UTR rundown

Jul. 7th, 2010 11:56 pm
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
OK, so my main memory of UTR is of unbearable heat! Heat, and mosquitoes thinking I'm the best thing since sliced bread! But perhaps my other memory is the one that will last - spending time with some amazing people! The chance to play dress up all weekend, in the best company, has got to be worth the heat and bugs!
The only trouble is, it was so hot I didn't get around to taking very many photos. But I have a sample of my favourites, and will attempt a little write up as well, all under here )
So much for a little write up, this got HUGE! Jenny-Rose's picnic will have to wait till tomorrow I'm afraid! Hopefully, more photos, less waffle!!
mlsdesigns: (crazy hair)
Well, I didn't wear my red wool after all, didn't get the buttons on the shift so decided to wear my Indian print instead. It was a rather glum looking morning, but by the time we set off at about 2 it had cheered up, and we had glorious sunshine all afternoon!
Clare decided not to dress up in the end, so she was our official photographer! There are quite a few pics, so they're all under here... )
Now I need to finish my bathing suit for Wednesday, and then I can get on with my long long list!!
mlsdesigns: (eat cake)
From the historical bazaar this time, which was a bit of a waste of time, but it was held in the grounds of Rufford Abbey, which was well worth a visit, and we had a nice lunch too! Any way, to fit in with the multi time period bazaar we all dressed in different eras - 2 Anglo Saxons, 2 Georgians, a Regency lady and a WAAF girl :)
Since the only time we've done Georgian before has been for balls, or demos (where hats can be problematic!) I realised I had nothing for my head! SO I took apart a £1 straw hat and shaped it into a tricorn, covered it with biscuit coloured dupion silk from the stash. I decorated it with the very last of the pink silk taffeta from my frilly 1860s ballgown, along with an ostrich feather stolen from another bonnet, 2 arrow-head shaped ostrich tips and a diamante brooch, to make the prettiest bit of fluff! I love it!
Anyway, the photos are right this way ... )
I still have some more photos to share, from this Sunday, we didn't have dance practice, so the organiser suggested we go on tour instead, we went to Hawkstone Park in Shropshire. It's 18thC owner created a path up and down the sides of the valley, through caves and under trees, over bridges made of logs and through arches blasted in the side of the hill, he filled it with follies and in the 19thC it was opened to the public, so we went in our Victorian kit for a picnic and, for those of us who's joints were up to it, a walk over the trail! So hopefully I'll get them posted tomorrow.
mlsdesigns: (pink regency)
I've been millinering! We're going to a historical market/bazar on Sunday, I will be wearing my Indian print, but have no head-wear, so today I took apart and shaped a cheapy straw hat to make a tricorn; and wet and shaped a round, low crown, straw hat to be trimmed with ribbon. I did think I wouldn't have time to cover the tricorn, so did the round hat as well, but I decided tonight that maybe I would have time, so the brim is almost done, then I'll cover the crown, put it together and trim it! I'm at school till 4 tomorrow, so I'll have lots of time to sew during my breaks, (I'm also working on a little cap to wear with the round hat, in case the tricorn has issues)
The ball gown bodice is still in it's pitiful pinned state, but the skirt is now halfway hemmed. I'll get there eventually, but it may be rather less trimmed than I planned!
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
Before I have to go off to the pub, here are some photos of my very nearly finished Indian print gown. Follow me this way for the photos )
Got to get the bus in half an hour, but I have my sewing ready, and hopefully no one will come in wanting to eat, so I can sew till it's time to come home!!!
mlsdesigns: (in window)
I've nearly finished the Indian print, I would have been more nearly finished but I'm helping my best friend out, her chef has left her in the lurch, so I'm covering making sandwiches in her pub for today and the next few days, either till she gets a new chef, or till I have to go back to work.
I have managed to make the peplum though, it's all pined on, and I had a fitting so it's ready to be sewn tomorrow. The centre fronts are right so I can do the hooks and eyes, and I made the sash, except I made it from 3 panels of silk, when I think I only needed 2, so I have to undo a seam and finish the ends - all those extra feet of hand sewn hem down the drain :'(
I was hoping to be able to post some photos for you, but it's being so slow, and it's way past my bed time, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait till tomorrow now :(
Even though I'm only helping Gemma at lunch time I have to go into school in the morning to borrow soe bits and bobs for my Mother, and she will drop me at Gemma's after, so it's lucky I have lots of sewing to do! Hopefully once I get back at about 3 I will be able to start my Gaule.

Pooped!

Apr. 7th, 2010 11:14 pm
mlsdesigns: (plaid and bonnet)
I'm so so tired!! I feel like I've walked miles and miles today :) I got most of the things I went in for, all the things I actually needed I found, but I didn't find any of the things I was looking for 'just in case' - no taffeta for sashes, no wool for pelises, no handkerchief linen ... maybe I was being picky, who knows.
I got all my sewing done, so now it's just the peplum and hooks and eyes, a sash, and I might add some lace to the cuffs. Hopefully all done tomorrow, so I can get onto the Gaule.

Shopping!!

