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And now for an update on my personal sewing fiascos: I’m starting to bind the tabs on my eighteenth century stays (which is all I have left to do on them). I’ve only just begun and I already feel like swearing but, of course, that’s not very ladylike! But if something slips out, it’s understandable, I’m sure.. after all, just look at that hairpin turn!
Finished my bust pads today for under my Edwardian corset. “What God has forgotten, we stuff with cotton!” I chose to reproduce a pair of c. 1900 “Falsies” that are in the LACMA. A perfect match for my rump pad!
My matching rump pad:
Éowyn’s “jumper” is supposedly made out of a mid-weight linen, so that’s what I constructed mine with. It was a beautiful fabric! Just like the archery dress, it’s sewn entirely by hand. The neckline, hem, and side openings are faced and there are hand sewn eyelets to thread the leather cording through (the mismatched suede cord in the first initial photos isn’t what I ended up with - notice the much improved smooth cord in the on-sight photos). I still have yet to add some leather cording around the neckline, but besides that I am exceptionally pleased with this project. And without further ado, I give you Éowyn’s surcoat!
This is my recreation of Susan’s Archery Dress from the first Narnia film! It is faithfully reproduced, except I excluded the slits on the upper arm and decided I preferred a simpler and cleaner bound edge on the cuffs rather than more embroidery. It is made out of the most scrumptous mid-weight linen and the pattern is drafted by myself. Entirely hand sewn with flat-felled seams, hand-bound eyelets, and hand embroidery, it took me about a year to complete (although I wasn’t as frequent of a sewer then as I am now). Enjoy! :)
You can see the bound cuff here:
A detail of the embroidery!
And just for fun, a picture of the dress in action as I do what I do best:
I can also put up more photos of the Éowyn surcoat that I made, which you see my friend Stephanie wearing in the above photos. (And the beautiful woman sitting next to me in a darker green dress is my darling mother!) Should I post those next?
Yesterday night I finally finished this charming dress! It has the sweetest white-on-white check pattern which you can’t really see in the photos. Circa 1811 and sewn entirely by hand!
And because I can, here are the nankeen-coloured half boots I wear with it that I just got for Christmas :D I’ll soon be adding a rosette to each of them right below the lacing.
I finished another project this afternoon that I’ll post about tomorrow…. to be continued!
LOOK AT THIS JAW-DROPPING, HAND-BLOCKED, SHEER COTTON FABRIC I JUST BOUGHT
IT SHALL BE MINE AND I SHALL CALL IT SQUISHY
personally, i like mine better. it’s a seersucker stripe rather than dots, and i made the white band go all the way around the top of the bodice. and added the crossed straps! i’ve named it the kitty dress, after the kitty foyle styled dresses of the 1940s. better pictures soon!
My beautiful kid gloves! I used these so much in a week that they’re showing wear, unfortunately, but they are no less lovely.
The only photo where I’m actually wearing the proper engageantes (undersleeves)! I took them off for dance practice late in the day, which is why I’m not wearing them in above photos.
I was being filmed by a German TV crew for German public television here. They’re doing a documentary on the South and the Athenaeum is going to be featured in it!
With my lovely friend Anne! We all wore full or half mourning clothing this day.
The Pillow family plot! Makes me sleepy.. yaaaawn :3
A fun day dress:
And my mourning gown!: