Monday, September 9, 2013

Of Lace and Ruffles



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***

9 comments:

  1. Lovely. :) I look forward to seeing the complete ensemble.

    I agree, good memories are so important to make. ;)

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  2. Whoo-hoo! you posted! :D

    Very good, very good indeed! And you aren't the worst blogger ever - your once per couple month appearance is well written! Anne of Green Gables is awesome... Even if your post is about lace... ;-) though I like Gilbert better.

    See ya at the wedding! We've been practicing more swing moves...

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  3. Moriah - Thanks! I look forward to sharing the complete ensemble - my sis took some awesome photos of it! :) Speaking of memories... I think you and I need to make some more soon....

    Emil - I know... it only took me forever and a day to post. :) And you know, guys can wear lace too... to quote Anne's poem at White Sands "... and he lay with his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat". :) And don't get me started on Gilbert... he's only one of the bestest literary heroes ever written.

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  4. I still hold that it was an entirely unnecessary expense and needless effort, but you did a nice job. ;-P

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  5. *cough* um.... thanks (?) ;)

    Hey, there was a big change in silhouette from 1903 to 1912. *wink*

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  6. I can imagine her reading that now.. Yes, guys can wear lace :) It mostly depends upon what kind of clothing camo doesn't go well with it. And agreed on the Gilbert part.. He's just awesome. :). Woah! You posted again! What is this world coming to!?!

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  7. Emil - Haha... lace and camo...yeah, not so great together!
    I astonish myself at my ability to post twice in one week. :) I'm not sure the blogging world can handle it.... ;)

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  8. all I have to say is that it's a good thing I do not own this. because it is so ridiculously beautiful that I would be tempted to wear it to Walmart as-is. which would be slightly socially unacceptable as well as more than a bit strange. although I daresay Walmart has seen worse...

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  9. Kristen - Haha, yes, Walmart has probably seen MUCH worse than that! :) It does sometimes seem like a shame to cover it up… :)

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