mlsdesigns: (cocktail)
Oh boy! the last couple of weeks have been crazy! It was my 30th birthday last Friday, and I celebrated with a cocktail party at home, which required not only a new cocktail dress, but also much food and a clean and tidy house!
I still have a small mountain of party related washing up to do, because this week has been pretty busy at work making up for the week before when I stayed home and tidied ;)
I know I still have the Bath reenactment photos to share, but first I thought I'd show you what we were up to two weekends ago :) Mummy and I found out about a Napoleonic reenactment taking place half an hour away from home, so decided to gatecrash! some of our dancing friends joined us, and we had a wonderful time, despite the crazy weather, it was so hot and sunny you wouldn't believe it was England! photos under here! )

I'm now all fired up for Regency again, which is excellent because Mummy and I have booked an apartment in Bath for the whole week of the Jane Austen festival this time :) I'm starting out with proper undies for mummy, she may not like it, but she's getting stays ...
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The Jane Austen festival was so much fun this year! Mummy and I stayed in the centre of town this time, instead of staying with our friend who lives in the suburb of Odd Down. We love staying with Ginny, but it was so nice to be 1 minute's walk from the Abbey Church Yard and able to say to new acquaintances 'come for tea this afternoon, and we'll have a nice noisy game of cards afterwards' which we did nearly everyday! Even better, we were only a few minutes walk from the lovely cocktail bar Ginny introduced us to last year :)
Mummy and I both had complete, brand new outfits for the promenade, then the rest of the week was a mixture of old and new, dresses and spencers, hats and caps, it's wonderful to have such nice big wardrobes of clothes to chose from each morning, I took everything we have, and some things came home unworn but it was so nice having them there if we wanted them, and I never wore the same thing twice, except my stays and petticoat ;) Then Aunty Jac joined us for the rest of our stay. I managed to get one of Clare's dresses to (sort of) fit her, and she wore mummy's spencers and wide brimmed hats to cover her modern hair, so, not too bad for a last minute addition!
Now, without further ado, pop on under the cut for lots of photos! )

Since coming home from Bath, I've been rather poorly, first with strained intercostal muscles from all the coughing, then with a dreadful head cold. I'm now over the cold, and most of the cough, but the strained muscles are as bad as ever, and now my back, which has been compensating for my chest muscles, is bad too, so I've been pretty slow this last week or so. I have finally managed to unpack from Bath and put everything away, including all the things from our reenacting escapades, and I've been indulging myself with a spot of modern sewing - some everyday tops and a skirt. I do need to get back to 'proper' sewing though! I need a ball gown for a Victorian Ballmoral ball next month, and then there's a Regency Christmas ball I want to make us new dresses for, and our winter dance demo this year is a Scottish Victorian theme, so I have a kilt I need to alter for Mummy, and I need something warm and tartany to wear too. Also, we've been invited to a 12th Night party by some new friends, so I kind of want a new Elizabethan dress ;) I really need to pull my finger out if I'm going to get all that done, and make a start on my WIlliamsburg wardrobe!!

An update

Sep. 9th, 2012 10:04 pm
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I'm so proud of my progress today, so I thought I should share :) (I've never been good about posting regularly have I?!)
I started this morning with Mummy's new spencer all cut out, sitting on my sewing table. By lunch time the body was sewn together, and the sleeves were lined, and the collar ready to attach. So, after lunch we did a fitting of the new dress to check for length and closures, and the sleeveless spencer to check the modifications I did were going to work - it has a V neck and I lowered the bottom edge because her other spencers are too high and show her dress waistlines. It fit perfectly! I slipped the sleeves on too, to check the length, they're nicely long, so when they have a wrist band they should hit her knuckles perfectly.
By the time we went to dance practice at 7pm, her spencer was finished except buttons and button holes and wristbands :D Ok, I did all the construction on the machine (I'm too mean to hand sew her things, I save that for my stuff!) but still, that's crazy progress considering how lazy I've been lately! I wonder if I can keep it up tomorrow?!

At last!

