I’ve been working on the corset I promise. Scout’s Honor. It is taking me longer then usual because, in a fit of “well it isn’t that much work” I decided to sew the corset, boning channels and eyelets and so forth all by hand with silk thread. This is not so much an exercise in… Read More A Pair of Bodies: Construction Part 2 – Sewing the Boning Channels.
Skirts! Skirts can be what makes or breaks a costume. Too little and it looks odd, too much and you spend hours on end trying to pleat it down to size. As skirts take up the most fabric I decided to cut them first, knowing I could squeeze the bodice and sleeves from the off… Read More The Red Pisa Gown: Skirts
After laying out the fabric I traced my pattern on to the drill and sateen then cut it out. I left all the seam allowances in place (Which I will cut down later then I bind it.) save for the back, which I extended by an inch as I plan to fold that over as… Read More Pair of Bodies: Construction Part 1
After looking through my closet, under the bed and other places that my costume end up hiding I realized I never got around to making a late Elizabethan corset or pair of bodies. A tragedy that must be remedied. The Tudor Tailor book has three or four patterns for late Elizabethan corsets, but as with… Read More A Pair of Bodies
We all have old projects lurking in the back of the closet, things we made when the scissors were still fresh and sharp and we knew just enough about sewing to be dangerous. They are given away. They no longer fit and gather dust as we move on to new projects, better fabrics. This… Read More Pink Kirtle
I pad-stitched my layers of bombast (warm and natural cotton quilt batting) together, leaving the seam allowances intact. I don’t know if the stitching will cause the layers to shrink, and I can always trim them down later. I am only padding out the front of the bodice, one layer going over the bust and… Read More The Red Pisa Gown: Building the Bodice Part 2
I took out my bodice block and traced off the pattern, tweaking it along the way. I cut a new mock up out of muslin/calico and fitted it. I don’t have any photos of the fitting, as I’ve been using the bodice block for some time now and finally have it more or less fitting… Read More The Red Pisa Gown: Building the Bodice Part 1
A few years ago, ok actually make that five years ago? A drool worthy book called “Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo e la sua influenza”, hit the shelves and sent many costumers and researchers into a fit of joyous ecstasy. I was one of them, however I didn’t have the… Read More The Red Pisa Gown
Several months ago www.fabric.com was having a wonderful sale and I was able to snag some dark coral silk taffeta for a song. It came in the mail and I petted it and held back the urge to roll in it like a colt in the grass. (Taffeta wrinkles, grass does not.) So I stuck… Read More When silk taffeta comes home to roost.
A few weekends ago I visited my local Ren faire, how could I resist when the weekend theme was Italian Carnival? This dress is a few years old now but I finally have decent photos of it which can be found here in the costume section.