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I haven't made anything from this period since 2006! (the outfit in question) Then I was inspired by the then very lively costuming community on Livejournal, above all the work of [personal profile] koshka_the_cat

Now it's mainly my friend Alfhild getting all excited about it, and the fact that I can again wear my regency stays, that has got me going about it. And that you can get cheep thin cotton from India. As I wrote yesterday I have ordered plenty of that, though partly for modern sewing projects. And yesterday, after a tip from [personal profile] isabelladangelo went to this etsy shop and bought my self a sea green vintage sari in a silk/rayon mix, to make an evening gown. I have also taken up working on my collection of images and photos of colourful regency dresses. What I do need now is more info on what to wear when you're no longer 20, but close to 50 in the period. I'm thinking lace caps, but I want to know more about what was considered appropriate.
This doesn't mean that medieval and renaissance won't be my focus period, but I look forward to doing a new period. Alfhild is coming over this afternoon so that I can help her with her stays.I'm not very good at that, but I guess that it's better than trying to fit them yourself.
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 Yesterday my friend Alfhild came by. She had visited another friend who wants to make both regency and Victorian clothes and was really inspired to  to make some too. So we dug out my books, and then I got inspired to show my stuff and ended up openignboxes with costumes which hadn't been touched for years. They are kept under our bed, and unfortunately our cat Mysko had managed to get into one of them and had puked on my 18th century shift, and an antique lace shawl. The shawl was too delicate to wash, so I just gave up and threw it in the trash. The shift will be washed next time we have the laundry room, next week, and hopefully it can be saved. But Mysko was very cheap for anyone wanting to buy him then ;)

Anyway, I dug out clothes and I tried on clothes, and to my great joy my empire corset still works, though it has to be laced wholly shut at the back. The same was the case with my smallers 18th cnetury corset, though it should ideally be taken in at the waist - it's too tight at the top if I lace it shut, and too loose in the waist. I'll see if I'll do somethign about that, I have a partly finished robe à la francaise that I started 14 years ago, which would be fun to finish I guess.

My gown to go with the regency corset will probably be too big, I didn't take the time to try it on.

The 1890s

Mar. 5th, 2014 11:08 pm
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I have also recently got an probably unhealthy obsession with the fashions of the 1890s. As can be seen on my 1890s Pinterest-album.
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I do not say that the signs on the wall in the over a hundred years old restaurant Gambrinus in Mitte (former East side) was the best part of the Berlin trip. In fact, that was probably the company, the Ishtar gate in the Pergamon museum and the walks with one of my colleauges, who loves Berlin and know a lot about its history. And the Taiwanese restaurant on Kantstrasse. But they're certainly worth showing.

The restaurant The jaunty femaly cyclist. With international waitresses and the beautiful Else at the bar.

More )
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Today I have been in Borås, a neighbouring town, to the textile Museum to look at parts of their collection of clothes from the 1940s. 50s and 60s for a project idea that I have. But of course that was not the only thing that I saw; for example there was this lovely 1890s jacket:

From the back )

And this nice 1920s (suit?) jacket )

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Ser inte de här jättemycket ut som viktorianska kängor? Jag gör inte viktorianskt, men annars hade jag nog skaffat ett par, trots att de är i konstmaterial. (victorian-esque, reasonably cheap boots)


Sep. 29th, 2009 10:09 pm
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My latest project:

There will be ruffles - and a matching mini skirt with more ruffles.
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My new sewing project is a 19th century corset that I will wear on [ profile] mynningsflamma's "Dirty Thirty" Burlesque themed party in the middle of October. It will be from silk dupioni in strong pink with details in a lighter pink and I plan to also make a short ruffly skirt in the same fabrics.
I tried on my old Foy corset to get something to start with, though this one won't have a basque but be unbroken to the hips. I will have to make it slightly bigger in the bust and over the ribcage, a little higher in front near the armpits so there isn't any "spillage", since I won't be wearing a shift and I will also have a modesty panel in back. Since the local haberdasher only has rather short busks I will lace it in the top and have the busk below the bust and downwards.
Of course none of this will happen unless I do some patterning, so off I go.
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I have to remind myself that looking at fashion plates and preserved clothing from the 19th century isn't avoiding doing my work, it is work.
However, I could need some help: does anyone have any good links for images of male fashion from the 19th century?
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Three good things:

1. I managed to find a loose thread from the lace on my old lace collar that I wrote about the other day. It had a very strong smell of burnt hair so the lace is also silk. I don't know if that means anything when it comes to dating it, but it makes it even cooler. I need to look at lots of photos from the late 19th century to mid-20th century to see when this type of collars were popular. I would say not after 1920, but I'm not sure.

2. I have sewn on all flounces and hemmed the skirt for my 1850s dress. I'm now working on the closing of the bodice lining; hooks and worked eyelets. It took my husband 15 minutes to pin the toile close in the back when I tried it on the first time so I think it's a good idea to make a proper closure before i start fitting the top fabric.

3. I'm going to London tomorrow where I will meet [ profile] guyelfkin and his Tom and later that week [ profile] myladyswardrobe. Yay!
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I just realized that I probably have bought too little fabric for my 1850s dress, so i ordered some more. The stupid thing is that I have made the flounces too short, but not much, so I might have to add another flounce and I really _love_ sewing cording to the flounces. Not. Or at least my wrists doesn't like it.
But seriously, how long should a dress from the 1850s be? We're talking a light summer dress here. And how much extra length must you add to the skirt to accommodate a couple of petticoats and possibly a small hoop skirt (I might cheat with my farthingale and a couple of flounced petticoats)?

