Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What of what to do with Pinkie

Venetian doublet gown
 Since I have decided that I CANNOT buy any more fabric other that utility stuff (linen interlining, eyelets, etc....) until I make gowns out of at least 85% of my current stash......I am endeavoring to decide what to to with the fabric from Pinkie (my very first venetian gown). The portrait to the left is what I would 'like' very much to do with the fabric.  However, to get the look right it would require three layers of garments.  Plus it is a much longer waistline than I have been doing of late.  Mainly because my weight keeps fluctuating, and it irritates me to be constantly altering my garments so they fit correctly.

Slightly higher waistline Venetian doublet gown

Option number #2 on the right here; is a slightly looser and higher waistline doublet style gown with a cartridge pleated waistline....Far less trim work would be involved to make this look happen.  I could spend my sewing time playing with the lovely falling ruff shown in the portrait.  An item might i add that isn't effected fit wise by weight loss or gain on my part.

  I would however still need to make a new set of stays that were longer to get the line....not to mention run the risk of a significant rebuild on the gown inside of a not ideal on that end.

Florentine gown

Option three is a high waistline Florentine gown with full loose cartridge pleated sleeves.  Almost exactly what I made for IRCC.....this look is all about accessories.....fur trimmed lower sleeves.....blackworked high neck camicia.....elaborate girdle belt.....and a small net balzo.....all things that are not affected by weight fluctuation.....however that being said.....I'm not stoked about a third very simple gown with the exact same neckline.....but it would not require a new set of stays.....and it would only take me about 20 hours to get the gown finished not including something to contemplate......


Pics from in the trenches - Part 2

Short Stays for Florentine Garb
So the next time I have someone say to me 'There is no way that a non-commercial bra can support my boobs, they're to big', I'm going to bring up this customer as an example. Hopefully I will shortly have some pictures of the lady herself sporting these stays.

But in the meantime let me give you the measurements of this customer to ponder;

Chest       52"
Ribcage   42"
Width of shoulder 16"

In modern lingerie sizes that would settle out to a 42-I

Pics from in the trenches

I've got waaaaay to many things to finish before Oct 15th but I thought I'd share some in progress pics;

 One of the in progress projects is and Edwardian/Gibson Girl Corset. The image to the left is the corset out of Corsets and Crinolines of the style I'm trying to emulate.
Here is my rendition of the pattern based on the customer's draping
Test run of Edwardian aka Gibson Girl corset

Above is the pattern that I drafted based on Ms Allie's draping.  To the left is the test run of the pattern made of extra fabric that I've had hanging around. Embroidered white linen lined in white silk habotai to be specific. Its not boned yet. Riptie and weed-wacker boning will be going in tonight.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

IRCC --- Finished pics!

  Need shower and sleep right now but I just wanted to share some of my fav pics from Stags Bloodbath today taken by my awesome lady mother.  I'll post further pics of the underlayers soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

IRCC update

 The first camicia for this project has the body seams done and the neck gathered. The second picture here shows that sort of....the fact that based on Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4 .....I'm doing a fuller gather in the front and back than I am over the shoulders.
 Also based on Patterns of Fashion 4 I have drafted a pair of drawers.  I'll post a picture of the pattern at some point.  But I've machine flat felled the body seams (first time I've tried machine flat felling) I'm gathering the body to a set waistband that will close with an eyelet in the front.  I've also got red bobbin lace for these.

Special thanks to the lovely lady at for the tutorial on flat felling. 
So this is the bodice for my 'petticoat' layer.  As such it won't have sleeves. I've decided to go with an earlier period style and cartridge pleat it instead of having a lower waisted roped petticoat.

This also allows me to reuse the fabric from an earlier dress that was on the rebuild pile. I've ripped it all back to raw yardage to do the no worries it still qualifies for the challenge.  But I am really enjoying using up stuff from the in house fabric pile!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Yes!!! I really do NEED all those fittings I asked for

 So as some of you might have guessed, since HE Arion did not debut his new Florentine court garb at Battlemoor, I ran into some problems.  The problems basically boiled down to me 'guessing' on fit instead of actually getting to fit the doublet on Arion.  With this sort of highly tailored doublet and Arion's impressively broad shoulders......well guessing on fit ended with me up a creek and now I'm going to have to get creative with retro fitting.....anyways here are some pictures of it in process.....
 I have him trying it on inside out because I had one arms lining pinned.

 You can kinda tell from this shot where I started to go wrong with the sleeves on this.....the back seam shows that I set the sleeve in rotated forward to far by what ended up to be about 4".

In the picture on the right ------------------>
you can see how the over-rotation is twisting the fabric and constricting his has big shoulders and very muscular having his sleeves 'flex' with him is very important.

 But I am really happy with how the detail at the neck is sitting on him....its even spiffier right side out because we didn't quilt the neck inset so it shows up very nicely.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tonight's Sewing Status/To-Do List ---- Yeah I know I'm mental

Gold Stripe gown; ready for wool hem guard and eyelets
Black and Silver Doublet; arms ripped out, pile of scrap linen waiting for me to cut the arm extensions
White Quilted dress; bodice assembled - need to add velvet ribbon to front, cut skirt, attach, and hem
Black Pinstripe dress; primary construction finished, needs shoulder ribbons and front ties
Grey over-gown; just needs 2 trouser hooks and decorative button
White Coat 1 (men's late 1400's overcoat); draft pattern, cut fur, and assemble
White Coat 2 (capaletto); fabric ready press need to modify pattern for 44" fabric

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gift to me IF I complete IRCC

Moda a Firenze

I've been wanting this book for a rather long IF I cross the finish line with IRCC I'm buying the book as my own little prize!

IRCC.....delayed just a bit

So WAR is coming to the Outlands in the form of Battlemoor........and although I don't actually go to war most years the majority of my household does.

This also means that my job as mistress of the robes for my baron and baroness has pushed right past IRCC in the OMG this has to be done now 'to-do list'.  The good news is I will be posting in the next week or two pictures of finished garments and construction of two full sets of 1400's Florentine garments....male and female....YEAH!

Bad news is that sewing on IRCC is at a standstill until after the 4th of July.....but the bright side is that since I decided to do a prototype of each of the garments I'm doing for IRCC I'll now have dual entries for said contest.