May. 24th, 2010

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Hey Folks! Back in town but not caught up yet. Here's a quick snapshot of my work-in-progress 18th century zone-front gown from Burnley and Trowbridge's "“Quarter Back…Folded Front or Drawstring” An 18th century Gown of the Last Quarter" class.

What you see below is about 2 1/2 days' work,... starting from a pile of fabric. It's all handsewn! The gown still needs the rest of it's skirt, sleeves, petticoat and trim... and has a good deal of stitching left on it, but at least you can see how well the bodice is fit to my stays (corset) and can imagine how nice the final gown will look, right? :) The basic shape will look like this gown when it's done.

Fitting the bodice and sleeves (which we completed) is the hardest part to do (impossible) to do by yourself. So I'm really happy to have this done. Another weekend of work and I'll probably be done with it,... but not sure when I'll have time with Fanime next weekend and all.

My rough idea for the completion of it is a matching fabric petticoat, self-fabric buttons down the front of the bodice,... and am debating doing a self (frayed) gathered trim to show off the bright colors of the threads in the weave of the fabric... and maybe layer that trim with a dark metallic lace if I can find one.

It was a really really interesting class. The teacher, Janea Whitacre, taught us to drape (from scratch... no patterns) on each other to make our own gowns according to our taste and our body shape. And she taught us how to do this and finish the gowns in the historical way (ie construction like they did back then, hand stitching like they did, etc...) She brought a couple exact reproduction gowns to the class, too. It was really interesting to see the different methods of putting things together... and know that modification and mistakes were made back then, too... so we, as modern seamstresses can make mistakes and alter things..., and still be "historically correct"... knock this up in the "Call it battle damage" category of costume problem solving.
We learned A LOT and I'm gradually getting more comfortable with draping on the body from scratch. It's really just too bad that I can't drape -myself- without a second pair of hands.

Judy did a sherbet-colored stripe with a buttery yellow solid contrasting zone-front gown. She did the classic quarter-back style and I did mine en fourreau (where the back is cut as one solid piece and pleated to shape to the body).
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CAN'T STAND IT. LOVE THIS ROSE SO MUCH. This is my baby Sombreuil's first bloom. It is a climbing white old tea rose (1851?). I planted it in early Feb as a David Austin bareroot (even though it's not a DA rose,... it's an older rose). I can't even imagine how beautiful it will be when it gets bigger and is climbing my-yet-to-be-bought arbor. :D :D
DA Jude the Obscure is also blooming and smells divine.


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