isabelladangelo: (Ever After Blue Dress)
Here is another look at one of the two paintings that was my inspiration for this dress. It's Venus and Amor by Holbein and I'm sure most of you have seen it many many times before.

Here's my self portrait that I took at the renn fest. I kept forgetting to ask anyone I knew to take a picture of me. Oh well!

And here's the full dress on the dress dummy. Honestly, it looks a LOT better on me.

One small detail point, I sewed the ribbons on the dress for a reason. If you look at Lais of Corinth which is a very similar (possibly the same but the details are different) dress, you can see on her left shoulder (our right) that the ribbon closest to us looks to be folded over and has a starburst like stitch pattern on it rather than going through an eyelet on the dress. Now, it may be just some affect of the painting but I rather liked the idea of just sewing the ribbons to the dress (so they wouldn't slip as much and you are far less likely to loose them) than creating yet more eyelets.
isabelladangelo: (Default)

I really, really, like this style. I do still have to add the lacing rings but that's it. I constructed this one a bit differently than my other gowns. The skirt is gathered and then sewn, right sides together, to the bodice, rather than sewing just the outer part of the bodice to the skirt and flipping those under to tuck underneath the lining. I hope that makes sense!
isabelladangelo: (edwardian)
A couple of months ago on etsy, I bought two lovely sheer cotton (voile?) remnants that are about three or four yards long. They are both antique and they both have beautiful embroidery (wool?) along the edges -except for one edge that someone cut off! I think they may have been tablecloths or something like that in a previous life. However, given the decorations and the "cut edge", I want to remake them into skirts for two different summer dresses. One will be an early Regency and the other will be a late neo-directorate.

I'm going to try to match the material of the soon to be skirts and hopefully start on the Edwardian one this week. I need yet another good Edwardian dress. :-) The dress will be in a wrap style, given the decorated edges (I don't want to destroy the embroidery that's there), with the raised bust line. Hopefully, I can find some trim to match the embroidery in my stash (I certainly have enough!) and use that to decorate the sleeves edge. I *might* just cut off the top edge of the soon to be skirt since it has an embroidered scallop edge on three sides and use that to match the sleeves to the skirt.

Anyway, that's my next project. After that, I might finally sit down and finish up the Elizabethan I've been procrastinating on forever! Probably not. I'll probably finish the 18th c gown before that. :-)


May. 12th, 2010 07:19 pm
isabelladangelo: (Fabric)
Wow! I got the 20 yards of silk I ordered from (the $1.95 stuff) and pieces to an Edwardian tea gown I got off of eBay today. Silk first:

It's a very deep green to the point I think it's only two shades away from black. Which is perfectly fine by me. Either way, pink and red look fabulous with it so I'm fine. It does have slubs but it's nice and lightweight so I'm thinking Pennsic usage here...

The extant tea dress has all the original snaps still sewn into place. It feels like it's a cotton voile but I'm not sure. I have the original skirt, still sewn together, the bodice front and back and most of the sleeves (it looks like someone cut off the underarm part?). So, now to get some voile for the "belt" to the dress and to fix the sleeves so I can put this thing back together again!

The tea dress I'm working on (my own, not extant, the one I posted pictures of last night, ect) just needs to be resewn up. I took it apart the moment I got home and it's in pieces next to the sewing machine. I guess I should go and sew it back up now...
isabelladangelo: (Dangerous beauty)
I really love the side lacing early 1500's Italian gowns. I really, truly do. The reason is not only because the gowns themselves fit like a sports bra with a skirt but because I can have pockets beneath the gown! The side lacing lends itself perfectly to pockets so I don't have to carry a stupid bag. Grr. I hate purses, no matter their form.

The pink dress is 100% hand sewn. I stitched the sides of the skirt together yesterday (herringbone at the bottom but whip stitch the rest of the way up), gathered the top of the skirt, attached it the bodice, and then stitched the bodice closed. I just finished the eyelets today. I'm thinking maybe for Coronation? I might make something else for that...
isabelladangelo: (18th c)
The non-flash picture It's a bit blurry but hopefully you get the idea.

The flash picture It's not that shiny. I still need to add the hooks and eyes as well as the trim. I want to make it look like a faux zone front gown. I was going to use yellow ribbon but I think a cream ribbon will work a lot better. The problem is getting to Joanns to get said cream ribbon.... Anyway, it's 100% hand sewn and I tried to base it on various period (1780/1790) designs.
isabelladangelo: (18th c)
Yay! They are ugly as can be but they fit and, once on, look perfect on; ugly, but they fit right. Even Mom looked surprised when she saw them on me because they do *look* right on...just not when being sewn.

So, next to remeasure the pattern and get that sewn up. I bought some lovely yellow and pink ribbon for the trim on the blue dress because the coral red wasn't coral red in natural light. It's more orangy that what I liked and didn't go with the wedgewood blue silk. Yellow goes a lot better and I want to place a pink ribbon on top of that. It sounds off but looks really neat together.

