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Saturday, April 20, 2013

What I am trying to make... and why it's not happening!

Philadelphia Boathouse row
When you're an over ambitious high schooler who's takes part in too many extracurriculars and challenging classes, the sewing hobby and sometimes sleep are the activities that get effected.  Lately all of my free time has been divided in between traveling to and rowing on the Schuylkill river. So pretty much if I am ever not heaving water I am exhausted! 

Understandably my current project has been slightly halted. It is an early 1890s ball gown in pale pink. I'm using the truly Victorian 1892 umbrella skirt pattern and the 1892 ball gown bodice pattern.
The sleeves are the small evening draped ones from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costumes for Stage and Screen. I've made the the basic bodice and skirt but have yet to hem, finish, or trim either. I think I will trim it with some pink chiffon drapes, silk flowers, and some glass seed bead embroidery. Here are some inspiration images:

I think this last one looks the most like it does.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

circa 1890 corset

A few weeks ago I made past pattern's 1880s-1890s corset. It was my second full length corset. I made it in white cotton coutil with white cotton lining, vintage lace, satin ribbon, and metal feather weight boning. It came together very smoothly with the only issue being that it was too big! I cut the smallest size and took it in at a few seams but with a medium tug there is no gap.

Next up is my 1891 pink ballgown!