mlsdesigns: (bustle hair)
This time, of my new bustle ball gown. These photos are so bad I wasn't going to bother posting them, and meant to get dressed again to take new photos, but that hasn't happened, and it's New Year's Eve, if I don't post these now I'll probably never get around to it!

So, at long last, here are the photos from the Cotillion ball. )

Oh dear, those photos are so awful :( And the ones of the blue plaid bustle outfit from the demo are almost as bad, I'm posting them next, hopefully before the end of the year, I've a few hours left anyway :)
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
Finally, 2 months later, I have photos from Llandod to share! I can't believe it's been this long! But then again, the fact that it's been a month since my last LJ post just shows how crazy busy I've been.
Anyway, without further ado, for many, many, MANY photos, step this way! )

I'm going to post the photos from Bath, Hampshire and the Cotillion in separate posts, sorry for the ridiculous number you had to trawl through this time :D

Um, oops!

Sep. 27th, 2010 11:53 pm
mlsdesigns: (plaid and bonnet)
Hello all, I'm finally back from Bath, and now we have no holidays planned till the end of October! I get to go back to normal at last :D
Anyway, in all the manic event sewing I've done lately I've been very remiss with posting, especially picture posting :( SO to make up for that, here are some pictures from the Victorian Festival in Wales. I was my usual useless self when it came to picture taking, so there are not exactly many to show for the 9 days, but the best of those I did take are under here... )
So now I just have to do the same for the photos form Bath, and we're up to date! I'm going to try to be better about posting more now, but we all know how well my resolutions last ;)
mlsdesigns: (crochet)
Boy do I have lots to post! But I'm too busy to edit and upload pics, and it's only going to get worse! I've been sewing like mad, in between coughing fits, Sunday we're doing a demo at a local hippy type dance festival, as long as it doesn't rain that is! Mummy will be wearing the early Victorian I fixed the sleeves on, and I'm wearing 18thC, probably my Indian print jacket with a cream taffeta petti and my new blue clocked stockings from Williamsburg, so hopefully there will be pics from that. And next Saturday we go to Wales for the Victorian festival! EEK!!!
It's this festival that has me sewing like a crazy person, for instance, today I finished Mummy's new 1860s cotton dress, it's dark blue with a yoked bodice and double puff sleeves (all I had left was the centre back cartridge pleats, moving the dog-leg buttons and hemming the cuffs). I also did the fastenings and decoration on a day bodice to go with my gold stripe ball gown skirt, trimmed the same way as the original I'm copying with velvet ribbon and fringe. I cut out, assembled and made the boning channels for Clare's new corset, but it's so tiny I'm worried it might actually be too small, even though she's a midget, so I'm waiting to finish it till she gets back. I also trimmed a straw bonnet form my best friend bought me for my birthday, using the vintage rose ikat print ribbon from the first bonnet I made, which I also re-trimmed a few days ago. And last, put in an extra hook and bar on the plaid skirt for Clare's new Bustle walking suit. Whew, just writing it makes me tired! Now, bear in mind that this is a completely abnormal day, making up for yesterday's almost total slacking, but it does give you an idea of the little sweat shop I've made for myself! A word to the wise, when you know you have a deadline coming up, however many months away it is, don't faff around doing nothing for days on end, it WILL come back to bite you in the arse!!!!
To top off the enjoyment, I've spent the last 24 hours obsessing about '20s dresses, thanks to certain people who will remain nameless ... you know who you are and should feel ashamed!!! I need to finish things for Llandod, not daydream, and WILF for pretty frocks and the House of Eliot DVD!!!!!
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
I've been very poorly all week with a rotten cold, and now you're all going to CosCol without me! But I'm sure I'll get my medicine soon in the form of scrummy photos appearing every five minutes on my Flist (hint hint!!)
Anyway, my cold is now finally getting better, I managed to re-trim a bonnet yesterday, and today I started a new corset for Clare (her old one wasn't actually made for her, so never fit properly) the mockup fitting went very well, and I now just have to wait for the hardware to arrive. I also adapted her bustle bodice pattern to a high neckline and refit the darts over the mockup of the new corset. The bodice is sewn together and the sleeves are ready to set, it's navy cotton velveteen and will have a short pleated walking skirt made from green and navy plaid cotton. I'm going to trim a straw hat with royal blue ribbons and the wings from a bird a friend gave me. She knew I wanted wings to trim a hat, so when some friends were killing pests on a farm she got them to save one, she cut the wings off and told me to dry them out in a low oven, spreading the feathers to the shape I wanted before drying them so they would stay in the right position. Sounds very gruesome I know, but we have to suffer to be beautiful!!
Hopefully I'll be feeling as alive tomorrow and the sewing progress will continue as it has done today! But I do know one thing that will keep me motivated ... lots of PICTURES!!!

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