As for the snow; oh my goodness! This is so much fun! I did take pictures down on the Mall around noon because it seemed wrong to be in the center of DC during the big monster storm and NOT take pictures to prove where I was. :-) I'll, hopefully, be able to post pictures tomorrow.
isabelladangelo: (pink 18th c)
I did the mock up pattern for my 18th century shoe cover. I think it will be alright. I found some lovely buckles on ebay that I want to use. Hopefully, I'll get them by the end of the week and be able to make sure the pattern will work. As for the color of the shoes, should I keep 'em cream? Go with pink? Or try black? Maybe another color all together?

Oh well, back to sewing...
isabelladangelo: (Dangerous beauty)
The inspiration for this gown comes from Portrait of a Venetian Lady by Veronese and from A Musical Evening by Ludovico Pozzoserrato. I have to fix the sleeves I made for the gown but I think, by the end, you can see what I was thinking.

Because it's picture heavy )

I have a couple more pictures up on my flickr account if anyone wants to see the back views. You can also see close ups of the photos I posted here.

isabelladangelo: (pretty victorian lady snow)
I totally heart everyone over at [ profile] laceandflora. Most of them are saying exactly what I would post on the subject. (Hence why I haven't said much)

Anyway, working on my Venetian for tomorrow out of the black taffeta. The bodice is done and looks pretty good. The skirt just needs to be pleated and attached. I'd like to add the bows too and sew up the overskirt but I don't think I have the time right now. I'll do that later, I think.

So, very heavily medicated. Advil is good. Antibiotics are good. Now, to go back to sewing and watch ghost stories on the TV.


Sep. 18th, 2009 04:25 pm
isabelladangelo: (Ireland)
I remember a really awesome page on the Shinrone gown. It was done by a gentleman, I think (I could very well be wrong and apologize for that), that made exact copies of the remains of the dress in muslin and fitted them to a lady. He then filled in the "gaps" with some broadcloth. From that, he managed to extract a pattern and get a really neat interpretation of the gown. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I lost the page and can only remember the basic ideas of the recreation...

N'rmind. I realized I was confusing two different things. Sorry! Found what I was looking for though so all is well.
isabelladangelo: (Ever After Blue Dress)

For those that don't automatically recognize it (:-) ), it's similar to the fabric used in the Ever After just breathe gown. The only difference is that this is gold rather than silver. I think with the silver crinkle silk I have, though, it should off set enough to be a reasonable reproduction of the gown. You can see the actual gown upon on [ profile] padawansguide's website Ever After Costumes. See? Very silver. Hopefully, the white satin silk I have will work as well to dim down the gold enough to make it look like the original...
isabelladangelo: (Regency)
[ profile] pemberleyserena's post asking what made you (all) fall in love with Regency reminded me I should probably photograph my favorite early dress in my odd little collection. It's, I guess, really late Regency, just barely pre-Victorian. The dress is done in the 1820's style but I think it's more likely late 1810's originally. The dress was clearly made for a young girl given the length (I'd say it would fit your average 8 or 9 year old today). It has a growth pleat and the skirt is tucked up into the dress enough you could easily let it out another 3" without letting out the pleat.
I love this dress because it's so simple but pretty. The fabric makes the dress. It's hard to see via computer but it's a very nice purple ink color design on the white (Indian?) cotton. The dress just looks like summer.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
The corset and chemise. The dress dummy is set at 34" bust and the corset is still tight on it. This is a good long as I don't gain any weight back!

The dress and sleeve panels I tried to pin the sleeve together to give everyone a good idea of how it should look when it's done....and the pins kept slipping. I promise I will bead it at Pennsic. The threading idea that I had just wasn't working. I'm going to see if I can use some thin wire or something to get this to work....

So, I'm going to finish packing up and get some sleep.
isabelladangelo: (Early Spring Garden)
Me in my red & gold Venetian. My hair really is that color right now. It's fun when I just have barrettes on the sides to see people's reactions. It's almost as bad as wearing garb in a grocery store. :-)

EDIT: The front view is here I just don't like the underarm look there. It goes away with the sleeves on, or at least it's not noticeable. The "chemise" is a very old one but it works for seeing how things will look once I wear one of my real chemises. This one was meant to be a "pirate" shirt. :-)

One of the repairs I made to the Peacock Gown. It should hold until after Pennsic. I think, after Pennsic, I might just recut the bodice all together. I found enough scrap fabric that I can just remake it.

Ginsie helping me sew And y'all say you have problems with the cats helping? ;-) That's Shiloh in the background. Ginsie and the "orb" are in the foreground. This was a couple of weeks ago around the Fourth.

I have a few more up on my flickr account, as always. Feel free to ask questions, look around, and make silly comments (or serious ones). :-) I have finish one sleeve. Hint: Sewing while watching "The Nativity Story" (Gives new meaning to 'Christmas in July' :-) ) is extremely slow. I'm going to see about sewing during "Affair of a Necklace" tomorrow.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
Mom's early 16th C kirtle I based it on the kirtles seen in Henry VIII's Book of Hours. It's green linen with a brown linen blend lining. I didn't iron it prior to trying it on the Anne Boleyn model but I think you can see that the front looks okay.

