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1  period dress - where to start? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tarriknits on: March 10, 2011 11:06:18 AM
I want to make this dress here.

the yellow lacy one (although possibly not exactly the same and likely not in buttercup yellow).

The basic elements i can see are conical crinoline, with one or two rigid hoops, conical (half or full circle?) skirt, and a conical (half or full circle) lace over skirt.
Under-corset and bodice with humungous sleeves.

So here are the questions:
  • Do you reckon it is a full circle skirt, or a 1/2 or 3/4 circle skirt?
  • I'm guessing the bodice is hooked/buttoned/laced at the rear, but i can't figure out the front construction. It doesn't look like princess seaming, so what would work (bearing in mind I am petit and at mosta  B cup)?
  • I've made slightly puffy sleeves before using gathers and/or pleats but never anything quite so full. Any special techniques or tips i should know about?


I have about one and a half months to make this, which really isn't enough time. Actually I have about one and a half months to make two ... but hey who's counting! I won't realy have time or money to do a muslin mock, except for crucial technical bits, and thankfully i have a suitable corset to wear underneath but eeep! I realy need to go fabric shopping and start ASAP!
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2  Easy wrap pants in glamorous green in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tarriknits on: November 19, 2010 05:13:16 PM
I made a pair of wrap round trousers to wear to a wedding. I used this tutorial http://laupre.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/easy-breezy-wrap-pants-tutorial/ which was fantastic and easy to follow.
But wrap around trousers are to casual for a wedding you say?
well firstly this was a fairly relaxed wedding and secondly, nothing is casual when you make it from green silk satin embossed with silver oriental print!
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3  Re: URGENT Prom Dress Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tarriknits on: April 21, 2010 03:10:06 PM
I would do it a slightly different way. I would decide where you want the waist band to sit then measure around there for the waist measurement.
cut out a pice of fabirc to act as your waist band. you may want to re-enforce this with an other layer either now or later depending on the fabric.
Fold your chosen fabric in half lengthways. It must be a long enough piece to fit in the full length of your skirt.

draw and then cut out the skirt shape below. you will have two identical pieces. Sew one side seams. you know have a humongous opened out skirt. Attach the skirt to the wast band gathering as you go. there are a few ways of doing this i like the basting method.
When gathered, sew firmly in place. Sew up the other side of the skirt almost to the top. Insert a small zip into the gap to bring the two sides of the skirt/waistband completely closed. You'll need this to get in and out.

fold a smaller piece of fabric in half and cut out the small trapezoid. These form the 'cups' of the dress. Make the bottom edge around about half your waist measurments (not the full wasit measurement as i put in the picture that's a typo) and the top something like 1/4 the waist measurement (another typo there). It should be as high as you feel it needs to be to keep you covered. Play around with these measurements to get the effect and coverage you want.

Gather and sew these ontot he waist band at the front. gather and hem the top edges of the 'cups' and add your straps. maybe cord or braided tubes of fabric. I would overlay the waist band with a pretty ribbon or sturdy fabric here to complete the look. Oh and hem the bottom and back edge of the wasitband.



does that make any sense?
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4  Goofed up an armhole. a little help please. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tarriknits on: April 16, 2010 12:44:13 PM
I am making a dress from scratch without a pattern. I have made a couple before and usually just follow the standard 'S' shape for making fitted in sleeves. adjusting the size of the 'S' dpending on how poofy i wanted the sleeve (i make period dresses which generally require some poffiness).

This time i have tried a slightly different shape for he skirt and bodice, which has given me the desired affects of a flat front, with a lot of fullnes at the back which can be cinched in with a sash or ribbon around the waist to give a full skirt with a loose yet flattering bodice (empire line BTW, this is regency era).

here's the problem: i forgot about the sleeves until i had sew the bodice and skirt up. Now i have a very odd shaped 'armhole' in which to insert sleeves. I can't figure out how to shape sleeves to still give the fullness and give me something i can comfortable move my arms in.

Here is the oddly shaped armhole i created. See that right angle, formed from how the larger back section folds around to join with the smaller front section?



And here is the first attempt at a sleeve i made to fit the funny shaped armhole. It is pointy, not poofy and pins my arm to my side somewhat awkwardly.


Any ideas on what shape i should be making my sleeve to fit or on how i could retcon the bodice to take a regualr sleeve?
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5  New regency dress (pic heavy!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tarriknits on: April 06, 2010 12:52:57 PM
I make costumes for LARP events and am attending an event set in 1823 next month. It's a royal wedding so a brand new pretty dress was needed.

This is what i came up with. It is at a stage i would call 'wearable' which means that on the outside it looks fine but on the inside, well it could do with a seam or two tidying up!

I love how it fastens down the back and the multi dart bust gives it just the right fit with a the slightly dropped empire waist (heading into the mid 1820s the wasit started to drop toward the natural waist line from the under-bust that had ben populat for the last 15 years or so).

I have no idea what the fabric is, its like some sort of silk dupion with embroidary, but i think it is synthetic. nice to sew but a little stuff at times. OK so on to the pics.

Here is the dress in the making w/out sleaves.


finished dress form the front


finished dress from the back


close up of the skirt gore with fringing


close up of buttons with 'modesty panel'
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6  regency costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by tarriknits on: July 10, 2009 07:14:33 AM
I was at a regency larp last weekend and made my own costume: a floral dress, a red and white silk dress, a spencer, a bonnet and two reticules. Alas I only seem to have photographs of me in the floral dress.
I also made a dress for my frind and a white skirt. This was my first time doing a garment of this scale. It worked well, and i learned a good few lessons (i.e. do not sew whilst tired). I didn't use a pattern, just guessed based on clothing i already had and copied pictures of appropriate dresses.



Meet the displaced Polish nobles. I'm the short one in the front!
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