A Marianne Dashwood Dress~ Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, Post 4

 I can’t believe the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival is already almost over!   Have you been keeping up with it on Atlanta’s blog?  There have been some amazing entries!  I am so inspired now to sew more historical costumes!

I so wish I had remembered on time to make the many other costumes I’d love to re-create.  Perhaps I will do a post next week about those– only it might be a very very long post. 😉

Here is my fourth and last post for the Historical Costuming Inspiration Festival

I love this dress of Marianne’s! I would love to make one like it for myself…

…but instead I made a doll-sized version.
The fabric is not the same color, but the construction details are the same. 🙂

I used the Josefina’s Christmas Dress Pattern as a base, but made several alterations. I added about an inch to the width of the front bodice piece so that it would have room to gather. The sleeves I borrowed from another pattern so that they would be slightly gathered at the top (but not puffed) and cut them at 3/4 length. I also created a waistband like Marianne’s.

Well, that is all for my Costume Inspiration entries.  Hopefully, you will be seeing more in the future. 🙂  Now, ladies, we all must try to convince Atlanta to do this festival again next year!! 😀 😀 😀

P.S. I could not enter these because they were not my work, but if you want to be further inspired, check out the “Costumes Inspired by Wives and Daughters” page of my Costume Study series! 🙂
http://hooks-and-needles.blogspot.com/2009/12/reproductions-of-costumes-from-wives.html

My Molly Gibson Dress~ Historical Costuming Inspiration Festival, Post 3

 Here’s my third post for the Historical Costuming Inspirational Festival! 🙂

This post is about my “Molly” dress.  It found its main inspiration in what I call “Molly’s Berry-Picking Dress” (for lack of a better name 😛 ). 

 It was originally meant to have elements of both this dress and the one following, Molly’s Orange Sprigged Dress, but once I had made up the bodice, the collar was too wide, so I ended up gathering it instead, so the only similarity is that the back fastening.

Anyway, that said, here is my dress; the first picture was taken when I first made it, and the others are from today, with me wearing my new, $5 crinoline underneath 🙂

For this dress, I used Sense and Sensibility’s Romantic Era Dress pattern.  I raised the waistline so that I could wear the dress with my short stays since I don’t have a full-length, Romantic era corset… I kind of wish I hadn’t raised the waistline because I think it makes me look kind of blimpy, but oh well.  The skirt is also a little too short, especially with the crinoline underneath…. :-S
The fabric I used was just a cotton print from JoAnn Fabrics.
“I don’t think you would have called Molly a lady the other day, Miss Browning, if you had found her where I did: sitting up in a cherry tree, six feet from the ground at least, I assure you!”
Wives and Daughters, chapter 21
Actually, I was in a crab apple tree. 🙂

Of course, I had to get a shot of me being goofy…. Behold, the shining leaf-raker…..
I am not sure whether I will have more posts for the festival or not… I do have some more doll dresses that I based off of various sources, so I may post about those.  🙂

Emma’s Box Hill Dress ~ Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, Post 2

 Aagh!  I’ve been forgetting to do my posts for the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival!  Here is today’s:
Emma’s Box Hill Dress.
I love this dress of Emma’s!  It’s so cute and I love the trim on it!

 Here’s an up-close on the bodice trim:

 Sometime back, I made this dress in doll-size.  It sold on Etsy within a day of me posting it!  My only regret is that I didn’t get better pictures before it sold.  They’re all pretty dark.  Still, here’s the basic idea.
I used the pattern for Josefina’s Christmas Dress, but added maybe an inch or two across the bodice so that it would gather at the top.
 Lace, brown bias, and yellow thread instead of the additional yellow bias on the actual dress of Emma’s.
I think I need to make one like this again and get better pictures. 😉  I would also like to make one for myself. 😉

Regency Spencer Jacket ~ Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, Post 1

This week is the week of the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, hosted by Atlanta!  I had forgotten about it (as I usually do… oops!) until I started seeing lovely posts by other people with outfits inspired by various historical sources (fashion plates, paintings, films, book descriptions, etc.)  I hope you will take time to look at everyone’s creations here!
I actually did not make anything specifically for this event (because I forgot :-S ) though I have a million ideas in my head of things to create based on movies, paintings, etc.  But for the event, I decided to post about some projects I have done in the past.  Most of you have already seen these, but I’ll post them anyway.  One at a time, however.
Today I will be posting about my black Regency Spencer Jacket.
I got the inspiration from the 1995 miniseries Pride and Prejudice.  I have always loved Elizabeth’s Spencer jackets from this film, and had a hard time deciding on which one to make, but I eventually decided on this one:
There is some debate as to whether that’s dark green or black, but it looks black to me, so that is how I made mine. 🙂
Here is my re-make:
For the jacket, I used black velveteen fabric.  I used Sense and Sensibility’s Regency Spencer/Pelisse pattern.  I did make an alteration to the front opening and the collar, however, to make it look more like Lizzie’s.  (I borrowed the collar piece from another pattern.)  My sister crocheted the frog closures.  They work pretty well, except that it doesn’t hold it as closed as it could. 😉
 This is supposed to be my arriving-at-Netherfield, encountering-Mr.-Darcy look.  I got more of Kiera look than a Jennifer Ehle look, I think.
 Long walks after the rain…. very “Lizzie”… 😉
More details on this jacket can be found in this post.