2016 Year in Review

2016 was not a productive year by most standards, when it comes to my sewing projects, but compared to the several years prior, it was a great year. I started to thinking about the project list I set for myself for this year, and how much of I didn’t finish. Then, I started thinking of how much I did get finished, and how for the several years before I had barely sewn at all. It was very good year in the sewing room after all. So, I thought I would take a look back at what I had wanted to accomplish, and at what I actually did accomplish:

The 2016 Costume Plan
1. 1912 Walking Suit – This is a costume that I have been trying to make since 2013. I nearly finished it this year. I only have a corset, the jacket and the skirt to make for it.

2. 1887 Mourning Dress – A newer project to the list. Never even had a chance to get past the beginning of the planning phase.

3. Great Gatsby Dress – A project that was planned for 2013. We had all planned to wear 20’s dresses to go to see the movie when it premiered, but none of us made it.

4. Regency Half Robe Set – I had bought about 3 yds of two matching fabrics and planned on making a matching set of half robes to wear over an under dress. Well, this goal was mostly met. I did get the under dress and one of the half robes made.

5. 1950’s Christmas Dress – I just wanted to make a lovely dress for the Christmas season. I was going to postpone this project until 2017, but then got it in mind to try to make for this year’s company Christmas party. I almost hit the mark, too. If I had just decided to start a week to two earlier, it would’ve been done. As it currently stands, I just need to attach the sleeves to the bodice, attach the skirts to the bodice, hem the skirts, and make the cumberbund.

Now, for what I did actually accomplish this year:

Mostly finished blouse

Mostly finished blouse

The Gibson Girl blouse for  my 1912 Walking suit.

Folkwear # 203 - Camisole

A full set of Edwardian undergarments, minus the corset.

Wow! Looking good, Jane! Looking good!

1910’s Wearing History blouse.

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1910’s Wearing History Suit

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1950’s Tispy Tea Dress.

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Regency Half Robe with under dress, along with a new chemise and stays.

All in all, a total of 13 individual garments completed. Not bad after a three year dry spell.

Now, time to look forward to my planned sewing list for 2017. What do I want to do in the new year? Let’s have a look, shall we?

  1. Finish the 1912 Walking Suit
  2. Finish the 1950’s Christmas Dress
  3. Sew the 2nd Regency Half Robe
  4. Finally make the Great Gatsby Dress
  5. Sew the Late Bustle Era Emerald Green Dress
  6. Sew a new set of Victorian undergarments, along with a bustle

There is the list, so far. No doubt that it will grow and change through out the year. It looks to be a fun list of goals for the year. How did you do this year? What’s on your list for the new year? Comment and share. I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.

Be sure to drop back by in the new year. I’ll have lots more My Fave 5 Fridays, along with progress on my sewing list. Until then….. Happy Sewing! And, Happy New Year!

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My Fave 5 Friday – Blogger Made Costumes

Hi Friday, everyone! It’s the end of the work week, and I’m sure we are all ready for the weekend, so what better way to end the week than with some awesome costumes! This week I have picked 5 of my absolute favorite blogger made costumes. Now, let me say that it was very, very, very hard to narrow it down to just five. It took me a very long time to decide on exactly which ones to pick. So, here they are:

#5 – Before the Automobile’s 1887 Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

This costume has two of my favorite things going for it – 1) It’s Victorian and 2) Stripes! When it comes to historical costumes, stripes drawl me in like a June bug to a front porch lamp after dark. lol. Her work is beautiful. Just looking at her photos, you could almost think you are looking back in time.

#4 – American Duchess’ Revolution Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Lauren of American Duchess fame has made some fabulous dress. And, again, it was very hard to pick just one, but I think this is it. Red is one of my favorite colors, and I love 18th century dress. The white petticoat helps to accentuate the red color, and the lace along the neckline is just lovely.

#3 – Historial Sewing’s 1887 Summer Berry Trifle Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Jennifer is another amazingly talented costumer. Her costume portfolio is stunning. But, of all of them, this is the one that caught my attention. I know, it’s another stripey Victorian, but I can’t help it! It’s so lovely. The color combination is perfect, and I love the hat she made to go with it.

