torstai 13. lokakuuta 2016

1790s round gown and beaded bodice

It's been a long time, sorry! I've done some sewing, but haven't got around taking photos. Today I took the trouble to dress up in a 1790s dress and bodice I finished recently, and I'm rather pleased with the look.
For the gown I used the Tidens Toj pattern for a 1790s round gown. I originally cut the hem a bit too short so I had to add a strip of fabric on it to remedy that blunder. I ended up turning that strip of fabric double and actually I rather like the way it looks and gives the hem a little bit of weight and body.
The fabric is this lovely very lightweight and almost see-through silk-viscose blend that I've used for chemisettes earlier but I always knew I wanted to make a Regency gown out of it as well.

The beaded bodice is a Regency era acessory that seemed to be popular in the early years 1800s; there are several fashion plates depicting different variations. The beading pattern I chose to make may not be exactly period but I like it anyway.

I think I'm going to wear it at the 18th century Christmas ball that is to take place in Suomenlinna in November.

The hem is massive, there's all together 3 widths of the fabric in it.

I'll probably make a bit more of an effort with my hair for an event, but this isn't half bad for late 1790s. I have most of my hair up in a bun under the turban, and I quickly curled the fringe I left out of the bun all around my head. For an event I'd put my hair in pin curls when wet the night before, sleep on it and then do something like this with a scarf.

You've got a have a massive feather. No excuses.

I've got a train!

keskiviikko 10. elokuuta 2016

Gustavian Day picnic - 2nd edition

Rococo Atelier: So, should we have the Gustavian Day picnic this year as well?
Me: Sure, why not.

The Museum of Old Vaasa: Yay, come on over, we'll throw in a free entry day just because! And guided tours in two languages! And we'll write a press release with pictures and publish it in the local paper!

This really is how it went. The weather was worse than the last time (fairly rainy throughout the day) but we had our picnic indoors and still managed to do a bit of croqueting and graces and dancing in between the showers of rain. So many of our reenactor friends travelled over from Tampere and even accross the water from Sweden(!!)  and we had a jolly old time.

Some pictures here, taken by Sanna of Rococo Atelier and Mia of Oh Gloomy Sundays

The house

If you decide to have a picnic but then it rains and you have to move the picnic indoors and eat at a table is it still a picnic?


The ground floor of the house has this spectacular vaulted cellar.

Croquet with style

Mia in her pretty pink jacket and petticoat

There was a little dancing too.

Sanna borrowed my new blue hat and chemisette.

Pretending to play an antique clavier (the maker's engraving says it was built in 1797 in St. Petersburg).


Regency wedgies

A group photo of all of the properly attired people


lauantai 30. heinäkuuta 2016


I just finished a new Regency dress because apparently that's all I do. It's sheer cotton which I dyed blue; the original colour was a drab mousy grey. Dyeing it with the ocean blue colourway made it nice Prussian blue which is so right for Regency and I really like the tone, so win!

I used the same bodice pattern as with the white fern dress, but I left of the neckline borders and made the neckline gathered instead. The sleeves are 3/4 length and I used my 18th century pattern for them. The dress closes with 4 hooks and thread loops, a tape tie underbust and a gathering ribbon on the neckline. Simple as you please.

I might embroider the dress later, but it works as it is. I like the lightness of it and I'm going to wear it to the Gustavian Day picnic we're having in my town next Saturday.

Here are some photos of the dress with all my fabulous hats :)

I made a separate post of this hat and the chemisette earlier.

I can't wear this hat with a straight face.