One of the corsets I made for display at the Barefoot coffee show that wasn’t completed in time. It became a gift for our lovely nanny. It was done in Daze of Laur brown and orange with this delicate & fun vintage french trim along each edge. I’d love to revisit this color scheme. Now to go find the rest of that trim, I had a touch left…
A lovely combination of tweed fabric and silver vegan leather waist belt with matching edging with a touch of lace and embellishment thrown in. This lovely corset was quite a challenge for me. A few firsts along the way. I haven’t sewing with vegan leather before and it was an eye opener. Teflon feet are your friend. I also have never attempted to attach lace, a waist belt and trim around it under all the boning channels. It was a fun exercise and was very successful. Afterwards I went through and hand tacked further along and through the pieces. But it seems like a very good way to attach detailing by machine and minimizing handwork with increases the price quickly. Anyway onto the corset:
My first time wearing the gown I realized it was too big around by many inches, I guess I forgot how much you corset down more after wearing a corset for a while. By half way though the day my corset closed at back. This means I get to make myself a new corset (eventually)!
Thank you for Lauren of American Duchess for taking these photos for me.
I took one of my old brown felt hats and basically crushed it into a more sweetheart shape because it was too tall and forward on my head. I think it works pretty well and it looks different. It helps create a different look for Madam Caplin so I look less like Queen Victoria. I’m trying to have her look more plain jane.
The frogs on the zouave jacket sleeves. I added this fun braid I’ve had around forever. I have just enough to add it to the bottom of the skirt as well (again meant to be!). I love when stash fabric and trim turn out perfect for a project.
I started the skirt for the ensemble years ago, probably two but I don’t remember for sure. That is how long ago I started it. The fabric is a fun stripe. I have enough to make a matching bodice but didn’t have the time or energy to actually get moving on that in time for Dickens Fair.
I had cut out a waistcoat for my husband in this brown/dark brown wool and the rest of sitting in a pile. I shrugged my shoulders grabbed it and drafted out a zouave jacket and as I laid the pattern on I knew I’d have just enough.
Many times when I start a project and I have on idea where I”m going with it, I turn around and the exact amount of fabric is sitting there waiting for me. I never planned to make a wool zouave for this outfit. But then it jumped out at me that this was finally the project for these fabulous braid frogs my mother-in-law gave me. Or at least they are for now, I imagine I’ll be reusing them on another project eventually or trying to make reproductions of them anyway. Continue reading Brown and Blue Ensemble
This project is turning out to be impossible to photograph. But the first person to see it in person said they wanted it :) So at least it looks good in person! The trim is this lovely stuff I picked up outside of Moro Bay in this neat little trim shop. The shop owner said she imported it years ago from France. I hope to have enough to do along the top and bottom and maybe a few garters…