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Making a Brown Beaded Doublet, Part Two

This is part two of making my renaissance/baroque hybrid doublet! Part one talks about drafting the pattern and making the body of the garment, it can be read here.

I decided to keep the sleeves relatively simple to try and tie it back into the renaissance theme, in the 1600s doublets had fantastic paned sleeves which I REALLY want to attempt, but they don’t really suit this project. So I settled on a easy design with fancy cuffs and strips attaching it to the shoulder.

The sleeves consist of three main sections. The first is made up of several strips of fabric that connect to the bodice. The second section is simple, made from brown stretch fabric and decorated with lace. The final section is the cuff, which will tie closed and also have lace details.

The strips on the first section are made up of rectangles. I’ll be using five on each sleeve, one that is five inches long, two that are four inches, and two that are three inches.

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The edges were all turned inward twice to create a finished edge that won’t fray.

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To give the pieces shape I cut strips of lace that were slightly shorter and sewed them to each edge. The lace will lay flat against the shoulder and the fabric strips will puff out. This isn’t the most practical thing to do, but it looks pretty!

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The pattern for the other two sleeve pieces looks like this, I drafted it off of my arm measurements.

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Then I cut it out – once from my brown fabrics and again from cotton, which will be used for lining.

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I left a one inch seam allowance on everything so I could “pillow case” the pieces to create finished edges.

When that was done I stitched around each side to make sure the edges won’t roll over.

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I was originally going to decorate the sleeves with ruffles but I decided to use two pieces of lace instead. I’m not sure they quite go together, but from a distance it looks alright!

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Once the lace was stitched on I added the strips I made earlier. They are placed one inch apart and the largest one is in the exact center.

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Then it was time to work on the cuffs! For these I turned each edge over a half inch and stitched them down.

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I sewed lace onto the bottom off the cuff, then stitched eyelets onto both sides.

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The cuffs got stitched onto the rest of the sleeve and sewn up the side. I seem to be missing photos of this, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to visualize!

Once the sleeves were complete I attached them to the bodice.

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Now that all the exterior work was done I could sew in the lining! I’m not sure why I don’t have photos of this, but I just pinned the lining in place and whip stitched around the edges.

Once the lining was in I stitched the eyelets and declared it complete….unfortunately there were a few complications when I actually tried it on.

- The fabric was buckling at the lacing point. I fixed this by sewing a boning channel into the interior of the garment and adding a long piece of hooping wire.

-The sleeves were too tight – I could fit into them but they reduced mobility by a lot. I ripped out the side seams and restitched them with a quarter inch seam, which left me with an extra half inch.

-I removed one of the five pieces that hold the sleeve to the bodice. The back most one was also restricting mobility.

The finished garment looks like this! I love how this looks, and it was really fun to make. I love structured things and pairing that with fiddly details was really enjoyable. I think i’ll end up making more things similar to this in the very near future.

I don’t have photos of it worn yet, i’ll get them after finishing the tunic and pants that go with it.

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Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Making a Brown Beaded Doublet

This project is a bit of a mess. I originally wanted to make a Renaissance doublet but I also really wanted it to have tabs, which is more of a 17th century thing (seen here). It ended up being a combination of both, which is kind of weird, but I like how it looks!

This idea began as side project to a brown renaissance dress which is loosely based off of this painting. But I was in the mood to make something structured, so the doublet became my first priority. The dress will get made later on.

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I’ve been collecting fabrics for these projects for a while. I bought some brown stretch fabric last year for another project but the jacquard, brown trim, and taffeta are all materials I bought to match it. I also ended up using some trim from my stash, ivory glass pearls, and some small seed beads.

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The first step was drafting my pattern. Since I wanted this to have a flat front I decided to sew it without bust seams. Draping a pattern like this on my dress form is very difficult (unless it’s low cut) because my dress form has a very defined bust.

So I decided to go back to the basic draping technique I used when I first started sewing: The bag method. In case you are unfamiliar with this I shall enlighten you.

I started out with a piece of fabric that was big enough to fit over my shoulders and hips. I sewed it into a tube and cut two slits for “Arm holes”, if you are drafting a symmetrical garment the seam should be in the front so you can keep it (relatively) centered.

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Then put it over your head and pin it at the shoulders so it stays on.

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Now it’s time for pinning. I began by putting a few pins in on each side and tried to keep things even.

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Then you add even more pins and do the best you can to shape the garment to your size.

