Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CADD strikes again!

So with my redingote about 2/3 of the way done what did I up and go and do last night but start another project!  A Regency open robe to go over my pretty but boring plain white regency dress.  I got a bucket load of really cool silk shantung a while back.  The orginal plan had been a polonaise with matching petticoat but once it arrived it was so slippery and soft and the pattern seemed a bit later to me, so it's going to be an over gown.  I'm using the Janet Arnold pattern (p. 45)  which I used before for my "Immortal Beloved" orange sari-esque open gown.  Of course I can't find the pattern I made so I had to draft a new one (insert big eyeball roll here) but that proved to not be so bad.  The bodice and skirts are just draped on the lining so all I really needed to do was the lining, which is now done, and then start draping.

Today is kinda busy but I'm hoping tonight/tomorrow I can finish the redingote and then move on the draping the Regency.   Here's the fabric:

And a shot of the back of the redingote (it's not wrinkled on me, I'm hella long waisted but my dummy is not)


My sewing inspiration nearly always comes from one thing - Fabric.  Movies and extant garments and fashion plates all help clarify that, but the fabric, it speaks to me.

Nearly everything in my stash has at least a lose idea around it of what it will be and in some cases an extremely specific one.  In fact, sometimes when I try to change my idea of what I want to do with a specific fabric I find it's almost as if there is an invisible force staying my hand - no!  It's not meant to be that, stop!  And I usually listen.  Because if I don't I end up with something that isn't right and I don't like.  A large part if it is what the fabric looks like of course, but hand is super important too.  A fabric that I bought to make a pretty 18th C polonaise with turned into a regency open gown on arrival because the hand was so soft and flowing...I could just see the trained skirts billowing out behind me...that's what is HAD to be.  Other times a loose idea falls away as I suddenly see what the fabric was MEANT to be - ah, that blue/black changable silk taffeta is going to be a Titanic evening gown!  That goes perfectly with the black net sequined fabric and those black beaded motifs and....you get the idea.

After going through what I made this year and then looking at my stash I can feel the ideas whirling around.  Despite being awakened by sick kids I went back to sleep with a smile on my face as visions of fabric and costumes to be danced through my head.