I’m Back!!!!

Turns out I really miss sewing, life took over a bit but now I’m living with my other half in our own place I have free run to do as I want and make as much mess as I need, I’ve even been teaching him to sew!  20160916_133016

I’ve started drawing, focusing on what i want to make and i already have a massive list. It feels good to be back, blogging and sewing.

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1770’s Corset and Panniers

I recently completed this corset and panniers, its the first things iv’e made with this mannequin and i’m really happy with how much detail you can do in something so small. not so happy with the binding around the edge of the corset, but hey, practise. As i made it over xmas i neglected to get photos of the process, woops.

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Pattern Drafting

Spent my first sunny day off this year drafting patterns, I usually start with inspiration that will help me with the design I want.

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I determine where the seam lines are in the outfit so that i am able to draw the shapes out, creating the basics for the pattern.

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I then place a piece of fabric on top of my mannequin, pinning it down so it is as crease free as you can get it and draw the basic shape on, following the binding lines on the mannequin.

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I then cut out the shape, leaving extra to the sides of the shape and draw a more detailed shape.

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Jane Austen Festival, Bath

so, this year i’m going, YEAHHH, really excited about this. Even more excited now that i have booked the hotel and the programme is up and tickets for sale for different events.

The festival is from the 13th to the 21st of September, but sadly i will on be up there between the 12th and 15th of September, yet i’m still planning on going to the pre-festival get together on friday, as were newbies, the grand regency costumed promenade on saturday (detailed account of costumes to come :D), the festival fayre in the afternoon with hopefully a viewing of pride and prejudice and perhaps a nice stroll around Bath in ordinary clothes before we go home on Sunday.

I’ve already started planning what we’re going to wear, drawing out the patterns for my other halfs costume already.

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I’ve already started the shirt and almost finished, while i have to write out the patterns for my costumes yet, all to be done two months.

Pin-spiration

I’ve decided that Picture of the Week is now going to evolve into a picture post with several pictures about a particular topic because my Pinterest board is starting to grow nicely. So I’ve named it Pin-spiration, with my first one about street wear from the 1920’s, all of the photos i have collected on my pinterest board here.

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Ascot, 1921 (not really street i know but outdoors all the same)

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Paul Poiret, circa 1920 wool day dress

Paul Poiret navy wool day dress, 1925

New Year, New Dresses

so… i had a reallllllllllly long break, i was feeling really overwhelmed with studying and this, and i have started the Duke of Edinburgh award so that should be cool, but i am back on it now. before Xmas i finished my Regency long sleeve dress, Lydia and the undergarments to go with it as well.

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I made pockets, but then changed my mind 😀

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I’m not 100 % happy with how the sleeves turned out but otherwise i quite happy with it, might even dare to take it with me to the Jane Austen Festival this September.