Anyway, if you are in the area, you should stop in and shop there sometime! I'm sure they'd appreciate the business.
I got my jeweled buckles in the mail yesterday, and they are gorgeous! I am guessing that they are Victorian instead of Georgan buckles... but that is probably a good thing because I would be too nervous to wear them if they were the real deal. Anyway, they are definitely silver and high quality, but I don't think the stones have the black spots that they are supposed to have if they were really old. (I'm still not exactly sure what I should be looking for with that one, but I'm assuming it would be fairly obvious if it was there.)
Here's a picture of the buckles with my fabric for the dress and shoes. I am beyond thrilled. :)
I'm definitely going next month. Woohoo! Just what I need - another place to go waste my money on old crap! ;)
Oh well. At this point, I just want to get done, so I guess I'll just follow the original pattern and do a simple gathered bodice. It was just supposed to be a work dress anyway, so I'm going to cut my losses before I get frustrated and throw it in a corner. It is definitely time to move on to other things.
So I picked a fabric pattern (dibs!) and enlarged it to the size I want and traced off what was there. You can see the repeat in the original textile going one direction, but I had to fill in the gaps with my own designs going the other direction. The drafting stage took two days of work and lots and lots of checking to make sure the edges would tile seamlessly. Now I'm going over the outlines with colored pencil (I'll also be mixing in brown and pink and green over the indigo to match to original better), then the outlines will be scanned and turned into a vector graphic in illustrator so it will be nice and clean in the final version. After the outlines are done, I'm going to put a piece of acetate over this drawing and fill in the colors with gouache... which will also be scanned and worked up on separate digital layers. We used a similar method when I worked in a screen printing shop back in college (pre-computer!), so it seemed like a good idea here too. The cool thing is that I'll be able to tweak the colors of the flowers and leaves and outlines separately, and I could make many different color versions once I'm done. If this fabric turns out decent, I have dreams of selling it on etsy and people could even custom pick their colors so it wouldn't look the same every time.
Anyhoo... just thought I'd do a mini fabric diary for those of you who are interested in the custom fabric stuff.
At last! It's done!!!!
The hoops from hell have finally been tamed. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I really like the size of them... although they seem even smaller than I thought they would be. My legs bump them when I walk, but I just need to make an effort to take smaller steps. They are VERY sturdy too. I'll try to do a little write-up on my thoughts and suggestions about using piano wire next week.
Here are my pics in the DFWCG flickr pool, and here's the one group shot where you can see my 1940's dress.
It always cracks me up when I see pictures of demode next to sarahbellem because they are both perfectly proportional, but built on entirely different scales. Well, I feel like I've got that effect going on with this picture - that'll teach me for wearing heels!
Who else is in?
Texans have some sort of weird obsession with taking pictures of kids (and horses and cows and pets - see Exhibit A) sitting in a field of bluebonnets. It's like a rite of passage. I think it's hokey but I enjoy a bit of kitch every now and then, so I thought I'd take some bluebonnet pics to send to E's Grandma.
He's a smart boy though and fought me tooth and nail. Elijah HATES bluebonnets. They apparently make him cry on contact. Which resulted in possibly the best bluebonnet picture ever. I love the big crocodile tears on his cheeks. That probably makes me an evil person, but it's just too funny.