Showing posts with label 1910s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1910s. Show all posts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Edwardain Fashions for Spring and Summer

With winter winding down (we can only hope!) and spring and summer just around the corner, I've been looking for some fashion inspiration.


I just adore the pink dress with the crazy hat!


Easy breezy, drapey gowns look glamorous and comfortable.


The green dress is calling my name.


I love all of the chic easy separates.


The detailing on the pink gown is fabulous.


Wide brimmed hats and parasols are the perfect summer accessories.


Love love the purple dress but let's not overlook the great multisized polka dot print on the pink dress!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Costume College: Saturday

The Gala at Costume College is the time to show off your prettiest, most special or favorite costume! And this year did not disappoint! I had a hard time picking photos to share because everyone looked so fabulous! Be warned- many photos ahead!

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Ginger of Scene in the Past-Isn't she so fabulous! The color of this gown is so gorgeous in person.

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Dress fluffing!

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Love the hair!

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If you'd like some more background on her costume, you can go here or here.

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Lauren of Wearing History.

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She looked so fabulous! Aside from just having a stunning dress, she accessorized it perfectly.

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I just adore the back of this dress!

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Beth of V is for Vintage in a stunning vintage dress.

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These three ladies wore gorgeous natural form dresses!


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I'm so sad that none of my full length shots of these ladies came out but I love this shot of their gloves and fans. So elegant!

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Me! I already posted heaps of photos of this dress so you can check them out here if you missed that post.

Monday, July 29, 2013

19-Teens Day Dress: The Guts

Since so many people liked the post on the closures on my Gala dress, I thought I'd share how my polka dot 'teens day dress closes. I did do some research looking at extant dress to try and figure this one out and I'm pretty happy with it!


The front closes with a snap placket down the side of the inert. I did have to draft my own placket pieces but that's not hard. I hate sewing on snap so I sewed them on a bit far apart.


The skirt closure is on the side, so the extra waist (blouse) fabric is gathered onto a strip of twill tape. You could add snaps here to keep this in place but my waist band is tight enough to hold it in place so I skipped that part.


The waist band closes with two sets of hooks and eyes. I added a little strip of the polka dot fabric that snaps to the under skirt layer to camouflage the opening in the skirt.


I finished the waist band with another waist band piece that is slip stitched over wrong side of the waistband on the dress. Such a pretty way to finish this part of the dress!


The underskirt had a really interesting construction wear the bottom was a separate piece near wear you'd add on the ruffles. I think this is so the upper skirt could be out of something other than the fashion fabric. I just made both out of white since I was going to cover the bottom with ruffles anyways.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

HSF #15: White

This is my last Historical Sew Fortnightly project before Costume College! The challenge is White. "White has carried many connotations as a colour, from defining culture and social boundaries, to denoting status, to implying purity, or simply cleanliness.  For this challenge ‘white’ is defined as anything in the white family – from brightest white, through to ivory and cream and all the shades between. Whether you make a simple chemise or an elaborate ballgown, your item should be predominantly white, though it may have touches of other colours."


Tada! This is my 1914-1915 day dress. If you missed the inspiration post, check it out here.

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The Challenge: White
Fabric: 4 yds embroidered cotton ($7/yd), 2 yds white broadcloth ($3.50/yd), 2.5 yds yellow broadcloth ($3.50/yd)

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Pattern: Past Patterns #8480
Year: 1914-1915

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Notions: snaps and hooks and eyes ($3)
How historically accurate is it? Pretty, I think. I used a period pattern and it's all cotton! I used loads of french seams but did end up zig zaging some of them. Not sure if the construction is 100% period but the directions weren't exactly much to go on.

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Hours to complete: Started in January but didn't get finished till July! Lots of time spent figuring out how to put the pieces together.
First worn: July '13
Total cost: ~$40

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I got a hair piece and this was my first time playing around with it. I'm a bit urked as I ordered the dark brown color but it's chock full of coppery highlights! Thus most of it is not actually brown at all... Oh, well. I used American Duchess' 1912 hair tutorial

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 Love this dress and can't wait to wear it to Costume College! :D And if you'd like to see more photos, there's a ton more over on my Flickr.

(Update: Also check out my construction details post)

Monday, July 22, 2013

HSF: Inspiration #15 White

Yay for another Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge complete! This challenge was the color white. Today, I'm just going to talk about the inspiration/process for this dress and then we'll get to the actual dress later this week!

Now I started muslining this dress way back in January and was planning on doing it for the Embellish challenge due at the end of February so not all of these inspirations are going to read "white" but I thought this would be a great time to finish off this UFO since it happened to be mostly white!


I kind of started this process backwards and picked my pattern first. I bought several 19-teens patterns over last Christmas break when I knew I would be going to Costume College. My draping/drafting skills are not super awesome so I really wanted to buy a pattern rather than start from scratch. I choose Pattern #8480: Ladies' Dress: Circa 1914-1915 from Past Patterns. The pattern also had options for less ruffles and simpler sleeves.


I loved this cute blue dress from 1912! It also has cute little bows! :D


Lingerie dresses were super popular during the Edwardian period. Lace is super fun.


This dress looks so much like the simpler versions of my pattern. I love the striped accents.


 This dress ended up being my biggest inspiration! I love the pretty embroidery and I found this great embroidered fabric.


Scallops and embroidery! :D

Monday, June 17, 2013

HSF#12: Pretty Pretty Princess

It's Historical Sew Fortnightly time again! This challenge was pretty pretty princess! "Channel your inner princess and her royal wardrobe. Pick a princess, queen, empress, arch-duchess, or a de-facto queen as inspiration for a fabulously royal frock (or other garment). The occasional prince is also most welcome."

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Tada!  I took a bit of a different approach to this challenge. I love historical masquerade and fancy dress costumes so this is my 19-teens does Elizabethan fancy dress.

I was inspired by dresses such as these:


 See this pinterest board for sources.


 I ultimately decided to focus my design on the bottom left dress from 1916.

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Fabric: 5 yds red home dec ($45), 2.25 yds sheer embroidered leaves ($16), 2 1/3 yd white crepe ($10)
Pattern: VPLL Ladies Dinner Dress c. 1918, Simplicity 3782 (and some drafting)
Year: 1916-1918
Notions: 150 glass pearls (mostly stash $3), snaps ($3), hook and eye ($1)

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How historically accurate is it? Ok, so it's made completely from polyester so no good on the fabric. I tried to pick colors and styles that I thought would be a bit of Edwardian and a bit of Elizabethan (and a dash of whatever I felt like). The construction is a bit of each period too. The skirt and sleeves are from a period pattern but the top is a modern Elizabethan costume pattern. Mostly I was just going for the look.

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Hours to complete: 30 (hand sewing pearls......)
First worn: June 2013
Total cost: ~$80

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I'm pretty happy with this dress. The fit of the sleeves is a bit off, but not so much that I can't wear it. The neckline was a bit wonky in this shoot but I've fixed it. I really like the way the bustles/poofs look on the skirt.

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I also whipped up this hat and used the feathers from my Blonde Swan Elizabethan hat. Why? Because feathers are awesome.

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Yay, yay gala dress!!!



Friday, June 7, 2013

On my sewing rack

I have a little shelf near my sewing space that has a hook. And that's where I hang my WIP's. So let's look at what's hanging there right now.


Costume College gala dress! It's pretty much done but I'm on the hunt for a great vintage brooch to close the neckline.


Mid-40s tiki dress! I love rayon!


1914 day dress! Just have to figure out the closures and get sewing hooks and eyes and snaps.


1940s overalls! Hope to knock these out this weekend!