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« Reply #375 on: August 28, 2012, 04:59:32 pm »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )
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« Reply #376 on: August 28, 2012, 05:50:10 pm »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )


Very nice.
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« Reply #377 on: August 28, 2012, 06:09:25 pm »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )


oooh that is beautiful!!
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« Reply #378 on: August 28, 2012, 09:53:51 pm »

Thank you, ladies! Smiley
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« Reply #379 on: August 28, 2012, 11:06:43 pm »

I've nearly finished a new corset for my wife, for the Asylum. All it needs is binding added to the top and bottom, and I'm going to dye the lacing navy.

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That's 28 flat steel bones, linen lining, linen canvas interior, and navy duck front, rivets reinforced with buckram, and the design fell stitched on top. Pretty much bombproof.


That's fabulous! (I just got the cheap shiny one from corset-story)

I'll keep an eye out for that corset and be sure to say hello!
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« Reply #380 on: August 28, 2012, 11:23:53 pm »

Mme Curatrix, How very splendid indeed.  So similar to the originals, yet less fragile.  A wonderful way to look 1890's yet not have beads falling off every time you move.  I'm jealous.  On the other hand I did decide many years ago not to wear too many black items as I was photographed constantly and black just comes out as a blob.  Yours however will photograph beautifully in sunlight and in the evenings too.  I hope that I get to see it in real life one day.

Hi Stella,
That is a brilliant design.  futuristic 1920's.  Great / cool (depending upon your age-group).

Hi Cath,
The fabric for your overbust corset is really nice.  Does it give you uplift?  I have been looking at this style of corset and decided against it as I like my Victorian bustline to be higher than my natural one.  I would have thought that this design covers rather than adds to the cleavage.  Am I right?

I think that Mrs Union Jack's corset will be fairly easily recognisable even in a large crowd, don't you?



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« Reply #381 on: August 29, 2012, 05:32:21 am »

Thanks frances It is going to be the under layer of my big performance piece.  I have two other ball gowns over it that i spin out of on stage and a fur cape to do by mid october so I am working like a mad woman.
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« Reply #382 on: August 29, 2012, 09:23:11 am »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )



wow, that is gorgeous!
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« Reply #383 on: August 29, 2012, 03:42:40 pm »

Mme Curatrix, How very splendid indeed.  So similar to the originals, yet less fragile.  A wonderful way to look 1890's yet not have beads falling off every time you move.  I'm jealous.  On the other hand I did decide many years ago not to wear too many black items as I was photographed constantly and black just comes out as a blob.  Yours however will photograph beautifully in sunlight and in the evenings too.  I hope that I get to see it in real life one day.

Milady Frances, thank you so much for your kind words. I was indeed inspired by the need to have a functional version of those splendid Victorian beaded capes. I have an authentic example in my collection, but as you suggested it would be unsuitable for wear due to its age and condition.

I would dearly love to travel to the United Kingdom someday. Perhaps I'll make it to the Asylum one year!

Miss Vampyresheep, thank you for the compliment as well. Smiley
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« Reply #384 on: August 30, 2012, 07:54:27 pm »

Hi Cath,
The fabric for your overbust corset is really nice.  Does it give you uplift?  I have been looking at this style of corset and decided against it as I like my Victorian bustline to be higher than my natural one.  I would have thought that this design covers rather than adds to the cleavage.  Am I right?


Thank you Smiley it did give slight uplift but yes I wanted to have more coverage as this was being made as part of an ensemble I was wearing to a friends wedding and I always feel like I have a bit of a shelf going on in my normal corsets
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« Reply #385 on: August 30, 2012, 09:43:37 pm »

Wow, you are all creating such fabulous things at the moment. How I wish my skills were sufficient to create such masterpieces!

I do enjoy sewing though, even if If it's basic!

I made this top a couple of weeks ago, from a men's t-shirt:





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« Reply #386 on: September 02, 2012, 07:01:24 pm »

OK - I had a reply all typed out, and my screen refreshed before I could post it!  Angry

Love the detail on the back, FP! I'm looking to do something similar on an oversized men's button down shirt, in addition to adding some pick-ups for a bustled look. I'm actually just popping over to the sewing help topic for assistance with this project...

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« Reply #387 on: September 02, 2012, 08:38:14 pm »

Nearly finished a shirt - lovely soft cotton lawn with marcella front and cuffs. Once that is done, it's just a black dress waistcoat and another collar or three and I'm ready for the Asylum  Cheesy
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« Reply #388 on: September 02, 2012, 09:48:21 pm »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )



that is simply stunning Smiley
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« Reply #389 on: September 03, 2012, 12:29:21 am »

I've been working on a Victorian-inspired beaded cape for me to wear at an upcoming event.

I assembled it from cutting up a 1980's velvet jacket I found at the Salvation Army thrift store, a black beaded shawl I found at a yard sale, braided trim I got at the local flea market, a fancy beaded applique from the internet, and beaded fringe trim from an awesome local fabric warehouse. The clasp is going to be a vintage black rhinestone brooch from the flea market.

