Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Just an FYI that Fabric Mart has a 30% off linen sale going on til tomorrow.  Stash busting be damned, I couldn't resist the aqua with black stripes! 

Ebook of Regency fashion plates

Did you know there is a nice book of Regency fashions in kindle format?  Most of the time I want my costume books in paper version so I can mark pages and flip back and forth but it's nice to have at least one title travel with me when I feel like looks at pretty costumes and have no web-connection. Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen is not a cheap kindle book at $8.99 but given the print version is $52.99 it's a bargain, and Amazon prime members can borrow it for free.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lumiere paint on fabric AND leather

Because I've gotten a lot of questions about the paints I used on my American Duchess shoes and just wanted to mention the company says they can be used on leather AND fabric.  Here is some text from the company on the paint:

"Description: Jacquard Lumiere Paints brush on like butter, slightly level once they are down, but are designed not to spread. This allows for smooth application to soft or flexible surfaces like fabrics or uneven textures like styrofoam, and it remains flexible and soft. They can be used on untreated fabric, leather, silk, paper and wood. They are opaque and bright, even on dark backgrounds and their high pigmentation provides excellent coverage. They can be screened, painted, stenciled, marbled, stamped or brushed on with a soft brush. "

Incidentally I used a little more and half of a bottle to do three thin layers.  I don't know that you really need  that many coats.  And yes, there are a lot of colors!

Monday, March 11, 2013

A little shoe modding

I've had my American Duchess Georgiana shoes in the closet for a good long while, so this weekend when I was looking for a project to do outside I decided to finally paint them. I'd bought some Lumiere metallic green paint (#542 citrine) at Costume College last year with the idea that the metallic was subtle enough that it might look like a shot silk and I think it sort of does - a green/yellow maybe.  These metallic paints are more like pearlescent colors - there is no glitter in them, just a subtle metallic glow.. I did three thin layers everywhere but the heel and tongue which I've left white; I may paint them a contrasting color and wanted to leave them blank while I looked around at some images and decided on design.  I'm very happy with the pain, it was easy to work with and dried very quickly in the sunshine. I tried to apply it evenly and I think I did a decent job.  The best part about shoes is everyone sees them from about 5 feet away! ;) I'm not quite done yet, I plan on gluing/sewing on some silk ribbon around the edges of the tongue and latches to mimic period shoes but pretty happy with how they turned out. The color kind of reminds me of these shoes from the met.

An unexpected detour

So yeah, super CADDish lately, so many irons in the fire in terms of projects I need to do for events, projects I want to do and HSF stuff.  I had a friend come visit from out of town so of course a trip to the fabric district was in order.  I scored some nice silk taffeta at Home Fabrics - both bolt ends for $8 a yard. I got 4 yards of the plaid and 6 of the green embroidered.

The plaid is a huge one.  I figured I could knock out a cartridge pleated skirt for Dickens Faire pretty quickly and it would be something I could do on the patio when the weather is nice and I don't want to be in the sewing room.  Funnily enough while I know it's an often hated job and I have no love for handsewing I have no problem cartridge pleating.  I think because it's so mindless and doesn't need to actually hold up beyond my getting it sewn to a waistband.  I think have enough to make a matching bodice, like this, but if I don't I'll probably do one in black a la this fashion plate or the green jacket one here.

I'd really love to use the green embroidered fabric to make a polonaise and petticoat similar to this:
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