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For years I've been obsessed with the two "jewel" gowns from Interview With the Vampire, that I have neglected other gowns in the film. I am working on a dress based on the gowns that Claudia and Madeline wear in the scene where Claudia asks Louis to make Madeline a vampire. Mine is of green and black shot taffeta. Anyway, as I'm cutting out the skirt base, I popped the movie in. And the scene with the New Orleans whores revealed a dress I'd ignored in the past. And my god, it's gorgeous! Regency deliciousness:

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I was invited to attend a local museum exhibit as "atmosphere" in a Victorian dress. It was so much fun! I wore my new Lost Souls dress (so named because it's all black and sucks up all the light and is hard to photograph).

Here are a few photos taken by Steven Rosen Photography (all rights reserved!!!)

a few more here )
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I got two rows of pleats and two rows of double ruffles onto the gown. I made the pleats and the ruffles were pre-purchased trim. Then I put satin bias tape over the join of the pleats/ruffles.

Progress photos:

making the pleats with Beth's antique pleater. I used 22 yards of 60" fabric. The pleats are 5" wide.

More this way... )
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Yesterday evening I made an underskirt from the TV 225 Fantail skirt. Today I put on trim! Here it is:

I had to lighten the photos to show detail, but it's jet black.

Wanna see more? )
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Following the look of the fashion plate, I added a net draped front panel and 8" wide double-scallop edged lace to the front panel side seams.

side view here! )
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Hello! I finished the black and white NF era gown that I have simply named "Donna's Dress" since she inspired it!

I wore it this past weekend to Belvidere Victorian Days in NJ. It sort of drizzled all day, but we made the most of it!

Made entirely of cotton from the Truly Victorian 1882 tea gown pattern with the neckline from the TV 410 1873 polonaise, and a "Victorian revival" white blouse underneath purchased at the mall.

Please ignore the alien cat in the background. She is clearly engaging in shenanigans.

As you can see, I paired the overdress with a striped skirt I made several years ago. The parasol frame is circa 1890's and was recovered in net and lace by me and mostly Beth because I was distracted putting in an offer on a house the day she visited.

Here is a link to photos from the day:
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It needs a waist closure and a back hem, but it's done. Unless I decide to add lace trim to the pannier hem.

The underskirt used here is the same one that goes with the Lady Dragon gown (TV 221).

See More Here )

What I really like about this overskirt is it can be worn with either proper Victorian underskirts, or to jazz up any long skirt.
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We did a bit of shopping at Convergence on the QM! Jason got a ton of stuff for once, and I found some cool things, too...

among my favorites:

I've always wanted a small notepad chatelaine, and they had them at Holzer and Combe Haberdashery!

click here to see more )
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We had a great time onboard the Queen Mary this past weekend!

Here I am in my finished "Jump" dress. Thank you all SO MUCH for the compliments and support during this project. I'm really happy with the results. Perhaps some day I'll add the beaded medallions to the skirt :)

and the whole photo gallery from the weekend can be found here:

(for some reason, some photos can take up to 30 seconds to become unpixelated)

Funny story:

The night I wore the Jump dress, my sweet friend Cat took us out to a posh LA club called The Edison. Man, was it cool inside!! Anyway, there was a line of hot, young model-types waiting to get in, but because we were dressed the way we were, the bouncers let us in immediately! It was so fun to sail past the red velvet ropes with everyone looking on jealously!
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Well, here it is!! I can't believe I did it!!

more photos under the cut )
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I know a lot of people haven't seen this movie yet, so my Sunday afternoon gown was lost on them. It was based on a gown that "Lizzie" wears upon her arrival in England in the movie based on the Edith Wharton book "The Buccaneers". Here's a screen shot I took

and here's my version (in the time I couldn't find striped sheer) and matching hat

and another shot with the train down from this past weekend (thank you isabelladeangelo for the photo!)
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I just have a few minutes before I have to get ready for school, but here I am at the 18th century "Polonaiseville" tea Friday afternoon!

(I'm on the right)

...and with [ profile] bauhausfrau (she's on the right), who inspired Polonaiseville and organized the tea!

