Tuesday, March 7, 2017

DIY Colonial Bow/ Breastknot

Isn't it pretty? 

First step is deciding on how big you want your bow to be. Make a loop with your ribbon making the smaller or lager until your happy with the size. Then cut the ribbon 1/2 inch extra, make a loop overlapping the edges 1/4 inch. 

Take your needle and thread knot the end of the thread before proceeding. Stick the needle through the overlapping pieces (like shown above) pull all the way through till the knot on the thread stops you.

Next push the needle back through (making a single stitch) the center to the front of you looped ribbon. Weave the needle back an forth through all the layers of ribbon (as shown above) going vertical from the center to the edge of the ribbon. Pull needle all the way through.

Now turn the needle and weave it all the way down (as in the picture above), like you just did, weaving it to the edge. Pull the thread tight so that it gathers the ribbon, then stick the needle through the gathers to the center.

Turn the needle and stick down the center, pull through to the back.
Next, take your ribbon and make a loop, the same size as the first loop. Add an extra 1.5 inches and cut.
Make a loop with the ribbon you just cut, the same size as the first. Bending the extra ribbon down at a 90 degree angle so that the ribbon hangs down straight, like the picture below:) 

Now you can take your needle, still attached to the first loop/bow and stick it down through the center, through all the layers of the second loop (pictured above). Pull thread all the way through making sure the first loop/bow lays vertical to the second horizontal loop. Weave the needle through only the second loop to the edge.

Just like with the first loop weave the needle back down or up to the other edge. Pulling your thread tight to gather the second loop.

Push the needle through all the gathers down to the center the second loop. Then stick the needle through the center up to the front of that first loop/bow 

Take your needle back down again through the center to the back of the second loop/bow and tie a knot. 
Tip: I like to pass it back through couple times for extra strength, before tying the knot

Fold the "tails" of your bow in half vertically and cut at an angle to get the upside down V shape. I also would put some "Fray Check" on the ribbon edge to keep it from quickly fraying away.

And thats it! You now have a beautiful colonial bow! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Emma Watsons' "Belle Outfit"

I decided to do something a little different and re-create one of Belle's costumes from the new 2017 movie Beauty and the Beast. I have always thought about making an outfit from one of Disneys' princess movies, but honesty they don't really have the greatest message and I really didn't want to represent something that shallow, among other things.. But Beauty and the Beast is one of the better ones, despite the fact that she falls in love with a "Beast" who keeps her captive. But I'm not going to get into all that...On to the better things..Clothes!

When I saw the trailer for the new Beauty and The Beast I instantly wanted make her blue every day outfit that she wears in the beginning. I thought the designer was clever in designing a basic style that she could mix an match through out the film, keeping it from getting to boring and/or  it was just a good way to keep with a low budget. It also, sticks close with the original animation design of the Belles' blue dress without being as plain.

I made the top and skirt out of linen that I got from fabric.com, I had a hard time deciding on colors because what you see on screen doesn't usually match up perfectly in person. In the end, I liked the blue I choose for the skirt but the top I would have liked a bit darker blue...
For the skirt I just cut 2 at the width of the fabric, with a length of 34in. and the waist band was 30in long by 5in wide. Sewed the sides up and gathered the top sewing it into the waist band. Waist band was then folded over and whip stitched in place Ta-da!
The top was a bit of a mish mashing of my own pattern making and a costume pattern. The fun, part was sewing by hand 18 eyelets for the lacing took me a couple days (probably 8+ hours of work)

The blouse, is out of white muslin that was easy. I used a simple chemise pattern from a mccalls for the sleeves and my regency bodice pattern for the rest.

I made everything except the pockets.. Yes, I said, pockets. They are not cleaning rags as I've heard said, they are pockets.

This is what a 18th century pocket looks like, though I believe they were usually worn under a skirt not over it.

 pic. source: https://vads.ac.uk

Monday, February 6, 2017

1940s Red Linen Dress

I recently found these darling flower buttons and decided to make some changes to this 1940s doll dress. I swap out the buttons and shortened the sleeves. The results really made this dress quite charming:)

Close-up of the buttons:)

I made this dress off a girls pattern I found online. I often like to just look at old patterns and fashion plates, honestly I can look at them for hours picking the construction apart in my head figuring out how I can recreate them.

The skirt hem is hand sewn, with a lace bias tape underneath, which is really a nice way to do hems...I need to use tape more often.

This is what it looked like before


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Peggy Carter/ Women's 1940 Army Suit

For the past while I've been working on Peggy Carters military suit from the first Captain America. I found some lovely olive wool suiting (that was made in England) on eBay. This isn't the best replica of women's military suits from the 1940s but its pretty close!

I made the jacket from Simplicity pattern 2446

I used a pencil skirt that I had, as a pattern for the skirt. Which was basically a square and I just add darts at the waist to give it shape. 

My hubby made an awesome Captain America suit to match! We both had a lot of fun working on these outfits.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Regency Attire Collection

Regency era attire starts with a shift. Shifts were the one thing that was worn through out the eras without much change in style, colonial and regency shifts are very much the same.

Next, came the stays (corset). The regency era seems to be a bit experimental with their stays; they no longer needed the fully boned stays of the colonial era as fashion was for looser fitted, empire waisted dresses that reflected the Greek/Roman empire era. So there are a few styles out there, but this one is a variation of short stays with no boning.

Then came a petticoat or 2, maybe 3,  made from either linen, cotton, silk, or even wool for colder times of the year. I however haven't made a petticoat:( So moving on..... The dress was pulled on over it all.

For going out in colder weather a cloak could be worn as often as a spencer (aka jacket). This one is made from a green wool, with a hood lined with a white poly/silk taffeta.

This collection is available in the shop 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

AG Felicity & Elizabeth Dresses

American Girl Felicity and Elizabeth matching dresses!
I've made a few of these over the years, Elizabeth's coral dress seems to be the favorite.

I personally love Felicity's :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Victorian Frock

In case your wondering a Frock is just a loosely fitted garment. 
 Most Victorian/Edwardian type dresses can be referred to as a frock. Just another fun name for a dress from this era

I haven't made a victorian outfit for probably a year+ and I had this one all cut out just waiting to be pieced together for quite a while now. I was getting a little frustrated with it and not sure liked it..but wow! once I put on the all the finishing details, I can now say I love how it turned out!

The original design I pulled from a picture of an old magazine Ad I had found online. I made up a pattern, picked out fabric and cut it all out, but sadly that was it! I never got to sewing it together..fast forward to this past week I decided to pull it out and finish it, yay! 
At first I could not remember what it was suppose to look like and of course I didn't save the picture, but after some hunting, I found the picture again and this time I saved it. 

Once I had that, I started sewing away; but after I had the frock mostly done with Nellie modeling it for me (to check its fit etc.) it just didn't look right or as great as I had imagined:( So I started adding lace, tucking up the band over the skirt, adding a few lace bows and what difference that made! It suddenly looked so much better!

And so ends the story of this frock.