Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Grand Victorian Ball

Me in my new dress
Finally here are my pictures from the grand Victorian ball  where I got to wear the new dress.

I actually managed to go to the dance lesson the weekend before so I knew which dances were easy enough for a beginner like me - and which ones to stay away from!

So I sat took a few turns on the dance floor this time, kind of an accomplishment for a girl with two bad left feet!

Anyway, it was lots of fun and everyone looked lovely.  I can't wait until the next one!

And my friend Alyxx in her new dress

Alyxx and I together, we were told we looked like sorbets
Katherine's wool gauze gown
Amy's Captain America themed bustle dress

Veronica's gorgeous pink and green butterfly dress

I loved this red, white and blue bustle gown!
Handsome gents
And lovely ladies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Victorian Ballgown redux

I realized I hadn't posted about my new Victorian ballgown. It was an interesting project.  I had a ball coming up and wanted to make something that was a little shorter and easier to dance in but using fabric I already had.  I thought I could cut some time out by using an underskirt I'd made for a Victorian fancy dress costume as my base.  And I had a remnant of the same fabric...but not enough for trim or skirt draperies.  What to do?  Raid the stash for other remnants and make it work!

I had some green silk left from my Lost Hope Fairy as well as some changable silk taffeta left over from another project...but again, only a little bit.  So with clever piecing I managed to get a dress out of three different fabrics.  The really hilarious part?  The front of the drape isn't the same fabric as the back!

Can you tell?

Next up: I'll edit and post my pictures from the Ball.  :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cool Trim!

I thought I'd mention this cool trim and I found at Michael Levine in case anyone wants to try to find some.  

No, it's not a roll of strung seed beads, it just LOOKS like one!   It's actually Mokuba's "beaded cording" If you're local to LA or plan to visit you can get it in the notions section of Michael Levine's for $5 for an 82 YARD roll!  I could see so many uses for this I bought one in every color they had!