Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Custom Order: 1780's Prom Dress!

  When my lovely friend Monica asked me to do her prom dress for her, I flipped. In case you haven't noticed, I love doing custom orders- and I like sewing for friends even more. It's a win/win. She wanted a gown similar to the ones worn in the 2007 version of Mansfield Park. We pinned to this board to gather ideas and to flesh out a design... this is one of the initial pictures to give you an idea of what sparked us:


(Yes, it has Billie Piper in it. Yes, the dresses are gorgeous. Yes, a lot of people didn't like it but... hey, get over it.)

  We ended up going with a powder blue chiffon (it was WENDY BLUE, really, it was) and using Mrs. Chancey's beautiful Georgian pattern... and here's what the result was!




  Pictures of the lovely lady IN her dress are forthcoming... I'm really looking forward to seeing her in it. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Civil War Ball Gown: Finished!



The ball was exquisitely beautiful...  met some lovely people there, and had a thoroughly wonderful time!

Here are the pictures of my dress...





 And lastly, a sassy Cinderella-left-her-shoe-by-accident-and-had-to-go-back-for-it-because-no-prince-was-after-her shot.

It was lovely making this dress... hope you all enjoyed!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Civil War Ball Gown! {three}

   Saturday's sewing session went really well. In fact, I'm nearing the 90% mark. That's a bit of a relief. Here are the progress pictures I took while working three days ago, just to give you a sneak peek and an idea of what it's shaping up to look like!


 Here's a finished sleeve, some piping, and the bodice ready to be completed.


 On the left is the second sleeve all pinned up and ready to be sewn.


Just a tad bit of advice: NEVER make ribbon bows without first gluing the edges with something like Fray Check. That is, if you want to retain your sanity. The picture above is just to show how I apply the glue.

(Yes, I'm working over my copy of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Pardon me, my literary geek is showing.)


And there's the bows all tied and ready to be handsewn on! 

Next post is likely going to be pictures of the garment on my dress form. Don't worry... I will share pictures of me in the dress, but you're going to have to wait until next week for that.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Civil War Ball Gown! {two}

   Did I mention that the dance is next Saturday? The fact that I'm working part time AND have limited free time makes that fact even more... uh, exciting. Stopping sewing for a little bit to give you some progress pics; the first two are from Thursday's session, the last is a detail shot I snapped just now to give you a better idea of how pretty the flowers and ribbons look on the skirt.

  Yes, I am stinkin' proud of this thing, even though it's hardly finished. Admittedly, I'm further along than is shown in the pictures... but that's another post.


 Skirt is ALMOST ENTIRELY done. Need to put a placket on there. 
 

There's the bodice... not done, of course. The oddly pinned flower is to give you a vague impression that it will someday be nicely sewn on. However! For now, you get to enjoy its over all wonkiness. 
 

That's the backmost skirt festoon. 

I luvs it.