttons from here and there that were roughly the same size:

And use this method I mentioned in a previous post, to make these li’l cuties (*proud button mommy*):


And then, I sew them on, and the trim aswell… ;D


In this photo, it’s not quite finished, but you get the idea. ;D The only thing I’ve got left to do with the ctual pet-en-l’air is finishing the back piece of the stomacher and finishing the trim at the bottom of it (still boooooooooooooooooooringgggg)! I’m actually staring to see an end to this! ^^;
I am sooo glad I chose to go with the buttons, Doesn’t it look awesome!? (I know some of the buttons look off center, but they’re not…)
So yeah, soon – pics of the finished outfit! ;D

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Will and wigs

January 3, 2011

I’ve been drawn to the pet-en-l’air more and more lately, nothing’s happened yet – but at least I have the will to keep sewing! XD
I had an awful dream last night – I came to some sort of costume meeting in my half finished outfit, I just had one hoop and had to hold everything up and together – extremely embarrassing!!!
I feel that if I only could get past this trimming part it’ll all flow better. I’ve been thinking about restorting to the machine for the petticoat, but as I write this I’m reconsidering it. ;D

On another note, I just found an amazing wig maker on Etsy! Guess the name! – AntoinettesAtelier ofc! If I only had the money!

More after the cut!

(more…)

Are you still there?

November 26, 2010

Hope you’re still reading! XD Yes, this job stole a lot of sewing-time – but the truth is I already was extreeeeeemely bored with sewing on the trim! I have however noticed that I can steer my motivation for different projects. My motivation for this project was low for quite a while, but by starting to loook through my neglected blog feeds and watching The Duchess (again) – my motivation is growing! ;D
So, today I’m spending the day at home, being sick. I have christmas presents to make – but when they’re done I think I’ll take up the trimming again! ;D
And here’s a lol for ya:

Starting a new piece

July 25, 2010

So, now I’ve got a serious case of pms-mood… I feel like sewing, but I’m sooo tired of pinning the trim, or emroidering buttons… Gotta start something new!
   I started looking trough my stuff and said to myself – why not start with the petticoat!? I’m gonna use this method, kindy described by Katherine (Thank you!).

I’m thinking I shouldn’t start with the one I’m actually gonna use for the pet-en-l’air. So I’m starting with a fabric I’m not too careful of, but still can use as an under petticoat or simple womans petticoat – like the old light green linen sheet I used for the lining of the pet-en-l’air. There’s still enough for a petticoat see. ;D
   Shouldn’t be too hard, right? ;P
   Totally making this one by machine btw! It’s just a kind of toille that I might wear later anyway so… ;P

This is it!

June 26, 2010

Ok, so Robbie’s vacation starts in two weeks, think I can finish the outfit until then? Well that’s the goal right now. In two weeks I need to:

  • Finish fastening the lining in the back of the pet-en-l’air
  • Finish the trimming on the pet-en-l’air
  • Make the stomacher to the pet-en-l’air
  • Finish the buttons to the stomacher
  • Finish the second pocket hoop
  • Make the petticoat
  • Make an under petticoat
  • Finish the shoes
  • Finish the shifts

I also might have to:

  • Adjust the stays – the front tab stands outfit a little too much because of the coiled up plastic clothes line I used as boning…

If I really put my mind to it, I know I can do it… But my mind doesn’t really work like that, I’ll have to work even if I begin to despise the very thought of the whole project. Give me strength! I really do want to finish it! =)

One arm trimmed

April 27, 2010

Indeed I finished the hemming that last time, and I even managed to trim one arm!
Whaddaya think? =D

And here’s some inspiration: My cousins “in-law” are renovating a house and found this wonderful wallpaper under a few layers of newer wallpaper. It’s probably a 50’s-60’s wallpaper, but it clearly has 18th century inspiration. They also found these huge hand made nails. I arranged it a little and took a still life photo:

Hem

April 16, 2010

Just a quick post to show you the hem, proof that my hands are working by themselves… ;P

And yeah, this is the front “corner”, I rounded it cuz I liked the look:

Bum-bi-bum…

April 15, 2010

I confess – I am a period seamstress, in the meaning “woman who sews in periods”. XD The other day I entered a new sewing period, I might actually finish the actual jacket of the pet-en-l’air this week! I’m hemming and hemming and hemming right now, then there’s just the trimming! The stomacher might take some time…
   Anywhooo, the jacket looks a lot shorter than I anticipated, so now It looks quite a lot like my favourite pet-en-l’air:

Pet-en-l'air @ Manchester Art Gallery

When I started this project I wanted to use pocket hoops, so I started making a pair. My previous apprehension is now reality though; with the length it’s at now – it will not look very good with those big pocket hoops. So now I’m considering models for a bum/hip roll. I came across this some time ago, maybe a way to put that problem off a little… ;D

Oh, and we got a C on the thesis. ^^

More bloggin’ ahead and FREE corset patterns!

January 18, 2010

On friday we turned in the degree thesis again, after a few changes, we are very pleased and eager to get a good grade in week 5. This means that I won’t have a whole lot to do until then… Which probably will mean a whole lotta sewin’ and bloggin’! ;D
   This past week I have discovered two new blogs! And I must say, they may be two of the most interesting I’ve read on the subjects of history and costume making!
   Just this morning I read the latest post on Jane of All Trades… and lo and behold! Thar be free stays patterns! =D The place described where the patterns should be, a certain Ralph Pink’s site, did not work for me though. However I found them on the blog linked form the site! So this is where I got 5 free corset patterns -> http://www.fashion-gorgeois.com/pattern-cutting/corsets . Just click the image of the corsets, don’t be fooled by the more modern corset in the image, the zip-file you download contains 5 different corset patterns, including two stays patterns! ALL FREE!!! (Yes, I am cheap, but I’m very generous too! ^^)
   I also want to drop the blog name Two Nerdy History Girls (aren’t we all? ;P), that I found via 18th century blog. History, mostly 18th century, with amazing pictures!

New year – new energy

January 4, 2010

During the holidays I’ve been taking up on my blog feeds, getting myself very inspired indeed! =)
I’ve finished those tricky front hems on the pet-en-l’air, only the bottom hem left and then I can start the trimming and the stomacher! =D
I’ve had some thinking to do on the front hemming thing, I haven’t done a lot of detailed research, but by looking at images of dresses from the time – I’ve concluded that there is a big variation in how they went about it. So I just did what I felt would work best with my knowledge and what would look ok. I don’t know if I dare show pictures of how I’ve solved the problem, tough… ^^;
So that’s where I’m at right now. I might continue with the shift for a change of “scenery”, maybe put on some lace. ^^
One thing that’s been bothering me though, is that I might have to make a hiproll or something. The pet-en-l’air to me seem to not look very good with the size of pocket hoops I have (and still am working on ^^;), they look too big and wide… =S Oh well, that’ll have to be a later problem. ^^

To top this year’s first post off, I have some pictures of an heirloom, related to the 18th century. It’s a clock, that my sister Cecilia laid her hands on while we were cleaning out my dad’s appartment when he went to a retirement home. I’m greeeeeeeeeeeen with envy and so mad at myself for not being there before her to take it into my own posession! ;P It’s probably from the 19th century, but I loooove the details on the girl’s clothes, even in the back! I love that apron and if it turns out it’s somewhat 18th century I think I might make one with this as a model! =) She’s supposed to have a parasol or something in her hand, but it’s lost… =/

 


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