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.
How cool is this? CUT! Costume and the Cinema “Walk through five centuries of cinematic couture. Experience the history of style and history itself. Breathe in the sumptuous fabrics. Step into the shoes of famous film stars. An experience like no other awaits visitors to the exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema. The films represented… Read More Movie Costume Exhibit in St. Petersburg Florida
I finished my English fitted gown and it now has its own section in the costume gallery. There is no dress diary this time as it was a stop and go project that I worked on when I had time. I am working on adding other costumes to the gallery as well, it is just… Read More Site Updates
A few years ago I had a chance to go to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Amidst the Baroque art, circus memories, and lush grounds there was a small collection of miniatures that caught my eye. At first glance I thought “Pift, I’ve seen Hillard’s work no one can compare.” Then I looked closer… Read More Tiny Marvels
I finally finished off my wool kirtle, which started out as the Lady with a Unicorn dress. It slowly evolved into something a bit different thanks to some mishaps with the pattern layout I was using and some over enthusiastic scissors. I am wearing it over my Tudor shift as I have yet to make… Read More A wrap up post: The Lady with the Unicorn
Proof I’ve been sewing and not trying to hibernate through the winter!