rock the frock

correct shape or trick of the eye?

I am also finding it hard to trust all staged images, as there is a tendency to pouff out draped fabrics when they should fold inwards. I wonder how many people remember the infamous natural form pattern? The Simplicity 4244 pattern with the paniers turned out and padded? The original has the area padded out …

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seeing double- are these both worth?

Philadelphia Museum of Art Left & right: Woman’s Evening Dress: Bodice and Skirt (1978-2-1a,b and 1978-2-2a,b) Left vs right: Worth vs Artist/maker unknown, American. Left & vs right: Worn by Mrs. Ernest Fenollosa These are much too closely matched to be coincidence and were worn by the same woman. Nearly identical in cut, the brocade gown …

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books galore and well..

So my books are already winging their way from Central Basement (where all the cool books live.) and I did fond at least one maybe two online references from the Worth bibliography. Still no sign of The cloud pattern nor The ray pattern. There are stars though (yuss!!) but the clouds prove elusive. And then …

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whoops, fell into a research rabbit warren

In order to figure out history of the gown I wound up with dozens of reference notes about the production of garments and how there are multiple copies and why. I still haven’t found the specific references I want (all secondary atm) but enough to feel confident in several statements made. But there are some conflicting …

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1840-1910 movies & tv

why one must use all resources!

After removing all the dye from my Sunburst silk I had another look at the information available. I wanted to see what the silk would do as UV light worked on the last remaining colour remover molecules. before even thinking about dyeing it. I can’t dye the skirt, it has already been fused to a …

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1500-1600 comics & cartoons movies & tv musicals

sewing day

I wound up breaking out the overlocker all day instead of working on horns. Which was probably wise. The rain is still leaving everything damp so curing would be risky. So I zipped around the edges of my Worth sunburst skirt (the satin is so perfectly buttery that it was just nice to do!) and …

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the other victorian projects

I keep coming back to a very small handful I really want to work on, and realised I have a major love for very stark gowns. I mean Sunburst or not on that skirt that gown would be on my Must Make list anyway.   Virginie Gautreux by JS Sargent and Rose Caron by Toulmouche. I …

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1840-1910 garment construction

the books arrived

While I was at the library the Ultimaker was also there XD It felt brilliant being able to talk historic costume nerding while also talking about the printer and the software to use it. Just fun 🙂 Also it’s a nice size machine so seeing it in person means potentially being able to plan to get …

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solidot- rbabit hole of reseacrh

http://www.trademarkia.com/solidot-72191450.html PIECE GOODS MADE OF NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC TEXTILE MATERIALS, AND PIECE GOODS MADE OF PLASTICS OF THE KIND USED FOR MAKING UP INTO ARTICLES COMMONLY MADE OF FIBROUS TEXTILES, ALL COATED WHOLLY OR PARTLY WITH THERMOPLASTIC RESINS, THE PIECE GOODS PREDOMINATING, AND BEING GOODS FOR USE BY LAMINATION FOR STIFFENING OR REINFORCING So yes, …

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solidot

It is real! http://sewingchest.co.uk/pdf/p19-Interfacing.pdf Cotton woven with PVC dot resin is what is commonly called Solidot and is probably one of the oldest interfacings still used today. Woo!!! I am very lucky to have just enough for my Sunburst as what I have I cannot find any more. What I have is a very well …

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