Monday, October 31, 2011

Getting Dressed

A really interesting over view of getting dressed.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Costume video

Take a look at these fabulous examples of 1860-70's Dolmans.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sneak peek at the new Snow White movie

I want you all to follow this link to see the costumes for the new Snow White movie starring Julia Roberts. There is some serious fun happening here!
Let me know your thoughts once you've taken a gander!,,20483133_20534556,00.html?stitched

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pelisse ready to go!

Here we have a Pelisse, which is what this style of coat was called in 1812.  Just like jumpsuits are now "onesies" fashions constantly reinvent themselves.
 The coat is made with silk taffeta, which was dreadful to hand sew! My poor sore fingers! The lining is fine silk charmeuse.

The braid was used double width and joined using invisible rayon thread, then applied to the coat. The military look was very popular. remember, there was a war going on!

You may recall the blue silk ball gown. Well, this coat goes with it. I took the pattern from an original garment, in combination with a Spencer pattern developed some time ago. The original pelisse was very fine wool sateen, with a quilted padded lining in the bodice.

The coat took 4 times longer to make than I anticipated. Argh!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

1776 debate: Freedom for slaves