Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bits and Bobs

Lady Pole- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
* One of my favorite books is being turned into a miniseries!  For those not familiar with it Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a strange tale of magic set in Regency England.  Imagine a cross between Jane Austen and Neil Gaiman and you've just about got it.  The first few production photos have been published in case other fans are wanting to get a jump on making a repro.

* Thanks to Maggie of the Costumer's Guide to the heads up on a new Star Wars movie costume exhibit and fashion magazine!

* Have you been longing for pointy-toed Regency shoes but don't have the cash for American Duchess or Robert Land repros?  Then check out the really awesome Regency Shoe Hack by the Bohemian Belle!

* Speaking of American Duchess, thanks to Lauren for the heads up on this great article on corsets with lots of with and without pictures by the Pragmatic Costumer. 

* More Game of Thrones "Purple Wedding" images here.

* In other GoT news, word on the street from attendees at Costume Con is that Andrea Schewe will be publishing a few more Game of Thrones patterns, including Dany's wedding dress.  I'm guessing we'll get the first peeks of them someday soon on Andrea's blog, stay tuned.

* And just because I loved it so much check out the Costumer's Code, also by the Pragmatic Costumer.  This may not be how everyone sees costuming, but it really struck a chord with me, and I thought if you hadn't seen it you might want to check it out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

HSF# 8: UFO - Seaside Bustle Bodice

I'd hoped to finish this for the Bodice Challenge but 2014 has been very hard on me so far....needless to say I'm happy I could finish it for this challenge.

My main inspiration for this gown was the striped gown on the left in this fashion plate.   I changed things around a little bit because I can't leave well enough alone, and I may add some more trim.  But in general I'm happy with how it turned out.





Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 thedreamstress.com

The Challenge: #8 UFO
Fabric: Cotton/Silk blend
Pattern:I used the Truly Victorian Asymetrical skirt and French Vest Bodice as the bodice base and then modified and added my own style elements to it.
Year: 1885
Notions: pleated ribbon, thread, hooks and eyes, narrow braid, silk ribbon, crab finding.
How historically accurate is it? Plausible, materials and sewing techniques are right for the time.
Hours to complete: Hard to say, construction time was spread out over several months and I don't usually keep track of such things.
First worn: April 27, 2014
Total cost: Hard to say since all materials and trims came from my stash.