Little Dorrit Dress ~ Finished :-)

Okay, so I wrote this, like, over a month ago and didn’t post it yet.  But anyway.  Here is the post about my Amy Dorrit dress. 🙂

 Well, I am happy to say that I finished my Amy Dorrit ballgown in time for the Literary Ball!  YAY! 😀 

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though I wish I could have found a buckle for the front of the waistband, like on Amy’s.  Oh well! 🙂

Pattern Sizing: Size 8 (I think)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes and no… I made plenty of alterations. 
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, though I made up a lot of my own directions. 😉
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Jenny Chancey’s patterns are always a delight to work with.  They’re easy to understand and the results are lovely.  The instructions also tell how to make a wide variation of styles/looks from this one pattern.  🙂
Fabric Used: dark purple polyester shantung from JoAnn Fabrics
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make very many alterations, but the
 alterations I made were big enough to change the look. 😉  I cut the bodice piece wider, and at a slight angle, and pleated the front.  I also brought it in a little at the shoulders as my shoulders are a lot more narrow than the pattern allows for. 
Would you sew it again? Not this particular movie costume, but  I do plan to use this pattern again, yes. 🙂
Would you recommend it to others? Of course! (I have. 🙂 )
Here are some random pictures from the ball that include more shots of my dress. 🙂

(Thank you, Brandon P, Mrs. R, and Mrs. F for the pictures! 🙂 )

Little Dorrit dress, Part One

 “That’s a lot of hair…”

…errr, fabric. 🙂

 I’ve been working on my Amy Dorrit dress for the Literary Ball!  For a while, it was looking like I wouldn’t be able to attend the ball, but everything’s seeming to work out that I can go, so I’m VERY excited. 😀 😀  So last week we were at JoAnn’s and the polyester shantung fabric was on sale, and it was the right shade for my Amy dress, so I purchased it.  This week I’ve been working on the mock-up, and yesterday I spent several hours laying out the main fabric and situating the pieces and thinking about it… I can’t tell you how scary it was making that first cut into the expensive(to me) fabric. 😉 

Now to start sewing the actual bodice.  *is very nervous*  Please pray all goes well!
BTW, thought I might mention that the quote and picture at the beginning of this post are from Tangled, and no, I actually haven’t seen it yet, only watched the trailers (English and Japanese) and clips from it over and over again. 😉  But, I have pre-ordered it from Barnes & Noble and it should be shipping in 10 DAYS!  I am SO EXCITED!  I can’t WAIT! 😀 😀 😀

Amy Dorrit Ballgown

We are planning to attend a Literary Ball in April.  You can come as any book character, and I decided to come as Amy Dorrit.  This is the dress I’m planning to re-make (just hopefully I can find the right fabric for a sensible price! 🙂 )

Is it lovely? I’m so excited about this project and really hope I can find the right material and get the right look!

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.  🙂

I think….

…I might combine this dress…
….and this dress.

I know that doesn’t make sense because they are from two totally different eras.  But what I mean is I might do it basically like Molly’s dress but use the front closure option (like Bella’s) instead of the back, because I’m not sure that I like the V-neckline without it buttoning down the front; it just looks a little bit blank.  What do you think?  Should I go ahead and do that?  And what material should I make it in?
Warning: This idea is liable to change and make way for another project, according to my mood when I am in the actual act of shopping for fabric.   But this is how it stands now. 🙂
Now I’m off to work on another dress for Anna! 😀

Romantic Era Dress: FINIS!

After some alterations, seam ripping, resewing, and finger-crossing, I have now completed my Romantic era dress!!!




And of course I had to pretend I was Molly, picking berries. All I need is that lovely curly hair. 😀I tried but I just couldn’t get my hair to look “Romantic”. Anyone out there know of a tutorial for Romantic era hairstyles??

Whew, did I learn a lot in this sewing experience! I find that with each sewing project I undertake, I learn something new– and it’s not always sewing techniques; it’s generally things like humility (no, I don’t know everything!), patience (it’s okay to slow down and fix things that went wrong!), and taking directions (why do I so often think I know how it will work, rather than the directions? Please, readers, take Jenny Chancey’s advice: make a toile and alter if you need to!)

Overall it was such a pleasure to make and I am very happy with it. Thank you all for your encouragement while I worked on it. 🙂

One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forward…I hope

Bad news…

I sewed the skirt to the blouse and tried it on and it made me look like a blimp. That’s got to be bad, as I am relatively skinny! The neckline was too wide and showed the bumps on the tops of my shoulders, and Mommy didn’t like that, and we figured that it would look better to gather it a little. But the question was, “How?” I’d have to cut out a whole entire new bodice; I’d have to start over again from Square 1! And I did not want to do that!

So I presented my problem to my friends on the forum and got some good ideas. “Mrs. Jenny Chancey herself ( 🙂 ) suggested that these shelves be fit exactly as you see them here…” Oops, no, that wasn’t it… sorry… 😛 She suggested pulling a drawstring through the space where I understitched the lining. Unfortunately, I understitched very close to the seam, so I will just take that out and re-understitch it a little farther away so I can slip a drawstring through. So while watching P&P (1995) last night with my cousin (who hadn’t seen it yet 😉 ) I took out the sleeves, bias, and waistband to fix that lining. Bad idea to do it while watching P&P because now I want to make myself another Regency dress!! Ugh, I’m such a NUT! 😛

Well, I’ll let you know how it goes. 😀

Look at all those lovely dresses! 😀