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When you are happy with how it fits mark out the arm holds, neck hole, waistline, and any other details. Pick one side that will be used as your pattern and focus on it.

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When you are done unpin yourself on one side (the side you won’t be using as a pattern) or cut yourself out of it. You’ll probably be left with something like this. Use a marker to go over the lines where your pins are, then remove the pins and cut along the lines you drew.

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Now you’ll have something that resembles a pattern!

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Since I needed mine to have a zig sag shape I ended up chopping my draft into pieces.

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Once I was happy with it I turned it into a paper pattern.

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I used that pattern to make a mock up, which looked like this! All it needed was to be taken in at the shoulder and have a dart added in the back.

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Once my pattern was adjusted it was time for cutting and assembly! Since there are so many points I decided to hem each piece separately, then bind them together. This way I could have more control over corners and make things look smoother.

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After I cut out all the pieces I marked out the hem, turned the edges over, and sewed them in place.

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Then I stitched them all together! I should have used tape or pins to keep them together during this part. I ended up with really uneven edges…

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Once the main body of the garment was sewn together I started adding the details. I debated about what to do for a long time and ultimately decided on using the brown lace to cover the edges, then beading it.

It took a long time but was really easy to do!

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The beads used were 6mm ivory glass pearls and some glass seed beads from joanns.

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After beading both sides I sewed up the back seam. If I use this pattern again i’ll cut it without the back seam, because it sort of ruins the design for me. It would bother me a lot less if the pin tucks lined up, but I didn’t have enough fabric to make that happen.

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Then I sewed the lower piece on, i’m not sure what to call this part. I’m sure there is a proper term but I haven’t researched enough to find it!

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Then I added the waist ties. I debated a lot about what to add at the waist, I had originally planned on more brown lace but I didn’t have enough pearls to use the same beading pattern for it. I also had some ivory venice lace but it looked out of place.

I finally decided on this small cotton lace! I think it’s just the right size and looks nice with the other materials.

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I tried a few different beading patterns but ultimately decided to bead it vertically which I think looks neat!

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When all the beading was finished I trimmed the front edge and rolled it over to create a finished edge.

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I also folded the arm holes over a half inch to create a hem. Now it’s ready for lining!

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I made the lining the exact same way as the bodice…just without all the beaded details! All the pieces were cut out and the edges were marked.

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The edges were sewn over and the pieces were bound together. The lining looks much smoother than the outside because  I used my machine for it and actually pinned things.

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The lower piece of lining was stiffened with a layer of medium buckram. I used this to create shape in the finished garment.

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The buckram was basted down and then the edges were sewn over it.

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The lower piece was attached to the rest of the bodice. I also hemmed the arm holes and neckline of the lining.

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At this point the lining and bodice are both mostly done and ready to be sewn together. But the lining can’t be added until the sleeves are done, and the sleeve making process will be in another post! So this is all for today.

Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Original Designs, Renaissance

 

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Making a Rose Colored Chiffon Chemise

I’m not sure what happened this week, I ended up not blogging for some unexplainable reason. But today i’m back and i’ll be talking about making a simple chemise from chiffon!

I picked up this china rose colored two tone chiffon many months ago because I fell in love with the color. None of my projects this year have required anything like it so it has sat around collecting dust. For my newest design  I needed a chemise to wear under a maroon middle ages inspired dress I knew I had finally found a project for this material!

I paired it with a colorful brocade, the same fabric was used to trim the dress i’m pairing this chemise with.

I only had three yards of this fabric which wasn’t really enough so I had to use my fabric sparingly. I cut my fabric into three pieces, the first was the smallest and was used to make sleeves, the next was the front of the chemise, and the last was slightly longer to create the back of the chemise. Since I didn’t have enough fabric to make a full length version I decided a high low hem was as close as I could get.

Before I could do much with chiffon I made the patterns for the collar and cuffs. On the left is the pattern I made for the chemise, the one on the right is for the matching dress.

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The cuffs were just rectangles with seam allowances added in. Once the paper patterns were done I went ahead and cut the pieces from brocade.

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I also used the pattern to cut a layer from white cotton, which will eventually be used as lining. Once all the pieces were cut out I marked the edges and hemmed them.

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When those were finished it was time to make the dress. The two rectangles I cut for the body of the dress got sewn together with french seams. Then the garment was hemmed – i’m still really bad at hemming chiffon, it never turns out well!

