Category: Victorian

Mini Hoop

I started working on a Victorian wrapper way back in November hoping to wear it to Dickens Fair. It didn’t happen so the project has languished a bit. Once I finally got it assembled enough to put on my dressform, I discovered that it did not fit over my regular hoop. Sure, I could technically …

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Miser Purses

Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of the designs I’m experimenting with.  Both purses are the largest size I would make…big enough to fit a moderate sized phone. Both will actually be about the same size, despite their appearance in the photos.  The first is worked in two colors of cotton crochet thread.  The …

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Sadness and Frustration

So, although my 1840’s corset is looking awesome, I’m not happy with it.  I’m really kicking myself about it too, because I KNEW I should have waited until I had my usual lining fabric before proceeding, but I talked myself into using fabric I had on hand.  Grrr.  The problem right now is that the …

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Runaway Vacation

Technically, today was the first day of my summer vacation.  I’ve only got two weeks, so every day needs to REALLY count. I started off with a bang.  I did my morning run (trying to get back into the routine) and then went out to my sewing room.  I got the modifications to my 1840’s …

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Mock Up Central.

I LOVE when fittings go well. Like many others, I came home from CoCo with so many ideas.  First up, I need to work on a new outfit (or outfits) for Dickens Fair.  Bridget has been suggesting for a little over a year that I make a day bodice to go with my Eugenie dress. …

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CoCo to do list

I guess it is about time I thought about all that still needs to be done in the next week or so before I leave for Costume College. Zone Make new sleeves. Add an additional lining and spiral boning to the front. Make cap Bustle Take in the bodice. Add boning. Change hat trimming. If …

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Little Fiddly Bits

I’m so close to finishing this outfit, but I’m running into a few obstacles. I did end up making cuffs for the bodice.  They are adorable, if I do say so myself.  Then, after sewing hooks and bars onto the skirt and overskirt, I decided that it was time to see the whole thing put …

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As Promised

So, here’s what I’ve been working on for most of the day: Hat parts covered with silk.   Hat parts assembled.   I’ve also been working on all the hand finishing on my bustle bodice.  I think I’m pretty much done, except that I haven’t added any boning yet.  Plus, I’m kind of thinking that …

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Sorry…no peeking.

I know, I know. I’ve been a terribly blogger lately. But there’s a very good reason, I promise. I’ve been working on my cousin’s wedding dress. Her wedding isn’t until next week, though, so you will all have to wait for pictures. (Unless, of course, you are my friend on LiveJournal. Sorry, folks, but that’s …

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Blame it on the iPad

I’ve been inexcusably remiss in posting for, oh, well over a month.  It isn’t that I haven’t been doing anything crafty…it’s that I got an iPad.  And I thought Facebook was a time drain! But I think things have leveled off a bit, and I’m finding a balance. So, what have you missed? My latest …

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