It appears with this new project that I am working on, I have taken leave of my senses. Let's just say one thing up front. I hate hand sewing. Like, with a grand and glorious passion. So, why I decided that embroidering a demi suite of 1860s underwear would be a good and happy thing to tackle, is well beyond the realm of my understanding.
On October 22nd, Mama and I will be doing another fund raiser for The Bishops House titled Dressing the Victorian Lady in Mourning. I thought it would be fun to make a new corset for the event (it will be a black silk one even though I know they didn't have underwear that was black specifically for mourning purposes...) and thought, "Heck! Why not make a whole new set of white frillies and just for the craziness factor, let's make them all hand embroidered! Because we like to do all the hard, time consuming things a month before the event!" Actually, what made me decide to do things that are hand embroidered was Colton's new school. This year we chose to put him in a Homeschool Co-op that is classical education in style. He is taking theology, biblical theology, logic, rhetoric, philosophy, classical literature and math. I will be sitting in on his classes until he/we get a handle on this new school format and then math two days a week away from home will give me ample time to do some sewing away from my sewing machine. Therefore....hand embroidered underwear!!
I have completed some on the chemise which includes the scalloping along the neck line and am currently working on the eyelets...five sections of three small eyelets takes about an hour to complete, so that part is going sloooooowly. And my hands are quite grouchy with me. But, I think it will be very worth it when it's all complete!
Scallops are complete and the eyelets are one their way to being completed! Now I remember why I hate hand sewing so much... The fabric looks like it is blue, but that is just the light and camera working their weird sort of magic.
Working with Past Patterns 1860-1870 embroidered chemise pattern. I also would like to make an embroidered pair of drawers and corset cover.
While searching for inspiration for the chemise, I came across this gorgeous set of underwear from The Philadelphia Museum of Art. I am so loving the moire corset and have located some fabric that would totally work for making a reproduction! For my birthday gift this year, I have asked for money to purchase the narrow gauge wire cage crinoline from The Wooden Hamlet! Can't wait to get it!!!
Image Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art
I love the beauty of this chemise! I can't wait until mine is completed!!
Image Source: The Philadelphia Museum of Art
A New Treasure!
Today, I was so happy to discover this wedding dress from 1903 at a place called The Yard Sale Place. It is a fabulous place that is a consignment store selling yard sale like items for people. I have found many incredible deals there and today didn't disappoint! The fun thing is that if items are not sold in good time, they get reduced 30% then 60%. Well, this wedding dress had not sold so was at 60% today! I was beyond giddy with happiness as I paid a grand total of $27.35 for it!! Huzzah!!!
It is made of a very fine cotton lawn, cotton and lace. The tag that was pinned to the inside of the dress reads, "Wedding dress of my great-great-grandmother's married on June 11, 1903". I sure would love to know Great-Great-Grandmother's name. The dress is home made on a sewing machine with two of the front darts hand sewn after the dress was made. I haven't steamed it yet, don't know if I will as I'm afraid that the steaming would damage the fibers...will have to do some research on that!
Not sure if the bodice was tucked into the skirt or not. I am thinking it was not tucked in because of the front vertical ruffle cascading down the bodice.
Tucks and ruffles and lace, oh my!!
Almost pouter pigeon front...but not quite there yet.
You can see through the sheer cotton, the eyelet lace at the top of the inner bodice!
Inner bodice that takes the stress off of the outer lawn layer. Closes with hooks and eyes.
And a Birthday Boy!
19 years ago today, I had this sweet baby boy whom I instantly and completely fell head over heals in love with! We named him Dakota and he has been my sweet boy ever since! We celebrated with a party on Sunday, and had a very nice time. I can't wait to see where life and God take this young man. I can wait for him to move out and be out of our daily lives, so I am happy that his plans to move out have not come to fruition... (two room mates that he was planning on moving out with had things happen). I love having him home and dread the day when he strikes out on his own. We are good buddies and friends and he delights my heart!!
Happy Birthday Cody!
I hope you all have a truly blessed rest of you week! For me, it will be hand sewing craziness and starting a new corset!