What does one wear to a birthday party on April fools day in San Francisco at Golden Gate park? Why, a silly outfit, of course!
This dress was given to me to repair as it had been worn as a loaner and had had many adjustments over the year. The dress was not originally constructed by me. I added a steel boned front placket in black cotton brocade and trim to the bottom of the bodice to hide the bagging of the original linen. The foundation layers seem to have shrunk during washing. Perhaps the gown had been made for dry-cleaning only and a guest had machine washed it? Either way it had been too short-bodied on all of the guests who wore it the past year. Although a little big on me it works fairly well. I made the burgundy hat to match and the embroidered caul is Ann Tavan’s handiwork. I adore the color of this linen! Eventually it will be worn with a white linen chemise and white caul with black embroidery.
Here is a preview of my latest pair of stays. The pattern is not directly based on any one corset but from merging some modern patterns of my own corsets with images in Corsets and Crinolines for 17th and 18th century corsets. I adapted it until I had a unique pattern that I loved on myself. I’m going to adapt the pattern to create more accurate 18th century details for my personal wedding corset. I chose to pattern match all pieces focusing at the waist-point except at the back where I centered the design on the back panels. This is the first corset where I’ve added a tail to the backpanel that flares out.
Here are a couple shots taken while I was working on a 1950s dress in a fun brightly-colored silk. Look for photos of the finished outfit in the coming weeks – it’s been done for a while but we need to get some studio shots taken.
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My grandfather recently gifted me his Effanbee doll under the condition that I make a reproduction dress for the sweetheart. She is in good condtion but the fabric of her entire outfit has shattered beyond repair.I’ve started by taking tons of photographs of the original outfit and drafting a pattern. I’m currently sourcing appropriate materials for this project.
Here are some photos:
The current corset project has progressed nicely. The client even decided to make all three skirt options to increase the versatility of the corset. Luckily I have enough of this fabric to do so!
My favorite part is the piping in contrasting silk.
I’m excited about a corset/skirt design that is inprogress. Rich shot silks and embroidery in a luscious ensemble. A Venetian-style mask completes the package. Check back in a few days for pictures!
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