Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A merry christmas to all!

The best present I cold have gotten was an end to finals.  Huzzah!

But a lot of time to sew and watch terrible adaptations of sub-par Lincoln novels (I'm looking at you, Gore Vidal) is also very appreciated.

So when I was visiting St. L (my hometown, yo) we stopped by a quilt store and I got some lovely ochre CW repro fabric.  However, there were only 4 yards available, so I decided to make a regency dress instead because my usual 1812 one is awfully farby and in need of a revamp.  The fabric monster in me told me to buy it, and it sort of leapt into my hands!

Not going to lie, I have some pretty A+ selfies
 Just the basics:
Pattern: Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion (but fudged a lot)
Fabric:  Cotton print, linen
Time:  About 2 weeks, on and off, but it's all handsewn and I had some major fitting issues.
What I would change?: The sleeves came out wonky and the back gapes a bit, so I'll have to fix that before I wear it in public.

also note my creepy new/old vintage mannequin from my dear neighbor...

Also, we had a regency ball last week, so I thought that I'd post some pictures of my sad old regency ballgown...  Ohhh, the memories I have of this thing.  I need to seriously re-do the back before I wear it again, as it is literally ripping apart at the moment.  But it's such a lovely silk taffeta!
Sorry the quality is terrible... Here's a group shot of the youth brigade, though.
Also, if anybody wants a tutorial for paper-curling their hair, please don't hesitate to ask!  It's super fun and easy.
Merry Christmas!

7 comments:

  1. MEWWY CHWISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL You look beautiful, dear! :) LOVE that yellow dress! ♥

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    1. Thank you, my darling! And to you, too!

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  2. I am very inspired F! I've just picked up 4 1/4 yards of brilliantly red lightweight checked cotton for a Regency dress myself...and was seriously worried if it would be enough or not. But considering you're MUCH taller than me :) and you managed so beautifully I'm feeling very content :D. Your dress is SO pretty! It's fits you nicely too! What stays are you wearing under it? I just love your curls as well :) I would like a tutorial on paper curling, thank you :D
    What a nice little dancing party you've got there! (I must say...your dress is by far the prettiest of them all!) I have some friends in the orchestra here and whenever I see a harp I think of ya.
    ~Theresa

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I only made the skirt 2 panels, which I was worried about, but it ended up being quite full enough, and I even had a bit extra to use for reenacting Christmas presents. I'm wearing my short stays, which need to be re-made but they're the only regency things that I have at the moment, eheheh..
      Paper curling is my new best friend. Awesome curls every tie without any heat or product!

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    2. Well short stays is better than nothing....I am currently just wearing a modern bra :P And yay for the curls...I don't use irons or blow dryers or product (well hairspray and gel for the victory rolls) so that should be good :).

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  3. Aah, you are so very talented! Your new dress is gorgeous! Such pretty fabric! Wishing you much joy throughout the holiday season, Anneliese :)

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    1. Many thanks, friend, to you as well!

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