Dienstag, 28. September 2010

CopyCut - Phase One: It's starting!

Finally, we get going. So far we have decided the complete undergarments.
I've decided mine by adjusting and comparing with these two dresses:

I will go for drawers from 1889-93. It's a free pattern, which can be found online at the Ladies Treasury of Costume and Fashion.
They do not have the scale measures for drafting this garment, so I will have to draft to the size given and then alter to fit.

This will be the chemise which I will be doing:
I will have small alterations done, because I think I will go for a V neck.

This 1883 Corset appears in Norah Waughs Corsets&Crinolines and is pretty much what I want my Corset to look like. It's not the one, I wanted to do first, but the other would have been too early for a 1888 Bustle Dress.  It's a black coutil corset, edged with black lace and yellow ribbon. I haven't decided yet about the colors, I'd like to do something black, or black with antique pink, ... but I still have a huge amount of beautiful striped material in black/brown/dark brown and gold.

Wonderful (time-fitting!) Corset Covers we found over at Digital Changeling.
There are many Corset Covers, and even free patterns for them, but out of some reason, we can't find any for the needed decade (1880ies). The ones we have seen were either too early (~1860) or to late in time (1910)
So.. there's quite a lack of... corset covers for this time. I actually wonder how that can be.

We found a wonderful example of Bustle-Underskirt at Digital Changeling and will draft it ourselves.
After finishing the other undergarments mentioned we will aim for the one in the upper left corner.

Check Rose's blog, we may have the same goal, but our construction slightly differs. That's what makes it so interesting. :)

xxx, mae

Let's honor the internetz.

Time to be thankful.
Without the internet i wouldn't have this blog, naturellement. 
But without the internet I wouldn't have the possibility to see THESE amazing costumes, which I can't see in real because a) the V&A Museum is a little bit too far away at this moment and b) nobody wears these anymore. Damn you!

These are just amazing and will be the final goal for the CopyCut-Project!
Rose has found the one on the right and this wonderful, fitting umbrella. I think those two would be looking great on us two.

So, CopyCut is finally going to be starting. Await the next posts for further intormation!

xxx, mae

Tuesday musings #3 - inspirational

Hi there,

again, so much lovely things going on! I'm amazed and so inspired to get going with so many things, that I can't manage to get ONE thing done. Argh..

Wonderful wearable artsy necklace.. .____.

Two lovely ruffled bloomers/pants

The next beautiful images via blessed wild apple girl

Have-to-get-started-NOW... so inspired *__*

Montag, 27. September 2010

Engraved victorian-style Bracelets

I stumbled across these today morning, and these pieces would be a nice addition to my victorian wardrobe-to-come.

I admire the art of engraving, be it leather or silver, in general. I can imagine it is quite a fulfilling work, too. 

More information at the art of the engraver

greetings, maelis

Donnerstag, 23. September 2010

CopyCut: Painters as a resource

So,... we still haven't decided about the patterns of our sewing project. The reason why, is that there are so many great artists, we could use as our resource. Rose posted paintings by John Singer Sargent here. We have thought about Waterhouse, too. On thursday I stumbled upon paintings of James Tissot. They would be a great resource too, right, Rose? I love this marine-white dress! The last painting shows two really great dresses. I guess we have to decide after all. Maelis

Dienstag, 21. September 2010

roses and lavender & CopyCut

Rose is a very good friend of mine and at least as passionate about costumes as me. Here she shows a wonderful collection of stunning corsetry of the 19th Century. Have a look!
roses and lavender: Corsets and Crinolines Pt. II: "Corsets, second half 19th century These are pieces of art. Corsets, about 1850-1900."
But, first of all, we have a massive project coming up. Lady Rose and my humble self will sew up a complete historical bustledress from scratch. As we try to keep as close to the original as possible, it will drive us mad for sure. But, we will try! In the next few days a better introduction with sketches will follow. We will try to keep you informed and would be happy if you take the journey with CopyCut through the whole next year.
Cheers, m.

