Monday, March 20, 2017

So, this is happening...

It may take years, but hey, gotta start sometime! It's one of my favorite gowns and I thought, hey, why the hell not?!

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1991.204a, b

Ah, sigh. I can't wait!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1930's Undies

To go under my beach pyjamas, I needed some era appropriate undies. I chose white crepe de chine, so they would look better under the very obvious facings of the white linen pants. Crepe de chine also has the advantage of sewing easily and it washes well, too. 

These are made up from Mrs. Depew #2023. I am really liking these print at home patterns. So convenient! I like them even more now that I got one of those guillotine paper cutters. Oh my, the cutting of the paper edges goes SO fast now! Highly recommended!

These were done with a mix of machine and hand sewing, so they went together quite fast. The hand sewing was really only needed for the fiddly bits, like the button holes and gusset.

The waistband was faced with self-bias and the hem was just turned up and stitched. I can see these being a lot of fun to make up with a lace hem or embroidery. 

So, after being in the 20's and 30's so many months in a row, I just dove into the giant UFO pile and lined up a selection of things to finish up. Expect to see some 1780's and 1860's coming soon! Back to the really fun stuff!

Have a happy Sunday, all!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

More Beach Pyjamas!

Oh, these are so fun! 

My second set of lounging pyjamas, in polkadot silk crepe de chine, made from Wearing History's Lounging at the Lido pattern

Friday, March 10, 2017

Beach Pyjamas for HSM 3: The Great Outdoors!

For ages I've been in love with beach pyjamas. They have such a great look! I especially love the styles from the 1930's. I've been on a bit of a thirties kick recently...

Well, I took a recent trip to the beach as an excuse to make some. I was only going to make one, but got a little carried away and made two! Yay! One from earlier in the decade and another pyjama outfit from the later 30's. 

Oh, and then I threw in a 1920's negligee (which just looks a heck of a lot like a modern beach coverup) for good measure. It was a very productive couple of weeks! 

Today, I will start with my favorite, the later 30's set.

Monday, February 27, 2017

A 1930's Wool Blanket Coat for HSM 2: Re-make, Re-use, Re-fashion

Oh, I just love this coat! I made it at the beginning of the month and I've already taken it on two trips to quite cold places and have used it again and again at home. 

The coat is made out of a Woolrich blanket and Wearing History's 1930's Ahwahnee Blanket Coat pattern. The blanket was a bit smaller than the blanket size the pattern calls for, so I had to accommodate by not lining the hood. By choice, I went for more of a sweater than a proper coat, with lining and buttons, etc. Very cozy and warm!

Friday, February 24, 2017

A 1920's Coat

Finally, a quick one about the last coat I made. I meant to post this weeks ago, but then got swept up making some 1930's outfits. More to come on that soon, too! 

This was a great coat. Very warm, nice style. The pattern was from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library. Pattern #1078, the 1920's Ladies' Coat. Great Pattern. It went together very well. 

I made up the coat in black Camel, lined in black silk charmeuse. The coat is partially interlined, as per the pattern's directions, with cotton muslin. 

I kept to the pattern, mostly. I added length at the hem to make a long, warm, ankle-covering, winter coat. I also added in-seam pockets at the hips and a nice big pocket in the lining. I also added a loop at the neckline to hang up the coat.

The pattern had some great details, like the interesting way the sleeves were set in, and the slight gathering on the collar. I chose to make the coat collar to match the coat, so it could be an everyday style. For the party, I added a black fox collar that pins on, to dress the coat up. 

I must say, it wasn't the neatest welt pocket I have ever constructed, but I was on such a deadline! I made the coat in about two days! The little button to the left of the pocket is reinforcing the button on the outside of the coat, so it wouldn't pull through the fabric. It's a fairly heavy coat. And sorry about the fur. I even lint rolled it before I took pictures. This thing is a lint magnet! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A 1920's Evening Gown

I had a lot of fun planning my outfit for the Gatsby Ball. It was a completely new decade for me, and was very interesting to research. Considering last year I spent so much time in the 1910's, it was interesting to see the progression of fashion a decade later.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HSM #1: 1920's Undies

The Challenge: Firsts and Lasts

Material: Silk crepe de chine, silk satin, silk charmeuse, cotton sateen, elastic and lace.

Pattern: Mrs. Depew #2030 for the Bandeau, Truly Victorian 1913 Corset (heavily modified) for the girdle, and self drafted patterns for the envelope chemise and slip.

Year: 1925-29

Notions: Silk and cotton threads, corset busk, hooks and eyes, buttons

How historically accurate is it? Spot on, to the best of my knowledge.

Hours to complete: A couple weeks.

First worn: Dardanella's Gatsby Ball

Total cost: I'm not sure. Most of the fabric was from my stash. Things I bought specifically for the project were some suspender grips and very small buttons for the envelope chemise's tab.


I suppose I should start from the inside out. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Gatsby Ball

This past weekend I had the good fortune to be able to attend Dardanella's Gatsby Inaugural Ball in Washington DC. But never fear, dear readers, there was nothing political about it! 

Just a lovely, non-partisan, 1920's themed ball held in the beautiful National Portrait Gallery. There was live music, dancing, cocktails and even the chance to tour the museum and see portraits of Presidents past.