Sunday, December 28, 2008
So if you're looking for just what they wore (including undergarments, men's and women's clothing, outerwear, hats, jewelry and accessories) this is a good post to read.
Stick with Cloak & Corset and we'll show you how to sew these period items.
Monday, December 22, 2008
- Breeches, pants, etc.?
- Waistcoat, vest?
- Frock coat, tail coat, morning coat, banyan, jacket, cape, etc.?
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well, I had to walk past the wonderful quilting cotton fabrics. I'm such a Cotton Girl! Always have been too. Well, it makes me want to sew a day dress again. Now, I have no idea what time period or design but just that I want to make a cotton dress.
After the first of the year the major fabric stores will start putting out tons of spring fabrics. It's the best time! I get so inspired by spring fabrics and colors.
Perhaps I just need to dig out that lovely white floral fabric (actually a sheet set from Ikea (I know - I'll look like I purchased my cloth from the same dry goods merchant as so many others.) and get started on a 1780s gown and petticoat like this 1780s robe 'a l'anglaise from the Kyoto Costume Institute.
Or maybe a robe and petticoat like this:
I have so much fabric in the king size sheets I purchased so I can get a full costume or two out of them. Then again, one out of this fabric, although cute, is enough. Besides, one gets bored sewing on the same fabric for too long!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
*I have so many repairs to do! Several of my pieces got sightly ripped at the Moorpark event in early November. Arghhh. A necessary evil.
1. Drawers - lower facing point to reinforce
2. Petticoat - I'm lazy and have never sewn on a proper hook/bar so I've been using a safety pin. Well, this time I stepped on the hem and it ripped a nice square chunk out of the waistband. So another repair/reinforcement. Maybe I'll get a hook on this time.
3. Black widow's dress - the top of the seam at the skirt opening came out a bit - this with a 9" opening! So have to reinforce.
4. Hook and bar on my black linen petticoat
5. Belt loop that came off on a modern Gap skirt.
6. Modern capri denim pants that some how got a vertical tear near the zipper placket. Wonder if I accidentally snagged it with my seam ripper....
And then it's on to finishing my 1860s blue silk bonnet and 90" hoop for the widow's weeds. (I'm using a modified version of View A from the Laughing Moon Hoops and Bustles pattern.)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
However I'd probably have to order a couple more yards as 7 would be a stretch to get that entire train poofed.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I sew in assembly-line fashion. Here are the bodice darts and tucks, front placket and belt sewn and ready for ironing.
And the finished dress:
At the theater:
And me in my new 1950s hat:
I love the hat so I will probably wear it to work once in a while.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
After the black sheer striped fabric I ordered from Kay Gnagey failed to appear in her store, she quickly refunded my order where I took the funds over to Beverly's Fabrics and bought the last 8 yards of black striped sheer. It was just enough for I put four panels into the skirt.
For the design, because I was using cotton and making this dress quickly, I pulled out my well-fitted pattern used for my green sheer dress. But instead of gathered sleeves, I used the coat sleeve from Simplicity 4551 . I took my fitted lining and cut down the neckline a bit more mimicking the CDVs I found.
Both of the above photos are of mourning wear - black collars indicate this. Both dresses are of sheer fabric with a cut-down lining you can see.
My four-paneled skirt was fully cartridge pleated to twill tape that was then tacked inside the bodice waistband. The 5" deep hem is finished with 1/2" bias tape to help with wear.
I made a plain belt in silk taffeta and made a buckle from a metal finding found on eBay. Belts were SO popular in the 1860s and you don't see too many of them at events. I love the belt.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So as a complete change from the monied Mrs Rosbrugh, I created Mrs Minton - a woman who's recently had her oldest son run off to find his father in the military, her youngest daughter die, then hearing word that her husband died a few days after a bloody battle. She is Southern, being born and raised near the town in North Carolina.
Mrs Minton owns but a small apple orchard just outside of town and Oak Street. Without help to keep her field and any income, she approaches Mrs Cressman at the Johnson Oak Inn to become a parlor maid, working for food and possibly a bit of money.
I wanted to really make a contrast between my two characters. Mrs Minton debuted last Sunday at the Moorpark Reenactment. It will take another appearance or two for the rest of the town to get to know her and to become familiar with my new impression as we develop new scenarios and interactions.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This moving and talking tree was inside the lobby of the Bellagio as part of their Fall decorations. The decorations were so beautiful - definitely a must see.
My very special dinner and "birthday cake" (Bananas Foster) at the Rain Forest Cafe.
Me and my hunny after the Cirque du Soleil show Mystere.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Sorry for the late post, but I wanted to let those of you in the So. California area that the largest Civil War reenactment in California is this weekend (Nov. 8 and 9) in Moorpark (Ventura Co.).
My civilian group, Historical Citizens Assoc., will be there with a full set up. Our members portray residents and business workers on Oak Street (in the walnut grove to be specific).
If you are in the area, or just want a day trip to the 1860s, please come out. And if you do, please come find me around the Johnson Oak Inn. I would love to meet you!
aka Mrs. Rosbrugh or Elizabeth while at camp