Well, hello there, you-neglected-blog-you! :)
Let's just say I'm the worst blogger ever and be done with it.
This summer has been crazy busy, but it has been just SO much fun!! :) You could say that nothing significant has really happened over the summer, but I've made memories that won't be forgotten, and that amounts to something I think! :) And making memories is more important to me than getting my sewing projects done... obviously. *wink*
Putting a deadline on yourself sure does help get things done though! My sister, Kathryn, and my friend, Emily, and I are putting on an Anne of Green Gables tea party for a dear friend's birthday. She loves Anne as much as Kathryn, Emily, and I do, and it just seemed perfect to put one on for her. We have all sorts of fun ideas planned, and I can't wait to get in the kitchen and start making "Anne" food (plum puffs anyone?).
Of course, I need an Anne outfit to go to this party....
And, no, you don't get to see the outfit in this post, because it isn't done. :)
But first things first. Yes, I'm talking about the corset and petticoat. :)
I made a new corset using "Past Pattern's Straight Boned Corset" pattern. I would highly recommend it - it's wonderful. The only thing that I would change is that I would buy longer bones for my torso. I altered the pattern slightly, taking in the gussets, and a little on the side seams, but in the end, if I made it again, I'd probably make it just as is, as it turned out to be a slight bit too small (but when it comes to corsets, too small is better than too big, right?). It's pictured with my chemise that I made for my Titanic ensemble.
(I haven't washed the corset yet, which is why you can see my markings still on it...)
The petticoat, I used Simplicity #9723, which is out of print. I wasn't too keen on using it, but since I had it in my pattern stash, I thought I may as well... and I was surprised how much I liked it! I didn't gather it in the back, instead I did 3 large pleats on top of each other on either side at the center back, so it looks like one giant pleat. I also ditched the train for the petticoat, so I can use this on skirts that don't have a train as well. Oh, and I cut it on extra wide muslin, so I didn't have the triangular piecing at the back. One thing to mention, is this pattern I think was made for a 6' woman, because it is reaaaaaallllllllyyyyy long. I had to hem it up over 4 inches.
My sister's harp makes a nice backdrop, don't you think? :)
I'm obsessed with rolled hems.
It closes with a double hook and bar.
Stay tuned for the real outfit! :)
***This post was written a week ago, so it's a little outdated - sorry for the delay***