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)

Inspiration

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.