2016 in Review

2016 is one of those years we will always remember for it’s tragic events, raising lack of humanity/ compassion for the most vulnerable in our society (and world).

But for me, 2016 will always be one of the mot important years in my life – it’s the year my son was born.

Thus a big change in my priority’s (and time/energy) leaving my sewing somewhat on the backwater.
And taking into account that I had a 6 months hiatus from sewing last winter(Oct 2015 – April 2016) there is a miracle I managed anything at all. But I did actually finish a few items both before and after my delivery in June.

And here they are:

1790s printed Roundgown:
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Viscose 1790s Roundgown (both with and without baby-bump)IMG_9669

Regency Petticoat IMG_9661

Babyclothes:
Modern:
Jackets, bodys, pants, hats and rompers several of each.IMG_9732 IMG_9915

Historical:
A hat and shirt for a newborn IMG_0282

Halloween:
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Menswear:
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Regency Shirt:img_0861

1950s turquoise viscose dress:IMG_0842

1450s Italian Gown:img_0524

1400s Chemise IMG_0334

1450s Italian Court Gown img_0442

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I’ve also finished a few minor projects like, hemming skirts/pants, sewing curtains/pillows, adjusting dresses etc.

And as always I have a few things on their way which I didn’t manged to finish before the new year (but which hopefully will be completed in he following months).

Al in all I think I did pretty well with my 3 mayor project, which all has been on my wishlist for quite some time.

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Henry the Eight – Don’t be such a baby

2 (or 3 months) ago, when deciding on projects for Halloween (Elizabeth I for me) I realizes that this would be the first (of many?) costumes I would make for my baby, and that I really wanted it to be special.

So what would I dress my chubby redheaded infant as for his first Halloween…?

The answer came to me pretty fast:
Hernry VIII – of course

workshop_of_hans_holbein_the_younger_-_portrait_of_henry_viii_-_google_art_projectPortrait by Holbein d.y. and the one I used as reference for my baby costume.

I started by taking a close look at the inspiration/reference pic, and flipping through the pages of “The Tudor Tailor” I found what I needed.
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Then I hit the fabric store in search for some suitable fabrics.15451386_10211259297419846_1297395615_nLeft to right: Brown fake fur (stash), burgundy/red singel Jersey, grey/silver printed Jersey, white knitted leggings and golden trim.

Since this was to be a costume worn (once) by an infant I decided to make it as easy and wearable (read soft/comfy) as possible, using Jersey fabrics and omitting anything complicated (like slashes) or small/sharp (like beading and pearls).
I also decided it was totally acceptabel to cheat as much as possible 🙂

My first move vas to get a pair of white leggings/tights from a well known clothing store. img_1271

Then it was time for the actual sewing.

I started with the body using a baby pattern I used previous and knew and liked. img_1266I stitched it up using my serger and a double needle on the edges.

The finished Body:img_2180I like that it is usable as a modern/regular piece on its own.

Next piece was the “skirt”, which was made from a lenght of fabric which I hemed and pleated to a elastic waistband.img_1291

The finished skirt:img_2171

Then it was time for the main piece – the cape

I cut a rektangel from the red fabric, folded it over cut it open at the front and pleated it at the shoulders. Then I stitched on some decoration.img_1261

The sleeves was made from rectangles stitched together, decorated and gathered at top and bottom. img_1264Ignore the wonkyness – I stitched this with my baby sleeping in the carrier on my belly, so not the best attention to detail.

Then I cut the fur collar from a piece of stash fabric.img_1269

img_1284Pining and stitching the fake fur to the cape.

The finished Cape:img_2182

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Lastly I made a small hat/beret from a circle and a strip of black jersey. img_1310

The finished hat:img_2179

This was such a fun project and I really love how the little coat/cape came out.

and finaly

Here’s some photos of my own prince wearing the outfit:img_1718

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And some pics with the two of us together (Elizabeth I and Henry VIII)img_1762

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Elizabeth I – Photoshoot (Movie inspired)

Once everything for my “Elizabeth I” was finished I dressed up for the photoshoot – which just happened to be on Halloween 🙂

I’m wearing my Elizabeth gown accessoriced with my fake ermine cape, Tudor jewelry, neckruff and plastic crown and septer (and a hideus plastic wig).

