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It's felt like an eternity since I was last able to say this regarding any new sewing project, but I finished my new Civil War day dress!

*cue confetti*

I'll definitely add more trim before I wear it next, but it feels SO good to have something new!  I wore it this past weekend at the Mariner's Museum for their 150th anniversary event of the Battle of Hampton Roads (the fight between the Moniter and the Merrimac).  Obviously, I had very little to do with the naval history side of things, but myself and a few other ladies had a display of various sewing and needlework and fashions which we talked about and gave demonstrations of.  It was a long weekend and very exhausting, but quite fun.  It's always so refreshing to be able to do Civil War events every now and then...

But more importantly; the dress! 



It's made of silk taffeta, which languished in my stash for a long time on the grounds that I already had too many blue costumes... but considering I don't wear them all at once, that reason fell apart under the weight of a non-existant budget.  The bodice lining and hem facing are brown polished cotton, and the trim is velvet ribbon.  Hopefully next time this dress appears in public there will be a great deal MORE ribbon on it.

I also finally got pictures of the sontag I crocheted over a year ago.  This weekend was very chilly, and I was able to put it to good use.





And then the wind picked up, and I flew.

Date: 2012-03-12 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com
Really lovely work! I can see why you have a number of blue costumes--it's a great color on you.

Date: 2012-03-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! I do love using blue, but I really really have to start branching out a bit... ;)

Date: 2012-03-12 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reine-de-coudre.livejournal.com
oh, it's SO pretty! and i love the red accessories with it! hurray for new dresses! :D

Date: 2012-03-14 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! There's nothing quite like having a new dress after a long dry spell! :)

Date: 2012-03-13 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padawansguide.livejournal.com
That's lovely!

Date: 2012-03-13 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girliegirl32786.livejournal.com
Gorgeous work! That is a really lovely shade of blue.

Date: 2012-03-13 02:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandie-rw.livejournal.com
Whee! I like the flying picture! :D

Yay for a new dress - it looks great! And such a pretty color.

Date: 2012-03-13 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demode.livejournal.com
Very pretty! And you made the scale right for you.

Date: 2012-03-14 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! I feel like getting the scale right is perhaps THE most important thing when patterning historic clothing, so that's a really lovely compliment!

Date: 2012-03-13 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isabelladangelo.livejournal.com
So pretty! It looks absolutely perfect.

Date: 2012-03-13 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Very lovely! Beth Miller-Hall earrings, by any chance?

Date: 2012-03-14 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
I think so? They were a Christmas present which Nicole picked up when we were in Gettyburg. I love them. :)

Date: 2012-03-15 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
They're adorbs, and they're a great size for you. I know that sounds a little silly but we've discussed how things should be to-scale before. *maybe a weeeeee bit jealous* ;)

Date: 2012-03-13 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-aristocat.livejournal.com
It's so beautiful! And I think it looks quite perfect even with less trim.

Date: 2012-03-14 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! I do like the clean look of less trim, but since I get bored easily it's better if the dress eventually changes. ;)

Date: 2012-03-13 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennylafleur.livejournal.com
You look amazing!

Date: 2012-03-14 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! I had lots of fun, but now it's full steam ahead on Titanic stuffs!

Date: 2012-03-15 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennylafleur.livejournal.com
Yay Titanic stuffs - I can't wait to see your creations! :>

Date: 2012-03-13 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashamanja-babu.livejournal.com
Pretty! It's so nice to sew for one's self.

Date: 2012-03-14 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Thank you! It certainly is... what with sewing all day at work, it's kind of amazing to be able to have and wear something of my own!

Date: 2012-03-13 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marcine.livejournal.com
Very pretty! I love the pointed bodice.

Date: 2012-03-14 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jade-nolan.livejournal.com
The fact that you made a Civil War dress that you might even cajole me into, I think you know how much that says! ;)

Date: 2012-03-14 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlewild-grey.livejournal.com
Wow! That certainly says a lot! And it's all about the clean lines... I'll bet there would actually be a fair number of dresses I could manage cajole you into. ;)

Date: 2012-03-16 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jade-nolan.livejournal.com
You're absolutely right about the lines! It looks clean and polished and sophisticated all at once :) And I think the other that you do really well is let the garment speak for itself. The fabric doesn't overshadow and hide the lines. *sigh* And yes, as much as I hate to admit it, there probably are quite a few you get me to at least try on.

Date: 2012-03-14 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mlsdesigns.livejournal.com
Very pretty! don't feel bad about having so much blue in your dress up wardrobe - it suits you, so why not!!?!!
I love your sontag though, so much! What pattern did you use? I couldn't find a crochet pattern, only knitting. I don't knit, but I love to crochet, I tried to make up my own pattern, didn't work :(

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