Rate the Dress: 1830s evening elegance
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by The Dreamstress
4d ago
Life has decided to be unrelentingly busy, so it’s taken me a while to get back to Rate the Dress.  But it’s here in the form of a white and gold 1830s evening dress. Last week:  a 1913-14 evening dress in salmon pink, bold black and gold Those of you who are rating at the moment are very opinionated.  There wasn’t much middle ground to the reactions to this dress.  Most of you loooooooooved it.  So many 10s!  But a few couldn’t get on board with the colour, or felt there were just too many elements. The Total: 8.6 out of 10 A whole decimal point up from last week ..read more
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A day in the life of Felicity the Sewing Cat
The Dreamstress
by The Dreamstress
1w ago
7:30 am – Wake up 7:32 am – Pat Leimomi on the face to remind her to wake up and give me cuddle 7:33-7:45 – Sit on Leimomi’s chest and purr like mad, periodically reaching out to pat her face to remind her to give me head scratchies 7:50 – Breakfast! 7:52: after licking off all the sauce and eating 2 pieces of meat, go and sit by the back door and look pitiful and wistful until Leimomi opens it for me 7:53 – Eat three blades of grass, sniff another patch, and then come back inside, having decided I’m not that excited about the outdoors after all. 7:55 – Use the litter boxes instead of the grea ..read more
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The Cassandra Stays Sew Along: Assembling the Panels & Adding Bones
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by The Dreamstress
3w ago
Previously on The Cassandra Stays Sew Along: Choosing Material for the Cassandra Stays Making Linen Buckram Making your Mock-Up  Fitting How to alter the Cassandra Stays pattern to be front-laced only Cutting Out & Basting Testing techniques Sewing the Boning Channels Making the View B Stomacher using historical materials Marking & Sewing Eyelets In this instalment of the Cassandra Stays Sew Along your Cassandra Stays are finally going to start looking like a pair of stays.  That’s right: we’re sewing the panels together and adding bones! Assembling the Panels This isn’t t ..read more
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The Scroop Patterns Survey – please tell me what you think!
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by The Dreamstress
3w ago
Help shape the future of Scroop Patterns! I’m planning the next few years of research and patterns.  I want to know more about the people who buy, or have thought about buying, Scroop Patterns, and what you want from your patterns. If either of those describes you, please take the first Scroop Patterns survey! Your input and opinions will help me focus on making the patterns that you want most, and that include all the things that you love most in a pattern. The survey takes about 10 minutes to do. It can be done completely anonymously, or you can choose include your email ..read more
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Rate the Dress: Salmon pink and bold black, 1913-1914
The Dreamstress
by The Dreamstress
3w ago
It’s been another exciting week for me, with way too much work (luckily I love my students & patternmaking), and way too many chores to do, and then a plumbing disaster on top of everything else. But I finally have an evening to relax, and am sitting on the couch in my new favourite pants, with Felicity curled in a contented ball in front of the heaters.  Bean soup is simmering on the stove (which means I won’t have to cook for the next three days – the dream!).  All is, if not right, at least momentarily not-terrible with the world.  And it’s the perfect time to write Rate ..read more
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The Cassandra Stays Sew Along: Eyelets
The Dreamstress
by The Dreamstress
3w ago
Previously on The Cassandra Stays Sew Along: Choosing Material for the Cassandra Stays Making Linen Buckram Making your Mock-Up  Fitting How to alter the Cassandra Stays pattern to be front-laced only Cutting Out & Basting Testing techniques Sewing the Boning Channels Making the View B Stomacher using historical materials It’s time for my favourite part of staymaking!  Eyelet time! Seriously, I’m not kidding.  I love making eyelets.  There is something so relaxing and repetitive about it. Marking the Eyelet Hole Placement: First, mark the hole placement for your eyele ..read more
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Edwardian Unders: what went under the Persis Corset samples
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by The Dreamstress
1M ago
What do you need if you have a photoshoot with corset samples?  Pretty unders to wear with the corset – and which also have enough coverage to make the models feel comfortable! I used the Persis Corset pattern shoot as an opportunity to play with different underthings patterns, and with the lace insertion techniques given in the Ettie Petticoat Pattern.  Because who doesn’t love lacy drawers? I made three items to go with the Persis Corset samples: a chemise, drawers, and combinations.  My primary source for all three patterns was Cutting Out for Student Teachers (1906).  I ..read more
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Can you wear the Cassandra Stays for decades before or after 1760-1780?
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by The Dreamstress
1M ago
We get it.  Some people love making stays, and some people don’t.  Even if you are someone who loves making stays, they are time intensive, and relatively expensive to make.  So it’s very tempting to make one pair of stays that can work for a wide date range.  Not surprisingly, lots of people have asked us… Can you wear the Cassandra Stays for dates other than 1760-1780? We’ve dated the Cassandra Stays pattern to 1760-1780 because that was the date range of the extant stays we based the pattern on where we were absolutely confident in the dating of the stays.  However ..read more
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The Cassandra Stays Sew-Along: Making the View B Stomacher with historical materials
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by The Dreamstress
1M ago
Previously on The Cassandra Stays Sew Along: Choosing Material for the Cassandra Stays Making Linen Buckram Making your Mock-Up  Fitting How to alter the Cassandra Stays pattern to be front-laced only Cutting Out & Basting Testing techniques Sewing the Boning Channels Today’s Cassandra Stays sew-along post is a quick, easy one. If, like me, you’re making View B, but with historical materials, you need to think about how you’re going to finish the back of your stomacher.  You don’t want it to just be buckram.  that wouldn’t be very nice! Lining the Stomacher: Option A One ..read more
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Rate the Dress: 1860s Pastel pink and bold black
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by The Dreamstress
1M ago
I had this week’s Rate the Dress all picked out, and the post written for the dress part.  All I had to do was add in the ratings from the last Rate the Dress. And then I discovered I’d already posted the frock I’d picked for this week! So, back to the drawing board, which is why this post is a bit late. Last week:  A very-fitted 1880s dress in cut velvet Ooooh, last week’s dress was divisive.  Some of you loved the bold pattern and ‘sleek’ silhouette, and thought it was ‘delectably severe’.  Others could not get past the pattern placement on the bust (personally I love it ..read more
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