The length from my waist to the floor is 90 centimetres (a yard is 91,44 cm) and the skirt is ten centimetres (a little less than 4 inches) longer except in the front where there's a dip.

Maybe I should remove the top flounce I have started on and move it 5 centimetres further down the skirt?
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I have updated my page about my 19th century wardrobe. Nice, and maybe not so naughty pictures can be seen here.
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The corset still sucks in a lot of places, but I will probably just make it worse by taking it a part again. At least it gives a good shape and the bad parts are below the waist which is an area I plan to cover with drawers and petticoats anyway. The upper part looks pretty good, and I think :) So now I'm going to find something to bind it with and then put some lace along the upper edge.
The good thing is that now that I have long enough laces (took the ones from the now too big 1901 corset) I can put it on myself.
But next corset I'm going to hand sew! If I want the stitching to look good that's the way! I have said it before, but next time I'm going to make the corset from 1844 from Corsets and Crinolines. And yesterday I found an extremely helpful site, where a woman showed step by step how she had made that corset. It's here, but it's in norwegian.
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to say that yesterday I finished my cute 19th century shift with inserted lace and all. All hand sewn, because I felt like it. And since I'm aiming for the 1840s-1850s machine sewing isn't period. And anyway, underwear were hand sewn at home into the 20th century. But mostly I did it because I felt like it, I mean I have machine seams on my medieval garb, so I'm not a hand sewing purist. I also unpicked seams on my corset and decided that I'm not going to have the extra boning in front that [ profile] jenthompson has, because I like the corset to be less rigid there so it can curve in at the waist. So now I need to sew the basque on again in front, where I have cut some away and add boning channels on the left half of the corset and then bind the edges. Hopefully this should get done tomorrow. Today I was social with Anna, so I didn't do any machine sewing but started hemming my royal blue silk chiffon veil that I plan to wear with my 12th century (and earlier) clothing. She was busy making a pattern for the 18th century riding jacket in PoF that she's going to make to use as a mundane jacket (with some alterations, since she's not going to take up wearing a corset every day). I also sorted the fabric in my big white cupboard and found some nice medium blue thin cotton jacquard I'm going to use for a new blouse.
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I tried on the corset again today and it turned not to be a total disaster after all. It fit my friend Anna better, which was only to be expected since she has more rounded hips and a smaller and more normally shaped ribcage than I have. It looks like if I just fix some small things and finish the cording, bind the edges etc. it may do. I still want to make another corset, or more actually two, but it can wait. I'm thinking of the corset from 1844 and the short french corset from c. 1860 in Nora Waugh's Corsets and crinolines. the first of those will be made first, because I have come to realize that my favourite parts of the Victorian era is the 30s and 40s, but I like the 50s too. The overall shape is rounded and very feminine. Now I just wonder how to make the sort of lacy caps you sometimes see in paintings from c. 1850, which seems to be made of a piece of lace with a flounce of broad lace and ribbon bows at the ears. Since you almost never see the back of the head it's hard to make out how they're made. There are probably lots of them in museums but that won't help me now.
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Maybe I should use the very narrowly striped (light blue and white) cotton as top fabric instead. It's strong, pretty and easy to sew in. And there's something clean, sweet and innocent about white and blue striped fabric ;) And that's an impression I like to make.

Bad corset!

Mar. 9th, 2005 10:59 pm
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The corset turned out horrible. I managed to to break the busk while trying it on, or actually not break, but one of the "buttons" you put the hook around just popped out! I had decided to put in the cording from the original design, but didn't manage to get the cording channels even so it looks like %&@¤%!!. And I also placed the boning channels wrong, on top of the seams and it looks stupid. Since the top fabric was extremely gorgeous 45$/metre silk taffeta I really feel I've screwed up. Unpicking seams is very hard to do in this material without leaving too much traces. AAARRGGHH!!!
So I have decided not even to try to salvage this corset and instead start on a new after the weekend. I may do the same model, with some corrections (the basque that was to small suddenly became too wide) or go for the "all-purpose-19th century"-corset from Hunnisett. I wish I had some sturdy cotton satin as top layer. But I can't buy new fabric now. Anyway, I don't have to order a new busk, because I can buy Anna's, since she's not planning to use it in the near future and I'm considering using the pink/lilac cross-dyed dupioni I bought for a Maja-dress, there should be enough for both projects. This time I think I will make it with only two layers, and tapes to hold the bones that aren't encased in an extra wide seam allowance.
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Today I finished one half of the corset, except the grommets, because I don't have any at home. I also got a visit from Monika, who has joined our "victorian-event-planning-group", but that neither I nor anybody else had met before. She's been commenting some in my journal however. She showed me her trial quilted bonnet and I showed her my blue bonnet. She also had brought a friend's hoopskirt that I tried on. All in all it was very nice, I showed her myriads of books and we chatted for 2 1/2 hours. Tomorrow I hope to get more done at work, today was really a wasted day, and to get some good grommets.
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The Lavinia H Foy corset had a much better shape. Not surprisingly I need to take it in somewhat at the bust. Since my "starting measurement" when I make corsets is the waist and I have a proportionally large waist the bust measurement tends to be a little too big. Very surprisingly it turned out too small over my hips so I have to make the basque wider. It must be my tummy fat :)

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