Friday, 3 November 2017

1500 Images of My Past Work!

I've learned that once you've been on the internet long enough, it becomes like a closet in the real world. You start stumbling across old things you forgot you bought or did. I completely forgot about my old Flickr account. I stopped updating it once I decided a blog was more what I needed, as opposed to a simple image dump.

More than 1500 images of my past work, mostly Victorian, but including pieces from many time periods. Take a look! I am slowly, but surely, downloading the photos to my new computer. I thought most of them were lost forever when my old computer died.

The Antique Sewist - Flickr Page

Monday, 30 October 2017

1750s Casaquin Jacket - Yellow & Blue Brocade

Pattern: Diagram XXX from The Cut of Women's Clothes, used as a base, but with the front altered to use a stomacher.
Previous Use: Yes. I've finally perfectly my drafting of this pattern, after months of tweaking and reshaping to accommodate modern figures. The original pattern is very petite, with the torso length being incredibly short. You can see the progress of my use of this pattern with the following posts:
Casaquin Jacket - Purple and Green Silk
1760s Casaquin - Brown Silk and Winged Cuffs
1750s Casaquin Jacket - Blue Floral Cotton

Measurements:
Chest: 34-36"
Waist: 26-28"
Back Width: 12.5"
Bicep: 13.5"
Hem: 37" at front, 40" at back.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

1750s Casaquin Jacket - Blue Floral Cotton

Pattern: Diagram XXX from The Cut of Women's Clothes, by Norah Waugh, used as a base.
Previous Use?: Yes. I have made this same jacket style using the same pattern before when I made the Brown Taffeta Casaquin. The sizing is the same as well (I have yet to draft out this pattern into a larger size).

Measurements:
Chest: 34-36"
Waist: 26-28"
Hip: Free
Bicep: 13" Max
Back Width (between armhole seams): 12.5"
Hem: 37" at front, 40" at back (cut for bumroll).


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wingeo Regency Era Pelisse & Spencer WN255

Pattern: Wingeo (WN255) "1795 -1825 Regency Era Pelisse & Spencer"
Fabric: Faux silk moire, rayon, in a sea-green color. The dress is 100% cotton with matching bands of the moire on the hem.
Construction: Hand stitched. Spencer lining is assembled, then used as a "foundation" for the jacket to be built upon.
Available on Etsy HERE
Measurements: *as taken on the dress form shown
Chest - 45"
Underbust: 41"
Cup Size - Large C to DD
Hem - 45" from underbust at front
Upper Arm - 14" circumference





Thursday, 3 August 2017

Tailor's Guide TG129 - Ladies' Two Jackets

Pattern: Tailor's Guide #129, "Ladies' Two Jackets: Styles 1770-1785". With alterations to the center front closure. This jacket is based on that features in Costume Closeup, from the Snowshill Collection.
Fabrics: 100% cotton, blue damask on white. 100% linen for lining, white.
Alterations?: Yes, to the center front closure only. All other pieces are true to the pattern shapes.
For Sale on Etsy HERE
Measurements: As taken on the dress form shown.
The lacing front closure allows a range of fit above and below these numbers.
Chest - 38"
Waist - 32.5"
Hip - Free
Hem - 38" at front, 41" at back (bum roll)
Back Width - 15" relaxed fit
Bicep - 15" max, relaxed fit.
Back Length: 15" from base of neck to waist.

Construction Methods: 100% hand stitched. Lapped seams, whip stitching, etc.. Edge stitching done in "le point a rabattre sous la main". It seems cumbersome, but the English translation is roughly "Point to the fold under the hand". Yeah...not much better, lol. 




Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Truly Victorian #170 "Victorian Petticoats"

Pattern: Truly Victorian #170, Victorian Petticoats. View 1, early bustle era. Fullest version.
Fabric: Two-tone taffeta, red-green, polyester/rayon blend. Not historically accurate, but at roughly $25 a yard for real silk of a similar weight, I wasn't interested in spending $125 on fabric alone for this ;) LOL

Measurements:
I made the largest size, which according to the pattern comfortably fits waists between 38" and 40".

Truly Victorian #170, View 1, shown over large pillow bustle.

Monday, 5 June 2017

1755 Waistcoat - Margot Hill Pattern

Pattern: 1755 Men's Waistcoat, The Evolution of Fashion, by Margot Hill and Peter
Fabric: 100% silk taffeta, dark brown. Back lining is double layer cotton osnaburg. Front section lining is plain weave cotton and taffeta facings.
Construction: Hand stitched using period methods, including the "Weird running whip-stitch thingy" (this method has a French name, but darned if I can't remember it right now)

Measurements:
With back lacing fully closed
Chest: 40"
Waist: 36"

Note on Photos: I don't have a male display form, so I'm forced to improvise by using a small female dress form and then stuffing it with poly-fill, LOL. Not the best, but it's what I have at the moment.