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Then I removed the regalia to try to resemble the cleaner, more innocent (?) look earlier in the movie, and the edgy cover photo.

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A Royal Cape – Fake it ’til you make it

To turn my Elizabeth I dress into something a bit more royal, I decided to make an ermine cape.

I originally wanted to make a coronation robe like the one my inspiration painting (below), but since I only got scraps left from the dress fabric, I opted for a simpler (and more theatrical/fake) style.

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I used my old cape pattern, and a soft white fake fur I bought a few years back to made a short cape.img_1313

Then I cut small pieces of a black fur trim I had in my stash and placed them on the cape to get the ermine look.img_1345Testing the spaces of the black “tails”.

Once I decided their placement I stitched them on by hand.img_1394

An hour later the cape was finished.img_1391

The finished cape:
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The facts:

What: A fake Ermine cape

Pattern: I drafted my own.

Fabric & Notions: 0,5 m white fake fur, 30 cm black fur trim, thread, hook and eye.

Time & Cost: 2 hours (1 hours to attach the black fur pieces), about 100 Sek (10 Usd)

Final Thoughts: Not one of my finest works, but it will do for its theatrical purpose.

Edwardian Vampire

Here comes another batch from last years Halloween photoshoot.

This time we are doing the classical vampire in my Edwardian lingere getup.

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Sadly I couldn’t get anyone to play Lestat, so we had to manage on our own 🙂

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img_9449Model: Jessie Lewis Skoglund
Photo: Elin Evaldsdotter
Costume & Concept: Fashion through History

Scary History

It’s that time of the year again.
When people goes crazy splurging on unnecessary things, clothes and decoration for the homes.
Of course I’m talking about – Halloween!

This year I decided to try something I’ve never done before – A Halloween photoshoot.
And since I couldn’t decide which one of my costumes I would use, I decided to use all of them…
No not really, but there where a lot.

The whole idea started when “American Duchess” announced her Instagram photo contest.
I started collecting inspiration pictures to decide what kind of picture I wanted for the competition – and from there it grew.
I decided there was no way I could model all the outfits I wanted to photograph, so I put a questions for models out on my private facebook – And you guessed it – I got lots of answers.

So this weekend I packed all my carefully ironed, sorted and packed dresses (shoes, corsets, hats, jewelry ect) in the car on top of the box holding all my Halloween decoration and masquerade make-up, and drew to work.
Yes, Since thee was now about 10 of us to get styled, dressed and photographed, I’ve decided to hold the photoshoot at the theater. And the fact that I had access to lighting, smoke machine and a wonderful huge “Dollhouse” as a backdrop really made the decision easy.

12112163_1277175332310740_7696391100424882181_nLots of things was going on in my sewing room previous this week.

I will show you the pictures as soon as they are ready – just need to do some sorting, editing and finishing first.

In the meantime here are some of my inspiration pics:

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Headless Portraits From the 19th Century (11)

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie

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Plastic Purple 18th century Flower Dress

The inspiration was wast for the “Plastique Fantastique” and afters some sketching I finally decided on a model I wanted to make.
20150628_164537_resizedJacket/Caraco and skirt combination.

Then I took a plunge down the rabbit hole that’s my fabric stash and came up with the perfect purple and flower combination – all in fabulous polyester plysch.20150628_164508_resized

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As I’m really un-used to work with stretch fabrics I made a quick mock-up. 20150628_184932_resizedSome tweaking and it will work just fine.

Then I cut the pieces for the bodice from the flowery fabric.IMG_7451

I used my serger to assemble the pieces.
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The sewing went so fast and easy it I was bound to run into trouble…
As I discovered at the first fitting – The bodice is way to short.IMG_7461I guess the turquoise fabric I used for the mock-up must have been a two way stretch while the my plysch only stretches horizontally.

Since I had only small scraps of fabric left I decided to piece it. And to cover the edge with a belt…
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Perfect!

I finished the bodice by pleating the peplum at the sides and attached it, trimmed the sleeves with some plastic lace and decorated the front with purple ribbon bows.

