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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Little Boys in Frilly Dresses – Part Two

Carrying on from where i left off, like forever-a-go; at the beginning of the 19th century little boys dresses were still focused on the  practicality of the late 18th century.

They still resemble the style of adult fashion, as little William Scott-elliott’s tunic shows, yet the shorts begin to separate him from his female siblings and give him access to the free and easy spirit every child should have.

Yet it didn’t take long before the child was old enough to dress as an adult, a practice going back as long as they can document fashion.

As the century went along, the fashion for young boys and girls began to merge again with it becoming very difficult to be able to tell fashions apart. This dress above was worn by Prince Edward, Queen Victoria first son and the future king as a baby in the early 1840’s. You can tell this because Edward is painted in a portrait wearing it, an outfit that would have suited a boy or a girl.

New Addition

This is my new addition to my rapidly expanding collection of mannequins.

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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.