I cried when he gave it to me. It’s gorgeous! Love you honey!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
This is what I have been doing in my free time…
These were gifts this year, but I am thinking about selling similar ones on Etsy. What do you all think?
Created By Lauren at 3:15 PM
Dear Friends and Readers,
Waiting for the guests to arrive.
Gico and I cooking.
The spread. The food was amazing.
Captain and Mrs. Cartwright
Colonel and Mme de Valois
Mme de Bordeux
Sir Thomas and Me
The whole group.
Created By Lauren at 3:09 PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I hope you all are having a wonderful and blessed Holiday Season so far. I have to say this is by far one of the best Christmas Seasons of my adult life. I am thoroughly loving being a housewife and I am so thankful that it came this year. Aaron and I are also preparing for our Georgian Christmas, like we had last year. However, we are having more people over to join us this Christmas. It should be lovely and I promise to post pictures of the day. Have a lovely rest of your week and once again Merry Christmas!
Created By Lauren at 9:54 AM
Sunday, December 19, 2010
There is something so thrilling when I finish a new gown. It’s a very unique feeling to see my creations completed. I’m very happy with this gown. It fits like a dream and the colors turned out better than I had hoped. As usual it fits me better that the dress form, but you will have to wait till after Christmas to see the gown on me. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures on my dress form.
Created By Lauren at 8:35 PM
Friday, December 17, 2010
So, I have lovingly dubbed the gown the Kermit Dress, due to it’s striking color resemblance to Kermit the Frog. It is coming along quite nicely, although it has undergone a few changes in design since I started it. I had originally intended to trim the bodice, but unfortunately, once I go the trim on, it made me look like a 5 year old with too many frills and lace. So, I nixed the trim and I am much happier with the overall bodice. It’s much cleaner and now it won’t be locked into being a strictly Christmas dress. Here are the pictures so far, enjoy.
Created By Lauren at 6:42 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Yes, I took the plunge and decided to try my hand at dying fabric. The results weren’t exactly how I had envisioned them, but I’m really happy with the final result. In fact, the color turned out better than my original idea. So, I’m making a new gown for to wear for our Georgian Christmas Party. However, I’m hoping I can wear throughout the year and not only at Christmas. Here are the pictures so far.
The dyed fabric. It reminds me of a Granny Smith apple.
The overall shape of the gown.
The gown on the left is very similar to the color of both the main fabric and the trimmings I chose. I plan to use red silk ribbon and white lace around the neck line and sleeves, and a silk red sash around the waist.
It’s coming along rather quickly and I hope to have finished photos in the next couple of days.
Created By Lauren at 7:07 PM
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I have been shamefully lacking in the blogging and posting department. I have been very busy with house work and sewing and general homey things. I am very happy and very content with my new position at home.
Mrs. Cartwright and I originally started out to create a zone front jacket for her. However, the fabric, silk velvet, would not cooperate with her original idea and was too limp and the drape too heavy for tailoring. So, we went for plan B… This drawstring Jacket.
My version, with a few alterations per Mrs. Cartwright’s wishes.
The next step is to create a petticoat for her out of a gold striped silk organza.
I hope you all have a lovely rest of you week. I hope to have more to post soon. As for now, I’m adjusting to my new routine and preparing for the Holidays. God Bless!
Created By Lauren at 5:41 PM
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Dear Friends and Readers,
I have been very absent from the blogosphere this week. Ever since I left my job on Tuesday, I have been in a weird and wonderful state of trying to settle into a new routine. I decided to take things a little easy this week before jumping into full time housewifery next week. Aaron has been so excited and happy to finally have me home. I have been really happy as well. It's hard to describe what I feel, but I guess an overwhelming sense of peace and joy is what I have been feeling. I also am realizing, though I knew this, that house work is enjoyable, but hard work. I'm very happy to finally be serving my Lord and my husband this way. I promise to have more real costume updates soon, once I get settled again. In the mean time here is an amazing video my mom told me about. You must watch it!
Created By Lauren at 7:32 AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I am officially a housewife!!!!!! More costumey posts will follow, I promise. Now, I must adjust to new schedule, yeah!!!!
Created By Lauren at 9:25 PM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I finally had a chance to take some pictures of the jacket I am working on for Mrs. Cartwright. Enjoy!
The inspiration… A Zone Front Jacket from the Kyoto Costume Institute.
The fabric, a navy silk velvet, and the trim, gold fringe. I will need to trim the trim a bit, it is too long.
Drafting the Pattern. I used her Riding Habit bodice and JP Ryan Robe l’Anglaise bodice as a guide.
The first mock up on the form. The dress form does not give it the right look, but it allows me to get an approximation of her measurements. It’s at the fittings that I do most of the adjustments. Also, the bodice will lay smooth on the wearer, without the folds caused by the dress form.
I put the mockup on the form with the seams on the outside. It looks really goofy, but it allows me to make adjustments. The peplum will be pleated and there is not a waist seam.
I will keep posting the progress. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Created By Lauren at 11:50 AM
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Monday, November 15, 2010
Sir Thomas and I attended a small gathering at the Ainsworth Estate on Saturday Eve. We joined the de Valois’ and Mme de Bordeaux for libations at a local tavern before arriving at the estate. The evening was quiet and we spent the time laying whist and drinking fine wines and ports at the card tables. It was a relaxing evening full of diverting conversation and company.
Colonel de Valois
Mme de Valois and Me
Created By Lauren at 8:48 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how a few wrong fabric choices, ill- fitting undergarments, and poor tailoring can take what could be a beautiful garment and throw it into the Crimes Against Historical Clothing category, aka Farb. Now, I have a few monstrosities buried in the depths of my closet never again to see the light of day. Every costumer does, it's all part of the learning experiences, the building blocks for learning how to create beautiful clothing. So hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes with a few tricks I have picked up along the way... Enjoy!
|18th Century Cartoon Showing the Female Shape with Stays
Secondly, no matter what era of clothing you wish to recreate, you must remember that the female body was viewed very differently from the way we view it today. They believed the female body needed extra support. As a result women wore stays, or corsets depending on what time period you focus on. Not only were they the building blocks of the female wardrobe, their shape also defined the shape for the garments worn on top of them. Now, my era, which tends to be around 1795, was a time of great transition. Political upheaval changed the rules for fashion and for the first time, the smooth conical shape of previous eras was replaced by the high waisted, freer styles of the Regency and Empire eras. Now, unless you were one of the Merveilleuses running around the Champs de'lysses wetting down your thin white muslin gown, you would have still worn some sort of stays (yes, they did this). Thankfully, however, the transitional period allows for a choice as to which stays you prefer. You have your traditional long stays of the 1780's, which were still fashionable until the late, late 1790's, the ever popular, and my personal favorite, transitional stays, the later styled long stays of the 1800's, and, for those of you who are willowy, the bodiced petticoat. Now, for those of us, like me, who have a bit of fluff, the bodiced petticoat just does not provide enough support for the erm... girls. Anyway, any of these choices will work to create the desired silhouette for the late 18th century, early 19th century time period. However, as with any type of clothing, your choice of desired shape should flatter your figure and play up your assets. Also, you must chose your undergarments based on the outer garment you wish to make. For example, you would never wear transitional stays under a Robe l'Anglais, the shape will not work without long stays. Just as you would not wear 1780's style long stays under an 1810 dress. Each style must have the proper foundations to have a correct shape and look.
|Original Dress from 1795
|Mantua Maker's Shop
Created By Lauren at 1:03 PM