To make the belt I cut a strip of the purple skirt fabric, pressed some interfacing on it and stitched it closed. Then I attached he plastic belt buckle to it.
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To finish the ensemble I stitched the purple plysch into a tube, a drawstring at the waist, and cut a shaped hem (to accommodate for the pocket hoops).
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The finished skirt (worn over pocket hoops):IMG_7871

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As the final touch to my costume I bought a purple clown wig.afroperuk-lila-1

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The Facts:

What: A 18th century inspired masquerade costume

Pattern: I drafted my own, using jersey pattern templates.

Fabric: 1 m flowery polyester plysch, 1 m purple polyester plysch, 0,5m white ply lace, 1m purple fake velvet ribbon, thread and a plastic belt buckle.

Time & Cost: Nothing – Everything came from stash. If new perhaps 150-200 sek (20Usd) (wig – 100sek [16Usd])

Final thoughts: I love it! Even though I had some trouble (Guess jersey’s not my kind of fabric) it came out really well. My only concern is the right side tipping of the skirt (and the fact it’s really short)

Preview:20150630_114250_resizedMy final fitting with wig and jewelry.

So many Wigs

For some time now I’ve been working on getting a few wigs, to go with all the various styles of costumes that I do. And since I cant afford real and goodness I just got the cheapest ones there is, in order to style them into perfectly historical headwear I will be proud to wear upon my head.IMG_5409

Lets take a look at what I got, and what I plan to do about them.

 “Saloon Girl”IMG_1811Ehm, yeah, right…

I bought this wig for the color, curls and consistent (no, not really).
But I wanted a curly redhead wig to make a awesome “pouf” or “hedgehog” for my 18th century costumes.

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Unfortunately the curls are to heavy, and don’t stay put at all.
At the moment it is better suited for a “Greek” styled Regency do then nothing else. But hey I may need one of those to.IMG_2338Quick Regency up-do

“Renaissance”IMG_1810The go to wig for all redhead maid Marions out there ( oh I hope not)

“This wig will be perfect for almost any era and hairdo”  was what I was thinking buying it.IMG_1816 IMG_1820
“This wig have both a sharp part and an awful bang. There is No Way you are going to turn that into something beautiful – let it be!” Is what I should have thought.

I may just use it for hairpieces and rats…

IMG_1823Color scheme: (left to right) “Saloon girl”, “Mermaid” and “Renaissance”

“Marie Antoinette”151656241_1If you say so…

 My first attempt at taming this wig was about two year ago (result).
I also modified it a few times since then, and it do look better, but I think I will never be totally happy with it.

My second try will be now, and this time in white (oh so white).
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After re-reading “The American Duchess” tutorial on how she transformed this style to a beautiful 18th century “pouf”, I decided I needed to give it another go.

I really hope I can do what she did, because this plastic monster definitely need some work to look presentable.
And what were they thinking when they used a whole glue gun to the locks? IMG_5442“The glue really makes my hair shine…”

“Greek Goddess”IMG_5417This actually look pretty decent.

I bought this wig thinking it could fit both Regency and 1880s hair.
The wig is heavy, and the curls seems to be holding up well. Lets just hope I can do something about the curve at the hairline and the small tendrils they call a bang.
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“Amy Winehouse”IMG_5424Baboom!

This wig is so cool.

Ok, the styling is awful, and don’t even get me started on the blond piece in the bangs.
But it is shaped like a “bee-hive”, and have lots of long lose hair in the back…
lets say it together – Perfect for “Pouf”!
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And you can even carry stuff in it.IMG_5429

“Ghostly Saloon girl”IMG_5430Who comes up with these names?

It’s gray, it’s styled upwards and have some ringlets hanging down – Therefor it should be perfect for 18th century styles.
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But sadly the polyester ribbon hides a terrible secret – a huge edge, where the top is attached to the bottom of the wig. I’m not sure how I can get round/past that.IMG_5437

“Clown pop wig”IMG_5411 No, I’m not seriously thinking this will work for historical costuming.

I’ve had another event in mind…
(If you’r from Sweden, and like 18th century, but are just a tad annoyed about all the bullshit “historical” costumes out there, I think you know to what I’m referring to. And if you don’t – check it out here: Plastiq fantastiq pique nique)

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I have big planes on turning this baby into some awesome 18th century style, you just wait and see. wait and see…

Do you have any favorite cheap wigs or good tutorial to help me style these monsters?