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    Almost that time again...


    Hi there!  I finally have the time and the internet to post an update.  -grin-  Above you see one of the projects that I actually remembered to get pictures of this Spring.  This is my dear friend Starr's newly decorated bodice.  Last year for Dickens I was unable to get all the handwork completed on it so gave her the blue moiré bodice to wear sans trim to wear for the weekend.  This is the bodice that goes with the dress that I was reproducing from a dress that resides at the MET.

     You can see here how the trim looks with the whole dress here.  The only real difference being that our dress is silk and moiré instead of wool, so on the skirt where the pleated trim looks fringed and the same color, I actually used the rust silk there as well, but the horizontal lines are satin ribbon instead,  This gives a visual texture difference as opposed to color.  

    I spent about 8 days putting this trim on in by hand.  The strips are bias, and there was a lot of tweaking to get them to lay nicely as well not stretch too much and not bind.  I needed these to NOT hinder the movement of the finished bodice or change its relative size.  

    As an aside to this I finally watched and caught up with all 7 seasons of Doctor Who while I was doing the hand sewing. (I watch very little TV and had not seen any DW since 2005). Totally appropriate really when Starr is also a huge fan. -grin-

    In another note, the buttons are vintage.  My lovely friend Eide had them on her etsy site.  They are 3/8" copper back cut steel with oak leaves and acorns as the motif.  They are perfect!


    For more pictures of the finished bodice from more angles than necessary please go look at the Flickr tag Starr.





    And now onto the Wedding this year.  Meet Emily Soens née Gormican and Kevin Soens.  Kevin had his gorgeous 3-piece suit made for him by Dandy's suits in Austin.  We saw them at Dickens last year, and they do great work as well as being super friendly.  I have personally seen 3 of their suits, and they have all looked fantastic as well as fit extremely well.  They have a great eye for detail.

    For Emily, she has a huge love for vintage clothes and the Victorian era, so she leapt right down the rabbit-hole with glee!

    I made for her an entire trousseau of bloomers, camisole, corset, and petticoat in a lovely ecru with vintage lace.  Her two Naturalform dresses were also intended to be worn at other functions.  This way they could be more fun, and less strictly bridal.  The day dress which she wore for pre-wedding photos is a French brocade reminiscent of 18th century designs with dark copper metallic lace over an underskirt of celadon blue silk with velvet ribbon trim.

    The wedding dress is a buff taffeta polonaise trimmed in applied ivory lace with vintage glass buttons.  At the back of the skirt at the bustled points are two detachable blue velvet ribbons with two more buttons.  This is then worn over the same blue underskirt.

    We have plans of potentially adding another bodice to the pieces that is for fancier evening events like the Ball at Dickens, but for now they both look stunning!

    If you would like to see some more pictures of Emily's dresses from their final fitting, please look at their flickr Set Gormican/Soens Wedding.  

    Now, it is about that time again to start sewing like mad for Dickens.  I have some really pretty dresses about to be made.  I will do my best to at least document parts of their building.  I often do updates on Facebook at my fan page Waisted Efforts, more regularly than here.  So, check in frequently and feel free to comment.  

    see you soon! Cheers!


    Gently Worn Dresses for Sale


    My dear friend Missie has some dresses that have shrunk!  Imagine that :-)  I made these for her a few years ago, and she only had two or three chances to wear them before the horrible shrinking occured.  This is a great opportunity to have two stunning custom made gowns immediatly, and at great prices.  You can see their information, measurements, and prices at their Gallery page here.

    Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.

    I fixed the above link finally!  I had to actually right some HTML!  Not my favorite. :-P Works now though! :-)


    Here are a couple of pictures of Missie in the purple dress.


    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!




    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! :-)