Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Titanic Memories

Kate Winslet in the movie Titanic
So a friend of mine is getting ready to head over to England for the 100th Anniversary Titanic Memorial Cruise!  I am naturally extremely jealous . . . but the fact that I am terrified of open water, and extremely superstitious are enough to keep me on dry land and live this event vicariously through her. 

I had the opportunity to help "throw together" a few historical pieces for a friend of hers who is also going over for the cruise.   The window was something like, "Can you put SOMEthing together in less than three weeks?"  (Which if you knew these wonderfully creative, last-minute, women, you would not be surprised at the time frame.)   I jumped at the chance because I just LOVE this era, and I always have more fun sewing for others than for myself.

So in a few short days I got to make up a simple linen/cotton day dress (made out of very similar fabric to this classic "Boarding Suit" of the movie Titanic), a seafoam green embroidered high collar coat (to match an already existing skirt "recycled" from a late Victorian outfit she already owns) and a sapphire blue and black iridescent taffeta evening dress with a black lace overlay bodice. 

I don't have pictures to share yet, as I was sewing mostly in the dead of night and the lighting is HORRENDOUS down in my basement sewing room.  But I am hoping they get some really fantastic shots during the crusie that I can share later. 

In the meantime, I'm reposting a few things I made years ago when the movie first came out.  Hard to beleive that was nearly 15 years ago!



The reproduction was made of a fine cotton shirting fabric with white background and woven royal purple pin stripe. The facings and belt were made of heavy purple satin. The pattern was self-created.
NOTE: The quality of these pictures is unfortunately very low - they were sent via email and very small.
Boarding Suit as a Wedding Ensemble

Customer in my creation

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sewing Itch

Spring is in the air! And the sewing itch is starting to creep under my skin. Last night my little boy and I stayed up late sewing. I was cutting out a new Civil War Era suit for him (will post pictures later) and he was designing, cutting out and hand sewing a pheasant! (R is 7 years old and extremely artistic. He wanted to "start with an animal THEN make a set of clothes.").

I also took on a couple 1912 Era dresses for a friend going to a Centennial Titanic cruise! Did I mention they leave in four weeks?!

Can't wait to post more. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Naughty Nellies - Not so Much

Just a sneak peek right now.  Had an amazing photoshoot with the talented Claudia Garner last weekend.  We were making Naughty Nellies ("clean" ones - no nudity here thank you very much) for a fundraiser for my friend Amy Beechler's ball up in Buffalo NY this coming weekend.  I have to admit I was a little hesitant at the idea at first.  But it was so much fun and the pictures came out beautifully!  I'm going to post a few here, but there will be more to come.