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 – 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.

In which Jane finally makes an appearance…

I was finally able to wrestle Jane up from the sewing room yesterday evening. Not an easy task! At first, it seemed like she was going to come quietly. She was lounging on the sofa (that is still in the sewing room), when I went to coax her out. Her stand was at one end of the cutting table, and that is where the problem started. When I tried to pull her stand out from under a couple of bolts that had fallen over, Jane decided it was the perfect moment to launch her resistance. I finally got her under control, and got her stand up, after loosing a couple of the feet, and having to retrieve them. When we got to the door, Jane really resisted leaving her cozy space. Not only did I have to fight Jane and her stand, I also had to shoo away a certain little black kitty that loves to test her luck getting into the sewing room. That is really hard to do with both arms wrapped around Jane, both hands full of her stand and the feet, and still try to use my foot to gently shoo the cat away, all while trying to shut the door to the sewing room at the bottom of the stairs, in a very confined space. Not an easy task, and it was accompanied with lots of bad words that aren’t fit for some ears. At one point, I thought Jane was going to get the better of me, as I almost went down on my bum, which would have put Jane on top. But, I managed to remain standing, and even made it up the stairs to the livingroom, despite the tripping hazard of a small cat and a very upset Jane. However, Jane didn’t stop there. We continued to argue and tussle the whole time I tried to dress her up for some quick photos. But, in the end….  I won! lol. Here is the proof that “poor Jane” has been pressed back into doing her job. Please pardon the fact that she’s not wearing a corset, it hasn’t been made yet:

*Disclaimer: Please note that Jane’s actual dimensions are smaller than mine. Because of this, she has been very well padded and covered, so that I can put my corsets/stays on her, and lace her down to my measurements. 

Folkwear #226 - Princess Slip

Folkwear #226 – Princess Slip

Here is the Folkwear Princess Slip. This pattern has been OOP for sometime, so I did have to resize the pattern to fit.

Folkwear #203 - Petticoat

Folkwear #203 – Petticoat

I love the petticoat from Folkwear # 203. It turned out to be so lovely.

Folkwear # 203 - Camisole

Folkwear # 203 – Camisole

I really love the camisole pattern from FW # 203. Also, I will be swapping out the ribbons that are currently being used at the neck and waist, as well as the one in the petticoat, for a light lavender ribbon that will match the corset I will be making.

I really liked using these patterns, and am even tempted to make a few of these as summer sleep wear with a couple of pair of the drawers for the bottoms to the camisole, and maybe a princess slip or two with some extra embellishments. And, speaking of the drawers, they are the only thing I didn’t get photos of. I don’t have the buttons and button holes on them yet, as I want to get the corset finished, and then do the button placement. So, that will come later. Further details will be available on the project page. Also, I will try to write up my pattern review for these patterns, and post them in my pattern review pages. I’ll post when it’s available.

Has anyone one else used these patterns? Did you have a positive or negative experience with them? I would love to hear how everyone else’s projects turned out, please comment and let me know.