Apr. 6th, 2010 10:15 pm
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
Well, I'm off to London tomorrow, I have my wheely shopping bag and my list (which is about as long as your arm!!) and I must remember my tube map and my street map when I go upstairs! I think the address for Barnet and Lawson is on there, so I'm ready to go!
I've got my jacket all packed ready to sew on the train - the sleeves are pinned in ready to sew, and I have the printed cotton shoulder straps ready to sew in over the sleeve seam allowance. I can also edge stitch the neckline ( the centre front is waiting for one more fitting to double check before I finish it and add hooks and eyes) but the peplum thingy isn't ready to do yet. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow the jacket will be done except the centre front and the peplum, and I think they should be relatively quick, maybe one day?
Then it's on to the next project, which I think will be the Gaule, not the 1860s ball gown, because I need the Gaule 1 week after term starts, and the ball isn't till May 15th. Once the Gaule is done I will work on the ball gown, then it will be sewing for UTR!! I must get to work on caps and fichus, as well as the pretty dresses and hats :D Eek, its fixing up for a busy few months round here!
mlsdesigns: (puppy)
But then I didn't expect to get any sewing done, we had a lovely tea party though, and dancing was great fun as always!
Tomorrow I need to go into town to get a Birthday present for a friend from dancing (sweet 16, so something pretty is definitely needed!) and in the evening I'm supposed to bee going out with my old school friends again, and I think we're having a sleep over too (so grown up!) So I really really need to extract the digit and get my mockup done so I can cut out so I can SEW! Ah, I just thought, I can take the jacket with me to sew on the train!!! Ah-ha, 3 or 4 hours extra sewing time if I need it!!
I'm so cross that I didn't fit a centre front fastening bodice when I did my mockups in December, I did one for the saque back, and one for the fitted and en-foureau backs, but they all had stomacher fronts :( But I guess I can mockup the Gaule as well tomorrow, so I can get straight onto it as soon as the jacket is done. So many dresses to make, so little time!!! ( I've been toying with the idea of looking for a creamy cotton voile for a chemise dress too ... but don't tell anyone!)
I've also decided what I want to do for my Birthday - dress in 18th Century and go to Derbyshire, either to the Carriage museum to have a picnic and a ride in a carriage, or to Chatsworth or Keddleston to have a picnic and take photos in the grounds. If there aren't any events we can go to, we'll just have to make up our own!!
mlsdesigns: (regency hair)
I didn't manage to get onto mocking up the jacket, but the skirt is now finished! It was a struggle, but I wanted to get it done today, and I did. I wish I hadn't just made 2 fiddly dresses by hand, because now I seem to be incapable of machine sewing! I used to machine sew as much as possible, and a skirt would have taken no time at all! Oh well, maybe I'll be able to bring myself to machine 1860s stuff, they had been invented by then after all :D
Not a lot doing tomorrow I imagine, we're having our friends from dancing round for tea, so lots of baking to do!and Monday evening I'm going out with friends for a meal, so it looks like if I don't pull my finger out I won't make my deadline. Pooh, must work harder!!!
mlsdesigns: (cocktail)
I didn't gets loads dine today because I went bowling with friends this evening, I've known them since we were in school, so it's always fun when we get together, we regress dreadfully!
I did sew before I went out though, I finished the seams of the Indian print skirt, hemmed the pocket slits and stitched the hem and started pleating on the frill, hopefully I'l get it done tomorrow, and I may even get onto mocking up the jacket.
I think the Gaule is a definite now! I've got the fabric out ready and am trying so hard to resist starting on it!! If anyone doesn't know which dress I'm in love with there are many great screen caps here: http://periodmovies.blogspot.com/2009/07/georgianas-olivegold-drop-front-dress.html
mlsdesigns: (lancers)
No rest for the wicked, so today I made 2 new 18th C petticoats to wear over my bum roll for UTR. A purple and white striped cotton one, which wound up being somewhat on the short side! And a white linen one, made from some linen I bought hoping I could make kerchiefs or a shift but turned out to be very course, it's still sheer, but not at all fine, still, works as a petticoat except under white muslin when the purple shows through!
Then I ripped panels for my Indian print outfit. Like many on my Flist I fell in love with the white floral cotton dress from The Duchess seen here: http://periodmovies.blogspot.com/2009/07/georgianas-floral-print-dress.html based on the dress from Williamsburg. My fabric is green and blue, and a much more condensed print, but I'm using the same style ideas.
Since I only have 5 yards to play with I'm not making a frill mounted on the skirt with the skirt hem showing, (I don't like it very much any way) my frill will be the hem of the skirt, and I think it may end up a little bit on the skimpy side, but never mind ;)
Only trouble is, while looking for references on the Duchess costume I kept being tempted by the green Gaule she wears! I was thinking, "I'd love a dress like that, shame I can't afford any fabric" but then I thought of the brown spotted silk I bought in LA that I used to line my brown velvet spencer, it would be lovely as a Gaule I think. Only thing is, when would I wear it?! Everyone says don't wear silk at UTR, except in the evening when I want to wear my sunflower, so when? I am going to a Playford Ball in a few weeks, but would long sleeves be suitable I wonder? Or there is another Playford Ball in October, long sleeves in winter is logical, hmmm... I want it NOW!!!
And the huge question of the night is, how do I do my HAIR!! It's nearly waist length again, so a hedgehog is presumably out!! Maybe I'll do something like Jenny-Rose's lovely do for her tea party - an early turban with tall ostrich feathers? And I can make a black taffeta sash from the stash, with maybe a paste buckle? Oh dear, looks like I'm adding another one to the list!
mlsdesigns: (in window)
(so I thought I'd use an icon from Bath!)
Bath was so much fun, the ball was so wonderful! and Sunday we spent dressed in Regency, wandering the town and then to Sally Lunn's for supper. The only down side was Mummy getting sick on Sunday night :( But she's all better now!
The upshot of such an AMAZING weekend, is that I'm too tired to upload all the photos to show you, but here's one to keep you going:
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I striped to my undies as soon as we got back to the apartment ( on Great Pultney Street!) where we all had tea and cake after the ball, then once nearly everyone had gone back to their hotels Clare took some silly photos of me lounging in my unmentionables, I felt quite decadent :D
Tomorrow I start on my Indian print cotton jacket and petticoat, I'm giving myself until next Wednesday (when I go to London to get supplies for my gold stripe 1860s ball gown) to get it finished, I work best with a deadline, lets see if a self imposed one will work as well!

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