#2 – Koshka the Cat’s 1770’s Polonaise

Photo found here

Photo found here

Kathryn’s lovely 1770’s Polonaise is part of what inspired me to make my 1770’s Polonaise. The easy elegance of her dress caught my attention the very first time I saw it, and reminded me of the pattern that I had always wanted to use. I was even lucky enough to find a bolt of fabric close in color to her’s.

And, we have reached……

#1 – Festive Attyre’s Edwardian Half Mourning Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Jen’s Edwardian Half Mourning dress is an amazing reproduction of a fashion plate. And, she just looks incredible in it. Every detail is perfect. So much inspiration in one photo.

So, there you have my Fave 5 for this week. Please comment to tell me what your favorites are, I would love to hear from you. Also, I know I haven’t posted a regular post in a while, but keep watching this space! I have a couple of fun posts lined up for next week. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!

 

My Fave 5 Friday – Theatrical Patterns

Welcome to this week’s of My Fave 5 Friday. For this installment, I will share my top 5 favorite Theatrical patterns that I have used, so far (I own a ton that I haven’t had a chance to use yet, so these may change later. lol). As I still am too broke to attend Costume College and join in on all of the wonderful costuming fun, I will just share some of favorite pattern. So, without further ado, here we go!

#5 – Period Impressions 1770’s Polonaise with Petticoat

Image from my costume project page

Image from my costume project page

I fell in love with pattern almost 20 years ago, and determined to eventually buy it. I finally go my wish in 2009, as a birthday gift from my mom. Then, later that year, when the hubby proposed to me, I decided that this was to be my wedding dress in a dark green with white petticoat. Well, after a couple of comments from the (now) hubby of how he just didn’t think an 18th century gentlemen’s waistcoat and jacket would go with his family kilt, my dress changed, and the pattern got filed away. Then, our costume group put together an 18th century ball for the following winter, and I was finally able to use this pattern. I have since used it several times, and still love it.

#4 – Laughing Moon #100 Ladies Victorian Underwear

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

When it came time for make a proper Victorian ensemble, this was the pattern I picked for the undergarments. The finished garments are just lovely. I used the Dore corset pattern. The only issue I had was that the pattern size ran a bit large, but it is easily fixed. Having made a couple of these, and with another one planned for the very near future, I highly recommend this pattern.

#3  – Mantua-Maker 1800-1820 Regency Stays

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

This pattern is a staple for my Regency sewing. I have made several sets of Regency stays for myself, and my daughters, and this is always the pattern I reach for when making long stays. The instructions are wonderful, and I had no issues the first time I made a set. I even had a set that no longer fit me, that was in such great shape after several years of wear and tear, that I was able to pass them on to a close friend.

#2 – Folkwear Patterns #203 Edwardian Underthings

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

I recently had the time to finally put this pattern to use. I love it! The garments turn out so lovely, and the instructions are very clear and detailed. Everyone who has seen the finished garments have been enthralled with them. The extra details on the garments (inset lace and pintucks) really make them look fabulous. I will absolutely be making another set, or two.

And here is my….

#1 – Wearing History # R113 Elsie 1910’s WWI Era Blouse

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

This quickly became my new, most favorite pattern! I love this blouse. I ordered it to go with her 1910’s Suit Pattern, and I’m glad I did. It is very elegant, and helps to make the costume I made it for. I will say that this pattern is not for the beginning seamstress, and my prior knowledge of garment construction definitely came in handy, but it is well worth it. If you are good with garment/blouse/shirt construction, this will be a breeze to put together. I purchased the e-pattern, and with putting the pattern together, cutting out the pattern and fabric, and construction, it took me less than 8 hours total. I will most definitely be using it again, especially since I have already purchased fabric for two more.

So, there you have my Fave 5. Please comment to tell me your’s. The comment button is just under the post title I would love to hear about some patterns that I may not have heard of, or had a chance to try yet.