Friday, March 6, 2015

Floral Anglaise

So you may wonder what I'm working on, and the answer is many things!  I'm having a bit of a CADD at the moment.  But I'm nearly done with a new floral print angalise and matching petticoat.  I need to finish hemming,  do a little trimming along the neckline and make/add sleeve flounces.  Here's a preview from a few days ago:


I bought this fabric for $6.40/yard when Michael Levine had an awesome sale on 18th style prints back in 2011.  So I bought enough yardage to make a gown and matching petticoat with a flounce and will do a full write up as a Historical Sew Monthly entry for the Stash Challenge once I finish.

Frankly I'm kind of kicking myself I didn't buy more of these prints when they were on sale, Michael Levine hasn't had anything like them anywhere near that price since then!  An light cottons like this are SO practical for LA.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bits and Bobs

* I always love looking at all the pretty red carpet frocks during Oscar season, in fact that's my favorite part of the Academy Awards!  I found Costumerism's entry on making  Lupita Nyong’o's 2015 Oscar dress fascinating.

*  I've always loved all those Victorian royal and military pins. Madame Modiste has a great blog entry with links for supplies and tutorials for making your own.

* Like many ladies I love shoes, especially historical ones, so I was excited to see the post The School of Historical Dress had on a new historical shoe book - Footwear: Shoes and Boots from the Hopkins Collection.

*Understructure is so important to achieving most historical silhouettes.  Historical Sewing has a great, detailed article about which fabrics to use for most basic of historical undergarments- the petticoat.

* And speaking of underwear, Festive Attyre has a nice write up of the making up of the Laughing Moon Regency chemise pattern.  I always love to read about other costumer's with historical patterns, it helps me figure out which ones to buy and what I might need to alter.

* Patterns are something I never seem to have enough of.  I can put the breaks on fabric but patterns sold alone or in a book are something I can't resist.  So I am really looking forward to At the Sign of the Golden Scissors new 18th Century gown pattern, especially since I love the "zone" front style so much.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Opulent Art Exhibit at FIDM

I went to a special tea and talk that the Fashion Council was presenting at FIDM.  We had a lovely tea and a talk by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell about her new book Fashion Victims.  Her talk was really interesting and she touched briefly on several things that only whet my curiosity for more.  So I bought her book.  I've only just started to read the book but I'm really enjoying it, it's a cross between a coffee table book with large clear full-color images of 18th C clothing, fashion plates and paintings and a fashion history book like Queen of Fashion.

Then we got to tour the galleries AND because it was a special event WE GOT TO TAKE PICTURES!  I've broken up my photos and posts into two and will just cover the Opulent Art Exhibit on 18th Century fashion here and the movie costumes in a separate post.

It wasn't a huge exhibit but it was all rather spectacular and well, opulent!  Flash and tripods were not allowed so I did the best I could to take in focus shots in the low light of the exhibit.  Here are a few highlights and you can see the rest my photos of the exhibit here.