Thursday, February 28, 2013

A little thing between the lines

Hey hey

How are you all?

So if you had a look at my sidebar you'll probably noticed that I marked the 1880s Day Bodice as done. *FINALLY*
After one and a half year from the first lines of the pattern to the last stiches on the boning last Sunday night it is really finished. *yay*
I hope the light will be good enough on the weekend to take pictures. During the week it's just too dark to photograph dark colours. So stay tuned for this :)

To kill some time I want to show you a little thing I made during my holidays in order to get back to sewing and de-stashing a bit:
A cover for my E-Book Reader.

My parents got me this Reader for Christmas (a real surprise) and I love it. They also got me a basic neoprene cover but I wanted something with a more "book-y" feeling, something I could open and for reading without taking the device out of its cover. I did some online research and made up a pattern/style that would fit my Reader and its keys best.
The fashion fabric is red quilting cotton with a baroque pattern. I got this fabric from Finland 2009 and used it for a pair of 18th century stays after which about 2 yard of cotton were left over.
As lining I used some neoprene fabric of which I had gotten a few scraps from one of my former jobs years ago.
For additional support I added a piece of cardboard into each of the pockets. I chose the pocket style so I could take the cardboard out for washing.
The E-Book Reader is fixed by 4 elastic ribbons and the cover closes with a press stud.

Tell my how you like it :)

Thanks for watching, see ya soon.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Support your assets...

Hello again, my dears!

As mentioned in my last post, I've been back to my personal sewing table for the last couple of weeks and I'm FINALLY working on my grey wool Natural Form costume again. I really hope to finish it soon.

I had to make some new foundation garments for a better skirt support. So I started with a short bustle. I actually don't really know why I wanted to make one in the first place, as I don't need it for this costume. But I guess being away from the scene was blinding my sight a bit and I thought I needed much more back volume to raise my skirt hems. *lol*
However, I like the result quite much and I'm sure I'll bring it to use with another costume.

This short bustle is made of unbleached cotton with plastic and steel boning. I modified my former bustle pattern by adding more volume and rearranging the hoop placement to fit into the shorter form.

So after I realized that I really don't need that much volume for my skirt I started making the ruffle pad I had originally intened to make when working on the costume last year. *eyeroll*

To make it quick, I ripped some strips and a base layer from my new freshly prewashed Swedish (^^) ivory cotton fabric and dug out some white bias tape.
The ruffle pad is buttoned on a separate waistband as I want to add some buttons on the short bustle as well, so I can button the ruffles there without having an extra layer around the waist.

Both pieces are creating a very nice big rear for bustle dresses. I'm really looking forward to making a matching costume to go over them.

Okay guys, so far for the moment. I'll be back soon, I promise. I've got some more stuff to show you.
Thanks for watching.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Alive and sewing

Hello dears!

Yes, I'm back, alive and sewing again.
I hope you had a good start into the new year and are all well.

The tough times at work are over for the moment (and I hope we won't be back to 80h/week anytime soon) and our holidays are almost over already.
The days off from work also brought me back to my very own sewing table. The results I will show you in my next posts.

But right now I want to show you something that's long overdue. Only revcently I noticed that I completely missed to post it here.
The corset I made for my Foundations Revealed article published on Christmas 2011.

I made up the corset patent by Savoye from 1905 featuring a special front panel and embroidery.

I won't go into details here, so if you want to know more see the artice on Foundations Revealed or feel free to ask me any questions here.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.