Friday, March 30, 2012

Edwaridan Afternoon Dress

  Need I say that I love the Edwardian era? I've said this before in previous posts, but it really is true. (For picky people, I'll say pre-to-post Edwardian Era so I don't get any blast comments.)


  Here is yet another post-Edwardian dress I've made...

The overskirt is pretty, isn't it? It's actually a vintage dress I chopped up. Don't be alarmed, my gentle readers... it was very small and was rather falling apart. It begged me to be refashioned. 


You can see the skirt layers in this image, as well as the bodice inset and lace details. 

Oscar Wilde, anyone? 

Come now, there had to be some dramatic posing. Otherwise, the photoshoot wouldn't have been fun! 

Unfortunately, this dress has already sold on my Etsy shop. However, if you're interested in your own dress, contact me and we'll discuss size and fabrics!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Edwardian Dresses...

...are to drool over. Well, that could just be me, but I am totally and 100% in love with Edwardian garb. It's inescapable now, with all this Titanic frenzy that has hijacked the costume world, but how can I resist posting pictures of Edwardian film costumes that I've been squeeing over the last few years?

  This isn't necessarily a costume wish-list, it's kind of just a compilation of my favorite costumes. 

Why shouldn't an 'Anne' ensemble be first on the list? Why not? Anyway, I love how timelessly beautiful this lacey shirtwaist is. Still classy today! 

 Christy. Huddleston's. Dresses. Are. AWESOME. Look at the detail in this dress! And wow ...look at that lipstick. I didn't know they stocked that color red in Cutter Gap... 

(I advocate the original Christy, by the by. Not that imitation they cast in the follow-up movies... sigh.)

While I hated Tuck Everlasting (kissy teen movies never really appeal to me), I loved Winnie's classic white dress. The lace insertion is quite lovely! 

What! You haven't seen the Story of the Treasure Seekers, with a brief cameo appearance of Keria Knightley as a little girl? Well, go watch it! It's a sweet adaptation of E. Nesbit's classic tale of the same name. In any case, I love the look that Dora has with this suit! Very lovely and so 1890's! 

 Same character, same movie; lovely dress. It's pale yellow, lacey, and positively ducky!

Oh, and this is a very bad screenshot from the BBC 1970's adaptation of Anne of Avonlea. It's so sweet... and to the book, actually. I love Diane's (on the right) sweet blue dress. Sigh. 

I want it. Really I do. 

Hope you enjoyed some of my favorite pre-to-post Edwardian dresses!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Downton Abbey Dress!

  A customer contacted me several weeks ago about making her a Downton Abbey dress! While I didn't really care for the series, I loved the costumes, so I readily agreed to it! We agreed that we didn't have to have it totally, 100% accurate, so I started on my 'inspired by' dress. Here's what I came up with!

I love all the colors together.

...I love 'em so much, that I might make one for myself... 

 The lace I used was SO pretty!

I like how the belt contrasts with the rest of the dress. 

Like this dress, but want it in your size? Want it more screen-accurate? Contact me and we'll talk about it!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

1910's Tea Dress

  Being the costume fanatic (though not necessarily historically accurate, hem hem) that I am, I decided to make a 1910's dress for a spring dance that my parish holds every year. Needless to say, I was dancing all night, but I attribute that to either the dress or the new fragrance I was wearing.

  In light of the Titanic craze that has seized the costume world these past few months, I decided to post pictures of my dress! It's not necessarily from the film, rather, it's just a dress from the period.

 I love how many layers are in the skirt. It's just lovely... especially when dancing!

I used yellow, pink and white as my palette, but this dress can support an infinite variety of lovely colors!

 You can see how I tucked the skirt here... I think it adds a little more interest to the dress, no?

The dress has kimono sleeves, fabulously in the mode in the 1910's!

A somewhat blurry detail shot of the inset: I stitched little pearls in the center of the daisies.

Here's another shot of the front skirt, where the skirt layering can be easily seen.

The end is near, and so is the back of this dress: here's the detail on the skirt back. 


Did anyone catch that joke?

Hurry on over to my Etsy Shop to purchase this dress before it's gone! Don't like the colors, or not your size? Contact me and we'll talk about making a dress just for you!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


   We finally got our sewing area in a state of organized-ness! Well, mostly. Anyway, I just thought you'd like to see what our stash looks like!

 Isn't it loverly?

Oh, and check out the plaid in the middle. Isn't it coolio? Mum and I agree that it would probably make a splendid Steampunk something.

Just thought I'd share my stash! 


Monday, March 19, 2012

Elven Nightfall Cloak

  You know that great feeling when something just works out? Like picking up a piece of blue knit fabric and saying, "You know, this would make a great cloak!"

...and sewing it within an hour? 

No pattern, no nothing. I just did it. 

Needless to say, that's the only time something has worked out like this for me. 


By the by, Simplicity released some lovely new patterns! Have a look see. The new Civil War Pattern looks lovely, but I'm not sure I like the looks of the new Steampunk pattern. It's a little burlesque, but the skirt is REALLY lovely. I might get it just for that. 

The cloak has already been sold on Etsy, but if you'd like one, please contact me and we'll talk fabrics!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sweater to Pillow: Refashion Tutorial!

  At long last, I have a new tutorial! So I had this really poorly fitted shirt with a really cute design on it...

  Well, I just hated it, so I just cut it up. With the intention of turning it into a pillow, that is!

You'll need: 

~Hated Sweater 
~Thread in Matching Color to Aforementioned Sweater of Derision 
~Sewing Machine 

Let's get started! 

 Line up the bottom edges of the sweater so that you get an even cut.

 Lay your yardstick across the sweater, right below the underarms.

Holding down the yardstick, draw a straight line from underarm to underarm. 


Cut the sleeves off at the armhole seam.

Then, cut down the sleeve seam, leaving you with... 

 ...the fabric you're going to make the ruffles out of! 

Use your yardstick and pen to make eight (four per sleeve) 1 1/2 inch sections on the sleeves.

You'll be making five lines.


 After that cutting and measuring, this is what you get! 

 Take those ruffle pieces and pin four of them them together like so. 

 Sew them up...

...and this is how they'll turn out. 

Repeat until all four ruffle pieces are attached. Do the same with the other four pieces you cut out. 

 Run a gathering stitch down each of the ruffle pieces and pull.

 You'll get a fluffy ruffle!

 Next, pin the ruffle to the edges of the pillow, making sure to only go through ONE thickness. V-e-r-y bad if you don't. My ruffles were so long that I got to do double... ruffles... *smirk*... on both sides. Adjust it and play with it until it looks right! 


 It'll come out like this. Revel in your rufflyness.

 Turn it inside out.

 Pin up one end, stitch. Turn it right side out again.

Stuff it with fluff or a pillow form. Your preference.

 Stitch up open end and...

ENJOY your new pillow! 

Hope you liked this tutorial!