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Bad lighting and I should have used a smaller weave backing. Oh well live and learn!

Now I'm starting on the greens and blues!

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One night blouse

Last night I got motivated to sew and decided to figure out a mygar blouse because I was hoping it would be fairly simple. And boy was it! I think I only spent an hour on it, two hours if you include the lace appliqué I dyed and the mockup.

This is before trimming the bottom and with the lace collar just placed on to see the effect.

It is very simple. It has two seams, one under each arm which I did as French seams, and will have a small button closed slit at the back neck to allow for putting the tight collar on over my head.

All that's left is to hem the sleeves, hem the neckline and attach the lace collar/appliqué! I'm getting a cold unfortunately so I'm going to go home early and hopefully I'll be able to get it finished. I gathered the center back and attached a ribbon to tie around to the front. Unfortunately I think it might be a bit too short! Especially in back, I should have waited to trim off the bottom until I finished the skirt but if worse comes to worse I have enough fabric to remake it.

Anyway, a quick fulfilling project that makes me feel accomplished! I may even do another one in white with insertion!

Dress U is so close! It's freaking me out and so I'm happy to feel like I'm making progress. :)

Oh and since I failed to post a pic of the corset and combinations, here's that as well!

Still need to finish the petticoat and make a ruffled corset cover but those are also simple!

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What I made in 2011! Yearly Review

Cross-posted from my blog.

It's time I finally do a post about what I was able to accomplish in 2011.  At first I wasn't sure I had done that much, but then putting this list together, I'd say it's not a bad effort!  The end of the year certainly slowed down, but I got a lot done at the beginning! (And maybe that's why I slowed down, I did get a little burned out, especially after the wedding dress!)

Picture-less post unfortunately for now.  I know I have a lot I need to post, but those pics are not uploaded to the internet yet.  So a list will have to do!  Check out the tags on the side for more information on specific projects.

Started in 2010, finished in Jan of 2011:

Grey wool cloak (actually this still needs a hook and eye...)

Silk petticoat for my zone front gown

Started and Finished in 2011:

MA Floral Francaise and flat cap with ruffled panniers.  Dress was entirely hand sewn.

Blue Dot Regency Drop Front Dress.  Also hand sewn but technicially never finished cause I hate the sleeves and didn't hem them.

Steampunk spats

2 1868 corsets from Madame Foy patent (and two articles for FR - which I'll be posting here and on my blog soon! :) )

Laced Lime Rickey Civil War Ballgown

Turquoise Silk Elizabeth Bennett Spencer

Marianne Dashwood hat and matching reticule

Flat cap for Elizabethan dress

Elizabeth Bennett bonnet for Regency Jumper

Pioneer dress with a corded petticoat, apron and bonnet (and hat), and a bunch of extra skirts and aprons.

Wedding Dress! (which I'm never doing again!!)

New 1780's stays

New and improved bum pad

French Revolution jacket and petti with embroidered fichu and 18thc shoe redo

Handsewn 18th c organdy cap

Medieval kirtle & surcote with bag, veil and circlet

Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume

Lining for Wedding Dress Shrug for a friend

White Regency Drawstring Dress

Started but not finished:

18thc Green Stripe Round Gown (hand sewn)

Quilted silk petticoat

Drafted 1912 corset

Pink Beaded Regency Ballgown

Swansdown Pelisse

I need to post pictures! I'm so bad, I haven't reported on anything since, who knows when. I might not have time to do that before next weekend though.  But I will do it!

And now let's make a list of what's next!

What I'm planning for 2012!

Red Stripe Open Robe to wear over white drawstring dress (for next weekend) haven't started this yet, but I think I can do it!

Regency Ballgown (either finish the one I started or make a new one with the sari I ordered over Christmas)

1912 Corset & brassier

1912 Aqua Day Dress

1912 Evening Gown

1912 simple skirt and shirt waist (with hat)

1870 Purple Striped Day Dress

1920's things: a bathing suit, a dress and underwear.

Northanger Abbey outfit finally!!

