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    Entries in DeeanneGist hoop victorian trousseau (4)

    Friday
    Dec102010

    Etsy, interesting

    Amongst other things that I am sewing on this winter, I decided I could squeeze in a trousseau... or two.  Scott Philo and I were talking about Etsy yesterday, and I got the idea that I could put my trousseaus up on the site.  I have bought several things from it, and generall enjoy shopping there.  I will be interested to see if it generates any questions at the least, a trousseau or two will also be acceptable. *grin*

    In case your life would not be complete without a Mid-Victorian hoop trousseau like Deeanne Gist's in Victorian Romance, or a Bustle-era trousseau like Sharon Thompson's, here is my Etsy site.

    Cheers and Happy Holidays!

     

    Tuesday
    May252010

    We have a trousseau...-ish

    This is a close-up of the fabric I used in Deeane Gist's trousseau for the chemise and drawers.  It really is white, but that is a hard color to photograph when the camera demands flash. This macro image shows thge embroidery and pintucks that really make this fabric special.  I have posted an update to her page here.  Check out that process, and the pieces involved. 

    In other costuming news I finished and sent off the last of the couched pieces to Dianna for beading.  I have the lining for that over skirt coming, and will be finishing up the beading on the forepart.  I want to get the skirt done first as it is the most difficult to fit, and will have hours of cartridge pleating to complete.  I am really good at those now! *grin*

    So in the last 2 weeks I am in Georgia, I need to complete a ball gown, and get all the beading done.  Fun and excitement!.

    Sunday
    May092010

    Elliptical Hoops, partlets, and petticoats...Oh My!

    This past week in Waisted time.  We left our intrepid heroine stitching away, and that is just how she spent her week.  I finished the Elizabethan partlet.  It is simple and elegant, and soon to be shipped with its German style skirt, which I can now put together since the flatlining finally showed up.  There will be pictures of that soon. Here is a close-up of the collar with ties I wove myself.

    There has been more couching on the O'Connor overskirt.  I have one last piece to pinish, and it is sooooo tedious, but will be done, and in the mail this week! so there. -smile-

    Also started working on the petticoat for Deeanne Gist, and stopped, because doing that before I made the Elliptical hoop would be...stupid.  Luckily, just as I came to that brilliant conclusion, the boning, strapping, belting, and buckle arrived in the mail.  The flooding in TN slowed EVERYTHING down.  Now though, with all the pieces and parts, we can start.

     

    Holy crap!  These things are time consuming!  The marking, the cutting, and measuring.  WOW!  I was thinking there would be an easier way to do these in the future, but no...not so much.  The marks are a "guide" do NOT get most of the way done before you put it on the mannequin.  Oi! 

    The first part with the just round hoops wasn't so bad.  They all went together well.  The bag works great.  It gets to looking all impressive, and then there us a snag.  The strapping does not line up well.  So, after some cut stitches, and repositioning of strapping on the bones, it looks like a hoop.  It required some balancing, but I am very happy with it. 

    I cannot imagine having this thing entirely together with pins, before you  finally stitch it, but that is how I will have to do it next time.  Oh well, now I know better.  I am very pleased with it so far.  It really is pure genious.  Acttually makes me want one...a lot!

    I played with the petticoat pieces, and it ought to look fabulous!  I have this really great vintage eyelet in off-white embroidered in white, and I cant wait for that to be done.  It will be SO pretty!

    Here is a little picture of the trimming for the day gown.  You can see the photo of the original here.  I think I got pretty close!  Tried for the life of me, to find striped velvet ribbon, but I was completely unsuccessful. Sigh! Oh well.

    Well I am off to bed so I can get back to work.  Some Excalibur stuff in the morning, and then finishing the hoop, German skirt, more couching, Garibaldi bouse, corset drafting, corset making, more couching, petticoat finishing, chemise, drawers, finish couching!, shop for more fabric, swatches, order trim....phew! That is a lot to do, I am REALLY going to go to bed, now! 

    Cheers!

     

    Saturday
    May012010

    Continuing sewing madness

    Hello everyone!  Being a sewing fiend is a lot of work.  The past couple of weeks have been all playing catch-up.  Alomost done with all the couching for the O'Connor overskirt.  Finished three corsets. Two Elizabethan's for friends in TX, and got Lisa's corset finished.

    We now have a Facebook fanpage! There is a button at the bottom of the page or click the link to go 'LIKE' Waisted Efforts.  Tell all your friends! 

    This next week will get even more involved.  I took a new commission for an award winning Romance novelist. She even blogged about here.  She has an event in September at the Biltmore where a Victorian clothing expert will dress and undess her showing and explaining all the layers.  I am making her an entire outfit, and will currently be working on the underwear.  There will be a diary for her as well in the Currently on the Table page...as soon as I make one. :-)  Here is a link to the dress she wishes to reproduce.

    I have loved this dress for awhile.  It is one of the few hoop dresses that I really like.  It is a pleasure to make one that will get so much love and wear.  Amusingly, it is also the dress that was picked for last years Single Pattern Project by Your Wardrobe Unlock'd.  Oh well, better late....