Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ness Autumn 2011 is here!

The long anticipated Ness Fall collection is here! So many new favorites......

~ Tamsin ~

I'm just going to start off with my absolute #1 new Ness favorite - the 'Tamsin' puffy vest. How it looks like the just the perfect thing to snuggle into when going outdoors on a crisp Fall day! So pretty and bright too. I have to admit that quilted vests like this one are my favorite item to wear in cool weather - (even indoors!)

~ Patience ~

This dress, though in a cheerful, flowery print which would be perfect for summer - is in autumnal colors, which will carry it over perfectly into colder weather - I can see it paired with a snug jacket, a pair of plum purple tights and brown leather mary-janes!

~ Almira ~

I have to say this lovely little lightweight knit top puts me in mind of charming ensembles I've seen from 40s fashion magazines, paired with pencil skirts and heels!

~ Beth ~  
Honestly, could you choose between these two delightful tartan colors? I just can't - but I think the oversized bow is simply adorable.

~ Callie ~

Sometimes I think the folks at Ness must know my favorite colors - here they are all over the fall collection! A lovely coral pink and and deep aqua blue. Or, as they call them "Carmine" and "Biscay Bay".

~ Dotty ~ 

Fitted jackets are just wonderful things to have in a wardrobe during cold weather, and as usual the Ness tartan colors just make a good thing better!


What do you think of  Ness Autumn 2011? Which are your favorites?

Friday, August 26, 2011

What I've Been Sewing...

So, what have I been up to lately? Sewing. Sewing until I can't see straight late into the evening.
The summer didn't go exactly as I had forseen, so I'm crunching for time, getting ready for the Jane Austen Convention where I will have a booth selling Regency attire.

I don't have acutal pictures for you, but I've been doing quite a few replicas, inspired by Regency era films, so here are some pictures of my inspirations to tide you over....:)

A reproduction of Anne's pale blue apron front dress.
In my size too.....which means I may just have to keep it to wear myself.....

This late regency dress, circa 1827-29, according to Janet Arnold, was a fun project! I got the idea from an roll of vibrant silk plaid that has been sitting in my fabric stash unused for several years. Yes! this is the perfect opportunity to make an outrageously pretty dress with it. So far I've made a mock-up (which turned out just lovely, if I do say so myself) in yellow cotton print. Before the convention, I hope to get the silk version completed.

One of the quickest types of Regency dresses are one-layer sheer dresses with long sleeves, that fasten in back with drawstrings:

One in navy blue cotton lawn,

Two others in chocolate brown.

So far I have 11 dresses made that are ready to sell in the booth.
My goal is to have at least 20 minimum by October, God willing .:)
+ various undergarments and accessories which I have made a fairly good start on as well.

 There are also 3 other dresses of various descriptions which I haven't yet decided if I am going to sell or wear myself....:)

I feel a bit like this right now:

Somewhat tired, and ready for a good night's sleep. :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Historical Costume Inspiration Festival 2012

Remember the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival last October? Are you ready to do it again??

Well - I'm excited to announce -Story of a Seamstress will again be hosting the festival in
January 2012.
 (The exact dates will be announced closer to time.)

What to expect during the HCIF:

-An entire week celebrating historical costumes!
-Interviews with costumiers
-Fabulous giveaways
-The Costume Contest
-Great prizes
-Helpful Articles
-Visual inspiration galore
-'Meeting' talented seamstresses from all over the world!

You will be invited to share your historical costume sewing projects,enter the contest, and be able to view everyone else's lovely entries! Last year we had over 50 exquisite costume entries!

I will be posting several times each day during HCIF, with my own historical replica projects from the last year (I have so many to share!! Exciting!), as well as my interviews with famous seamstresses from the historical costuming world, and much more!

There will be a few changes in the way the contest works, such as new categories and such, which I believe will be for the better! I've also got some pretty amazing prizes in the works for the winners! More details will be forthcoming! I wanted to go ahead and make the announcment to give everyone a chance to do their photoshoots before the weather turns cold.

So, if you plan to be involved in HCIF, or even  if you just enjoy looking at everyone's entries, then I would be grateful if you would take one of the buttons below and place on your blog sidebar and link to this post.
Help me spread the word - the more the merrier! Thanks!! 

If you have any thoughs or critiques about the festival - I would be glad to hear them, as I am of course still planning all the details!

Are you as excited as I am? Can't wait, girls! I know it's going to be delightful!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ModCloth Giveaway

Kellie is hosting a lovely ModCloth Giveaway in honor of her adorable new blog! Do go and see!

Giveaway Winner!

The winner (chosen by random number) of the Ness Fion Tartan Shoes is......

Congradulations! I will contact you via email.

Everyone else - thanks so much for being involved in the giveaway!
 Aaaand.....stay tuned, because tomorrow I have a very exciting annoucement!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

One more day to enter the Ness Giveaway!!

The giveaway for the Ness tartan shoes ends tomorrow at midnight!

If you haven't entered yet - what are you waiting for??

Friday, August 12, 2011

18th Century Princess

Historically inspired by the 18th century, a princess dress in pink satin and cream taffeta....

This morning, I sent this ensemeble off for a little girl's birthday party. I had quite a good time making it - actually it was a variation on another 18th century style dress I did last year.
Although, I have to admit I like this one better. :)

Dress can be seen here in the shop.

Isn't little sis adorable?

A ruffled taffeta petticoat to match! I think it gives the skirt a nice shape.
Can now be seen here in my shop.

 I used two different types of trim put together - the cream laced cord, and some lovely organza rose, pearl and lace stuff.

This has me itching to sew some actual, historically constructed 18th dresses......but that must wait for a while yet! Still been super busy on Regency dresses - hope to have pictures posted of that soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scandinavian Folk Costumes

Last year I began reading the blog, Folklore Fashion, it was brim full of breathtaking photography of Scandinavian folk costumes antiques and reproductions. Having never really studied much about this type of costume - I was quite intrigued. Some of the techniques I recognize (the gauging on the skirts, for instance) from 1860s sewing, but as for the stunning color, fabric, and embroidery combinations - I think they are just fascinating!

It's amazing how all the different regions have their own distinct folk costume! They are so varied and each just gorgeous....looks like the stuff of fairytales....

These images are from the new book Scandinavian Folklore, which I plan on adding to my research collection as soon as I can budget it in! :) Looks like a beautiful resource book!



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