Something 18th century... but I'm not sure what. I have silk for the dusty blue jacket from the Kyoto book (the one with all the embroidery!) so I may get to that, if I can figure out how to do the embroidery, whether by hand or machine if I can find or make something that works.

Archery dress?

Finish the other things I started last year.

So once again, busy at the start of the year, and who knows what the summer and fall will hold!  Stay tuned! :)


I've actually been posting again on my blog!  I'm too lazy to actually cross post right now, so if somehow you've missed it, you can go check out the new stuff I've been up to.  It's Regency!

Oh, and hooray for a three day weekend!  Hopefully I'll get some good sewing time in. :)


I am the luckiest girl alive!!

I just won an Advanced Reading Copy of Shannon Hale's sequel to Austenland, Midnight in Austenland!! I am so freaking excited! Oh man, this is the best day ever!

Just had to share the good news!


Let the mad weekend sewing rush begin!!

I have one week to get everything done.  I hope I can do it!

Plans for the weekend include bonnets, hair stuff and some other fiddly bits.  Then hopefully with taking things to work to do at lunch and evening sewing I can get everything done!

I'm just a little stressed.  o_O

Blogger Updates...

I've made some posts over on blogger recently in case you didn't see.  I also changed the commenting format, which has always been my only complaint with blogger.  You could reply just to one persons comment, but thanks to a link from padawansguide  (I think?) I've added some nifty little thing that changed that!  So hooray!  Comments like LJ on Blogger! :)

Read the posts here.


Always with the questions...

But you guys are so smart!  And you know so much more than me! :)

Anyway, this time, my question is if there is such a thing as a short sleeved Regency spencer?  Like for summer or home wear?  I know you can do little sleeveless vests or bodices, but what about something with short-ish puffed sleeves?  My internet searches have failed me so far, except for someone who was wearing one at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath I believe.  That doesn't necessarily make it accurate though.  I haven't seen any fashion plates or extant examples... unless I'm totally unobservant and need to look harder?

As always, any help would be so gratefully appreciated! :) 

Oh, and I forgot to add, I've posted on the blog about the Floral Francaise!  And some other pages and stuff.  Go check it out! :)

Bandwagon? Me?

 Yep, I'm jumping on this one too.  I started blogging with blogger, what?, 8 years ago and since joining LJ have never fully adjusted to posting here...  I'm more comfortable and familiar with blogger, I can get my blog to look how I want and it's easier (and maybe more open) for my non-costuming friends to read it.  So, you can find me over there at: bellamissella.blogspot.com.  Nothing up yet, but add me too your reader or whatever!

That doesn't mean I am completely abandoning LJ!  I think I will make this a friends-only journal, so I can feel comfortable posting whatever I want.  The Blogger one will be more about pictures and updates of projects.  This will be more life stuff.  And of course, when I post over there, I'll link here, just to keep everyone in the loop.

With everyone going this way, I just want to do it.  What can I say?  I'm a follower... I go where the crowd tells me to. :)

Anyway, a new post will be up there soon with updates about my Floral Francaise!  And in other good news, I've decided to drop my class for this semester!  I just don't have time and I've found I don't love the program here at the Extension School.  I've found my dream program elsewhere and have started working on fulfilling requirements to apply for next year!  So exciting!  So that means I feel like I can actually get stuff done before Costume Con!  Yay!

Anyway, I'll make a separate announcement when I make this friends only.  Don't know when that will be exactly.  Stay tuned!


So, you know how I've been kind of vague about a couple of projects I've been working on lately?  Well, I can finally (kinda) talk about them.  Well, it's technically just one project, but there are a few parts.  I'm writing two articles for Foundations Revealed about making my 1868 corset from this patent, and the first part was published tonight, earlier than expected!  I've been really excited about this for the last couple months, but it makes me nervous, as I am far from an expert, especially when it comes to corsetry.  But it was an experiment, which is how I presented it, and hopefully it can help someone!  I finished this article last week and now am going to be working on the final corset as well as the second article this month, so it's another thing on my plate, adding a bit to the stress!  You'll only be able to read it if you're a subscriber, but you can see a blurb about it on the home page!  Kinda fun!

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