More info to come
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
This is Trelayna, my youngest daughter. We attended a fantasy faire in Gig Harbor, WA about 2 years ago. I designed her costume of Link, from Zelda video game. She had purchased the shield ( a bit too heavy to carry around all day, and her famous sword). The majority of the costume was made by her [with my help, of course] I did do the lacing and embroidery around the edges of the tunic. Trelayna made the pouches on her belt. The belts were purchased at Goodwill and some of them were also made to hold her sword strapped to her back. Anyone noticed her elfin ears yet??
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The costume I'm wearing represents the 1896 time frame, near the Gibson Girl era. As you can see on my earliest entry, I mention this outfit and the event that it was made for.
At the barnes & Nobles event, I dressed up my 5 dolls in different outfits. This is my most favorite, the Medieval Traveling outfit. You can see additional pictures of this outfit under the American girl doll label.
This outfit for the doll was inspired, Ohh, do you see the similarity?....it was inspired by my outfit. My doll is also wearing a Gibson Girl outfit made with the same fabric as mine. I'll post her outfit next time so that you might see the details a little bit better. Since I just finished her outfit that morning, I wasn't able to include a not made up hat and fan. You can see the other dolls behind me, from left to right - Elizabethean outfit (my creation), Tinkerbell, Felicity's day dress [worn by Elizabeth] with matching purse [the object of the demo]
The girls loved to ask questions. We talked about the time period of these outfits, colors and fabrics, designing and the process of putting it all together.
It was a lot of work putting all this together, but, I must say, I truly enjoyed this short time interacting with them, the interest and the wanting to learn, and especially, the end result: "I really did do this all by myself!".
I want to give thanks to Anna, the Barnes & Noble children supervisor at the Silverdale Mall, for helping and especially for providing a fun program for the American Girl Club throughtout the year.
made channels at either ends with the sewing machine. Then I had the little girls sew the side edges with yarn and a blunt end large needle. I was amazed that a young girl of 4 was able to do quite a good job. I cut twenty five of these for the girls to sew by themselves. then I went to extra mile........
I cut an additonal 25 of these and sewed them up, placed som decorations on the front, as seen on both of these. then I proceeded to insert narrow satin ribbon, as can be seen on the left side of the top picture.....
Friday, May 6, 2011
These lovely ladies are part of the San Diego Costume Guild and I was honored to have been invited to have our picture taken as a group.
By the way, the temperature on that day was 86 degrees.
This is my almost finished version of 1896 time period. I am missing a hat, parasol and gloves. Unfortunately, this photo doesn't show the bottom of the skirt which is edged with trim and lace.
I started with this blouse that I found at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. I love the details on the front of the blouse with all the pintucks, the cuffs and 6 shell buttons and matching buttons down the front.
To make it period, I folded down the pointed collar on the inside and sewed it in place. For inspiration, I looked through several books on my shelves, especially this one:"Harper's Bazaar, Victorian Fashions & costumes from 1867 - 1898" by Stella Blum. I added narrow lace to the pintucks to soften the effect. Added bouffant upper sleeves and edged the bottom of the seam with white cotton lace. I applied lace in the inside of the cuffs and edged the outside with the same cotton lace as the upper sleeves. Small note: the same cotton lace, but in black adorns the bottom of the skirt.
This is the finished version of the blouse. Notice the detail below the full upper sleeves and the cuffs. On the last picture at the bottom, I am wearing a ruffled lace front attached to the blouse with a lovely antique cameo.
The skirt in it's almost finished stage. The waistband needs to be finished and the length of the skirt measured and hemmed. I had yet to decide how I was going to trim the front and bottom of the skirt. Normally, I let things sit for a little while till I come up with a design that I really like and then proceed.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This was taken at the Craigdarrock Castle in Victoria, BC. Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria (Craigdarroch means "rocky, oak place" in Gaelic) announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. He died in 1889 leaving his entire estate to his wife Joan who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian era furnishings.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The bodice has silver eyelets and is closed with matching blue suede.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thanks to my younger daughter, I have enough fabric to make quite a few outfits for the dolls. This outfit is made out of olive green microsuede. My daughter needed a cloak for a Renaissance Faire. I provided the 50% coupon for $12.99 yard fabric in exchange for the leftovers. Great deal!
I machine embroidered a design with silver thread and it came out beautifully. I enjoy sewing on microsuede. It doesn't fray, easy to cut, works well. Just a reminder, cut the fabric in the same direction. It will show if you don't.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Doesn't she just look lovely! She's all dressed up and ready to go to the Faire with the other maidens in the Castle. Her dress is made of rich green satin, completely lined and held closed in the back with 3 snaps. I could have laced the back of the dress but I wanted a little girl to enjoy this outfit. Lady Lillian wears a circlet made of the same fabric and trimmed with irredescent ribbon. Her long sleeves and neck scarf is made of embellished sheer fabric. A braided belt made of the fabrics from her dress encircle her waist and ends in a single braid down the front.
This is the back view of the dress. All of the dresses I have made so far have included snaps in the back, It's extra work but I just don't like velcro. Little girls need to learn dexterity and what better way than to include snaps..!