Friday, December 5, 2014

Borgias costume day-dreaming

I do a lot of fiddling around with fabric and trim before and during my projects.  I'm a very hands-on visual person so pinning stuff on my dress form isn't just part of draping but is also part of my designing process - I need to see the fabrics together and feel how they drape.

Anyway, I wanted both my Borgias dress and my Lost Hope (Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel) fairy dress to come from the stash.  I had a few stipulations - I didn't want to use fabric ear-marked for something else (obviously) I also wanted to use only fabrics I had 5 or less yards of so I can save the multiple yard stuff for things that HAVE to have a lot of fabric like bustle gowns. I really love how layered all the trim is on the Borgias gown and want to emulate that and also use the same sort of saturated colors as in the show.


Here's what I've come up with: some sari and jacquard trims, velvet ribbon, burnt orange changable silk and aqua silk.
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I don't have enough of the aqua to do much so that will probably just be the sleeves, or parts of the sleeve and bodice and/or trim. And I've ordered a little more velvet trim in both the color above and aqua because I didn't have enough.  I might also get some narrow gold trim from JoAnn's, they often have good gold trims for cheap prices around the holiday season.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bits and bobs

*  I'm working on my own costumer holiday gift list but in the meantime I thought you might enjoy this guide from American Duchess.

* Sometimes commercial patterns from the "big three" can yield really wonderful results.  I love the Tudor gown that Learning to Costume has made from a Simplicity pattern.

* Historical Sewing has a great guide posted of patterns that are perfect for new costumers.

* Comic book fans have gotten their first look at the cast for the upcoming Suicide Squad.  I predict Harley Quinn will become even more popular than Elsa in the future.

* Two Nerdy History Girls have a really interesting post on Vigee-LeBrun and the new vogue for smiling in 18th century painting.

* DNA analysis of Richard the Third has interesting things to say about the connection of the modern royal family to their ancestors.

* Have you ever had the need for a really full, ruffly petticoat?  Angela Clayton has a great step-by-step of the uber ruffled petticoat she made.

* Sometimes it can be hard to get a handle on eras that are less popular amongst costumers.  The Closet Historian has a great overview of later 17th century costume for those of you interested in this era.