mini Marie – finished!

I think she ended up pretty cute.  the pom-pom shoes are particularly a favorite part of mine.  I added the over-skirt in the end because the dress was looking too plain, and the neckerchief because the neck was looking too plain (and for, well, accuracy. :p)  but I like how she turned out.  everything is made of felt, except for the neckerchief which is made of a scrap of cotton voile and some vintage lace I found laying around.  the hair was a bitch, though.  turns out felt won’t hold a curl, who knew?  but I faked it with some hot glue.

in retrospect, the only thing I wish I’d done differently was to put wire inside the body, so that she’d be posable.  on her own she doesn’t stand up that well, so maybe more petticoats as well?


mini Marie Antoinette

some in-progress pics of what I’m making my mum for Mother’s Day this year.  she loves all things Marie Antoinette, so I was pondering over what to get her this year, when I remembered I had piles of felt laying around waiting to be used up.

she’s mostly done; the sleeves are all I have left of the body, and of course she needs a head.  I based her gown off the blue gown with the red belt from the movie, which has always been a favorite of mine, and one I do someday want to recreate in full.  I have to say, it was fun to make it in miniature.

I based the doll body off the patterns at Nuno Life.  I wasn’t thinking ahead, so I made the body round, and then thought, how am I going to make this dress look right?  the answer: stays, of course!  they’re even spiral-laced in the back, to be period-accurate, because I’m a geek.  (of course, she’s glaringly lacking a shift to be really accurate, but I didn’t want it to be bulky.)  the gown, in fact, is en fourreau, as well for accuracy.

will post some more pics when she’s finished.  hopefully better quality pics.  I couldn’t find a good place to photograph this, since my place is a disaster area at the moment.  I’m moving in a few weeks and there’s crap everywhere D:  in light of that, I’m not going to try taking on any big projects until after I’m moved, but I already know what I want my first one to be: an edwardian corset.  I’ve started gathering supplies and I’m itching to get working on it, but I have to stop myself.  eek. >_<

convertible top

a top I whipped up today after finding this fabric on clearance at JoAnn and falling in love.  It’s so bold, such a fun colour!  it’s a nice stretchy jersey, so I felt I had to make a convertible top.  I had to fudge it a bit, since I only had 1.5 yards, but it turned out alright.  I cut four by 1.5 yard strips and sewed them together to make two by 3 yard, so there’s a seam halfway down each strip, but it doesn’t bother me much.

If I tie it the wrong way, you can see the seams, but oh well.  I just love the stripes, the colour.  the fabric is really light and airy, which I love for a summer top – I have two convertible dresses already, and they’re both fairly heavy.  my tying options are limited, anyway, because my chest is so big – I found that out the hard way the first time I made one of these.  so I made the overlap wider than usual and figured I can wrap it to hide the seams.

18th c. undergarments

here’s some evidence of my lack of follow-through… :/

my half-finished set of 18th century underwear.  shift made from unbleached plain linen, pretty simple.  a striped linen petticoat, a la Katherine’s Dress Site, which I loved the look of so much that I simply copied it.  my stays, as you may be able to tell, are not yet finished; I have to attach the straps still, and they are unbound because my first attempt at binding was too sloppy for my standards, and I haven’t yet redone the job.  the stays are made of two inner layers of cotton muslin, a lining of some very soft white cotton material that I had laying around (probably not period accurate, but, well.) and the outer is a rose-coloured shot silk (not, in retrospect, the best choice for my first try at making stays… but if foresight was 20/20, the world would be so dull ;D)  they’re far from perfect, but for my first real attempt at stays, I’m pleased.  I made up the pattern myself, and it’s sort of a mishmash of a few different patterns that I’d seen before.  the boning in the stays, just to note, is made from plastic packing strips that I got from the garbage at work, for free.  certainly not period accurate, but cheap and convenient :3

I’d like to make another set of stays before I take a crack at a gown, just because I’m sort of a perfectionist.  as for accuracy, however… well, I’m loathe to pay for boning when we’ve just got piles of the stuff laying around at work that just gets thrown away, and is exactly the same size, width, and consistency of corset boning.  I guess we’ll see how the budget is looking when I get there…

I’ll update when I’ve finished off this set of underclothes; hopefully with some pictures of me actually wearing them.  I’ll be honest, they’re not much to look at on their own, but on the dressform, somehow they manage to look even worse…

Jasmine petticoat.


quick pic of a petticoat I made some while ago.  I made this to go under a Jasmine costume, which I made out of a gorgeous raspberry purple silk crepe, but which had the unfortunate habit of clinging to my shins and riding up.  I needed something to give the skirt some shape, but just natural shape, so I made this out of some leftover cotton muslin.  it turned out a bit heavy – not ideal for the costume I was wearing it with – but I rather like how it hangs and swishes.  I think it will be better suited for a more substantial costume – a victorian bustle dress, if I ever get around to that project.

as far as construction goes, it’s just two strips of muslin for the skirt, and three much longer ones for the ruffles.  ties with a ribbon I happened to have nearby.  the only thing worth noting is that the drawstring only goes halfway around – one half of the petticoat is entirely flat while the other half is gathered.  that’s just because I wasn’t planning ahead and had to add a panel of fabric to the back side at the last minute, but it turned out alright because the extra surface area will help it to fit better over a bustle, should I end up making one. :p

about time!

welp!  my new dress form arrived yesterday (love you, Amazon!  so quick!) and I thought it was about time I got my shit together and made something of this blog.  I’ve got a massive backlog of crap I’ve made that I’d like to get up here eventually, but I’ll start with just one.

I used’s peasant blouse pattern, although I modified it quite a bit to my liking.  I made the neckline a drawstring and cut the sleeves short, and I lengthened the torso, using the selvedge as a hem.  I used cotton voile, which I just love, for this shirt.  the torso pieces are doubled up, and the sleeves are a single layer.  this is the perfect summer shirt for me – light and breezy, can be dressed up with jeans or worn loose and free over a bikini.  it also, though not period correct, could be used as a chemise when I ever get around to working on my costumes again.  I feel like making a half dozen more so that I have a full set 😀