My most ambitious sewing project to date, and all hand-sewn. Smiley

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(if some things look a bit off kilter it's because I haven't finished attaching the shawl to the velvet base yet Smiley )


Simply gorgeous Smiley 
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« Reply #390 on: September 07, 2012, 02:05:24 pm »

I am about 95% finished with part of my Halloween get-up...this is my first 'real' sewing project involving an article of clothing and my sewing machine, so I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. No pattern, just eyeballing it and lots of unladylike words Smiley I just have to figure a way for attaching it to my clothing - snaps? Hook-and-eye clasps? I didn't like the look of having it tied around the waist...anywho...

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« Reply #391 on: September 10, 2012, 09:03:04 pm »

I'm having a go at TV496 for a Mina Harker costume. this is the as yet unadjusted mock up I made today out of an old piece of fabric my greataunt used to cover her shrubs in winter with ^^ hence the questionable colour.

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and the back

I have had a few TV patterns and i have to say this one has by far the most well constructed bodice I've come across. sure, it's still a bit baggy, but it doesn't need a million darts and tucks to fit, unlike TV442, which needed a ton of adjustments. possibly also because I fitted that one to my corset, which I'm not doing with this one.

MsKim, what do you plan on attaching it to? snaps would probably come undone too easily, given the weight of the fabric. Especially if you plan on twirling. hook and eye might be your best bet and i't put in at least four.
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« Reply #392 on: September 10, 2012, 10:06:27 pm »

MsKim, what do you plan on attaching it to? snaps would probably come undone too easily, given the weight of the fabric. Especially if you plan on twirling. hook and eye might be your best bet and i't put in at least four.

This is going to be attached to a skirt at the waistband; it's very lightweight - a sort of satin (it was in the discount bin, unmarked). I did worry with snaps that sitting may cause them to come undone easily, so I'll give the hook and eye method a go. I have two skirts from which to choose, so I will experiment with both to see which hangs best. I also considered making a cushion for a little more...oomph...nothing worse than a deflated bustle! Wink
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« Reply #393 on: September 10, 2012, 10:43:51 pm »

absolutely! my first bustle pad was a halfmoon-shaped pillow I eyeballed out of old jeans Cheesy
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« Reply #394 on: September 11, 2012, 04:09:23 am »

I'm hand stitching another kepi, got a request from a guy at the local tattoo shop.  This is going to be more steamPUNK than steampunk.  Haha.   Grin
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« Reply #395 on: September 11, 2012, 06:06:41 am »

I'm having a go at TV496 for a Mina Harker costume. this is the as yet unadjusted mock up I made today out of an old piece of fabric my greataunt used to cover her shrubs in winter with ^^ hence the questionable colour.

Front

and the back

I have had a few TV patterns and i have to say this one has by far the most well constructed bodice I've come across. sure, it's still a bit baggy, but it doesn't need a million darts and tucks to fit, unlike TV442, which needed a ton of adjustments. possibly also because I fitted that one to my corset, which I'm not doing with this one.

MsKim, what do you plan on attaching it to? snaps would probably come undone too easily, given the weight of the fabric. Especially if you plan on twirling. hook and eye might be your best bet and i't put in at least four.


I do love puffy sleeves, aka Sleeves of Doom
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« Reply #396 on: September 11, 2012, 10:27:38 am »

I do love puffy sleeves, aka Sleeves of Doom

they are the best, although they make me look like a prize boxer.
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« Reply #397 on: September 12, 2012, 11:23:37 pm »

I tried sewing leather for the first time last weekend. I was just trying to attach a strap onto a pair of goggles I've been working on, off-and-on. It was probably one of the scariest things I've ever done, I felt like I was going to skewer myself or put out an eye. After Googling some tips about the particular subject, I feel kind of foolish for not just gluing the silly thing. I suppose it's still do-able, considering I couldn't even finish, and I bent my needle, anyway.  Embarrassed

Does anybody know anything about wool blends? I wanted to make a piece of outerwear, and the pattern I'm following suggests wool flannel, but all I could find at my favored fabric place was wool felt. I don't know if that would be a viable substitute, or what kinds of problems I might have when it comes to pressing seams--would the wool burn or shrink? I'm afraid I'm a bit clueless.
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« Reply #398 on: September 13, 2012, 01:48:26 pm »

wool and wool blends WILL shrink on hot washes.
It also depends on what you mean by felt too. Sometimes it means felt and sometimes it is actually a 'fulled' cloth
(by that i mean a woven cloth that has had a finish applied to it to make it soft and the woven strands less visible as opposed to felt that is not woven, flannel is usually cotton and fulled nowadays)

When pressing wool and wool blends the heat is usually a medium hot heat (on my iron anyway)
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« Reply #399 on: September 13, 2012, 06:23:46 pm »

I will use felt as an accent on a hat or jacket, but rarely as major structure.  By its manufacture, it has a tendency to stretch a bit too much for my taste, the sort of stretch that does not bounce back.  (except in a well done hat) 
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