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Feeling more alive again

So the busy season is passing and I think it's safe to say that I survived it after all.

Sewing is happening again. On the works are three corsets (I know, but I love corsets, I needed new ones (or so I'm trying to convince myself)). I'm trying to achieve a smoother and rounded cuirass style corset for late 1870's. I need it for my mourning gown. Also I'm making a new version of my favorite corset, the Atelier Sylphe Edwardian one. The one I made under my Edwardian dress was better in shape than the first pink silk version but (being a single layer coutil corset) it stretched too much. This is going to be in bright yellow silk. (Yay, fun!) I need it for my Camille Clifford dress. And then I'm making an 1860's corset for my Winterhalter dress. My goal is to have them done by the end of next week.

Then I've started painting lots of silk on the side. I'm trying to make painted a robe à la Française inspired by this gown I saw at V&A but we shall see how I'm going to succeed. Definitely a new territory for me.


This is what you get to do when you make a dress for no reason without a deadline.

Revised AW16 / SS17

Finishing the Victorian seaside dress
One new Victorian corset
Finishing the Victorian mourning gown

1770's shoes
Sophie Friederike von Mecklenburg-Schwerins dress (c.1774)
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New corsets, Edwardian and 1860's
Edwardian undies
1860's undies (including a crinoline)

Turn of the year:
Camille Clifford's dress

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Early 2017:
Begin working on large embroidery
+1890's striped dress
+1890's ruffled sleeve dress

This might come as a surprise to you,

but I love silver plate. ;)
I made a trial for silver plate on tulle for a project I'm considering. It's definitely trickier than on a more solid surface, but I made it work.

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Lillie Langtry and me

I was packing my Toulmouche dress away for storage this morning and remembered that I had always wanted to take photos trying to imitate Lillie Langtry. She was the obvious inspiration for the bodice. So we did that and I made a blog post.


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As promised, I'm not sewing these for any event, but I have a schedule for myself, just because that's how I like to do things.

Also, I want to try my hand at two bigger projects. One is a reproduction and the other my own design (well, a rip off of several extants with my own idea for embroidery). No deadline.

First: finish the almost finished Victorian stuff
-seaside dress before my vacation is over
-also, finish the Jesuit before going back to work
-mourning dress in September
-riding habit September / October
-make new 1770's shoes
-perhaps a quick 1770's dress if I feel productive (September / October)

October / November:
-1890's corset
-New Edwardian corset
-Vict. and Edw. shift and chemise

Starting in November:
start working on the big projects
-the reproduction (V&A embroidered saque with blue tentacles)
-own design (the Pompeii-dress, Edwardian, beads, spangles, embroidery, all the good tuff)

While working on the big projects:

I'm also taking part in a Finnish 1910's sewing challenge that's due by Independence Day 6th of December next year. I'm making this:

My blogger got it's name from my cut off for which periods I sew. Anything before the automobile came along. Now half of my current list is after that. :D

Gala dress

I made a blog post. I'll add some of the photos here too but now I need to get some sleep.


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Moving on

My final CoCo line up is:

Thursday evening: Silver embroidered English nightgown
-It's been to CoCo before (once)
+It'll work well in low lighting.
+I love wearing glittery stuff.

Friday day: Floral striped robe à l'Anglaise retrousée
-It's been to CoCo (once)
-The hair is a pain
+It's one of my favorites. I feel cute in it (if you don't count my face).

Friday night: Marie Antoinette redingote
-It's been to CoCo before (once)
+But now that I'm wearing it with pocket hoops and I'll be adding the fake fox, it almost feels new
+With the fur trim, it looks pretty wild in a fun way.

Saturday day: Chemise à la Reine
+New to Costume College
-It's the Ghost Busters marshmallow man style; I feel ugly in it
+Group costuming is so much fun!

Saturday evening: Edwardian evening dress
-difficult hair

Sunday day: Hooded polonaise
-It's been to CoCo before (once)
+I wore it on that weird year when everyone was lost / hiding all the time and I got up so late that I felt like I wore it alone for a five minutes, so I don't mind giving it another outing.

Good news, bad news

Seaside dress is looking very good. So good in fact that I don't want to rush the rest and I'm going to save it for later.

So, it's going to be a greatest hits CoCo for me again. But good news is that during the past month I've been trying to make things for Costume College, I've found the passion for making good quality historical clothing again that I had lost with all the overwhelming stuff that had been going on in my life. And past few years I really just wanted to be at CoCo to be with my friends even though I didn't feel like sewing anything. And when I tried to force myself, well, it wasn't pretty.

So now I'm utterly and completely over making rushed costumes, for good. No more. This year CoCo is all about being with friends like it always is.

But it feels good to have that feeling back, that I can't wait to get back to sewing and blogging after this trip. It'll be good.


At least the gala dress is looking nice. The triangle trick really worked and I added rows of spangles to the tulle skirts and they look a lot better now too.

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