Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am insanely irritated with myself over the cycle I've gone through with these boots! As it turns out, the 7-1/2 probably would have been the best size (if the sole hadn't stuck so far out over the toes in the front).
Another friend of mine, however, mentioned that she keeps a half size smaller boot for winter when her feet may not swell, and the larger size for summer month events. I think this is a good plan and may order another size up to see how that goes.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thank you Mr. Land for standing behind your work and producing a great series of historical footwear!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've posted pictures of the dresses that have "inspired" me below. You'll probably see elements of each of these somewhere in my final dress. I'm not choosing one in particular to recreate, because I haven't found one that I just totally LOVED. So now, the creation is coming straight from my head onto the fabric. I'm a little worried . . . but I know it will be a fun process!
And I'm actually wondering why I bought all those baby patterns - Micky is going to be completely too big for any of them within the blink of an eye.
Well, make a note to yourself if you are reading this and preparing flounces. I am going to make a mental note (again) to myself!
My jumbled mess of muslin strips for my flounced petticoat.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thanks for bearing with me during this process. :)
NOTE: The quality of these pictures is unfortunately very low - they were sent via email and very small.
Detail of fabric and buttons
Cravat and Shirt Ruffle
The waist coat was actually made to be reversible. One fabric was the striped effect like the movie, the other was of a darker more solid looking fabric. The same buttons were used on both sides.
Friday, August 21, 2009
While I was careful to measure out the length of my skirt to prevent this, it still does need to be a bit off the ground so that I do not continually step on it (espcially with children). However, having said that, and having seen these pictures, I think I will try to add an inch or two to the hem of this skirt! Ha ha! I laugh at the thought that even then this was a problem and a bit of a joke. You cover yourself with so many, many layers, and then a little tip exposes your ankles and legs!
Well, enjoy the free view!
For more interesting reading on the subject rom period sources visit this site http://www1.assumption.edu/WHW/hoops/default.html
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Mommy and Baby
This pram was made in Chicago IL and still has the factory plate on the front. Queen Victoria made the use of wicker prams extrememly popular in upperclass familys during the 19th century. It is probably more likely that this pram is from the 1870s or 1880s (when they had really hit their popularity) than actually the 1860s. This was originally upholstered with a heavy brocade fabric and stuffed with straw! It was so disgusting by the time I got it, I just ripped it all out. I did not have time to reupholster before I needed to use it, so I cleaned the wicker/wood and placed a linen covered feather pillow in it for Micky to lie on.
Renton and Emily eating icecream (couldn't resist this picture)
Back view of dress (button closure)
Emily "Holding Down the Fort"
Disclaimer: (Emily's Hair) While many young girl's wore their hair chin length in the Victorian era, longer hair was also quite common and in the 1860s girls NEVER wore bangs. Hair was parted in the middle and often pulled back with a pretty ribbon, hairnet or other method. Often the middle part was the only way to tell little girls apart from their skirt wearing little brothers (whose hair was parted on the side). HOWEVER, it is like pulling teeth to put these clothes on my firely little Emily, who also detests anything being put in her hair let alone it being parted in the middle and pulled back. I did start with a pretty little black velvet ribbon, but I'm not sure it lasted beyond the parking lot. REALITY CHECK - not a battle I'm going to fight with a three year old in public, even in the name of authenticity.
Short pants buttoned to shirt
Disclaimer #1 (Renton's Hair) - While there is much exigent documentation to show very short hair on boys during the Victorian era, most wore their hair longer (often curly) and always parted on the side. In fact, the side part on very young boys still in skirts was often the only thing that distinguished them from their female counterparts of the same age.
Disclaimer #2 (Renton's Boots) - The zip laces on Renton's boots are not accurate for this period. HOWEVER, when you are outfitting (on a budget) quickly growing children with footwear that they will not wear anywhere or anytime else, you get what you can. :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I used the larger hooks and eyes and tried the "continuous" stiching that I've seen on many originals. Again, I am a little concerned that the extra thread is going to end up getting caught and pulled and the fastenings are just going to come off. I'll update this later if that happens (and will stick to button holes in the future).
Front side of eyes
Back side of "eyes" with continuous stiching
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Finally, since this tunic has short sleeves, I thought, let's try it on with his white shirt - Voila! It looked sooooo adorable! I am not posting any pictures yet because we have an event this weekend and Peter will take some good pics there (hopefully). But I am pleased.
The blue velvet trousers came out perfectly. I made them below the knee style, and I have about 4" of turn up in the hem so I can let it out as he grows. Also there is plenty of room in the waist (as suggested by Elizabeth Stewart Clark in her pattern).
FINAL COMMENTS: The tunic body probably could have been shorter (the way I attached the waist band, I couldn't take it apart and re-do it), the body could have been narrower (but Renton is a very thin boy) and I think I would make the pagoda style sleeves if I were doing it again. But this is a really easy pattern and fun to try different styles with.
Detail of inside (flat-lining) of tunic.
"NEGATIVE" ON PATTERN: Not sure why, but part of the directions are talking about girl's dresses and skirts. I think this is a little misleading, especially if a novice sewer were taking a stab at it. No suggestions are made for the length of the tunic skirt and the length on the attachment for the trousers has no suggestions either, just added inches. A ball-park figure for both would have been nice.