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Monday, December 1, 2014

Elsa's Coronation Dress

All hand painted and handmade by me besides the crown from Disney store. 

Mourning Tour Outfit

Outfit made for Mourning tours at Heritage Square in Los Angeles. 

Dicken's Fair SF Dress

Inspired by a fashion plate to be worn at Dicken's Fair SF.

Jolly Holiday Dress

Victorian Tea Gown (Wrapper gown)

Created for Victorian Breakfast. 

Tiffany's ICE Inspired Dress

Ice themed party dress inspired by my love 
for Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

A day at the races dress

Created for a horse racing tea event. 

Pool Party Dress

No pattern, just made it up as I went along! 
(Please ignore the mess) :)

Marie Antoinette Inspired 18th Century Dress

This being the third garment I had made I think it came out well. 
I used a commercial pattern that was not historically correct so I 
just removed the (GASP) zipper and used hook and eyes to close the bodice
instead. I also made a fan and shoes. (photo to be added when I can find one)

Steampunk Outfit Revamp!

As you can see, I still didn't get around to adding buttons but
I did make an overskirt and a corset style under bodice and hat. 
It was a quick project for a event but it worked out well. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Renaissance Dress

Inspired by the upcoming Renaissance Faire, I decided to try my hand at making a costume. I was inspired by the photo below. (Source unknown to me but I'll gladly post it if someone knows where it's from)
I loved the shoulder style and the color so I set out to find a similar fabric. 
I used McCalls 4696 pattern for the top and made my own pattern for the skirt. I also made matching shoes but they aren't period correct so I will have to come up with something different before the event. 
Here is the dress on my dress form. 
I need to make a few adjustments to get the corset bottom to lay flat, but overall it was a enjoyable project. The sleeves are strips of fabric hemmed, turned and ironed. Looking back I wish I'd have stiffened them up with some interfacing but they are fine for my usage. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Victorian Jacket and Skirt

Hi there! I have a new found love for sewing period costumes after realizing that patterns aren't as scary as they look! I started this blog to share my designs and keep track of my projects. Hopefully it will inspire others as well!

My very first project was a skirt and jacket set using Simplicity pattern 2207.
Being a beginner, I wasn't aware of the big difference in sizes from store bought dresses to patterns (dumb I know, measurements are right there on the back) so I made it much smaller than it should have been and was not able to button the jacket so I decided to leave it open and pair it with a shirt underneath. All in all it turned out ok for my first pattern use. 

I started making the bustle but the shape of it wasn't as nice as it was in the photo so I scrapped it. 

Here's a photo of my whole outfit.

I found a high neck, button up shirt and altered it to make it closer to my size. I also wore some reproduction, Victorian style lace up boots with it along with a necklace I already had. I was in a time crunch preparing for Dickens Fair so if I would have had more time I could have made a hat and added more trim or decorations, heck maybe even adding buttons to the jacket (which clearly I didn't have time for) but all in all it worked out well for being my first ever, from scratch set made in less than a week. 

Eventually I would like to make a striped bustle and a striped corset top for underneath the jacket. 
Sorry for the bad photos, I didn't take many during the process of it with such a short deadline.

Postings will be in multiples until I get caught up so more to come! 
Thanks for visiting!