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20 February 2013 @ 01:46 pm

Here's a give away from American Duchess of the Gibson shoes. I own two pairs of AD shoes and love them! Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be the winner of this give away :-).
05 April 2012 @ 11:23 pm
The sleeves are done and the bodice is coming along nicely. I guess it's about time I post some pictures : D. The only problem is that this fabric is so difficult to photograp. The green taffeta come out greyish on pics. And the blue shot green silk taffeta only looks really blue. I will try again this weekend.
04 October 2010 @ 02:54 pm

The covered buttons:

The neckline:

Sleeve detail:

Gown with black hat:


03 October 2010 @ 01:51 pm
And here it is:

Now I am considering to make a sash to go with it. Should I or should I not? And what colour would it be? I'm considering black, because I think I will wear my big black feathered hat with it. I'm also considering of making a new hat. I've already ordered the pattern from Nehelenia Patterns. But I don't know if I have the time and I'm also not sure what to make. Should I make it in the same fabric as the gown or the same fabric as the petticoat? I think the lighter fabric will not suit me as I have really light hair. And will it not be too boring if the hat is made in the same colours as the gown? Anyway here's a picture of the gown with some black netting wrapped around it to mimic a sash.

So, what do you think?
  1. Black sash, yes or no?
  2. Black hat, yes or no?
  3. Burgundy hat, yes or no?

26 September 2010 @ 08:18 pm
Although I've just completed a stash project and thus am allowed to start a new project, I have been working on another stash project. It's a zone-front anglaise for which I'm using the (orangy-browny) burgundy embroidered taffeta. First I was thinking of making a gold coloured petticoat to go with it. But that changed when, by coincidence, I held the dusty pink silk taffeta next to the embroidered taffeta. These fabrics looked so good together, I just had to use it for the petticoat. So I've used 2 stash fabrics for this project. YAY!

Here are the pictures of the fabrics. The first one is with flash and the second one without. The flash one makes the dusty pink look whiter, but the non-flash picture makes it look warmer than it is. So the real colour is somewhere in between.

The petticoat is already finished. Here it is:

The anglaise is also almost finished. I only took a pic when trying to decide how to make the cut-out.

This weekend I've sewn in the sleeves and made the sleeve trimmings. I've made the cut-out and sewn everything in place. I'm thinking of making a button closure on this anglaise. Usually I use hook and eye tape, but I want to do something different this time. Hopefully I can get this gown finished this week, because I really want to work on a new Tudor gown. But I also want to finish some 18th century gowns for our upcoming holiday to the Loire Valley in France. So the Tudor project will probably be on hold (again) untill we have returned.

24 September 2010 @ 10:07 pm
I'm going to set myself a challenge to get rid of my stash. I need to make a stash project, before I'm allowed to start a new project (this is a project for which I have to buy new stuff). And after completing a new project, I have to start a stash project again. 
23 September 2010 @ 02:56 pm
A few weeks ago I posted some fabric of my stash and I'm proud to say I've used one! Yeah, finally destashing :D. I've made a polonaise out of the black/white striped fabric. It's not completely trimmed yet, but I do not have enough in my stash and I'm not buying anything new at the moment. So it will have to do for now.


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23 September 2010 @ 02:45 pm

As promised the pictures of the finished natural form bodice. As you can see the bustline on my dummy is a bit different than irl, so unfortunately I can't get it closed on the dummy (but it fits me)


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16 September 2010 @ 10:07 pm
My bodice is almost finished (just needs a little more tweeking), so this post is long overdue. And it isn't complete also, because I haven't taken any pictures of the (almost) finished bodice yet. Sorry about that :D. But at least I can show you my design and the beginning of the constructing.

I have been thinking long about what to do with the bodice. Since the fashionplate didn't show the back, I had no clues what it looked like. The first natural form bodice pattern I thought about is the TV422, but I didn't like the square back. After looking through lots of fashion plates I found my inspiration on Tirelli Costumi. I looked at the costumes of Age of Innocence and found my inspiration in this one.

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04 September 2010 @ 11:32 pm

I'm so tempted to buy new fabric, but I really really should try to use my stash. So I thought I would dig some out of my closet and see if anything inspires me. Mind you, this is just part of my stash. It's only (part of) what's lying on top of the fabric boxes.

I have 10 meters of black cotton with a small white stripe. I'm thinking of making a polonaise and a fishtail skirt for everyday wear.


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31 August 2010 @ 07:56 pm
There's really nothing excited to tell about the process :D, so here are the pics. First the fantail skirt in walking length with 4 rows of pleats (if I have enough lace, I will add another row):

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27 August 2010 @ 03:16 pm
Since I decided I wanted to use the waterfall oveskirt for my black natural form gown, I thought it would be wise to try it out first. I had an aubergine coloured taffeta with small black vevet dots in my stash for which I had nothing planned yet.

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27 August 2010 @ 03:05 pm
...kind off. I'm still not really inspired to sew, but have started working on some projects. I'm clearing out my closets and I thought I might as well work my way through the major fabric stash. A project for which I have all the fabrics in my stash, is a black natural form gown. This is my inspiration:

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13 August 2010 @ 02:50 pm
YAY! Summer Darkness this weekend. I'm really looking forward to seeing Faith & the Muse again tomorrow!
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09 August 2010 @ 02:17 pm
As you might know, I like to play with photos in photoshop. I'm not really experienced enough to make fabulous compilations and modifications, but I know enough to make pictures like these.


The second one is my favorite. I found it by chance when looking for steampunk backgrounds. It is actually a very recent photo so I had to disguise the modern cars by old ones.  It worked out pretty good :D.

08 August 2010 @ 02:54 pm
Yesterday we went to Castlefest as a steampunk family. Unfortunately the weather wasn't so good. It rained almost all of the day. However we managed to be at Castlefest in the few hours it was dry. We only had rain for about 5 minutes when we were there, so we weren't bothered by the weather. We had fun dressing up ass a steampunk family and quite a few people commented on it. They all loved it too. Here are some pics. First at home before we left:


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05 August 2010 @ 02:52 pm
Tada, here's my  dyed underskirt:

The dying was pretty easy and the colour came out okay. Although I would have liked it a bit more punchy. I guessed I should have used 2 boxes of dye. But then again it might have come out way too dark. It will just have to do for now.

And this is what it looks like all together. Mind you, I did use flash, so it looks a bit bright :D.

Edit: here's a non-flashy picture

04 August 2010 @ 09:02 pm

I got it in my mind that I need a new hat for my steampunk gown I'm going to wear this saturday. And I wasn't planning to cover one :D. So for the very first time I started to make a hat from buckram. I started this tuesday and everything went so smoothly, it is now almost finished. All I need to do is decorate it.

I forgot to take a lot of progress pictures, but here are some I remembered to take. Buckram cut out with millinery wire sewn (with machine using a wide zigzag) to the edges and along the crown.

Making a hat in very few pictures :DCollapse )

04 August 2010 @ 08:44 pm
Well, the fabric I ordered almost 2 weeks hasn't even been send yet :(. I''m so disappointed, because they usually send it reasonably quick. So if I want a striped underskirt, I have no other choice but to dye my black & white striped underskirt. And that's what I'm doing right now. I bought "terracotta brown" dye. Let's hope it turns out alright, otherwise I am ruining my underskirt as I type.