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    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    Dickens 2013 was a great success!

    So here we are again, after another mad dash sewing for Dickens.  Missie as my minion and I were able to pound out 10 dresses and assorted pieces.  This awesome photo is all of the girls that were present Saturday morning in dresses I made--14 of them.  It was a real rush to see them all lined up that way.  Unfortunately it was about 40º all weekend, so many of the dresses are covered up with wraps, but I'm sure you get the idea. :-)

    Here are two of the lovely Ginger's 1890's dresses.  One she kindly loaned out and her new one I made her this year.  If you are a Victorian dress buff, you will notice that it is directly inspired by a Worth gown.

    There are a great many more pictures on my Facebook Page Waisted Efforts, so please go look at that, and like it, please.  It often gets more updates, just because it is faster. 

    Here's a picture of the back of my new ball gown.  Hopefully I will have more pictures soon!  :-)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And as a finaly here is a picture of the entire Y.E.S. Clump.  We at the Yeasteryear Enthusiast Society take our group photos seriously!  -grin-

     

    Tuesday
    Sep102013

    Almost that time again...

     

    Hi there!  I finally have the time and the internet to post an update.  -grin-  Above you see one of the projects that I actually remembered to get pictures of this Spring.  This is my dear friend Starr's newly decorated bodice.  Last year for Dickens I was unable to get all the handwork completed on it so gave her the blue moiré bodice to wear sans trim to wear for the weekend.  This is the bodice that goes with the dress that I was reproducing from a dress that resides at the MET.

     You can see here how the trim looks with the whole dress here.  The only real difference being that our dress is silk and moiré instead of wool, so on the skirt where the pleated trim looks fringed and the same color, I actually used the rust silk there as well, but the horizontal lines are satin ribbon instead,  This gives a visual texture difference as opposed to color.  

    I spent about 8 days putting this trim on in by hand.  The strips are bias, and there was a lot of tweaking to get them to lay nicely as well not stretch too much and not bind.  I needed these to NOT hinder the movement of the finished bodice or change its relative size.  

    As an aside to this I finally watched and caught up with all 7 seasons of Doctor Who while I was doing the hand sewing. (I watch very little TV and had not seen any DW since 2005). Totally appropriate really when Starr is also a huge fan. -grin-

    In another note, the buttons are vintage.  My lovely friend Eide had them on her etsy site.  They are 3/8" copper back cut steel with oak leaves and acorns as the motif.  They are perfect!

     

    For more pictures of the finished bodice from more angles than necessary please go look at the Flickr tag Starr.

     

     

     

     

    And now onto the Wedding this year.  Meet Emily Soens née Gormican and Kevin Soens.  Kevin had his gorgeous 3-piece suit made for him by Dandy's suits in Austin.  We saw them at Dickens last year, and they do great work as well as being super friendly.  I have personally seen 3 of their suits, and they have all looked fantastic as well as fit extremely well.  They have a great eye for detail.

    For Emily, she has a huge love for vintage clothes and the Victorian era, so she leapt right down the rabbit-hole with glee!

    I made for her an entire trousseau of bloomers, camisole, corset, and petticoat in a lovely ecru with vintage lace.  Her two Naturalform dresses were also intended to be worn at other functions.  This way they could be more fun, and less strictly bridal.  The day dress which she wore for pre-wedding photos is a French brocade reminiscent of 18th century designs with dark copper metallic lace over an underskirt of celadon blue silk with velvet ribbon trim.

    The wedding dress is a buff taffeta polonaise trimmed in applied ivory lace with vintage glass buttons.  At the back of the skirt at the bustled points are two detachable blue velvet ribbons with two more buttons.  This is then worn over the same blue underskirt.

    We have plans of potentially adding another bodice to the pieces that is for fancier evening events like the Ball at Dickens, but for now they both look stunning!

    If you would like to see some more pictures of Emily's dresses from their final fitting, please look at their flickr Set Gormican/Soens Wedding.  

    Now, it is about that time again to start sewing like mad for Dickens.  I have some really pretty dresses about to be made.  I will do my best to at least document parts of their building.  I often do updates on Facebook at my fan page Waisted Efforts, more regularly than here.  So, check in frequently and feel free to comment.  

    see you soon! Cheers!

