keskiviikko 6. syyskuuta 2017

For sale - 18th century robe a l'anglaise

Everyone everyone! I'm selling this 18th century robe a l'anglaise I made some years ago.

The fabric is red and white striped cotton blend and the robe is entirely handsewn. The bodice is lined with cotton (pink in the bodice, white in the sleeves). The back is cut in en fourreau style.

The robe has been stored in a pet free, non-smoking home. I have worn it once at an indoors event, but it is like new, there is no stretching, stains or smell. I have since fixed the trimmings and added bones on the centre front edges.

The robe closes at centre front with hooks and eyes. It is trimmed at the cuffs and neckline with pleated strips of the robe fabric (both edges of the trimming strips are handrolled).

The hem can be worn straight or tied up in polonaise style. There are ties on the inside to lift the hem up.

Please note that I'm only selling the robe, NOT the petticoat or any other accessories visible in the photos below!

The info in a nutshell:

Price 200€ + mailing costs

Measurements (as taken on the garment)
-waist: 68 cm (26 3/4 inches)
-bust: 84,5cm (33 1/4 inches)
-bodice centre front length: 30cm (11 3/4 inches)
-bodice side length (under arm to waist): 20,5 cm (8 inches)
-bodice centre back length (neckline to waist): 30 cm (11 3/4 inches)
-sleeve length over shoulder to cuff: 36cm (14 1/4 inches)
-sleeve lenght under arm to cuff: 23,5cm (9 1/4 inches)
-sleeve circumference: 33cm (13 inches)
-hem length front: 83cm (32 3/4 inches)
-full length centre back (neckline to hem): 139cm (54 3/4 inches)

Please note that in order to fit right this robe needs to be worn with an 18th century style stays!

keskiviikko 16. elokuuta 2017

1910s project - discernible progress

I've been a bad blogger, I know, but I have some progress to report. If anyone still remembers, I set up a 1910s challenge for myself and some costumer friends to commemorate and celebrate the centennary of independence this year here in Finland. The plan is simply to make a garment from any year of the 1910s and eventually get together to admire our handiwork and toast the 100-year-old nation.

So far I've made undergarments and an armistice blouse which I'm planning to complete with a walking suit, but the most progress I've made with the evening dress. I thought I'd share some of the in progress photos now, but leave the final reveal and in detail post for later, possibly until December. We are planning to dine in grand style on the 6th of Dec., the Independence day, so I won't show the whole dress until then :)

In preparation for this particular dress, I rounded up some fabrics from my stash, recycled some pieces for the under layers, and bought some new fabrics too.

I had this second hand embroidered saree I had bought ages ago:

The colour is yellower than what the photos show.

I used the unembroidered bits of it plus some taffeta and satin I had in stash for the undermost layer of the dress:
The petticoat doesn't actually show like this, the hem of the dress is just clinging oddly.

I have this one extant evening dress from 1914 that I'm using as my reference and inspiration, and it had a lace midlayer, so I followed suit. I bought sequined lace fabric on Etsy and I have since sewn more sequins and beads on it.

The front of the dress.

The lace layer covers the front closure of the underdress.

The lace layer of the bodice attaches to one side with press buttons. I officially love those things after all the hooks and eyes and ribbons and pins that come with 18th and 19th centuries' clothing...

Half of the lace bodice on the front of the dress is not attached to the hem.

The back of the bodice. I like how the pattern on the lace lined so nicely with the darts.

I've added extra beads and bigger, shinier sequins to strategic places on the lace. More bling, I say!

The top layer of the hem, train and part of the sleeve I made out of the embroidered bits of the saree.

There's also a sash in contrasting colour.
It's silk!
And that's all you'll get for now :)

tiistai 9. toukokuuta 2017

Photoshoot day

Last Saturday a fellow doctoral student who is also a photographer invited me to model for her and another photographer. They chose some of my dresses that they wanted to photograph and I managed to smuggle in some dance poses as well :)

Here are some of their shots. All photos Suvi Korpi and Anni Ylkänen

Please be considerate and do not copy or repost the photos without permission!

The parasol is a vintage item from the 1930s but it's so pretty that I couldn't resist!
 Photo: Suvi Korpi

Photo: Suvi Korpi

Photo: Suvi Korpi

Photo: Suvi Korpi

Photo: Suvi Korpi

The good old Courtois dress. I did better with the hair this time, though it's not perfect still. Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

I've made an evening bodice for the Courtois dress skirts. I'm especially happy with how well the hook and thread loop fastenings centre front work! I was sceptical and undecided about the fastenings for months and months, but decided on these because I wanted it photographed at this session. Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Some dance shots :) Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

Photo: Anni Ylkänen

maanantai 24. huhtikuuta 2017

1790s round gown and beaded bodice at the Spring Masquerade

My poor neglected blog! I've been busy with my dissertation and dance so I haven't done a lot of sewing lately, but just last Saturday I went to the 18th century Spring Masquerade again, arranged by L'Amusette in Tampere. Here's a couple of photos of me wearing the 1790s round gown and beaded bodice ensemble I made last autumn.

Photos by Sanna-Mari Karppinen & Nora Juusela

Sanna did the impossible and made me look pretty in the photos!

This was the easiest historical hairdo ever: I put my hair in pin curls wet, slept on it, travelled to the ball, took the pins out and poked at the curls a bit, wrapped the 2 scarves into a turban and added feathers. Thats it :)

Dancing "Gustavs Skål". I like our innovative hem tucking solutions. I pulled the train up under the bodice and out of its armscye on the right, worked like a dream.