The Tailorette

Monthly Archive: November 2016

Monday

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November 2016

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1860s Camp Dress

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One of my goals for 2016 is to create several different dresses other than the regency era.  With so much attention going towards restocking my Shop, I am just now getting to the stash of fabric in my closet waiting to be cut up into new ideas.  The year is almost over, but I’m determined to reach the goal.

At the beginning of summer, I stocked up on a few different fabrics to get me started on some new ideas.  This plaid is my favorite from the stash, so I decided to start there.

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The bodice ended up being on the baggy side of things, so I set the mannequin to the right size and started working from there.

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Pinning where the bodice need to be taken in.

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Pressing down the gathers to eliminate the extra puffiness.

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Cutting out out the neckline.

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Successful fitting!

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Below I am measuring the thread so I could hand sew the cartridge pleating for the skirt.

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Hand stitching…

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After attaching the skirt and adding a few finishing touches, the dress was finished!

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Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

– The Tailorette

 

Friday

11

November 2016

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Civil War Remake

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You might recognize this gown from a previous post almost exactly a year ago.  It is, in fact, the same exact design, but not the same dress.  I enjoyed making this pattern so much that I decided I would make a replica, with a few minor changes.  This one is made out of a solid print, not a subtle pin stripe like the other one.  I also used less trim on the sleeves and added an extra tuck at the bottom of the skirt.  This time I modeled the dress, rather than using the mannequin.  There’s just something about having a live model that brings the design to life. 

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What I love most about this style is the simplicity.  There’s not too much frilliness, but just enough embellishment to add character and interest.  One thing I have found is how much I enjoy working with solid fabrics.  You can find a basic design and add the extra detail that normally wouldn’t show on a printed dress.  It allows me to exercise more creativity and brainstorming when it comes to constructing the gown.  

I do have many other ideas… hopefully sometime in the near future there will be newer designs coming up in my shop.  You may even see a few more 18th century popping up here and there.

Until next time,

-The Tailorette

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