Friday, August 26, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
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
(The exact dates will be announced closer to time.)
What to expect during the HCIF:
-An entire week celebrating historical costumes!
-Interviews with costumiers
-The Costume Contest
-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!
If you weren't involved in last year's Festival, then go back and relive the fun, read all about it, and enjoy the scrumptious costume inspiration!
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!
Friday, August 12, 2011
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?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Skirt: Tropical wool circle skirt, 1950s pattern. (sewn by me)
Shoes: Brown leather mary janes by Candies
& Vintage 30s or 40s brown and white spectators
The vest features a dipping soft-V neckline, and fastens with 3 satin covered buttons. Front waist has a double point and two faux welt pockets. Lined in soft satin in a cheery flowerburst print. Tailored with flattering princess seams. Love it!
Covered in colorful 'Willow' tartan wool tweed & accented with a bright neon pink bow!
Lined in pink satin and padded with a cute thistle print design!
These exact shoes shown are going to be given away!
They are a size 7 US, 5 UK, 38 EURO
If this isn't your size - feel free to enter for a friend or family member and surprise them!
To Enter the Giveway:
Mandatory entry: Comment on this post inlcluding a way to contact you (blog, email, etc.) - 1 entry
Follow this blog (or let me know if you already follow) - 1 entry
Post about the giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter - 1 entry for each
Place the above giveaway button on your blog sidebar, linked to this post - 3 entries
Purchase an item from Ness - 15 entries
Giveaway ends on Saturday, August 20th, 2011.
It is only neccessary to leave one comment and tell me what all entries you have done. I will tally up all the separate entries when the giveaway ends.