Sunday, May 23, 2010

The last of the aprons

Well, all of the sewing is over for the Old Court Days Festival.  I will drive up to Madison, IN on Thursday to set up my booth, but the actual festival starts Friday.  I'm a little nervous about having all of my ducks in a row before then, but for the most part, I am just relieved that all of sewing is finished.

I'm going to have a raffle at the festival for one of my aprons, but there is a slight twist.  People will have the opportunity to put their names in the raffle when they donate money to help Danielle and Curtis Rogers, two missionaries I know in Haiti that work for Northwest Haiti Christian Missions.  These two are doing some amazing work in Haiti, not only are they building up an orphanage, but they are training the Haitians to be self sufficient through farming, and technology that is affordable and energy efficient.  Check out their blog, here. For every $5.00 people at the festival donate, I will make a uniform outfit for one of the Haitian orphans at the mission.  The money collected will go completely to the cost of making the uniform, and anything left over will be sent over to the mission.  I'm really excited about the opportunity to do this, and I will be sure to post more about this after the festival.

Curtis and Danielle Rogers

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The last of the purses

These are the last purses that will be made for the art fair. I have three more aprons to make (that are already cut out) before next weekend. Wow, what craziness these last few weeks have been! I think I will be glad when the art fair is done.

  I've made a couple of large ones this time.  Perfect for those of us that like to carry around everything but the kitchen sink.  The first one is probably one of my favorites...I love the fabric.

You can see the close-up detail of the purse at the bottom.  These sort of flowers/button appliques are what I'm putting on all of my purses and aprons.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sense and Sensibility

One of my favorite Regency Pattern Websights has recently undergone a total makeover. Sense and Sensibility Patterns, by Mrs. Jennie Chancey, is beautifully redone! Dance your way on over and check out the new sight! I have to say that if it wasn't for the help of Mrs. Chancey, and the many expert seamstresses and costumiers on the S&S Forum, I wouldn't be nearly as far along in my costuming adventures as I am now. Thanks, Ladies!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Count Down to Art and Craft Fair

The Old Court Days, Arts and Crafts Fair in Madison, IN is in 2 weeks. I'm scrambling around trying to squeeze in more purses and aprons in between all of the Regency Outfits I am making. Here are a few more that have made it through the madness.  The first two are children's aprons; all the rest are adult sized.  Only one purse is represented here, but I have about 6 or 7 others cut out and ready to be sewn.

I've been adding some embellishments to all of my aprons and purses.  They aren't represented in the photographs, but most of the items I make are decorated artistically with vintage buttons and/or flowers made of fabric.  I will take some photographs of the finished embellishments when the fair comes around, and post them then.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Round Gown Petticoat

I whipped up the linen petticoat that Laura will be wearing under the round gown.  I didn't want to go all out and make a "bodice" petticoat...I just didn't think it was necessary.  And I have seen a few petticoats on line that were made like this one, and thought I would give it a try.  It really isn't difficult at all!

Here's what I did.

I used two, underbust to floor length pieces of 60" fabric.  One for the front, and one for the back.  The piece that I used for the back, I cut in half lengthwise down the middle.  I sewed the cut edges of the back pieces to the selvage edges of the front piece, forming side seams.  Next, I sewed up the back seam, stopping about 6" from the top, to give Laura some room to get into the petticoat. (these edges were selvage edges, so I left them unfinished.)  Then, I ran two rows of long gathering stitches across the top edge of the front piece, and the top edges of the two back pieces, stopping about a 1/4" from the seams/edges.

I then made a long waist band, long enough to be able to go around the underbust or ribcage and have some left over to tie in the back.  I made the kind that you fold in half lengthwise, then fold the edges into the middle and press.  I gathered the top of the skirt, and carefully pinned it all inside of the waist band, and stitched all the way down the band, going across the gathers. 

Last but not least, I made two wide straps, and sewed one end of each strap to the inside of the side/front area of the waist band.  I'm waiting for Laura to come and try it on before I attach the back of the petticoat straps.  This way, they fit her body perfectly.

My Husband's Regency Attire

I am planning on making my husband, and my friend Laura's  husband complete outfits for the Jane Austen Festival this summer put on by JASNA  in Louisville. 
The fabric is in, the shirts are made, and now, I'm on to the Waistcoat, Trousers and Frock Coat.  I wanted to post some pictures that are inspirations to me in this project.  Laura is posting on her blog about her inspiration for fabric choices, so I will comment only on my husband's attire at this point.
This picture is the inspiration for the outer Frock Coat.  It's double breasted Navy Blue wool with a contrasting collar in deep blue velvet.

This painting is the inspiration for the Waistcoat (the vest).  It is also double breasted and will be made with Ivory Silk Voile on the front and facing, but lined in linen.  Also, the back will be made with linen too, for ease of wear in the summer heat.

I've considered making the breeches in this painting as well.  However, the ones he is wearing in this portrait are leather riding breeches, and I'm definitely not making leather breeches.  The color is very similar, though, to the wool I will be using.  If I go with breeches instead of trousers, my husband's will look like the riding breeches above.  If not, then they will look like the trousers below.  Breeches will be much more difficult, because I will have to alter the pattern quite a bit.

The patterns I'm using can be found herehere and  here.