Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Costume Year in Review

I think I can get this in just under the wire!

Here's what I said I wanted to do in 2012:

 1) Finish Sleepy Hollow windmill gown

Nope! Again.  I swear, 2013 is the year!

2) PotC peach gown

Ditto with this!

3) new 18c stays

Yes! I did do this!

4) Something with that red/white striped shantung

Yes! I did do this! I made my own version of the striped Met gown. I was really happy with how this gown turned out. Especially after all the sleeve issues, and that zone front was really difficult to get right.

Curtain-along Gown Done!

I finished my Curtain-along gown, and just in the nick of time as I'd wanted to finish it in 2012!  In case, you don't know what the Curtain-along is, lots of us are making gowns out of this curtain fabric, which comes in lots of different color ways.  You can read more on Jen Thompson's post.

I was inspired by Jenny Rose's ruffled jacket and this period gown:

So here is mine. It's a quarter-back anglaise with a two layered peplum. I like the little apron on it, but I'm not sold on the sleeve flounces.  But they're easy enough to take out.  I had the red ribbon set aside for this project (it came with a batch of craft stuff from my mom a while ago) and then American Duchess put a similar ribbon on hers.  I don't want to be a copy cat, but I like it, so I'm going to keep it. Plus, we're all using the same fabric anyway! ;-)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Annapolis holiday tea

I organized a holiday tea at Reynold's Tavern in Annapolis this past weekend.  We missed those of you who couldn't make it, but the 6 of us who did, had a lovely time!  The food was delicious, the company was good (I don't think we stopped chatting the whole time and it flew by!), we had a Yankee Swap gift exchange where everyone kept the gift they picked...  It was so fun! Here are some pictures!

(Costumes were "Georgian" so we could have people wear regency or 18th century.)


"Gothic" 18th century dress

Sorry the lighting in these isn't the greatest!

But I at least got a few pictures of myself in the "gothic" 18th century gown I made a few months ago. I wore it to a Georgian holiday tea that I organized. I'll have pictures from that in a bit too.

I need to alter the back pieces of my pattern because it's a little big for me now. I think I've done that on my curtain-along gown. I might try to take it in a bit.

Friday, December 14, 2012

1810 Cut Steel Comb

I bought this on ebay Germany (thanks, Julia!) It's a little comb (and it is small) made of horn and cut steel. I adore the crescent moon/arrow motif and it has a little hinge! The comb dates to 1810. I think I got it for a good price too.

Here are a few of the auction pics:

Antique button hook and awl

I found these on etsy, from the same seller. They were each under $15, and I thought they were really neat.

About the awl, the seller says: "Lovely old silver handled awl with embossed decorative handle.
The awl would have been part of a sewing set, probably late Victorian or possibly Edwardian, used for making holes in embroidery or tatting. The handle has a set of English hallmarks: the anchor showing it was made in Birmingham, and the lion showing it was made of silver, but the date letter is unclear. Ornate and very pretty scrolly pattern is embossed. The handle fits a plain steel awl, with a fairly blunt rather than sharp point. . Size 4" (11 cm) long from top to bottom...."

And about the button hook: "Lovely Victorian child's button hook with carved mother of pearl handle. The tool is just 3" (7.5 cm) long, about half which is the metal hook, and half is the elaborately carved handle. The join is covered by a tiny decorative metal band. The button hook was used for pulling tiny boot buttons through small holes. They were often part of sewing sets. This one is so small it was probably a child's, or part of a small travelling set."

I really love both pieces!

Monday, December 10, 2012