Friday, April 30, 2010

Project: Sherbet Striped English Dress – Finished

I made it!

Sherbet Striped English Dress by Gwenyver

The contest closes at midnight, and I have sent in my submission with 15 minutes to spare. To think that a week ago I thought I would have more than enough time to finish without stressing. Pfff! I should really learn to know myself better.

Sherbet Striped English Dress - Front

Sherbet Striped English Dress - Back

Sherbet Striped English Dress - Bodice Detail

Sherbet Striped English Dress - Skirt Detail

Sherbet Striped English Dress - Sleeve Detail and Hat

Isn't it lovely, colourful and summery? I am quite happy with the result. I will have to pull out a few extra threads from the trim to make it look cleaner, and the lining is not completely sewn to the bodice, but these are minor details. The important thing is, I finished it in time.

For those of you who might wonder about my hat and hair do, I tried making thread loops inside the hat to pull bobby pins through and stick the whole thing to my head, but it is not the best solution. I think in the future, I will add ribbons to tie the hat to to my head. As to my hair, I tried using a Bumpit to fake a little poof, but I need more practice using it.

Do check out my submission page (in French only) here. Now I can't wait to see if I win! That would be nice, but there are many impressive entries, so I will have to wait and see.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Project: Sherbet Striped English Dress – Tricorne

You might notice from the date that I was supposed to be done with this project yesterday, yet here I am with another progress report. Something(s) came up: Nancy-Raven wasn't free to do a photo shoot after all and I had a small emergency to attend to (nothing bad, I assure you). So since the limit to enter the contest is April 30th, I let my Sweetheart convince me to take another week and have a smaller photo shoot in the back yard. I’m almost done, really, but a few extra days can only be a good thing.

In the mean time, here is the Tricorne, which I made last night.

Small Tricorne for the Sherbet Striped English Dress

The trim was machine sewn to the edge of the hat, but the tacks were done by hand.

I originally wanted to add a cockade, but I’m no longer sure. Maybe I should go for feathers instead… I watched Marie-Antoinette (2006) again yesterday and it seems all of the hats we see are decorated with ostrich feathers. I’ll see. Perhaps I’ll just leave it at that too.

Now the real question is how the heck am I going to stick it to my head; where will I stick the pins? Hum…