Sep. 8th, 2012 06:27 pm
mlsdesigns: (regency hair)
I've been trying to share my progress for the last 2 weeks or so! Things kept conspiring against me :( First, last week was taken up with Clare coming home for a visit at the weekend so we could all go to a family holiday down near the south coast, and my aunt who lives in Canada came home with us for a visit. The day she left I came down with a cold, and it morphed into a chest infection by the weekend, so this week I've been completely knackered from all the sleepless nights brought on by the cough!
None of this really stopped me from posting though, that is due to photobucket crashing every single time I tried to upload a photo! It's finally working now though, so here is my new frock!
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You have to imagine it with a tuck at the hem (I'm so glad it was too long, I do like tucks on regency dresses!) and it now has sleeve bands and buttons in back (only at the neck and waist at the moment, I need to try it on to see if it gapes) it also needs a crazy ruffly thingy at the neck! I don't want to wear a chemisette underneath, so I'm going to make the detachable frill from Costume in Detail :)
I've decided not to make the pelise this time after all, because I don't want to cover up the glorious frumpiness :D I'mm thinking instead, of making a purple spencer with military style trimmings to go with my purple military hat from last year. Hopefully it'll be too hot to wear my fur trimmed purple wool pelise, and I really want to wear that hat again, but have nothing else to wear with it.
I've made mummy a new dress, and yesterday I cut out a new spencer for her too. It's conker brown wool with dark red taffeta trimmings. So, not too bad considering how poorly I've been feeling all week!
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When we go to Bath for the Bath Minuet Company ball, we like to organise a day trip the next day, in kit, to a local National Trust place or something. This year we decided to go to the American Museum, which is housed in a beautiful Georgian mansion just outside Bath. The main reason for the visit though, being the quilt exhibition! There were dozens and dozens of gorgeous quilts, all in hanging glass cases that moved the like pages of a book :)
I was sensible and decided not to try to make anything new, we both have plenty of clothes in our Regency wardrobes! But I was feeling a bit burnt out 2 weeks before the ball, it seemed like the hand sewing of sack backs would never end, so I decided to treat myself to a bit of millinery therapy :) So, if you want to see pics of my new bonnet and the most fantastically amazing quilt I've ever seen, pop on under the cut. )
Since reviewing the quilt photos I'm itching to do some embroidery or piece some patchwork blocks!
mlsdesigns: (regency hair)
It seems like all I ever do is apologise for never posting! This time it's because we went to Paris for a week just before Christmas, coming home the day before Christmas Eve just in time for me to get really really sick! I've either got a cold or flu, and it's only been in the last day or so that I've actually felt relatively human again!
Any way, in an effort to put off starting on the new year's very VERY long to-do-list I bring you photos I should have posted months ago, this time from the ball Mummy and I went to in Hampshire. In sorting out photos to post I've realised why I'm such a slacker when it comes to posting event photos - it's because I never seem to manage to get decent enough photos to share! I think that will be my New Year's Resolution, to try to take decent photos and actually POST THEM!!

So, pop under the cut to see some Regency goodies... )

I still have photos of my new bustle dress from the Cotillion ball, and our outfits from the Russian Dance Demo, but once I've posted them, I think I'm up to date! There's only one costume I've made this year that I don't have any photos of, Mummy's 18thC kit, I made her a shift and stays and a bedgown, she wore them with some of my petticoats the day after our dance group's Regency ball (no photos, because we both wore the dresses from Hampshire) when we had a house full of guests so had an afternoon card party, and she looked lovely, but I don't have any photos :(
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I've not got as much done on my demo outfit as I'd like, I'm stupidly busy at work at the moment, and I've been so exhausted all week. Then yesterday we were helping Gemma at a village event she organises, and today we went to a re-enacting market and then dancing, so I'm even more tired and have had hardly any time to sew!
Anyway, in lieu of progress pictures, I bring you Bath pictures instead, not me nekid having a wash, but Jane Austen Festival goodies! )
I have made the skirt for my demo outfit, and I did manage to cut out a toile for my bodice last night in between getting home from Gemma's and going to bed, so once I've fit that tomorrow morning, hopefully I should get quite a bit done - I get the day off, hooray!
mlsdesigns: (bustle hair)
so, my head is doing better (still not perfect, but the weather's still iffy) so you get the photos I promised! They're under here, just waiting for you! )

I really want to shift this headache though, because I'm having a Regency Birthday tea on Saturday, and I need to finish my new chemisette! I also was toying with the the idea of making Mummy a new dress, she hasn't had one in aaaages! Then next week and the week of half term I'm planning to use to make an Edwardian white linen waist to wear with my beige check linen skirt. We're planning to do something in Edwardian kit at the end of half term, either a trip on the steam railway or even just a picnic. I've not finalised the style yet, but I want something summery and pretty! I need to watch Room with a View for some ideas! Oh pooh, I need to do something for Mummy too don't I!?!? EEK!!!
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I've been a busy little bee today, so now I'm resting, drinking tea, eating biscuits and posting photos from the trip after the Bath ball. We had a lovely time, the weather was perfect, not too hot, and it only started to rain once we'd gone into the house, and stopped again before we went outside again! Any way, here are some photos, mostly of my new rasperry wool dress... )
My kirtle is all ready for handsewing in Scotland, and I made a mocup of Mummy's, and we did a fitting, but it's not working too well at the moment, she's not very comfortable at all ... I'm going to change to a back opening, and try a curved centre front seam, and try putting more boning in for the fitting and see if that works any better, but not now! Now I'm going to play! I've pulled out my fabrics, found my inspiration pics and now I'm going to work out a pattern ready to start work on a new Regency bonnet, or maybe it'll end up a hat ... who knows :D
mlsdesigns: (regency hair)
So, last weekend we went to Hampshire for a Regency ball. It was held in a fabulous Georgian building that's been a school since the '20s, and the next day about half of the attendees went to a local National Trust place in Regency costume. Of course, you guys would know all this by now if I wasn't such a lazy bum and had actually got around to posting some pictures!!!
Anyway, I thought, since we have another ball tomorrow, that I ought to post the pictures for you now! So, if you will follow me this way, I have some photos to share! )

