Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stripes on the brain

I LOVE stripes.  I love them enough that I can say that off the top of my head probably about 1/4 or a 1/3 rd of my costumes have some sort of stripe.  So as you can imagine I'm pretty pumped about seeing what turns up on the Historical Sew Fortnightly's Stripe Challenge.  As planned I've been working on the Tissot gown for this challenge but I can't help pawing over my other striped fabrics and drooling over all the other historical stripey goodness out there on the web.  So I started a pinterest board just for stripes that fellow stripe hounds might enjoy.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tissot progress

We have short days all this week because of parent conferences which means I have even less time to sew than usual but I did manage to get some work done on the Tissot gown which I'd wanted to get back to working on. The pleated underskirt is nearly done now, and I figured out how to go about the trimming on the bodice sleeve edges and over skirt edge. It's an odd trim - a straight grain with a bias strip in the middle and another straight grain on top. So what I'm thinking I'll do is a knife-pleated ruffle with a stitch line attaching it to the apron about a third of the way down and a bias strip covering that.


For the bodice I think I'll use the Truly Victorian TV400 1871 Day Bodice as the base with the TV 410 1873 Polonaise sleeves as the sleeve base.  I think the original neckline was probably a jewel collar but that generally is not the most flattering on me because I'm so busty so I think I'll do a v-neck. with some sort of jabot or lace along the neckline.

Monday, March 4, 2013

CUT! Costume and the Cinema

I finally got a chance to go back down to the Bowers Museum where I'd done the fashion show for the "Cut! Costume and the Cinema" Cosprop exhibit a while back.  I really hadn't had the time or the right camera to due justice to the exhibit then, but this time I was prepared. Wow, so many iconic movie costumes!  From Jack Sparrow to The Duchess. And up close there were all sorts of details I hadn't noticed before!

The ribbon behind the equipages on the "Fox" costume from the Duchess:


That one of the Duke's costumes is the same fabric, but black, as the Fox costume:

Or that the fabric under Marianne's famous open robe in Sense and Sensibility isn't plain white but printed:


If you're in LA you have one last week to see this wonderful exhibit - it closes May 10th.  Added bonus: on May 10th they have a lecture "Inside the Process: Award-Winning Costume Designers Speak" at 1:30 PM - 3 PM, $7 Member/ $10 Non-Member.  Guest panelists:Judianna Makovksy, Costume Designer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Hunger Games. Chrisi Karvonides Duschenko, Costume Designer for American Horror Story. You can see the rest of my pics from the exhibit here on flickr.