"Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?" - Northanger Abbey

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jane Austen Festival 2014 - the Report - part 2

Well on the 2nd day after having the B&B owner take out photo and catching the bis into town we stopped for lunch at the Georgian Tea Rooms. Where there was a live pianist.

The cake was so yummy it dissapeared before I could take a photo! lol!
Then we strolled over to the Holbourne Museum for the tour we had pleanty of time so had a nose around. Then realised I had left tickets back at the B&B. So we rushed back to the TIC to ask if we could get replacement tickets. The 'box office' was closed but the lady in the shop phoned up and found out that our names were on the list so it would be ok. So we then had to rush back to the museum. Phew!
The lady giving the tour on the 'pleasure gardens' was very informative and it was nice that she had dressed up.

 Lots of standing on bridges....
 One of the views...
...and vistas.
 We walked beside the canal. The building on top has a hatch so they could drop stuff onto boats coming past.
 We were shown the old 'grotto' that may have been part of the maze at sydney gardens...


 Under the bridge...
 We saw a few canal boats too.

 some more of the archetechture...
 then we took a windy walk back to the river and pultney bridge.
 And the tour ended at the parade gardens.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Steampunk 8th Doctor - Latest incarnation!

So I started out with using what I had already. The tea dyed shirt. The green waistcoat. The cravat. The green skirt.
I also upgraded my steampunk sonic. Adding some wire and 'gems'. I also took a broken watch that was on a necklace, snapped off the front cover then glued a safety pin to the back (so I can use it as tie pin) and set it to just before 12.00midnight.
I also restyled a cheap wig. Trimming the fringe and curling it. Then platting the rest then folding it over at back and sewing in place leaving curls to show on top. I also added a green ribbon.

Now back to the skirt I have several options: I can either use green skirt alone


That's when I had a lightbulb moment. I'll make it into a bustle dress. So I added a peplum to the back of the waistcoat, a ruffle to the skirt hem and made a bustle support.

I also found an old watch chain, added a key to it. Sewing it to one of the waistcoat 'points' and then used a safety pin to attached to the other point.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HSF 2014 - Challenge #19 - HSF Inspiration (Bustle)

The Challenge: #19 HSF Inspiration - Transdimensional Bustle

Fabric: Cotton.

Pattern: Used instructions from american duchess to give me a rough guide but mainly lots of drafting and bodging. lol!
Year: 1870's
Notions: Boning, lacing cord.
How historically accurate is it? There are examples of similar types of support for the era.

Hours to complete: 3 hours-ish. More if you include time I took to make mock up.

First worn: N/A
Total cost: at a guess £20

Well there were several angles of inspiration here. Firstly American Duchess tutorial on how to make a lobster tail bustle. The other being this HSF participants bustle which showed you could make it a more modest size. And finally the TARDIS interior.






And here is how it looks with the skirt over it....
And on the dress form once I'd added a ruffle to disguise my wonkey hem due to 'upcycling' a skirt not meant to be worn with one. lol

Monday, October 13, 2014

Upgrading old projects - Item 1

Well as I've reccently found myself in the situation where buying new material isn't an option. Its forced me to sew from my stash and go back and upgrade older items that I made when I first started sewing.
Item 1 - My first shift/chemise
 This was sewn before I had my dress form. So it was a lot of guesswork.
 And although it fitted me, the neckline was way too high for all my dresses.
Plus I'd turned oved the edge rather than using bias binding which had resulted in an ugly looking finish.
So...I unpicked the stitching. Removed the ribbon. Recut the neckline, low and square.
 Used bias binding to create casing for ribbon. Rethreaded the ribbon and finished the ends.
 And voila!
I now have a shift that can go under wider necklines.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HSF 2014 - Challenge #18 - Poetry in Motion (circlet)

The Challenge: #18 Poetry in Motion - Gold Circlet

Fabric: N/A

Pattern: none. self drafted.
Year: 'Medieval'
Notions: Gold covered wire, various bits of broken jewelry

How historically accurate is it? I struggled to find exant examples to copy so I had to make an educated guess.

Hours to complete: Took me approx 1hr and a half.

First worn: N/A
Total cost: £4
Poem/Song: The Outlandish Knight. (also known as Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight) It mentions the lady and how the false knight plans to take all her gold and costly robes so I assume her circlet would have been gold and included.


 I made the circlet by twisting jewellery wire into shape then glueing on some 'gems' and 'pearls' form broken jewellery.


Showing the chain keeping the circlet together


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Romana II Cosplay

 So I decided to make up Romana the 2nds outfit from 'City of Death' which if you don't know is from Doctor Who.
Most of it is stuff I already had like the shirt, jacket and hat. I just had to buy the tie (£2 Primark) and make the pinafore dress. I also created the sweets pinbadge using polymer clay.
I know the hat band is wrong colour, and I need the motif on the jacket...but I'm gonna upgrade the outfit bit by bit.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

HSF 2014 - Challenge #17 - Yellow (Fingerloop Cord)

The Challenge: #17 Yellow

Fabric: N/A

Pattern: Used instructions found on youtube
Year: 'Medieval'
Notions: Embroidery floss

How historically accurate is it? I'm not sure how accurate the floss is but the technique is historical.

Hours to complete: 2 hours...yes really. I was learning as I went along.

First worn: N/A
Total cost:Must be under £1 I have a bargain pack of embroidery thread.


and as part of my complete bag...