The problem is in the back. There is a slight gap at the bottom of opening in the back. I'm guessing this might be due to the dress dummy itself and nothing else. However, I'm thinking of maybe adding a gore? Any other ideas? I had to take the stitching out at the bottom of the opening because the opening had to be bigger to fit over the dress dummy. :-)
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I have a few pictures up. The dress embroidery/couching is done, thank God. It's not perfect but I don't think it looks bad either.

The front of the dress I haven't finished adding pearls to the partlet and I haven't added the eyelets to the back of the dress either. I should have the pearls added by the end of the week, hopefully. I'm starting on the sleeves tomorrow.

Back of dress Like I said, I haven't put the eyelets in so hence major gaping and ripples. I was more focused on getting the couching done then worrying about eyelets (which I can probably sew in the dark. in the night. with no one else around. not for miles....).

There are couple more pictures up on my flickr account if you want to take a look. Please, comments/suggestions/ect are really helpful. I'm still willing to take things apart to get this dress looking correct!
isabelladangelo: (Default)
The purple Scottish Italian dress is almost done. I finally figured out how to pleat the back without having to cut it up. It looks nice now.

I created a pattern for my Mom's kirtle. It *should* fit her perfectly but I'm making it out of the blue cotton first just to make sure (and so she'll have a nice cool blue Atlantian gown to wear on Sunday of War Week:-) ). She also loves the 12th c ish Green dress from the butterick pattern and really wants that so....[ profile] padawansguide? That's what shall become of the green silk velvet. I promise to take out the princess seams and make it closer to the 12th c...because I just wouldn't be able to stand it otherwise.

Anyway, I cut out the canvas for the bodice of the kirtle. I'm still debating on whether or not to use the purple cotton for lining or just regular old muslin. Given that I think this would be best served as an Atlantian dress, I'm thinking the muslin (that, and it's lighter than the purple cotton for the summer).

I also worked on the pink Eleanor gown. 11 more of those rounded designs to go on the back and the dress is done! I decided to go ahead and make the back match the front and not do the back like the shoulders. Instead, I'll just do one panel for the sleeves that is "embroidered" since that's the way it looks in the painting anyway. I do have pink pearls for the sleeves and I know I have the three strands of black pearls I bought from [ profile] fabricdragon last year in a basket, I think. I need to remember where I put them.

In non-sewing news: I did see Becoming Jane last night. I rather liked it. A couple of things (dresses) made my eyes go "huh?" but all and all it was pretty cute. Then again, I know next to nothing about Jane Austen's life.
isabelladangelo: (blue waterhouse)
It's a problem with the BIOS. I know that much. How to fix the thing and whether to bother to fix, that is the question. Whether it tis nobler in the day to suffer the financial loss of buying a new computer, or to call up the India help desk and, by non-understandable phone calls, end this? To call, to scream, to fix no more. Perchance to email again; ah there's the rub. For in calling it is since I cannot email any more
when my computer has shuffled off it's mortal coil
and restarts itself every 15 seconds.
That makes calamity of a rebuilt computer;
For who would deal with outdated micro-processors
Bill Gate's XP, the over-heated fan,
The pangs of a constant restart, the wireless delay,
The overflowing email lists and the forums
The patient merit of calling India Help Desks,
When she herself cannot make understable
what "Mike" might say? who would these troubles bear.
to scream and cry under a weary call,
But the dread of finacial loss after bought,
the undiscover'd Vista from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
and makes us rather bear those ills we have
than fly to others that we know not of?

....Can't tell whether I'm thinking of bother to fix the freaking computer again or buying a new one, can ya? :-) Or that I'm working on SCA projects at the same time? hehehehe....

Purple dress is almost done. It will be done tomorrow with pictures to follow. I promise! (Dad's computer likes my camera even if my own computer is on a constant restart and hated my camera before that...)
isabelladangelo: (pink 18th c)
What happened was Mom told me Dad wanted to go see the "caber tossing" this weekend and I figured that spending the weekend with my Dad on Father's Day weekend was probably a far better way to go. After all, the hassle just to get to Hagerstown, only spend a couple of hours, maybe 3, and then have to go home because I need to let Miss Ginsie out? It's just not fair to Ginsie when I could take her and spend the day with my family while listening to great music. And then there is the whole paying versus non-paying thing I mentioned.... That just keeps getting me more and more angry.
So, Potomac Celtic Festival it is. I should have the purple linen Italian Scottish gown done in time (hehehe) for that. I did work on the partlet for the Eleanor gown. I need more trim. I think I've already used about 20 yards or so. I didn't really count. I have plenty, I just need to make more by sewing the ribbons together.
After I get the partlet trim done, I'll sew up the Italian Scottish gown. That won't take long at all since that doesn't require much handsewing at all; only the eyelets. The rest will all be machine.
After all of that is done (this week), I'll get back to the 18th c stuff that seriously needs to get done next week. I might make a 1790's gown first out of this red and white striped cotton I bought a couple of years ago just for a late 18th c gown. I have 13 yards of it so I know I have more than enough and considering it's July, a 1790's "patriotic" gown would work well...

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