I finished it yay! I tried it on and realized I couldn’t zip myself into on my own, so the shoulders fit funny since it wasn’t closed all the way in the back. Also the petticoat is way too small. I kind of thought I could get away with it but I can’t, so tonight I’ll make a quilted petticoat.
I also made a day cap out of left over materials. It’s based off of a design from the 1850’s when the dress is from the late 30’s, but that can be our secret.
Made from five yards of printed linen, the bodice is fully lined with muslin, and it zips up the back for convenience. The garment was sewn and drafted by me.
Total time: 28 hours, four days from start to finish. Total Cost: $36
Most of the time was spend hand sewing, and gathering. Dress fabric was $35, trims on the cap and muslin were a gift, and the zipper was $1.
Ahh thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! I’ll try to reply to them all later on.
I’m going to share my birthday fabric haul on friday since you all asked for it, but much to my surprise some of you requested to see my few non-fabric gifts too. So over the next week or two i’ll be sharing them - if you don’t want to see you can blacklist the tag “angie likes shiny things”
I had been swooning over vintage vanity sets for several months before my birthday but held off buying them since the undamaged sets tend to be around $50. But after much searching I found this set for $15 on etsy and couldn’t resist.
It’s such an impractical gift but so very pretty - i’m excited to own it even though I doubt it will be used very often. It’s very heavy and the detail work is so delicate. I think i’m going to make a velvet bag to store them.
Progress! Both sleeves are finished, and the bodice is now lined. I just have to sew it all together and add a zipper.
I still need to make a quilted petticoat to go underneath it, that should lift the hem and make the whole thing look nicer.
If you’ve ever wondered why cartridge pleats exist; it’s because someone decided regular pleats and gathering weren’t annoying enough, so they combined them.
My fingers hurt from all the gathering, jeez! But the project is coming along really well. I’m taking a break from gathering and hand hemming a 180” strip of ruffles for the neckline…
I don’t think I will finish it tonight (I could if I pushed myself but I’m not going to) but I will have all the main pieces done and ready for assembly tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t run into any problems!
I got the bodice assembled yesterday! I did a whole bunch of hand sewing and finished the skirt. Tomorrow will be all about sleeves, lining and sewing in zippers.
I’d really like to have this done by Monday - if all goes well I should be able to do it. But the sleeves may prove to be more of a challenge then I expect, so who knows!
Someone spent all their birthday money on fabric
Spoiler alert: It was me.
Should I do a haul on my blog? People asked about that after my last NYC shopping trip, and I would like to do one but I feel like it’s a bit of a spoiled rotten thing to do. Any opinions?
I’m really happy so many people like this dress! It was a huge struggle at times so it makes me really pleased to see other people enjoying the end result too.
I’ve gotten a ton of questions about how it was made, if you’re curious, i’ve written all about it (and have dozens of progress pictures) right here!
I think this is one of those fabrics you either love or hate. I love it - I think it would make beautiful curtains or couch cushions, but I don’t need either of those things so i’m turning it into a dress.
Today I got the skirt cut, hemmed, and pleated, so much hand sewing!
The skirt has a 1.5” rolled hem which is slip stitched at the top, with a running stitch across the bottom to make sure it looks really sharp.
The top of the skirt has ten 1.25” knife pleats, to add volume I made the pleats four inches deep. At the back of the skirt there are a few dozen (single row) cartridge pleats.
My mom brought me home jars! I went straight into organization mode and decided to fill them with thread.
(well one is devoted to these fantastic sequins someone sent me and i’m in love with)
I really wasn’t happy with the messy/clunky way I was storing them, I think this is much cuter and more convenient.
I also got sixteen spice jars - I don’t have anything to fill them with just yet, but with my shopping habits i’m sure they won’t stay empty for long.
I’m kind of sick of all my current (and planned) projects. I really want something new and exciting with new and exciting fabrics, but I need to hold off until next week which is very frustrating!
So instead i’m starting on this - a dress that will be very heavily inspired by one from the 1840s. It’s going to be made out of a lovely ivory and blue linen and will be worn over a quilted petti and corded stays.
But for now It’s in the draping stage. A (kinda) boring, but important stage.
The other dress I finished! I still have to make the matching cloak, but it shouldn’t be nearly as complicated as the dress.
Made from two yards of striped taffeta, a yard of black lace, and a yard or two of black coating. It’s embellished with 2mm sequins and hundreds of little beads. It closes with a zipper, and is lined with black broadcloth.
The patterns and dress were designed and made by me!
Not sure how long it took - material costs were around $35
Dress made from six yards of blue stretch taffeta and several yards of off white chiffon (which is lined with bridal satin). The bodice is lined with cotton, and decorated with hundreds of small glass pearls. It’s partially boned and laces up the back. The pattern and construction were all done by me!
The hardest part was getting the shape of the hood, it has buckram and hopping wire in it to hold the shape.
Not sure how long it took to make. Has $45 of materials in it.
Now that this is done I get to start on new projects next week, which is super exciting! I’m not sure what i’ll be making - I’m going fabric shopping next week, so I may let my purchases inspire me.
Sorry for lack of smiles ;; I wanted to get these done fast so I went with somber expressions since those are nearly derp proof.
I recently went on a little shopping spree - the main purpose behind it was to expand my costume appropriate jewelry collection. I spent way too much on ebay, and then decided to top it off with an order from forever 21.
I’ve never actually owned anything from forever 21 (i’m bad at being a teenage girl) and after hearing such mixed reviews I was a bit nervous to make my order. But i’m SO happy I did - everything was so cheap and the quality is far superior to what I expected.
Now i’m one step closer to being a sixteenth century painting, wearing a half dozen rings on each hand!
Fabric Friday: Fabric you love…but hate to work with
This week features two of my favorite (but kind of least favorite?) fabrics: silks and chiffon. I really love looking at these fabrics - and in every projects i’ve used them in, I adore the end result.
The drape, flow, and lightness these fabrics have are something dreams are made of. Pretty dreams of pretty dresses.
However, actually working with them, is a thing of nightmares.
Both of these fabrics are very finely woven and delicate. Which means even the smallest needles create pulls in the fabric. They pucker like crazy, and if you attempt to rip poorly done stitches out you will be left with tatters of unusable fabric.
If you don’t have to rip anything out, you’ll still be left with the unsightly edges because these fabrics fray at an insane speed.
If that isn’t bad enough - they are super slippery which makes accurately cutting things from them impossible.
Will I stop working with them? Probably not. Will I complain every time I use them? Yes, yes I will. I apologize in advance.
Are there any fabrics you have a love-hate relationship?
What's the most difficult project you've ever done? And could you give some tips on how to avoid some of the problems you had with the project? Thanks! Xx
I don’t think there is a singular most difficult thing i’ve ever made. Some projects are unusually easy, but I do reach roadblocks and struggle with aspects of almost everything I make…which is part of learning.
The most difficult time i’ve had making something was anything before August 2013 - things before April 2013 were even worse. Back then I didn’t have as much experience, so when I did reach roadblocks I had no clue how to problem solve, which made everything more challenging.
I’d say the one tip I have for every project ever is : Be patient. Do things the right way, the first time, so you don’t have to redo them later.
More often then not, taking your time is the key to doing a good job. So that would be my suggestion, if I actually listened to it all the time I would avoid sooo many hours of frustration and seam ripping haha.