I only have a photo of the first step in hemming this, the fabric was turned under a quarter inch and stitched in place with large basting stitches. Then I rolled the hem and secured it with a whip stitch, which isn’t shown below.

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I used a small running stitch to gather the chiffon down

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The majority of the raw edge will be covered by the collar lining, but the parts that will hang down to create sleeve holes won’t be covered. So I stitched lace over the tops to keep them from fraying.

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Then I sewed the dress onto the collar!

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This is what it looked like on a dress form. It’s not a very good color representation but you can see the length!

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Now it’s time to talk about the sleeves! I drafted a really simple boxy pattern for these. I would have liked to make them wider and fuller but I was working with fabric limitations.

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The sleeves were gathered at both ends, then lace was stitched across the tops to prevent fraying.

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The lower edge got sewn on to my little rectangle cuffs!

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The side of the cuff and lower two inches of the sleeves were hemmed. The sleeves will close with a french seam but also have an eyelet at the wrist.

My hands are way to fat to make it through a cuff that matches my wrist measurement, leaving the lower two inches open prevents me from having to attempt it.

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I sewed in the cuff lining, added the eyelets, and my sleeves were almost done!

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All they needed were french seams, then they were ready to be attached to the dress.

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I sewed them in place with a whip stitch. From the outside the dress looked okay, but the inside was a bit of a mess!

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I trimmed the worst of the fraying, then sewed the lining in place.

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I had originally planned on adding eyelets at the back of this chemise, but I can pull it over my head without any problem, so that wasn’t necessary. All I did to finish this off was sew up the back with a french seam!

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This was quite the easy little project. I dislike working with chiffon so I wouldn’t call it fun, but i’m happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in The Making Of

 

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Progress Report: November

October was very eventful. I wouldn’t say it was productive because I didn’t get that much accomplished, but a lot happened!

I started and completed three dresses. I began work on two others. I added more fabric and glittery things to my ever growing collection. I got photos of my flower dresses. And I received a copy of a book that i’m in! This is going to be a write up of all those things, along with sharing my plans for November.

Starting with the most unusual and arguably most exciting thing: I’m in a book! A real book with pages, one you can go out and buy or order from Amazon! This is the book, I don’t make anything from sales so I won’t be encouraging anyone to buy it, but I might mention it a lot because I find it neat.

It has a couple photos of my Elsa costume and I answer a few questions about the process of making it!

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This month also included two photoshoots, both for my flower dresses. The first was for my Halloween Inspired dress, and the second was for my Fall Fairy! The Halloween inspired photos are posted here, and i’ll be posting the pumpkin patch pictures closer to Thanksgiving. I’m really happy with this set of photos, they are exactly what I had picture while making the dress!

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Projects for November will be a strange variety. I’m aiming to complete two 19th century projects for “Nineteenth Century November”. This will include a Gordon Highlanders inspired uniform and a Regency dress.

The dress is actually one I started a few months ago and never completed - it’s been taking up space in my WIP drawers for months, so it’s time to get it finished!

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I’ll also be working to complete two projects I started in October. The first is a maroon middle ages inspired ensemble that consists of a dress, chemise, and gold chiffon overdress. Right now the chemise is complete, the dress is made (just needs sleeves and eyelets), and the overdress is still in the planning stages.

The second is a brown menswear inspired ensemble that consists of a tunic, doublet, and pants. It started out as a Renaissance themed outfit but it kind of has bits that belong in the 1600′s too… so it won’t be anything resembling historically accurate, but i’ve really enjoyed making it and am happy to have some tailored pieces in my portfolio! Right now the doublet is almost done, it just needs lining and eyelets up the front. I haven’t started on the pants or tunic, but those should be easy by comparison.

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This month I finished my two 18th century pieces, a Robe l’Anglaise which was kind of a fail, and a Chemise a la Reine.  I also completed the chiffon chemise for my Middle Ages outfit, I’ll have a blog post about this up soon. I really love the color, it’s such a lovely rose  tone.

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Now for the heap of things I bought. I’ve been really using up my fabric collection, last month alone I used 25 some yards of fabric, a lot of which have been in my collection since the start of this year.

Fabric is my main source of inspiration and without piles of it around I tend to feel reluctant about using material, I mean what if I run out? I know that is a silly fear because I still have more than enough to make fifteen costumes, but my shelves were looking empty…

Last week Joanns was having a big sale so I decided to get some things to fill the emptiness. This led to three new project ideas, an order from Onlinefabricstore.net, a trip to Michaels and an amazon order.

The first project idea is a Toothless pajama set – he’s the main dragon in my favorite film How To Train Your Dragon. Ever since making my Appa PJ’s I’ve wanted to do something similar with his character and seeing minky fabric 50% off was the push I needed!

 I got three yards of the black double sided ultra cuddle fabric, then ordered one yard of normal minky and one yard of minky stone, which looks like it has a scale pattern! I’m not sure when i’ll start this project – it probably won’t be until the new year, since minky makes a HUGE mess.

My Christmas costume is going to be a huge glitter ball which will be bad enough, I don’t want to deal with black fuzz at the same time!

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I also bought more plaid with a civil war era dress in mind. Last time I was sad because they didn’t have enough to make a dress with, but this time they had a full eight yard bolt, so I grabbed it up! The plaid dresses in the mid 1800′s were usually made from cotton, but this has such great texture and I loved it too much to resist.

I got eight yards of the plaid and a single yard of a matching green.

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 I bought ivory gauze for a tunic (the one that will be paired with my doublet), two yards of glitter chiffon, and a little more than a yard of gold and ivory quilters cotton. These two fabrics were the color inspiration for my Chrsitmas costume idea. I’m not sure how they will be used in the finished piece, but I loved the textures!

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Lastly from Joanns I got a slew of random items. Gold beads, ornaments, grommets, and a pendant for my christmas costume. Brown beads for my Doublet, and scented pinecones. I’m not sure what the pinecones will be used for – I might make them into a headpiece, or spray paint them gold for my christmas costume. Right now they are making my sewing room smell delicious, so i’m not in a big rush to use them!

DSC_0338 Also from onlinefabricstore I bought a bolt of ivory tulle, five yards of organza, and five yards of buckram trim. I needed to spend three more dollars to quality for free shipping, so I got a yard of medium buckram as well!

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Then it was time for Michaels where I got a heap of christmas decorations. I’m planning on making two headpieces and using the rest for my dress.

I got three of these crazy glittery garlands which I love to bits. They are so sparkly!

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And thirteen of fake, miniature, gold, poinsettias. I used some of these last year to make a headpiece and knew I wanted even more this year! I remember when I was younger I was scared of poinsettias because my parents said they were poisonous. At the time I didn’t know the poison was mild, so whenever I saw someone touch one I would be scared they would die.

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 Lastly I got candles and ribbon! The ribbon will be used for lacing and the candles are for a headpiece. That headpiece is going to be a crown and a candelabra. Which is probably a huge fire hazard and may not actually work, but i’m determined to make it look lovely.

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So that’s it! I had planned to put up a making of post but I forgot to get photos of the finished dress, so that will have to wait until Monday.

Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Progress Report

 

Attempting to Make a Robe l’Anglaise, Part One

 This project has been an adventure. And when I say adventure I actually mean a hellish experience that didn’t go the way it should have and turned out quite poorly.

The main inspiration for this project was this dress. I love the stripes, floral accents, and unique cut of the bodice. As soon as I saw it I wanted to make something similar, and eventually I found some gold and red striped fabric at joanns which I thought suited the project nicely.

Now what went wrong: I actually started this dress months ago, I drafted and fitted the pattern, made a mock up, and even began cutting out the bodice before setting it aside and working on other things. When I picked up the project this month I had assumed my original pattern was fine.

Not so much. At the time I started the pattern I knew nothing about 18th century fashion (I honestly still don’t know much) and the bodice was over two inches too long in the waist. I didn’t realize this until AFTER I had assembled my bodice and sewn in all the boning. Every piece of boning had to be pulled out and retipped.

If that wasn’t troublesome enough I also forgot that 18th century bodices are usually bound together over lining, which makes the pieces look very smooth. I assembled the bodice the “modern” way and the end result was really bad…wrinkles everywhere!

The fabric was also  too thick and a relatively loose weave which made lining things up really difficult. And of course the fabric weight added a lot of bulk to the finished garment…

Overall i’m really unhappy with the end result, but I did learn a lot and if I attempted to remake this dress it would turn out MUCH better. Hopefully I can put my new knowledge to the test on a future 18th century court attire project!

With that block of text over, here is how I made the bodice.

This was the pattern I based mine off of, it’s from Janet Arnolds patterns of fashion book. I traced the pattern and then altered it to fit me.

