Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Costume College Projects...

I spent most of June and July gearing up for Costume College. Which isn't a college at all but rather a HUGE convention where you can take workshops, listen to lectures, shop... oh yeah shop. :D (More about the shopping in my actual post about CoCo) This is going to be another picture heavy post as I have a significant amount of projects to talk about.

So! School ended and wouldn't you know it we had a HUGE heat wave. Without Central Air in my sewing room it is impossible to spend long periods of time in their. SO, what's a gal to do? Small projects that don't involve my sewing machine... I made an 18th Century cap and a Market Hat.  Oh and I hand sewed an 18th Century Jacket... no really I hand sewed my jacket. And I'm in love with it. Well not IN love but I adore wearing it. LOL


So up first is my cap: Made from the Larkin and Smith "Spring" Cap with two small modification. A, I had to increase the caul portion of the cap either because I have more hair or because I have a big head. I'm hoping its the hair... LOL And B, I added a second ruffle around the front. I also pinned my ribbons to the cap so that I can change them when the mood suits. Please excuse the photos... I was tired and I used the snap chat filter since I had no make up... yes I'm that vain. LOL


 The pattern was very simple to work with, and as I said I did modify it slightly. I increased the caul (the bag) by 2" and I added a second ruffle that was 1.5" bigger than the ruffle in the pattern, which I also used.

 The Cap is made of fine organdy known as "Book Muslin". As well as fine silk Ribbon.

 The whole cap is hand sewn with fine silk thread. To get the cap to stand up behind the bow I put a stuff nylon of light brown that I then pinned in place. Gives the cap the right poof without having to do a HUGE hairstyle under the cap which no one would see.

That's it for the cap... on to the hat. :D

The 18th Century Market Hat is made of Black Silk Taffeta and the pattern is from the AMAZING Maggie Roberts. Honestly its super simple to make and the results are lovely.

Please excuse the goofy photos... I was excited to get the item finished so I plopped it on my head and took a photo. :D

 The bow is also made of Silk taffeta... (I think I was watching Turn... LOL)

 Inside has self made bias tape to cover the edges.


 This was the first full Fitting with all the 'pieces' I had made. I loved the over all look but felt that the petticoat needed something.

The "bodice" is an 18th C jacket made in Colonial Williamsburg's Wavy Floral (my absolute favorite). The pattern is a combination of Costume Close-up and JP Ryan's jacket pattern. As well as awesome tutorial to hand sew my jacket. It is completely hand sewn with only one small modification (besides the normal fitting mods) from JP's pattern. I added a small gore in the front to help the front lay nicely. The Burgundy Wool Flannel petticoat for the jacket is a simple petticoat and is machine sewn, but hand finished. I made my cap, sleeve frills, bows and all jewelry I'm wearing. The Petticoat and Jacket with both made of remnants. The Jacket was fitted on a yard and 1/3 and the petticoat was actually two cuts that were both a little over a yard in width I believe.

On a side note when I first tried everything on I had just a bum roll and no under petticoat. I thought to myself it was a shame I didn't have the opportunity to buy more of the wool as both of the pieces of fabric used for this gown were remnants. I felt the petticoat wasn't full enough but when I wore this on Sunday I wore my under petticoat as well as my new split bum that I made and what a difference!

Not sure what is up with my face in this photo but its a good shot of the outfit. :D

I'm still waiting for the professional photographs from "Shotwell" photography. I'm hoping they came out nice, as the lighting in some of the shots we took in the "self" shoot was off a bit. The gentleman who takes all the photos was super nice, but he has thousands of shots to go through. So I'm patiently waiting for them to get posted. :D

There were two more outfits for Costume College: My 1890s walking suit which I made for December's Victorian Faire (though I had a different jacket). As well as a Silk Robe a La Anglaise (THE MONSTER!).

 The skirt was made in December... it just needed to be taken in since I had made the skirt too large. I reused the sleeves from the first jacket and remade everything else (thank God for extra fabric). I actually combined two patterns to make my Jacket. I used Truly Victorian's Ripple Jacket for the back, side back and sleeves. And then I used the front, (side front?) and Vest part to TV 1880s French Vest Bodice. The front "vest" is made of figued off white Silk taffeta that I bought in 2015 from L.A. :D

I only got a few shots of the outfit as I wasn't feeling that great and have gained weight (yet again) I'm pretty sure going back to work will aid in the slothfulness and I will loose what I gained.

Can we pause for just a second and talk about the AMAZING 1890s walking suit my roommate Kelsey made?

 This woman has amazing skills. I don't know how she had the patience to do all the trim but it came out great. (Even better in person.)

Stopped just off the elevators. LOL

I'm going to end this post here... And I will post about the Monster gown and the amazing time I had a Costume College later. Thanks for stopping by!

Bye for Now!

Projects of the First half of 2017...

Jan, Feb, March, April, and May  PHOTO HEAVY!

Jan is always really quite around here, a combination of getting over whatever sickness I caught (I work in the schools) and breathing after the marathon sewing of December. I usually plan  plot what I will make for the Sonora Celtic Faire, and order fabric, trim and jewelry.

This year I decided to wear my lovely Italian gown again. Which is my favorite so far of all the Noble gowns I have made. BUT! Summer agreed to allow me to make her a Noble. I think the gown came out really well. I will be making different sleeves for her chemise for next year so that she doesn't have to wear separate sleeves. (Its just too warm for her... me I'm good if I have a fan. Its usually only about 70 degrees) Anyways here are the photos of the gown. Please excuse the chaos of the sewing space. This is what creativity looks like.  (The photos are actually for 2016... but I wore the same thing minus the over gown (coat) in 2017)

As my students love to point out... I upgraded from a "dumb" phone to a smart phone in Feb so I was able to take all sorts of photos on my iphone at the event. (So much easier than lugging around my camera). (Picture heavy... here are some construction as well as finished photos.)

I spent most of Feb and the beginning of March working on this gown... which is by far one of my favorites. I love Italian Renaissance. When asked if I was Mary or Elizabeth I said Neither... I'm Italian we have more fun. LOL

I used Margo Anderson's AMAZING Italian Gown Pattern: I can't say enough about this pattern. It's easy to work with, and fits! Which when you are a plus size lady that is hard to find with out a LOT of alterations. I want to say that we are Florentine... but for some reason I can't remember what my pattern says and I'm too lazy to go into my hot sewing room. LOL

I do side lacing. Mainly because I can give myself a modesty pannel and lace looser if I need to. This made fitting Summer's gown easier as well.

 I added puffs to the sleeve slashes so that I wouldn't have to try to fill the sleeves with a Camaica or a smock that didn't have quite as full of sleeves.

AND! All done... This gown was SO much fun to make. The skirt is made up of 5! yards of fabric split in two and knife pleated to the bodice with a divide and concur method.

 I made the "Brooch" Out of several pieces on hand as I forgot (yes forgot! :( ) to order the jewelry I was going to order and ran out of time.

 POCKETS! Yes There are actual pockets in this gown... they are made my slicing the skirt and placing the pocket behind the slash. I sewed them in place as I have a thing about extra pieces tied at my already padded waist.

Sleeve view... Next year there will not be tied on sleeves... but rather a different look. :D *Grin* Tune in as the Celtic Faire is in March which is really NOT that far away. :D

And On Summer! :D

In April/May I made this Caraco Gown and sold it to a friend. :D I was very pleased with how it came out.


This brings us to May, *wipes forehead.... shesh* This is why I need to blog more. LOL!

May with the last weeks of school, I didn't have any planned events (until July... which I'll get to in another post). I'm going to end this blog post here and start on a new one for the next part.