This week I've not just been lazy, I've been busy busy busy getting ready for this weekend! I've been sorting out the house for all the ball guests we have staying with us, and yesterday and today I was cooking too. But inbetween I have been sewing.
When I made my brown velvet spencer it started out as a pelise, but I decided I liked it better as a spencer. I kept the skirt part though, and it is now hemmed and sewn to a little bodice like thingy (like the riding habbit in Patterns of Fashion) made from the same silk as the lining of the spencer.
I also made Mummy a new hat, green velvet, that is so plush it's almost like fur! Trimmed with turkey feathers, a green ribbon half rossette and a brown silk bow with a gold buckle, as well as my new muff and tippet. I will try really hard to take more pictures this weekend, and I may even get them posted before the next event!!
mlsdesigns: (hood icon)
Today has been much better, I managed to go to work, and I've not spent the rest of the day faffing! I have realised I'm a bad girl though, and haven't been posting my baubles, so here we go, the latest to be photographed are under the cut... )

So, I have a few more that haven't been photographed yet, but they're just different coloured versions of ones I have photographed, so you're not really missing anything :)

Mummy's pelise is finished now as well! I may put some more buttons on, for pretty, and I think it needs an iron, but it's ready now for the trip to Uppark after the ball ( on the 23rd, eek!) and my headache is nearly all gone too!
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I have been feeling rather out of sorts the last few days, not doing much but faff about on the net and read, when I want to sew but just don't have any get up and go, I'm stuck in a bit of a rut.
To top it all off, yesterday started with a headaceh, so no work. Then last night I had a headache too, that morphed into a total inability to feel sleepy, so it was half three before I could even try to get to sleep. Then this morning I woke with such a bad headache I couldn't even see straight, so straight back to sleep till lunch time. I managed to get up and dressed, had some toast, but then felt dreadful again, so back to bed till half four! And the evening then morphed into a horrid few hours on the sofa with the puppy trying not to through up :( I think it must have been a migraine, I've not had one since I was a teenager, so it really hit me hard. But I'm feeling alive again now, so hopefully it's gone for good now and I'll finally be able to get to work tomorrow.
And I want to sew dammit!!! Part of my sleeplessness last night was spent planning Regency ball gowns from the saris we got a few months ago, and new ideas for baubles as well. At least I've been managing to do the odd bauble while I'm stuck in this rut, but poor Mummy's pelise still only has half it's hooks and no bars, and no buttons!

Hooray!!

Oct. 4th, 2010 11:21 pm
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I've been sewing today! I'm halfway through a pelise for Mummy, and I finished a bauble I started on Saturday, and did another one. I think my sew-jo may be back :)
The pelise is made from a dark olivy green wool, the left-overs from making Clare's bathing dress. I'm lining the bodice and collar with the green taffetta from my chesspiece dress and it's going to have a self fabric belt and buttons. She'll be wearing it on the 24th when we visit a National Trust property after the ball in Hampshire, I have a feeling it's going to be cold and icky, so she needs warm weather wear!! Also, Clare and I have 4 spencers between us, Clare can wear mine and the one I made when I was 15, as well as her own, but Mummy can't fasten mine over her ample bosom!! So she'll have options at last :)
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Using my Bath icon, naturally :)

So, we went during the festival, but didn't actually do any festival things! We thought we might go to something, but it ended up with us just taking the opportunity to not look QUITE so out of place ;)

We spent the weekend meeting up with friends, eating and shopping, and it was lovely! It did feel a little bit odd not having a ball to go to during the weekend, but it was good fun all the same! I even managed to take quite a few photos, some of the best are under this here cutty thing... )
So, I think that's all the photos I need to post, I do have a few others, from trips we've done in kit etc, so I might get them up sometime soon, but at least now I don't feel so bad about my lack of posting!!

Hoorah!!

