Planning of 18th Century Undergarments

The printer has been obtained and I have decided on the Corsets and Crinolines whalebone stay and the panniers d’acier a charnieres.

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I am going to end up using cable ties instead of boning and 16 gauge wire instead of hoop wire due to my constraints in Turkey.  I do have access to great fabrics so I am not worried about the quality and I will be using a twill instead of coutil.  There is a wide selection of ribbon so I am going to try and find velvet but I will do my best.

Next step is going to be getting a cheap sheet and making a mockup of the bodice.  Our shipment with the sewing machines should be here in a couple weeks and I will see what I can get done with the hand crank I got for Christmas!

New Project!

SOOOO EXCITED!!!

I am now in Ankara, Turkey and we have been presented the opportunity to go to a Masqued Ball in Versailles, France! At *THE PALACE*!  I have 6 months to plan and implement with a small hindrance of my go-to supplies not being readily at hand.  We have started the initial planning and we have now decided on being a Revolutionary War couple coming to court to celebrate the win of the Americans with the help of the French.  Erick wants to be an Infantry Captain and I will be his lovely wife in a truly extravagant dress.

 

Pattern for Erick:

http://www.neheleniapatterns.com/english/englishsite.html Regimental Coat SF201 and Waistcoat SF202.  He would like short breeches to go with his knee high boots.

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Color scheme would be black velvet, white silk, dove grey wool, silver/pewter.

Patterns for Whitney: 

I have decided to go with a closed front robe à la française, there will be a dramatic hat and wig involved.  If my white leather boots are in the shipment from  Houston (I really can’t remember where I packed them) they are of the appropriate style and I will wear those.  I will need panniers and I want to build a full boned stay. The patterns I am looking at are free http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/howto/frauen/contouche.shtml.

My dress will involve a lot of hand beading and creativity and will mostly take the 6 months that I have to complete!

Recipe Chocolate Chip Truffle Cake

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So I thought I would add a little description. The cake is made from the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake mix. The icing is a modified chocolate ganache from “Sharing Sweet Secrets” by Pamela Moriarty, I adjusted how much 60% guiardelli chocolate drops by color and i upped the amount of cream and addeda Tbls of caster sugar to the outside cream to make it a tad sweet and both the inbetween and outside icing has a Tbls of amaretto liqour in the mix. Oh so tasty… i have never made my own truffles, but this cake tasted just like the organic truffles from heb central market.

Evening Dress Pictures

I have been very busy recently as I have just started a new job, which is awesome, but tiring.

 

Here are the pictures of the Evening dress.  I have a few critiques to start with I have already received a couple yards of black lace that I will be adding at the waist and down the back where the dress is hook and eye latched together to hide the stitching.  I really want to add something to break up the waist on the dress.

The Evening Dress.

I am in love with the square neck on the dress, I love the sarees and how they made the dress just pop.  It was worth all of the time!  The little train in the back was fantastic and I actually really enjoyed taking the trim off of the saree and then replacing it where it needed to go.

The wonderful colors of the Evening Dress.

Here are a couple silly pictures from the evening…

Titanic Zombie! I even made her drop her glove…

After a long night… I was still hungry! (I am secretly a BRAIN SUCKER!)

 

 

Blackwork Jacket

So E has challenged me to make myself a blackworked coat, similar to the beautiful blackwork in Anonymous (beautiful blackwork, horrible storyline).

So I have found a coat pattern:

http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=80&page=2

I will be doing the pattern that is slightly longer then the knee, but not so long as to be floor length.  I think this will allow me to wear the coat even when I don’t have a bustle on.

The fabric:

http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p/12408/Light-Camel-Cashmere

The lining:

http://www.belraffabrics.com/fabrics/fashion/silk/1840-black-silk-charmeuse.html

The silk for the blackwork:

http://www.mjtrim.com/thread-1094yds-spl.html

 

Here is the blackwork I have designed:

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It is 3.5″ wide and 4.5″ long repeating pattern. 

I will be doing the pattern in long lines down the coat, with probably 2.5″ between the longitudinal striped blackwork.

Since the jacket will not always be closed I am going to do a simple thin pattern on the turn back:

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This pattern is approx 1/2″ wide and will run the length of the inside and up the turn of the coat.