flummoxicated: (Steampunk girl)
No sooner did I express joy over the lack of heat, then a heat wave showed up and parked its sweaty ass on top of my state. Boo.

I just "accidentally" bought this corset! It was on sale for $47 and I thought, I don't really need it - then I found a $10 off coupon code (mustoff10 if you're curious) so with shipping it was $45. I have a couple of their corsets and they are pretty darn good. And yay for the length (I have a longer torso).

Turns out I've had this Livejournal for ten years this month. Wow.
flummoxicated: (sewing la-la-la)
, I am about done with my bustle petticoat - thanks, Truly Victorian! I have to attach the rows of ruffles, I got the first one pinned on Tuesday night. I borrowed idea from "Diary of a Renaissance Seamstress" of edging the ruffles with black bias tape. Looks pretty sharp, and since my corset is black that will be a little less jarring. Not that many people will see. But still.
flummoxicated: (sexy ruff)
We interrupt your LiveJournal Friends List reading to bring you this important news bulletin:

Amazon.com is selling The Clothing of the Renaissance World: Europe, Asia, Africa, The Americas; Cesare Vecellio's Habiti Antichi et Moderni by Rosenthal and Jones for $39.99!! This is that great big hardcover that was like $90 a few months ago! (LINK)

I'm wondering if that means they are at the end of the print run. Or if it's a typo. If it is a typo, too late, suckers! You have to sell it at that price. Time to scoop this one up.

flummoxicated: (corset)
I made a Victorian corset about a year ago - well, I haven't finished the edges, so it's mostly finished - anyway, I seem to have lost at least 15 pounds since then. Which means that the edges touch in back where it laces up. All the pictures of Victorian era corsets show a gap where they lace in the back. The shape looks right though. I'm hoping one of my LJ peeps out there with Victorian corset experience can advise me: how problematic is this? 

Oh yeah - I made the Laughing Moon Silverado corset.

flummoxicated: (sewing)
I've found a costuming buddy in my program, which is nice; usually most people look at you funny when you tell them you sew costumes for fun, so it's a treat to have someone in closer proximity to work on projects with. She has located a Civil War era dance, and since I like period dance in its many forms I agreed that should be our next project. Of course, it's a month away. Wheee.

My compatriot is going to make a day dress AND a fancy dress, but  I'm aware of my limitations. I am much more interested in bustle fashions, which are sadly not Civil War period as it turns out. So for a variety of reasons I didn't want to put a lot of cash into this outfit. I wandered the JoAnn's Red Tag section yesterday and located this (sorry for the crappy quality, my real camera's battery is hiding from me):

It's a mulberry purple with a lighter purple and blue. The bolt was marked $4 / yard, but it rang up at $1 / yard. So I scored 11 yards of 54" wide fabric, which should be more than enough for the Truly Victorian 1854 gathered dress. I guess I'll have to cut it in half when I go to launder it or otherwise the washing machine will choke. If that fabric is way off base for the time period, one of you will have to let me know. It's the costuming world's equivalent of telling your friend she has spinach in her teeth.

flummoxicated: (MA cakes)
While they are only 99 cents, I snagged Simplicity 3635 and 3637. I was wondering if any of you fabulous costumers had any thoughts as to the authenticity of these? The gown calls for twenty yards of fabric, which boggles my mind (and wallet)...
flummoxicated: (can't be good)
I just maxed out my monthly allotment of Flickr uploads, got some of the Italian Ren portraits up there - they are pretty huge, be sure to click on "all sizes" when you view them and you'll see what I mean (I'm probably the only person who didn't know about that until a few weeks ago). Of the ones I just posted, I thought the ones of the Eleanora di Toledo portrait were especially fascinating - so much goldwork and trim! I spent several minutes in front of that painting trying to take it all in. Anyhow, I think I will check out Photobucket as [profile] yummyone suggested. But later, I have goofed around enough already!!!


Jun. 16th, 2005 09:40 am
flummoxicated: (Elizabeth Squeee!)
Ye godz, but [livejournal.com profile] sapphorama's couture wedding gowns are absolutely gorgeous!
flummoxicated: (Anna of Austria Word)
There's this light green brocade at my favorite fabric store - I've been lusting after it. It was in their clearance room for $10 a yard.
Instead of giving in to my baser urges, I sat down and made a list of all the fabric I have in my stash. I decided I have enough fabric for plenty of fun projects, and was content.

Then I happened to wander into the fabric shop this week. They happened to be having a sale. The fabric was marked down to $5 a yard.

I left the store with 6 yards, which should be enough for a Venetian gown.

Meanwhile, I've been working on a new ensemble for this weekend. I go now to sew buttonholes.
flummoxicated: (Blackadder Get it Here)
[livejournal.com profile] jenthompson took top honors in [livejournal.com profile] realm_of_venus' 2004 Rose Awards! Jen, you're an inspiration! Costumers like you make me want to push my work up to the next level. (Wonder if I can run by the fabric shop on my way to class...think I hear a brocade demanding to be made into a Venetian gown...)

ETA: And check out [livejournal.com profile] sarahbellem, over on this month's Italian Showcase!


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