Thursday, January 24, 2013

10,000 Reasons

Pausing from the usualy posts to listen to one of my favorite worship songs. 
I first heard this at Church Camp this Summer, and I just adored the sincerity of the lyrics. Our Pastor just started playing it during our services, and I was so happy.

Now, my Grandmother just got into an accident, so I needed it!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Civil War Corset Finished

 After some delay, the Civil War corset, is done!
And while I cannot say it is my finest piece of sewing, (the gores gave me trouble) I can say it fits and works extremely well, and it cinches the waist! Oh my!
I literally almost fell over while my mother was lacing me!
 The busk can be seen above, and aside from that and the grommets, everything was sourced from my stash.
 The back, with adjustment centered near the waist.
I am very pleased with it, and excited that it is finally done!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Civil War Dress Sketch Idea

Another idea  for my dress construction. 
I worked on this during our Bible Study tonight. =) I find that sketching actually helps me listen more attentively. I sometimes even have my Sunday School kids draw or color during service to keep their hands busy and their ears attentive. Funny, but it works with most of them!

The sleeves on this sketch  were more typical of the 1840's, but I decided that I'm not sewing a dress of silk with sleeves I do not like. So, it has the sleeves with a tight upper part, and a puffed lower section. That is a firm definite about the dress, whether other aspects change, the sleeves stay.
The trims along the princess seam-lines and around the lower skirts will be of a tasseled kind, which are cream and will contrast the brown fabric. 
The outfit will be a two piece, which was decided so I can get a better fit around the waist. The blouse/top may end in a double point, as shown. I found many examples from museums with that design, and one of the garments had tassels dangling from each point.
The wide collar is so I don't choke like I did with my second Civil War dress I made. The wide collar can be seen in some authentic dresses, so i feel okay about that.

I hope you enjoyed this! I should go to bed now!