Monday, February 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

“Our friends have sent to inquire how you are after your journey to-night, my dear” (fifteen miles in a gentleman’s carriage); “they will give you some rest to-morrow, but the next day, I have no doubt, they will call; so be at liberty after twelve - from twelve to three are our calling hours.”

Then, after they had called -

“It is the third day; I dare say your mamma has told you, my dear, never to let more than three days elapse between receiving a call and returning it; and also, that you are never to stay longer than a quarter of an hour.”

“But am I to look at my watch? How am I to find out when a quarter of an hour has passed?”

“You must keep thinking about the time, my dear, and not allow yourself to forget it in conversation.”

-Conversation between Miss Jenkyns and Mary Smith, Cranford, Chapter I

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Regency Sewing Weekend

As I promised, here are some pictures of the projects we made over our Regency Sewing weekend back in January. Some friends of ours (and amazing seamstresses) invited us to come down to visit them and make regency dresses. We had to do it in two parts, so they first came up to our house for New Years and we made the proper undergarments  - which would be rather improper for me to post pictures - and then a couple weeks later we made the dresses. It was such a fun way to spend the weekend, sewing and talking and fitting, and watching Persuasion, and having a tea party...bliss.

We used Jennie Chancey's Elegant Lady's Closet pattern, though made several alterations to make it fit right.

I would have posted these sooner, but we only just got the official photos, since we had to finish them at home (just the last few touches, like hemming, and button holes, etc). Enjoy!

P.S. The photos of my sis were taken by me, in that I pushed the button.... she did all the settings and editing. :)

This is my sweet sister - she made a gathered bodice with a squared neck, small waistband and 1/2-length sleeves.

It closes with buttons and button holes, as you can see, and the skirt is pleated in the back

An up-close view of the back

Aren't her buttons cute??

A fun angle of the buttons and pleats! So pretty!

And the sleeve detail!

Isn't it beautiful? And I think the green really suits her, don't you?

And now for my dress....

Mine is a bib-front dress, which opens in the front (the front flips down) and has ties in the back - almost like an apron which is attached to the skirt. The front closes with two buttons in the corners, there is a small waist band and the skirt is pleated.

The back view

My thrift-store find of an antique version of Tennyson's Poems comes in handy for photos! :)

One of the buttons which holds the front piece up - yes, I did make those dorset buttons and they are a very fun project!

Sleeve detail....

The back ties and pleats.

This was probably my favorite photo from the photo shoot! 

Many many many thanks go to Lily and Mrs. R for their expertise at sewing and for helping us with these dresses - they wouldn't have turned out half as great if they hadn't helped us!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Beginnings of a Colonial Dress

My friend, Laura, asked me to make her a colonial dress, and I was more than happy to make one! We decided on Simplicity Pattern #4092, with a few adjustments, and spent a few hours roaming the fabric store until we found the perfect fabric. The next step was to have a girls' day/fitting where we pinned and cut, and sewed and pinned some more, and re-cut and re-sewed until it fit right.

The Mock-up
Today I began the real thing, with washing, ironing and cutting the material.

I wanted to share a few pictures of how it looks now (doesn't look like anything but oddly shaped pieces of GORGEOUS fabric) so I laid it out as a bodice, to hopefully give you an idea. And yes, I did intentionally turn all the photos to black and white so that you won't see the colors until it is finished and Laura is wearing it.

Up-close detail of the fabric.... isn't it beautiful??

The back pieces

And the front pieces
Material for the skirt(s)
Hopefully I'll be updating soon about the progress of this dress! Come back soon! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it was not me."

-Squire Hamley, Wives and Daughters, Chapter XXXV

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