Good Monday to you all! I hope you are all doing more than wonderful! I am well, but life has become a little more busy than I like. Fall means school and school means teaching, or making sure Colton gets his school work completed (as stated in my previous post, Colton is in a new homeschool co-op where "we" go to school all day Wednesdays then Mondays and Fridays for math...). This means earlier mornings (I'm a night owl, usually going to sleep at 1:30 a.m.) and sluggish feeling days. All this translates into fewer sewing projects, which is just how it is going to be for a while!
BUT!!! I have managed to complete a few things. The hoops have been done for about 2 weeks, the same for the chemise. The corset is a newer project. Because of the way I have been feeling physically and other things that have been happening in my life causing me to want to hibernate, it has taken me this long to do a photo shoot with all the new items. You know when you just feel off plumb and don't really feel like doing anything but sleeping and sitting on the couch, binge watching "Call the Midwife" and eating potato chips? Yaaaaaaaaaaa....That's how I have been feeling lately. I know that things will get smoother and I'll be back to my usual self, and I sooooo cannot wait for that!
So, on with the pictures of the new underwear items!
At some point in the hopefully near future, I really want to make two 1860s elliptical dresses....This one and This one. I had in mind to make the half mourning one for my annual "All Hallow's Eve" mourning dress, but my mind changed itself for me and I will be making another instead. In any case, the hoops are already made! Huzzah!!
Pattern: TV 103 Elliptical Cage Crinoline
I thought it would be fun to make a colored cage, but in the end, white won out....
Late 1850s, Early 1860s Corset
I've been wanting a black corset for a very, very long time and since I will be doing the "Dressing the Victorian Lady in Mourning" at The Bishops House this coming Saturday, I thought I would make the corset for the event. Well, plans fell through for the making of a new dress (oh how did God rescue me from a week of crazy, out of my mind, working 24/7 on the new project! Thank you Lord for talking some sense into my crazy, OCD brain!!!) I plan now on dressing in my 1840s Wool Mourning Dress and feel it will be a better thing to do anyway, so huzzah for simpler, non "are you out of your mind?" plans!!!
But again, I now have a new corset for when I do get my newest mourning dress made!
I really love this new corset and think it fits really well. And....I did flossing on it! I have never done any flossing except on the tips of the gussets for stability, and am super pleased with how the "tear drops" turned out! You can't really see very well the color of the flossing, but it is a lovely robin's egg blue!
Pattern: Simplicity 7215 (shortened by 1 1/4")
Fabrics: Dupioni silk
Love my new American Duchess Balmoral boots!
I'm one of those wear your chemise outside of your drawers kind a gal. I have tried to wear the chemise inside the drawers and the feeling is just too uncomfortable. I know that there are those who wear it in and more power to ya! But this chick...chemise out!
Ok, so I am super pleased with this chemise and really liked the embroidering so very much that I would like to make a set of drawers and corset cover that has been hand embroidered! Don't know if that will actually happen, but a girl can dream right?
Pattern: Past Patterns 707
The edge of the top looks puckered...I ended up having to take a full 6 strands of the embroidery floss and thread it on the underside of the scallops to "tighten" the top of the chemise up. Without that tightening floss, it fell way down my shoulders and I really didn't like how it looked. Also, I wish I hadn't added the buttons as it throws the "center" off a wee bit. But, the pattern called for it and on one of the extant examples, it was the same way so....there ya go!
Looking at these pictures, it's hard to believe that I actually embroidered all of that!
Especially those teeny tiny eyelets! ACK!!!
The sleeves are even embroidered...
Well, that's all for now....For the next two weeks, I will be slowly working on my mourning dress...This Glorious Work of Beautiful Art!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope you are enjoying the fall weather if you are a place where the weather is actually changing! This is my favorite time of year and I LOVE the colors of the leaves on the trees, especially the bright crimsons!
Have a wonderfully blessed week my friends!