    Tuesday
    Apr162013

    On the Road Again...

    Happy Spring!  I just got down to GA for the first of my Renaissance fairs of the season, and it has only just sprung here. :-)  The trees have barely leafed, and the wisteria, as you can see, has only just bloomed.  This is unusual.  Typically when I arrive we are 3 weeks further into this process, and I only have a few days to see the wisteria before it is all leaves.  What this really means?  POLLEN!!!  Everything is blooming; especially the trees.  Trying to setup an outdoor event where your product needs to look attractive and sellable is made much more special by a thin flocking of yellow green pollen...oooo how pretty.  Not!  

    We had quite a bit of rain this weekend and a storm on Friday, so hopefully that will have calmed it down a bit.  I plan on setting up my workshop today.  I must jumo right in if I am going to get finished with all the projects I brought with me. :-)  Firstly, though, let me tell you about the project I just finished.

     

    A Saudi Arabian Evening Dress

     

     

    Based on my own Wedding Dress, a young lady who lives in Saudi Arabia wished for me to create for her a similar dress to wear on formal occasions.  In particular, her sister's upcoming wedding.  She gave all kinds of interesting insights on how they're ceremonies work, and it seems that later in the evening the women are able to continue the party separate from the men, and can remove their covering garments so they can all see their pretty dresses, and they last until 4am!  My girl had me make the dress longer because she had these fabulous heels she had found, but her poor feet were killing by the end of the evening.  :-)  We know how that feels, don't we ladies?

    This was a fun project.  I had not made anything for anyone, so far removed from me.  I am so thankful for Skype!  Her mom was very helpful in the fittings and the checking of measurements, but it was a little difficult to maintain deadlines when it takes 5-6 days to physically get anything there.  Thankfully everything fit, and she was very happy with her dress, and everyone loved it.  SHe felt like a Princess. :-)  

     

    I will leave with these pictures for today.  I am off to begin that set-up.  Soon there will be pictures of bodices, teagowns, under-dresses, hats, more 1910's dresses, bustle dresses, and maybe some Elizabethan stuff, and a bustle coat!

     Busy as a carpenter bee chewing on my booth!

     

    Cheers!

     

    Tuesday
    Feb262013

    Burgundy and Aubergine, the colors of Winter

     

     

    It is interesting how there can be themes to sewing. This winter I have making new dresses and catching up on partially finished orders. Most of them have been burgundy or Aubergine. I love these colds, so this has been really great. Aim especially in love with the eggplant silk velvet I used in the two 1910's Titanic inspired dresses.

    Judy Pushkin will soon have her new day outfit with matching dinner bodice. It is built on a fabulous new big bustle for that mid-1880's look. I untitled her striped silk by pleating her center front to the stripe and the skirt frill to the flower. Love it !

    Vickie Lees's new 1912 dress was built for a Titanic dinner this past January. I was able to find a vintage sari trim that was the perfect highlight. I also made a picture hat with a deep crown and huge brim. These are so fun!

    The dress I just finished yesterday is a Titanic inspired prom dress. Noelle's inspiration was the Swim dress from the movie, but with darker palette and a sequined black sari as the highlight, I deviated a bit with the addition of a sheer kimono sleeve trimmed with beaded tassels. I hope she is the Belle of the Ball!

    And finally in the update, a slap-dash 1912 suit for MaritaBeth to wear to the Titanic exhibit in Dallas. She just had to have a fab dress, and of course, another awesome picture hat. I am completely in love with these, so dramatic!

    Now I am off to CA for the annual trip to see Ken and Gail. I am so looking forward to seeing them after missing last year's trip. Then a return to more sewing!

    See you in a week. Cheers!

     

    Monday
    Jan142013

    Gently Worn Dresses for Sale

     

    My dear friend Missie has some dresses that have shrunk!  Imagine that :-)  I made these for her a few years ago, and she only had two or three chances to wear them before the horrible shrinking occured.  This is a great opportunity to have two stunning custom made gowns immediatly, and at great prices.  You can see their information, measurements, and prices at their Gallery page here.

    Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.

    I fixed the above link finally!  I had to actually right some HTML!  Not my favorite. :-P Works now though! :-)

     

    Here are a couple of pictures of Missie in the purple dress.