Thursday, January 24, 2013
I made this jacket for myself a while back - I started it for a Christmas present to myself ( the best kind of present to give i.m.o!) But it ended up being the following Christmas before I finished it. Which probably means the cape I cut before this christmas will be ready by this time next year!
The pattern is from Burda Magazine 09/2004 , jacket 131. In the magazine, it's made from a tartan fabric and denim. The panel shapes are what drew me to the pattern - (there was a tab detail to the shoulder too but I left it out). The newer Burda magazines have very few patterns with this kind of interesting panels - but they're still good value even if you only use one pattern in the entire mag.
The sleeves turned out to be a bit tight - but luckily the tartan fabric I used has some stretch to it. It just means I can't wear anything too bulky underneath .
I had a lovely silver zip that finished it off nicely, it was given to me in a box of goodies. A friend of a friend mentioned she had a box of sewing bits that were never going to be used, that she would send on to me. When my friend met me with the box, it was much bigger than I expected - lots of lovely pieces of fabric and unusual zips.
And finally one last pic of the back -
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I needed to do some research for the costumes that I made recently - and the picture below is from one of the books I used. It's "Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries" ,that I bought from Amazon. It's a detail of a cuff that I wanted to use on one of the Gowns.
|Image taken from Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries|
And here it is below, used on the red and green gown -
And a wider view of the gown on a dressform:
I also embroidered the panel used on the stomacher, after getting the inspiration for the colours and design from the same book. The gown is currently being worn at the Bishop's Palace in Waterford by the character Lady Este. I haven't seen the entire tour/show yet, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the costumes in action! I'll be sure to share some pics of them then :)