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This is what my mock up (from many months ago) looks like. At the time I thought it was perfect but looking back I see soo much wrong with it.

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That mock up translated into this bodice pattern.

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I used this pattern to cut out the back and front panels. Since I wanted all  my stripes to line up I very carefully pinned my fabric until both sides matched up.

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Problem number one appeared at this point since I didn’t cut the front panels on a sharp enough angle. I ended up trashing these later on.

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Luckily the back panels turned out okay!

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I hand basted these together to make sure the stripes lined up, then machine stitched them. The end result was pretty fantastic in the terms of matching stripes.

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Now onto what I’ve done recently! I wanted to take the pattern in a little, add more boning channels, and change the seaming so I ended up remaking my pattern. This is what the new pattern looks like – I really wish I had made a mock up before settling on this. If I could go back in time I would do things so differently!

The back panels did stay the same size and shape so I could use the pieces I had already cut.

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The new bodice pieces looked like this!

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Then assembly officially started. Sewing this bodice together was really slow because I was aiming for perfect symmetry.

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The front edges got turned over a half inch.

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And the side seams got done up as well. At this point I tried the bodice on and wasn’t thrilled with how it looked or fit so I took it in a half inch at each side. I was happier with it after that and figured once the edges were hemmed the length would be okay.

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Then the bodice lining was assembled. The lining is made from two layers of cotton twill. I drew out and sewed all the boning channels before assembling the garment.

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Assembled lining pre-boning.

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I used steel boning for this, all the edges were rounded with a dremel tool then the tips were encased in athletic tape and dipped in nail polish.

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I labeled all the boning and boning channels with letters so it would  be easy to match them up later on.

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Once all the boning was added I sewed up the bottom edge and tried it on. That was when I realized it was really, really off. I ended up trimming one and a half inches off the lower edge and a half inch off the top. Since both edges are made up of curves raising them that much was nearly impossible to do.

I managed, but it doesn’t look pretty. Once the lining was “finished” I sewed eyelets into the front and tried it on. It’s still too long in the waist but it was impossible to raise it anymore without recutting the pattern…which I didn’t have enough fabric to do.

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It was a struggle to get the lining sewn to the top layer of fabric, but I managed! Once it was pinned I whip stitched around each edge to secure it in place.

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Hooks were sewn into the front as well. I ended up getting a lot of gaping at the front which I fixed by sewing in four more hooks.

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Here is the finished bodice before adding the extra hooks. With the added hooks the strips line up a lot better. Overall It’s not a complete disaster but it should be a lot better than it is. What a bummer!

At least I can say I learned a lot throughout the process…

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The next post will talk about the sleeves, skirt, and detail work.

Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in The Making Of

 

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Glittery Gothic Dress, Photos

I’ve been really bad about photographing costumes this year, but I promised myself that I would get at least two of my flower dresses photographed before fall passed and I succeeded!

Today I’m posting pictures of my Glittery Gothic dress in action! This is a Halloween themed photoset but I wanted to post a day early because some people actually leave the house on Halloween. Also, knowing me I would end up forgetting to post them on the day of and really kick myself for it later.

Ever since I made this costume i’ve wanted to  photograph it with a very dark backdrop. My goal was a deer caught in headlights/moonlight feel. I didn’t want anything too fancy that would take away from the dress. 

I actually tried to do this with my Anju costume last year and it failed horribly. I tried to get the effect with a broken tripod and cheap speedlight which for some weird reason, didn’t work. This year I used two desk lamps and a trip pod that actually stood still, which (big surprise) worked a lot better!

My dad was a big help with these photos, he stood on a mark while I pointed the lights and focused the camera. Then I set the camera timer and we switched places. It took a lot of standing around in the cold to get these, but in the end we were successful!

If you aren’t familiar with this costume I have two blog posts about how I made it, and a video that shows how I made the crown!

|Making the Skirt |Making the Bodice| Making the Crowns|

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I hope you enjoy the holiday! Or if you don’t celebrate, I hope you have a nice weekend!

 
 

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18th Century Underskirt, Yellow Sateen

This is the second and final project in my 18th century October series. I’d hoped to make a menswear ensemble too but that didn’t end up happening, and this dress is to blame! It ended up being way more detailed and time costuming than I had expected.

Today i’ll be talking about the long process of making a pale yellow underskirt. This piece is really just an accessory, the real star is a striped Robe a l’anglaise which will be worn overtop.