Donnerstag, 16. September 2010

Thursday Musings #2

Reading through the massive amount of my favourite blogs today, i've stumbled upon shoes. Many shoes.
She bought these wonderful clogs which are perfect for the coming fall. And reading through I found out, what's missing in my wardrobe for this fall. The perfect shoe. So, i visited Brandos (it's in german..) and found some things I can not deprive you of. Starting with the ones, which really inspire me to get broke again:

Brako Malibu, 115 €, I think I would kill for these. They are pretty versatile as well. They just call for a late Bustle-Dress in bordeaux-black design with lace, velvet bows and black pearls. >> drool.

Hush Puppies Divinity Black, 115€, on a higher heel, perfectly black leather with organza lacing. Well combined, cries for a bustle as well.

Neat, without heel for sophisticated city-hiking. Underground England Broughe Boot, 299 €.

A nice boot, with a kind of industrial feel to it, but without being too pushy by Donna Girl, 60€. And affordable too! Vagabond Cathy, 99€. They remind me, that I wanted Timbaland quite a few times, but somehow I always wanted a darker color.

Would be a nice match in a sportive 1930-Outfit like the one on the left: (Actually, i had another in mind, but couldn't find it.)

Same goes for this one: Bronx Gang, 99 € Simply beautiful, universal shoes.

These are just neat in style. Even if I would prefer the heel to be a wee bit slimmer. Billi Bi 2253, 185 €

I've never been a great fan of Dr. Martens, but these Lotti 8 Eye just kick it off. 135 €

Now that's how I think makes singin' in the rain work! Killah Yuri 79€.

Neat. But I actually wouldn't buy them. Thrifting would be ok though. ;) Marc O'Polo 07MW8741. 169€.

A Cream Mantelet with a fantail skirt from 1877 would be quite fitting, I guess.

Now moving on to the category "don't know if want": I can imagine a Bustle-Dress, but somehow the three seams seem to casual to me.

Fly London Valve, 135 €.

Hm. Pretty undecided. Could work well with Shiro-, Kuro- or in general with Gothic-Lolita. (Shiro= all white, Kuro= all black) Dr. Martens 1B99 Mods, 119 €.

Well, if you combine these shoes to a Kuro style, I think it's not Kuro-Lolita anymore, eh.

Something is quite cool about these, but something definitely is not. I think what's bothering me, is the way it is eyed. They're too wide for my taste. And with a black organza lacing this would be a whole another story. Lola Ramona Molly, 199 €.

Well, when I saw these the first time this morning I was like UGH, who would want to wear THOSE... but now I'm not so sure. I think a very ruffled Bustle-Dress would make a nice combo, but I couldn't imagine those with modern or vintage style in another way. Can you? Chie Mihara Atenea, 359 €.

Well... we won't have to argue about these shoes. They're awefully ugly. Have always been. I've seen these Converse-Heels about 8 years ago (for the first time..), and ever since, there were people who penetrate your eyesight with this... accident. It's always the same. If you think a certain trend is over, it comes back and punches you in the face. And it hurts. Diesel, shame on you! 139 €.

Were climbing down the ladder to painfullness. If you're not a creepy german rocker-hag, with a voice like you would try to breed another species living with lung-cancer and ugly-frizzy blond-greyish hair with no treatment whatsoever, you're not allowed to wear these. Bronx, 149 €. (I'm trying to provide as few information as possible)

Actually, I've been thinking quite some minutes now, what to write here. This is painful. These-shoes-are-ugly. They really are. I think it's possible that this shoe is quite comfy, but.. what is the desire to wear these? I mean, if you take the design-aspect. There are people who wear this. Actually I cant believe it. Maybe it works with a certain boho style? But.. well, I don't know. I'd like to know, how you can make this work. Camel Active Soho, 99€.

Oh, and a fabulous dress, seen at the Sartorialist.
That's it for now. I think i have a weird taste.... don't I?