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    Monday
    Jun182012

    Georgia on My Mind

    The Georgia Renaissance Festival is my first show of the year.  I do not generally sew for anyone there, so it is where I have a chance to catch up.  This year I received a few orders right before I went to Georgia, and they are what I worked on. No cath-up this time.  To the left here, is part of Vicki's new 1860's Sheer Ensemble.  I made for her a day and ball top as well as the matching skirt set and hat. 

    This was a really fun order.  It gave me a chance to try out several 'new to me' techniques, and they all worked out great! I love the sheer fabric, and the day top with the built in short sleeved corset-cover is adorable.  I also made my first straw hat from scratch.  I am completely in love! I cannot wait to make loads of straw hats.  They look fantastic, are lighter weight, and much faster.  I like fast and still fabulous!  For more pictures of Vicki's lovely ensemble you can check out her flickr set.

    Another dress that was finished at GA was a very cute young ladies dress for 1893.  It is a whole lot of pink silk.  I lucked across some pink silk houndstooth suiting, silk faille, and cotton velvet.  All the pieces came out so cute I have a new appreciation for the color.  I was even able to locate some matching straw to make her hat on Ebay!  I did learn that narrower straw takes longer to make a hat. -grin-  Love it! You can see more pictures of the entire ensemble as well as the hat

    on the Flickr page.  I will be updating about the purpose of this dress and it's wearer soon.  Exciting stuff!!

    I made some adjustments to Deeanne's dress for the Titanic tea.  We re-draped the lace and gave it a tassel.  I have to say this is MUCH prettier.  Of course I do not have a picture of it. -sigh-  I was trying to hard to get it finished and mailed back for her event!  There will be pictures soon though.  Unless you are going to RomCon where you can see it in person. :-)

    Lets, see what else did I make?  There was loads of repairs for friends.  A couple of choli tops.  I finally finished that batch of corsets.  Four of them are for Dicken's this year, so I really needed to get them done, so there could be fittings. 

    I also had my first foray into modern clothing in forever!  My friend Linda is going to her niece's wedding in August and I am going to make her an arty coat, slacks, and blouse for the event.  The mockups were in linen, and they turned out well enough to keep and finish as well! 

    Well I am home for a little while, but I still need to sew.  There will be a couple of petticoats to match the corsets, and a new costume for the husband to fight in in MD.  So, I am off to sew!

    ~Cheers!

     

    Sunday
    Mar182012

    One lump, or two? A Titanic Tea

    Here is the long awaited update to the Edwardian dress I have been working on for Deeanne Gist.  It is on its way to her currently, and I can't wait to see pictures of her in it!

    There are loads more pictures on Flickr in the High Tea set.

    In other news, I am starting today the 1860's dress for a new customer from the blue and white cotton I put up.  It will have a day and an evening top. 

    Also, our dear friend Laura is going to give the plaid polonaise a home, and we will be making that this year at Bristol!

    And finally, the Ermine capelet has found a new home.  I hope she loves it as much as I did.  Keep an eye out here on the For Sale tab, as I periodically sell off bits from my own collection or dresses I have made.

    Thanks so much for keeping up with us despite the long periods between updates!  Please feel free to comment on the posts themselves.  I would love to get some feedback so I know if you actually like that kind of detail, or would prefer less bombast and more pictures! :-)

    ~Cheers!

    Friday
    Feb172012

    Look, Who got Published!

    Yup! The O'Connors are one of three winners in the Renaissance Magazines Wedding Photo Contest.  How awesome is that?  They look just marvelous.  Selfishly, my favorite picture is the one with the Barkers and the O'Connors together.  Lots of Waisted Efforts goodness all in one. :-)  Congratulations, O'Connors!

     

    On a DPP 2012 note; I did not enter this year.  I just had too many things get in the way for me to meet the deadline.  I am super excited to see the entries tomorrow!  I am still making the dress for Deeanne, and will soon have pictures up to prove it. -grin-  The fabrics are SO incredibly awesome.  Still trying to decide what hat to make.  There are several choices, and so many neato ways to go.  Look back soon for those updates.

    Till then goodluck to all the entrants in the DPP this year.  May the bestest dress and underwear bits win!

     

    Cheers!

    Monday
    Jan162012

    Please, Sir, May I have some more...?

    This is one of several new things I have added to Empty Dresses.  This is the picture I made for the teagown offerings I have. 

    I have larger versions of all the pictures, so if you can't see something you might be interested in, please let me know.

    There are  other delightful bits of dress candy as well, so go check it out!

     

    In other news, I recently finished a dress for a client in CA that I only ever saw once, but also needed the dress at the speed of light for this past weekend be SteamPunk Con on the Queen Mary.  That would have been fun!  I have always wanted to see the Queen Mary.  It would be an awesome place to do pictures. 

    I was able to get her her dress  on time, and it fit like a glove.  You're always worried on a remote order that things will somehow go awry.  I am glad to say though, that in this instance, everything worked out perfectly.  So let's get to the fun part and some pictures.

    Okay, so I was obviously going for Naturalform.  It is black velvet and several different bronze fabrics.  The glass buttons and the moire ribbon are both vintage.

    The double-breasted vest is purely decorative but does actually button over the functional closure.

    And, the cutest thing ever! I was able to make her reticule out of the left-over pleating from the skirt.  :-) Love that! 

    Now I am off to make more mundane pieces, shirts, vests, camisoles, and the like.  I am looking forward to not working at a Dickens pace this week!

     

    ~Cheers

    Monday
    Jan022012

    A Rewarding Endeavor

    I just found out the the O'Connors (right) are one of six finalist couples to be considered for the Renaissance Magazine Wedding issue for 2012.  How cool is that!?  It sure was a lot of work, but I love the final outcome.  You can check out the making of their outfits here on their journal.

    Also, in the vein of having too many dresses, and too much fabric with which to make other dresses... I am selling my cream polonaise outfit seen here.  Please email me if you have any questions. Piles of info on this page.  It will include the hat and gloves. 

    Cheers!