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« on: September 11, 2006 07:49:10 PM »

I have been sewing like mad to make an ensemble for this past civil war reenactment nearby. I made a corset, chemise, drawers, corset cover, blouse, swiss waist, and recovered a hat. I feel as though I'm forgetting a piece, though. However, despite that you can't see most of my handiwork, here it is!


The blouse is made of cotton voile, made from Heidi Marsh's Tucked Blouse pattern. There is a cameo brooch at the neckline, and faux pearl buttons at the cuffs and down the back. I lost one during the reenactment, but it is beneath the waistline and not a big deal.

The swiss waist is navy cotton, and is another of Heidi Marsh's patterns. I left off the self-ruching and the sashes, but I'm still considering making them.

The skirt is again, cotton. No patterns are necessary for skirts. The fabric however, has a history of its own. I found it at a thrift store -- tons of it. I've made this skirt, a bodice (incompleted), lined a jacket and will make a camp dress for a friend from it. Then the rest of it will go to quilt squares. I've never found such a good deal since.

The hat was actually bought used, but recovered. After the photos were taken I attached a white plume and two pointed peacock feathers.

I'm also wearing a chatelain with a watch and scissors hanging from it, but they are hidden in the folds of my skirt.

Individual project pages can be seen at my website, Seams Historic.

*edit* Oh, and I called it "scottish" in the title because a friend said all I had to do was change the blouse and hat and it'd pass for a scottish ren faire dress. I might have to do that!
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006 08:07:39 PM »

The whole outfit looks great!  Makes me want to get back into historical costumes. Smiley
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006 09:19:50 PM »

Really great costume! I love the skirt's material.

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006 09:54:12 AM »

That is a beautiful outfit -- you did a great job!

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006 10:18:11 AM »

That is gorgeous! Love it! great job!

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006 11:09:58 AM »

Spectacular! I know you're going for a period look, but I keep thinking how great that skirt would look with a really sexy lacy black top, pr perhaps your corset but without the white shirt underneath, hehe. Great job!

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2006 10:21:53 PM »

wow. thats amazing. great job, it looks really professional!
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2006 07:26:10 AM »

Very nice!
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2006 08:39:15 PM »

Wow, I love your ensemble. It is extremely well done. I hope you had fun re-enacting!  Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2006 11:18:04 AM »

love it, what kind of pattern did you use for the corset? i'd love to know...

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