Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hobbit Female Costume

Female hobbit costume, Custom made for you! Includes lace up in back, two-tone, bodice with metal grommets [Or hand sewn eyelets upon request which will up the cost], a gathered, button closure at waistband, two layered skirt. [Under dress/under shirts not included, but can be ordered separately.]

Estimated cost: $90.00

Please contact me for details and ordering! 

1860's Green Plaid Day Dress

Made to order! Just contact me for details!

Estimated cost: $350.00

Civil War era Ball Gown in Teal

I modified this 2881 Simplicity pattern by adding the skirt overlay and not adding the skirt tabs or the bodice overlay [the V shaped piece that rests over the top of the shoulders]. I also prefer to wear it not 'off the shoulder', but can be adjusted for either way with the drawstring tucker around neckline.

Made to order. Customize to your size, style and preference! Just contact me for details.

Estimated cost: $475.00
[Including materials, labor costs, pattern drafting and at least 2 fittings]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Early 1700's Gentleman's Breeches - linen

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There are not many examples easily found of early 1700's breeches. Mainly because of the fact that all images show them worn with the waistcoats of the day, which are nearly as long as the breeches of the time and completely hide those garments! The sleeveless and sleeved waistcoats of that time were just above the knee and were always worn, as it would be inappropriate for a man to go without a waistcoat. {scandalous}

We do know that pre-Rev war, the men's breeches were a French Fly front closure. This is actually more like a modern pant construction than the Drop Front closure of later in the century.

The pockets were fun to do on this pattern! The instructions seemed bizarre, but I just kept following step by step, and it was like magic! Such fun! 

The images below are of a pair of breeches I just finished this week! This heavy chocolate brown linen was fabulous to work with. It along with these beautiful German Silver domed/rimmed buttons are from Wm. Booth Draper. They are a fantastic supplier for all your historical costuming needs!

TG123W - 1690 – 1750 Men’s French Fly Breeches Pattern

I used this pattern found on Etsy to make these breeches. I was fairly happy with the pattern, but the directions where a little off. I had to take the project to my historic sewing mentor to figure out several steps, and we kind of re-worded things to make more sense and re-worked parts to make it work properly. Also, most of the steps were using modern construction; so some things were changed to retain a closer authenticity. 

Let me know what you think!! 

Thanks for reading - Kerry

Thursday, May 29, 2014

An Unexpected Party - Part 3 - Peoples of Middle Earth

Last September my cousin, Josh, turned 9, and he is a huge fan of The Hobbit. So he wanted to have a Lord Of The Rings themed birthday party!! [see part 1 here ; see part 2 here]

You can follow Grace's pinterest board to see where many of the ideas came from! Take a peek below at some of the people of Middle Earth that attended this unexpected party!!

Watch out for sporks! Give them a cookie and they are much nicer!!