Friday, July 25, 2014

Pinspiration: Gathers

Gathers are a great detail that can add pizazz to any dress!

These two 30s dresses use gathers to add interest to the bodice. Use a small print to keep from overwhelming the gathering detail.

Gathers can make a great draped skirt!

Gathers are also great for making ruffle details!

I particularly love the green view of this dress with the gathers on the sleeves and the bow!

Gathers down the sides of the dress accentuate your curves.

The gathers on this wrap front dress are so chic!

Do you like wearing dresses with gathers?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Inspired Summer Makeup

Today's video is a great summery makeup tutorial! It's perfect for that touch of summer without looking too bronzed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Changing things up

Sometimes you just need to shake things up. After being very anti war era 40s for so long, I'm diving right in to those great 40s fashions!

It's been really fun to dig into my closet and wear things that I haven't worn in a while like this great chartreuse dress.

I made this back in Summer 2012 from Butterick 5281 which is a reprint of a 1946 pattern.

The bodice came out a bit odd and it was almost on the chopping block in last October. Now I'm really glad that I kept it.

I actually really adore chartreuse! Plus this dress is so comfortable!

Speaking of changes, I dyed my hair! If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a photo of the dye I used. It definitely didn't come out the color on the box but I really like it!

To tone down the chartreuse, I accessorized with brown. Plus I have a great brown and chartreuse hat!

Overall, I'm quite happy with this outfit!

What things have you been changing up in you look lately?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shop My Closet: July

I'm back from my blogging break a bit early due to some unexpected developments, namely, my husband was in a car accident on Wednesday. He's fine but the 11 year old car just wasn't worth fixing and we've had to purchase a new one. To help offset some of the down payment costs, I'm doing another round of shop my closet! 

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1930s style wool skirt, cape and scarf set $50
W: 30"
H: 44"
length: 44"

This set is made in a great herringbone wool that is perfect for winter! The skirt and cape are fully lined for comfort.

The cape fastens with a cute matching scarf!

1950s style wool jumper $30
B: 38"
W: 32.5" (it's a bit of an empire style)
H: 54"
length: 27"

This cozy wool jumper is made from a wool plaid fabric with blue, black, gray and green! The bodice is fully lined.

1950s style peacock two piece dress $40
Top: B: 41"
        W: 34"
Skirt: W: 30"
          H: 42"
          length: 20.5"

The peacock print on this piece is fabulous! It features blue purple and gold feathers. Both the skirt and top are fully lined.

1960s style Novelty Print Shirtwaist Dress $45
B: 38"
W: 30"
H: free
length: 28.5"

This dress has adorable written all over it. From the cute collar to the adorable print to the dainty button placket, you'll love this dress.

 Polka Dot Circle Skirt with Matching Bolero $40
W: 30"
H: free
length: 29.5"

This darling set is made from red taffeta with black velvet polka dots.

Cherry Circle Skirt $35
W: 29" (this fabric does stretch a bit)
H: free
length: 25.5"

This circle skirt is made from an embroidered cotton twill and has great swoosh factor!

I've also lowered the prices on some of the items from earlier shop my closet posts so now's your chance to nab them. (1) (2)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blogging Break

Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that I'll be in a little blogging break this week. Nothing terrible or earth shattering has happened but life has just been busy, busy, busy. Each month, I think, finally things will calm down and I can have a nice break before September and the wedding season, Renaissance Faire, school starting madness begins. And then I look away for one second and the whole month fills up with stuff to do.

So I'm making time for relaxing this week! Hopefully, this means heaps of time for sewing so I'll have things to share when I come back next week all refreshed!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

HSF#13: Under $10

This Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge was to make something that cost less than $10. So I tried to think up something small and stash busting for my Renaissance costume that I could whip up for less than $10.

The Challenge: Under $10
Fabric: 0.5 yds cotton lawn ($5/yd)
Pattern: self-drafted
Year: it could work for quite a few eras but I'll be wearing it for 16th century
Notions: thread ($0.50)
How historically accurate is it? It should really be linen. But I did hand sew the whole thing. It's the first thing I've ever entirely hand sewed so that's an accomplishment.
Hours to complete: quite a few (4-5)
First worn: not yet
Total cost: $3

In other costuming news, I've been working on trimming my court dress. Right now I'm adding green velvet trim. I'm still pondering other ideas for trim but progress is being made. 

I've also been working on my Italian dress. I made a dent in the eyelets but there are more to go!!

But my eyelets are looking nicer so I must be getting better at them.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Playing Dress Up Somewhere New

As a costumer, I love playing dress up! And what's better than dressing up at a new event.

This past weekend, we went to the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival!

I wore my red kirtle with my new shift! It was quite light and comfortable!

 I do adore dressing up! :D

There was an SCA group there doing demonstrations and it was quite fun to watch.

The SCA or Society of Creative Anachronism is a group of people who with an interest in pre-17th century life. Some like costuming or fighting or various crafts and trades. And they hang out and do nerdy things together. 

Everyone there was very friendly and willing to share about what they enjoyed doing. And I may just have convinced my hubby to let us go to a meeting at a near by chapter! :D

There were other entertainments like a joust!

And a whole slew of new shows to enjoy!

The faire was set in 1300 AD in Scotland/Ireland (I forget which) so it was definitely a different feel from the Ohio Ren Fest which is set in 1578 AD in England. It was smaller and quieter than I was used to but it was very fun.

The faire area was mostly shaded and very cool. There were a couple of vendors who also do the Ohio Ren Fest but most were new. I didn't end up buying anything but it was fun window shopping!