I’ve added a small gallery of photos depicting the different types of pleating and gathering I’ve used in various costumes. I hope this will work as a quick reference guide for types of fabric, types of pleating, and the various looks each type gives. This will be expanded on as I make and photograph more… Read More Pleats and Gathers Reference
I’m still here, I’ve just been on vacation! I went on a fabric shop hop with my SO’s mum, she quilts and after looking at so many cotton prints I think I am starting to get the quilting bug as well. But, it being me I don’t want to do something simple and easy. The… Read More Oh look *another* shiny new hobby
See, I told you I have been working on them. Photographic evidence. Which hopefully will never end up being used in any court of law. That would be really weird if it was. Seriously.
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