The Tailorette

Finished Projects Archive

Tuesday

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December 2016

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Cream 18th Century Polonaise Dress

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With the new year coming to an end I wanted to get another 18th century dress on list of finished projects for 2016.  This one is made out of the same pattern as the other dress, but I did make a few minor changes to give it a different look.

Here is where I made a change in the trim.  Because the fabric is upholstery it was too thick to do gathers… so I decided to do pleated trim.

Instead of adding the ties to hold up the skirt, I permanently bunched the back of the skirt.

Finished!

One of my next projects for the new year is perfecting the undergarments for this era.  I still feel like I could perfect the shape a little better.  You may see a post in near months of 2017 on that.  🙂

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

Click here to purchase this dress.

Wednesday

20

July 2016

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Polonaise 18th Century Day Dress

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Before I dove into my stash of beautiful florals, I decided to make my first gown from this era with a solid linen.  This fabric is %50 cotton and %50 linen which made for an excellent material.  I knew I didn’t want a polyester mix with cotton since I’ve had disappointing results with how the fabric preserves over the years.

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Cutting out the bodice.

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Making a rolled hem for the edge of the ruffles.

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Gathering the ruffles.

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I did press the ruffles after I stitched them on.  Pressing them made it look a little flatter, rather than looking so frilly.

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Bodice back.

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Sewing the casing to the inside of the lining.

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Outside fabric attached to lining, fully boned and ready for trim.

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I got the trim inspiration from the movie “Poldark”.  After watching this series with my family, I had so much inspiration!

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Pinning the trim to death for a uniform look.

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End result!

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Surprisingly, this dress was much easier than I thought it would be.  I hope to make a few more dresses from this era this year.  There are a few design ideas I have in the back of my mind… thanks to Pinterest!

-The Tailorette

Tuesday

12

July 2016

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18th Century Stays

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Within the last couple weeks, I was slowly making my way toward starting on a new era.  I hope to work on many other styles and eras, but for now, the Colonial/Revolutionary War time period is where I plan on spending most of my time this summer.  

To get off on a good start, I wanted to make all the correct under garments to create the right look.  It’s easy to jump to making the dress out of excitement, but if the right undergarments are not underneath, it just doesn’t have that special touch that makes it look authentic.  Thanks to Red Threaded’s 18th century pattern, I was able to accomplish the stays I had in mind.

After saving this fabric for a few years, I finally found a use for it. There was only one yard, so I set it aside for that one project that it would go well with. It’s one of my favorites from my stash and I finally had a use for it!

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Preparing the pattern pieces to make a mock-up.

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Mock up successful with a few alterations according to my size.

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Marking where the casing for the boning will be.

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All the corset layers basted together.

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Casing finished and ready for boning!

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An external view of where the boning will be.

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Inserting the boning.

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I added the bias tape around the edges after I inserted the boning and voila! 

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Even though this will go underneath the dress, I still wanted to take the challenge to make it look somewhat appealing.   This is the second corset I have made, and I have to admit, I’m too embarrassed to blog about the first one I made. 😉 

Stay tuned, the dress itself is in the make as well!

-The Tialorette

 

Wednesday

22

June 2016

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From Basic To Unique

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When you’re in a pinch, you tend to grab at anything you can think of to solve your problem.  This is a perfect example of one of those “I’m toast” moments.  After cutting out most of the dress, I realized I didn’t have a large enough piece of fabric to cut out the sleeves.  Also, the fabric was a one of a kind discovery, so there was no way to find more of this fabric anywhere.  This in fact, was not a pre-made dress for my shop, but a custom order for a valued customer.  There was no room for chucking the project for later.

Immediately I started brain storming with ideas of how I can pull this off, and then light bulb went on.  I realized I could cut my scraps into strips, gather them and sew them together to make a more intricate sleeve.

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Gathering the strips

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Sewing the gathered stripes together.

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Ready to cut out my sleeve piece!

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All cut out and ready to be shaped into a sleeve.

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Voila!

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I’m thankful for those moments when things seem to be going wrong, but in the end it was a sharpening tool to get my brain thinking more creatively. 😉

-The Tailorette

Monday

16

November 2015

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Navy Civil War Gown

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Last week I had the opportunity to work on a custom civil war dress for a customer on the west coast.  I’ve noticed that my skills have improved since the last time I made a dress like this one.  What seemed so difficult to me last year was a breeze this time around!

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Assembling the basic part of the bodice.

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Fitting the bodice to the customers size.

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Successful custom fit!

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Hand stitching the inside seams to prevent the fabric from fraying.

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Adding the boning to add structure to the bodice.

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The bodice with boning and finished seams on the inside.

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Adding cording to the bodice.

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Unfinished edges all cleaned up.

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For this project, I had to make my own trim to match the bodice.

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Trim and sleeves complete.

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Constructing the skirt.

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Finished!

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And I’m off to make another civil war ball gown…

– The Tailorette

Monday

29

June 2015

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Sleeve Pattern

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In a recent post I mentioned that I was working on a sleeve pattern.  This past weekend I was able to continue with that experiment and finish my idea!  The outcome is so pleasing, but amazingly, I see that the sleeve needs to have more gathers.
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Thank the Lord for Pinterest!  This is where I found the sleeve idea.

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Couldn’t wait to start snipping away!

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creating a gathered piece for the sleeve band.

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The pattern piece is 30″ long.

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Interfacing was necessary on the inside of the sleeve to keep it from sagging.

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Hand stitching the inside of the sleeve band.

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Preparing the bodice for the sleeves.

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I used covered buttons to give the dress a more custom look.

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The finished product.

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 I can’t wait to have this dress modeled and added to the shop!

Another exciting thing is I purchased two new dress forms.  I am no longer limited to regular sizes for custom dresses online!

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After moving to a new area, it seems that the Lord has opened up so many new ways to move forward with my sewing skills.  It has been quite an invigorating time of my life.  This is just the one of many blessings that He has brought my way.  Some blessings are in disguise, not realizing until later how He has been so faithful.  God is so sovereign in amazing ways!

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

– The Tailorette

Friday

19

June 2015

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Wedding Dress

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Within last 2 months, I had the privilege to make a wedding dress for a customer who was getting married in China.  We spent time going back and forth on which lace to purchase, and she settled on a lace that I had my eye on as well!  After her wedding, she sent me a few photos of the dress.  I was so thrilled!icm_fullxfull.62324537_lmig4gph4wg848osw8ss

 

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I am so happy for you both, Anastasia!  It was so good to get to know you during the months that we worked together!  I’m going to miss working with you.

– The Tailorette

Wednesday

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January 2015

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Regency Lace

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After making this dress a couple times for my Etsy shop, it seemed right to do a blog post.  It all started with a simple custom order requesting ruffles in the neckline.  From there, I continued to experiment with different fabrics and colors.  I still have lots of ideas for different designs, just a little different than this one.

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One of these days I will have to do a tutorial on how to add the ruffles to the sleeves.  It does take a little extra time but it was all very worth it.  The more time to work also means more time to reflect on God’s Word.

There is one verse I have been pondering since the new year.  After learning so many things in 2014 it has such an new meaning to me.

…yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 2:16

Have a splendid week!

The Tailorette