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Here's my interpretation of those "frock coat" Victorian gowns I posted a few weeks ago.

The faux vest and frock coat are modified from the TV 1882 Tea gown pattern. Skirt is a modified version of the 1878 tie back skirt. Material is all cotton.

see more here )
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Once a year, Renninger's Antique show comes to the King of Prussia Convention Center, and it's the highlight of my Winter season. I just got home, and am pretty disappointed with what I saw. Almost no clothing, and only two of the pieces I saw were earlier than 1920, one parasol with broken ribs, and one Victorian bonnet of unremarkable appearance.

I was hoping to find chatelaine items like glasses cases, dance cards/memo pads/aide memoires, books like Peterson's or Godey's bound volumes or single issues, parasols, antique laces, antique or even vintage gloves, hats, etc. Aside from a few gloves and hats I wasn't interested in, none of these items were to be seen (ok, well, one volume of Peterson's, but it was that awkward 1869 transition year).

Anyway, I did come home with one thing. A pretty lace cape!

I'm thinking this might be 1890's. Thoughts?

However, there was tons of pretty to look at that was beyond my price range like 18th century portrait pins, mourning jewelry, hair jewelry, furniture, etc at the nearly 300 booths. Definitely worth the $6 entry fee!!
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I got the overskirt front/sides drafted and made

See side view here )

I have cut out the panel for the back poufs, but I still have a ways to go to make that part, but I'll photo document the process for my future reference and yours.
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Here I am mocking up the petal layer. I used the TV225 as a base and just put together the front and side sections to just below knee length. Then I took my chalk pen and drew various petal shapes until I was happy, then I cut out along the markings. Here is the end of that step:

After that, I took out the basting --including the darts-- laid them flat, and used the muslin pieces as my pattern pieces for the front and side

Then I serged my edges, put in the darts, and pinned the petal side sections to the front piece. After that I turned up a small hem.

I am putting the petal layer on a separate waist band so I can wear it with other gowns, so then I added a waistband. So what you have is a front and sides with an open back. You can see the back of the Fantail skirt, which is nice if I decide to not use the overskirt!

Then I dove into my Lady LaSalle trim stash and pinned the lace to the edges.

This photo required much work as my cat Dashwood kept crawling under the skirt with his butt sticking out while I was trying to take a picture! I kept him out for 2 seconds and he was right back in!
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Aside from those missing 3 buttons that I talked about in a previous post, the jacket is done!

Even over a hoopskirt the jacket is still full enough that you don't see the 14" what-do-you-call-them...slits? on each side that help accommodate fullness in a jacket. This is one full coat! The entire hem of the jacket was slipstitched by hand. I did that while watching the final DVD of The Forsyte Saga, which contained such yummy Edwardian-1920's fashions.
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So I got a lot done on the jacket yesterday! Lining is in, button loops are on, capelet is piped and attached, sleeves are made.

Here are progress shots:

Attaching the button loops

Photo from this morning

Tee hee! I don't want to give too much away because though I still have a lot to do (attach sleeves, slipstitch bottom hem, put on buttons), it looks pretty much done. I don't want to do the 'big revel' until it's really ready.
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We have achieved actual sunlight today, and a few people asked for photos of the overskirt's back.

more here )
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So I keep going back to Jomar (local store that sells discontinued and closeout fabrics) to look for a deal on winter weight fabric for a winter coat as I've been wanting to make the Butterick B5266 and TV 560. Well, today I found a smidge over 5 yards of a 60" wide Donna Karen 100% Italian wool tweed for (drum roll please...) two dollars a yard!!!

So, now I get to decide which coat I make out of this fabric. Of course, I still have to get the interlining and lining...

Anyway, here's the fabric:

Meanwhile, I started a plain taffeta petticoat to wear under my bustle. Because the bustle and petticoat are cotton, I find they tend to grip my cotton knee socks and cling to my legs. So if I have a taffeta layer between my socks and cotton pettis, I'll be good to go. Since I had a ton of purple taffeta on hand from long ago, that's what I'm making it out of. So it's my first Stash project! Yay!


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