Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Costume College Home Stretch

I have gotten a lot done and it's it's been the best sort of sewing - a fiddling out of little puzzles and relaxed stitching.  Very peaceful and productive.  The secret project is very near completion and I think will be both hilarious and adorable.  Adorable isn't quite the adjective I was going for in this particular project, but the style I've chosen kinda makes it so, and there are worse things to be.
The Turque is almost done, all I need to do is hem it and add the sleeves and the back trimming/tassels.  I wouldn't  have been able to make this without a dress form, really the whole thing was put together and fitted by draping.  I'm sure there ARE other ways but that was how I did it.   So much of the back pleats and fitting of the over gown really had to be done on the form. I must say overall I'm pretty pleased it with it.  The whole outfit is very ridiculous, I don't think I ever would have chosen these colors to pair together had I not been copying the fashion plate.  But it's ridiculous in a sort of awesome way so I'm happy with it.   Hopefully I won't be too "Aunt Pittipat" in pink and teal.  :P

 Here's a crappy iphone sneak peek:


Friday, July 19, 2013

This just in from FIDM...

And best of all - those of you coming to costume college can see it while you're here in LA.  If you have plans to go to the LA Garment District while you're here, stop by FIDM too, it's not that far from the Garment District, and having seen costumes from Game of Thrones last year when they were nominated for an Emmy I can say you won't be disappointed.  Fingers crossed we get to see some of those amazing hats from Mr. Selfridge too!

FIDM 7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design
July 30–October 19, 2013
Tuesday through Saturday
Free to the Public

For the seventh year, this annual exhibition salutes the work of this year's Primetime Emmy®-Nominated Costume Designers, Costume Supervisors, and Assistant Costume Designers. Featuring costumes from popular television films, series, and mini-series, the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design celebrates the artistry of costumes created for the small-screen. With costumes from The Americans, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Mr. Selfridge, Nashville, Parks and Recreation, Vegas, and many other shows, this exhibition explores the full range of television costume genres, from historical drama to contemporary thriller. The exhibition is organized by costume designer Mary Rose, costume designer and president of the Costume Designers Guild.

Historical Sew Fortnightly #15: White - a late 18th Century Muff

I've always loved the HUGE fur muffs you see in late 18th C fashion plates like these:

We like big muffs and we cannot lie!
Even the gents had them!
This is a satirical print but you get the idea...

So when I found the perfect white faux fox fur in the LA garment district I knew I was meant to have one!  It's just a rectangle, sewed into a tube for both lining and fur.  Before sewing it into the tube I added a pocket just big enough for a cell phone in the lining of the muff.  I machine stitched one end right sides together, stuffed it with batting then hand sewed the other end shut. and voila!  One big honkin' muff!

Although I must admit, it's rather hard to see just how big it is in this picture.  It looks more like a giant tribble than the pillow-sized thing it really is.  You'll just have to trust me when I say it's big and wait for the pics from Costume College...

The Challenge: #15: White - A late 18th C Muff

Fabric: White fake fox fur, red silk taffeta

Pattern: a rectangle!

Year: 1780s-1790s

Notions: thread, batting

How historically accurate is it?  Machine sewn, poly fiberfill and fake fur, so not very!  LOL!

Hours to complete: About 2

First worn: not yet.

Total cost: $20 for the faux fur and red silk taffeta came from my stash.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Historical Sew Fortnightly # 14 :Eastern Influence - Robe a la Turque (undergown)

So if you've been following this blog you know that I've been working on the robe a la Turque in this fashion plate to go with the "tostada hat." 

While 2 weeks is definitely not enough time to to finish the entire ensemble, I have managed to get the pink under dress finished in time for this Historical Sew Fortnightly deadline.  I made it up as a robe Anglaise with added lace at wrists and neckline and cuffs to match the over gown of the Turque, these are just tacked on however so that I can remove them and have a plain pink round gown should I need/want one.

The Challenge: #14: Eastern Influence - 1780 Robe a la Turque (under gown only, hoping to finish the over gown for the "separates" challenge!)

Fabric: Pink and aqua silk taffeta with linen lining.

Pattern: My basic 18th C body block made into a round gown with added cuffs.

Year: 1780

Notions: thread, hooks and bars, lace.

How historically accurate is it?  It's a copy of an 18th C  fashion plate, so stylistically fairly accurate, but most interior seams are machine sewn.

Hours to complete: About three weeks for the gown.

First worn: Will wear at Costume College in August.

Total cost: Hard to say, all the fabric and lace came from my stash.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bastille Day Picnic

A few fellow 18th Century-loving friends and I got together yesterday for a relaxing Bastille Day picnic.  It was a very warm LA summer day but we found a little shady hideaway for ourselves  and managed to stay cool with copious amounts of champagne and ratifia. There was delicious food, and drink and great company, and all we aristos seemed blissfully unaware of the coming storm, just as it should be. 

Photo care of Aimee Major

Photo care of Aimee Major
 I wore "something old" in the form of my much loved old cotton print Anglaise with matching petticoat, which was nice and cool and light and has the added advantage of being easily washable.