So much inspiration so little time

When I made the Atessa dress, I ended up with a lot of material left over.

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Don’t know why.  The material was wider than I thought? Anyway, there it languishes in my stash.

I didn’t know what I would do with it.  Then I saw this dress at the Met.

1978.295.8ab_FThe fabric is a similar color range, and is also cotton.  The pattern in the fabric is different (mine is more paisley) but both are equally busy.1978.295.8ab_dAnd I’m quite fond of the bustle era.  So yummy.

I know I have said this before but I need to retire!  I need more time to sew up and knit up my ideas and I need more places to wear these things!  I need more weekends like CoCo and the Dickens Festival where I can wear MULTIPLE ensembles!  I keep piling up more and more outfits and I can’t possibly wear them all in one year!  And yet telling myself to stop is not going to happen. Anyone else feel my pain?

 

 

Ewe dressed as a lamb

I bought the fabric for my up coming dress.  It is for the HSF challenge “fashion plate” in which we are to use a fashion plate as inspiration.  This is the plate I chose.

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I needed about 10 meters of a blue or grey toned solid and about 2 meters of a pink toned patterned material.  And I needed it to be cheap.  I couldn’t find anything that matched those parameters but I did find an inexpensive pink solid and moderately price blue toned pattern. (Both are synthetic but to the untrained eye, are reasonable fakes.)

The pink is a ghastly shiny satin that screams “fake” but the wrong side is much more understated  and looks a bit like a silk dupioni (if you aren’t a fabric/textile expert.)

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The blue was likely intended for curtains but I think it goes well with the pink.

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I’m okay with the completed project being the opposite color scheme of the fashion plate.  It was intended to be inspiration only.  I do feel I have compromised on what I wanted with a dress that will be primarily pink.  To my thinking, pink is a young girls color.  I fear looking a bit like a ewe trying to be a lamb.  But, what the heck.  Never say never!  The fact that there is a saying like “ewe dressed as a lamb” means that some older women did (and do) dress in fashions meant for younger women.  I wont say older Victorian women NEVER wore pink.  And in fact, I can’t say I know for sure that the fashion police ever told older Victorian women not to wear pink.  I do know that pink for girls and baby blue for boys is the opposite of what was considered normal in Victorian times so my idea that “pink is for young people” may actually be a modern concept. If anyone out there knows for sure, please share!

PS I need a name for this dress so I can create a blog category for it. So far I am going with 1896 I Love Ewe

What to do with that sari fabric?

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I bought the sari fabric with the plan of making it into a beach cover up.  But the reality of that idea was more horrible than I thought.  It came off looking more like a slutty negligée which is not the look I was going for on a public beach.  And I really don’t have the body for that kind of look any way.  (Not that I am fat shaming myself.  I believe beauty comes in all sizes.  One just needs to accentuate ones assets and down play the flaws.  We all have them…even supermodels. The sari beach cover up did the opposite!)

But the fabric is too pretty to let go to waste.  So the next plan is some sort of Edwardian evening gown.  My costuming bud Lottie, has pinned a picture on Pinterest that might have elements that work.

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The sleeves would use up fabric and make it shorter but I have seen dresses with the fancy bead work ending higher up.  Like this dress for example.

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Anyone know where you can get a pattern for this?  Anyone know where I can find the time to actually make this?