Monday, 14 September 2015

Walking dress ca.1810-1820

2500km is not a problem when you want to make someone happy!

New velvet walking outfit for my friend: spencer, skirt and bonnet. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Spencer ca.1820

Last project of this season - velvet walking ensemble ca.1820 for my friend.
Here is the spencer: cotton velvet, silk cording, buttons, covered with silk. 

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Duchess of Richmond's dress

Silk and embroidered net evening dress, skirt is decorated with baskets, made of silk pipes, and silk hand made flowers.
Cotton petticoat with padded rouleau hem.
Based on the fashion plate from 1819 Ackermann's Repository (April Issue). 

Sewing memories

Detail of my ball dress, inspired by ca.1818 gown from Metropolitan Museum Collection.
 Ivory embroidered net evening dress with silk and glass bead decorations on the base of light pink cotton satin under-dress
Hand-sewn, as usual.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Light pink dress for Astrid, ca.1820

Unbelievable, but I'm back!)

Today I want to show you one of my last projects - light pink dress cotton satin dress, partially lined with white cotton, inspired by KSUM collection item #2002.035.0006.

Bodice is gathered from front and back and has a hidden lacing.
Short sleeves are decorated with buttons (+net under-sleeves).
Full skirt with 2 rows of roulaux with petal shaped flaps near skirt bottom.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Icy dress for Natalie

Here is one of my old works - light empire dress of blue silk chiffon for Natalie.
The inspiration comes from her new hand embroidered shawl with nice paisley ornaments that you can see on the picture below. And my work was to create a gown that will match perfectly with this accessory and, at the same moment, be wonderful itself.
The decisions comes immediately -  it should be light, glowing from the inside dress, simple, but refined at the same time, decorated with embroidery (made by another artisan), based on tracery lines of shawl figures. Hours of work - and here it is)

I'm in love with the result. And you? 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Sky blue ensemble, inspired by KCI walking dress ca.1815 for Cynthia

Yesterday I'd made the last fitting of the dress, now it's just a question of covering buttons with silk and finishing some other little decorative details. So in few weeks I'll share with you a high quality pictures of the ensemble and add a long post to describe everything about it. Now it's just a couple of fast-made photos of a happy owner as a prelude ;)

The inspiration of the project is a spencer jacket, underbodice and skirt from Kyoto Costume Institute, dated ca.1815.

But we go further, and now we have different looks with less material used:
  • Velvet skirt with white silk simple sleeveless bodice, decorated with plait, trimmed with silk pipping;
  • Long-sleeve spencer, the idea is taken from KCI item;
  • Ball/evening spencer from velvet, but with silk sleeves, decorated with scallops and pleating;
  • Regency bonnet, with plumes, silk trims and pearls, made in style of 1810s.