For this project i’m using a lovely red and yellow striped upholstery fabric and a yellow twill sateen. I also ended up using ivory tulle as an overlay and several hundred pearls for decoration. Despite searching everywhere for a fabric that matches the yellow tone in my striped material I couldn’t find anything. Fabric is either too yellow, or not yellow enough, or too dark!

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I ended up using yellow twill (which doesn’t actually match) and adding a tulle overlay to create texture and hopefully desaturate the color enough to make them match. It didn’t work, but hey, I tried!

I started by cutting out the skirt. The skirt has two main pieces, an upper section, and a lower section. I lost my measurement sheet so I can’t tell you the dimensions of these, but they were both rectangles. One was three yards long and the other way six yards long. The six yard piece was much thinner since it creates the ruffle at the bottom of this  skirt.

This is the upper part of the skirt.

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I cut tulle that was the same size and basted it on with very large stitches. I didn’t have a large enough desk to lay this out all the way so the process was very slow.

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The six yard strip was made of three pieces which were sewn together with french seams.

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Then I repeated the process used on the upper section of the skirt and hand basted tulle overtop.

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Then it was time for hemming! I decided that I should hem everything by hand, because thats the sort of stupid decision that I make on a regular basis. I actually like hemming things by hand, but this ended up being super tedious since I did it all in one sitting.

The bottom edge of my six yard strip has a three quarter inch rolled hem that was whip stitched in place

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The top has a quarter inch rolled hem which was also whip stitched in place.

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Then I  hand the thing down until it was three yards long. I divided the fabric into four fifty four inch sections and made sure each section was gathered down to twenty seven inches. I probably should have used smaller sections to ensure the gathers are even, but this worked pretty well.

I made two rows of gathers to create a smoother surface to sew my pearls onto.

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My ruffle got set aside and it was time to focus on the upper section of the skirt. Before I could do much with it I needed to make the waistband. The waistband was also a rectangle of twill fabric, but I reinforced it with a lightweight interfacing.

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I folded the strip in half and sewed the edges together with the “right sides together” method, then top stitched around each edge.

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The last step was sewing a button hole and attaching a button! I originally made covered buttons with matching fabric, but they ended up being too big.

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I gathered the top of my skirt until it was the right length, then stitched it onto the waistband.

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I folded a strip of leftover fabric into something resembling bias tape and used that to seal off the edges. I also tacked this to the skirt so it would stay facing down.

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At this point my skirt looked like this, which was pretty disappointing considering how long I had spent on it.

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The next step was sewing on the ruffle, I used my machine for this because it would be hidden by pearls later on.

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After attaching the ruffle and building up my dress form with the proper petticoats this looked a LOT better!

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Then it was time for the detail work. I ordered a heap of glass pearls from etsy in colors that matched my striped fabric. Unfortunately they only had ten strands of red 6mm pearls in stock, and I needed twelve.

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I decided to leave a twenty four inch gap free of pearls in the back of the skirt. This part will be hidden by the overskirt and leave me with enough pearls to use them the way I had planned. But it did look sort of stupid having this empty space on the skirt, so I decided to make tulle flowers to cover the gap.

I made these from tulle strips. I folded the strips into loops and wrapped thread around the bottom of each loop. Once I had five or six loops I stitched them together in the center to create something that resembles a flower.

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To jazz them up a bit I added pearls to the centers.

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Then it was time to sew pearls onto the skirt! I did this one by one and it took a really long time since I had over 500 to attach. I haven’t really done something like this before and it was surprisingly soothing, like hemming but with a much prettier end result!

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Once I finished sewing on all the pearls it was time to add my flowers!

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When that was done I did up the back of the skirt with a french seam.

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I left a six inch gap at the top of the skirt and rolled the raw edge inward twice to create a finished edge. Usually I would use snaps or hooks to keep this shut but since this is an underskirt I decided to leave it open.

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There was an ugly flowerless gap where the seam was, but luckily I saved a few tulle flowers which I sewed on after the seam was done up. So everything looks flowery and lovely!

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And the skirt was complete! I made this over the course of a week but there was so much hand sewing involved that it felt much longer.

In the end I’m really pleased with how it turned out, the whole project went smoothly. Even though it’s a simple design that’s something to be grateful for, mistakes are all the more noticeable on simple projects!

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Thanks for reading!

 

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