The Tailorette

Projects In The Make Archive

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

0

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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

 

Monday

29

June 2015

5

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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

Monday

13

April 2015

1

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Sneak Peek / Sleeves

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While collecting different photos and ideas, I decided to try a long awaited idea.  It took me 5 hours to get just what I wanted.  Instead of making a basic dress for my Etsy shop, I spent extra time learning something new.  I pulled out everything I needed and dove right in.   After several mock-ups, I persevered until I got the results I was looking for.

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This is the pattern piece I started with.

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A glimpse of what it looked like halfway through the adjustments.

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This is how many mock ups it took (using old scraps).

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After the sixth try, the goal was finally reached… and this is only half of the sleeve. 😉

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This is the fabric I plan on using for the actual project once I have the sleeve pattern figured out.

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Even though I am making mostly regency dresses, it has helped to learn many different techniques using the same pattern several times over.  This one will be another regency dress to add to my dress shop.  However, I do hope to make more modern day clothing sometime in the near future.

– The Tailorette

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  – Romans 12:9