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:54 pm
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
I still have a couple of days of Flist to catch up on, but I just have to post right now to say how happy I am with my fabric! You guys are so sweet, and you picked the PERFECT fabrics for me :)
For those of you who have no idea what I'm on about, in June after UTR, while [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat and I were staying with [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur, I ran out of holiday before I ran out of spending money, so I asked them to get me something gorgeous while they were in the Garment District in LA after CosCol. Well, my wonderful friend brought the package this morning, and the fabric is FAB! I asked them to look for some pink and faun plaid silk taffeta, and they found it! And some gorgeous pale pink and faun taffeta as well. So now my dress for the Bath Minuet Company ball in March is sorted ;) YAY :o) as I posted on face book, I feel so loved <3

In other news, the trip to Kent was lovely, we did quite a bit of siteseeing, but mostly we ate, played games and read and watched films. I also worked on some sewing. Mummy's ballgown is finished, and Clare did the handsewing on her spencer, (it's wearable but still needs braid and buttons) I didn't get anything done on my short stays though, because I've decided a pretty new spencer is more useful than a comfortable undergarment ;)
I was hoping to post daily photo updates of the spencer, but have yet to find an android ap for LJ that lets you posts photos :(

Ouch!

Sep. 4th, 2010 10:14 pm
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The toe that I hurt 3 years ago in my moped accident has decided to hurt again :( I've been in lots of pain on and off all day, but it's not been too bad while sitting, so I've got lots of sewing done. Mummy's new ball gown is nearly done:
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Since taking this pic, the skirt os now pleated and pinned, ready to sew on tomorrow. I need to make 2 little bands to join the bottoms of the slits in the over sleeves, and once I've got them, I'll have buttons to sew on and button holes to do, as well as the sleeve hems, but the hand sewing will wait till we're in Kent, after all, hand sewing is perfect for a proper holiday! (can you tell, I didn't think the Victorian festival was a proper holiday, too much like work!)
So, tomorrow, I'll get the skirt on, then I think I'll do either my pink and gold over gown or start on Clare's red and white ballgown. Still have a long list of things that would be nice for Bath! I also remembered this morning I decided I want a pair of short stays, so I'll have to see if I still have my long stays pattern ....
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
Why would you want to post an out of context comment to FB? So obviously I never will, apart from anything else, wouldn't know how! So rest assured :)
In other news, I've not been able to sew all week, but I'm about to go into the dining room to try and make a start. I've sorted out a plan for Mummy's new ballgown, made from a lovely black and gold sari with a sable coloured pelu and bodice piece. I've also come up with an idea for some fabric the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur gave me when I visited her in June. It's a beautiful hot pink and gold brocade with a gold border on one side. I'm going to make a sort of tunic/over robe, to be worn over a white or gold, (haven't looked to see which will look best) petticoat. When we got Mummy's sari we also got a lovely red and white one, with a lovely wide border and spotted with flowers, for Clare; and a very pretty pale mauve and silver brocade one for me, it's very yummy! I just need to work up the energy to actually sew something!
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So, here we have some photos from the Regency ball in Scotland we went to a few weeks ago, since then I've been a bit MIA due to the horrid, dreadful evil drama workshop, but that's OVER now, so life is back to normal! Unfortunately of course, normal for me means lots of faffing and WILFing on-line for most of the day, with ony a little sewing slipping in here and there!
Also, I have photos of Mummy's turban and a bit of a how to, so under here are lots of photos ... )
Tomorrow I hope I can start on a new 1860s cotton wash dress for Mummy, but I may be too busy, we're going to a re-enactor's 21st on Saturday, so I need to pack our kit ( I think we're wearing Regency, small and comfy!) and I want to do some baking too, both to take with and to have for when we get home!
mlsdesigns: (foam moustache)
Sorry for the delay in posting photos from our trip to the seaside, I've been busy sewing ever since we got home!
The day dawned foggy and unpleasant looking, not a very propitious start! But by about 9 the fog had gone, and by the time we were half way there the sun was out in full glory! We had wonderful weather, although it was a little windy, but it was beautifully sunny and the wind helped dry our suits!
Talking of which, there are several photos of our bathing exploits under here... )
We're going to Deene Park on Sunday (another historic house!) for a Georgian picnic, and I have my chemise dress nearly finished, I just have to put a little more lace round the neckline and I think I'm going to take the lace off the cuffs and make them bigger, they're a bit tight at the moment. Meanwhile I've been working on our outfits for the Scottish Regency ball, Clare's little sleeveless spencer is done, and Mummy's dress is nearly done. I think, if I carry on as I have been doing, things will work out fine for me to get everything done before UTR, keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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