Petticoat Maxi Skirt in Black

This is the base pattern; modifications were:

  • Middle tier is 10 inches
  • Bottom tier is 6 inches
  • Lining is 2 tiers for extra fullness
  • Waistband is flat in front with elastic only in the back and a back center zipper
  • Added pockets!

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This projects “oops!” moment: discovering that I’d accidentally used a navy zipper after I had already finished inserting it. Oh well! No one is likely to notice. ūüėČ

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I’m not sure I’m totally in love with this cotton voile–it’s a little clingier than I expected. But it’s soft and for all I know voile is clingy.

Close-up ruffler action!

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Photo shoot outtake! (Cats are so helpful.)

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Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue

Skirts

  1. MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
  2. DONE: Maxi petticoat skirt in black voile, gathered at waist with back elastic
  3. DONE: Brown midi petticoat skirt 
  4. IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn‚Äďneed to take in¬†waistband
  5. IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat‚Äďneed to replace¬†waistband
  6. DONE: White midi petticoat
  7. IN PROCESS: Brown maxi petticoat skirt–needs a new waistband and closure

Tops

  1. DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
  2. MAKE: Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey
  3. DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey
  4. HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top
  5. HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top
  6. DONE: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
  7. IN PROCESS: Black gauze top‚Äďneed to add shirring to waist

Dresses

  1. HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress
  3. HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater
  4. HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)
  5. MAKE: Green Lady Skater w/ collar and back zip
  6. MAKE: Dress in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B, however, may use the Lady Skater for this, too)

Outerwear

  1. MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece (Butterick 5232) (currently, I’m jonesing for a ballet cardigan instead, so may change this)
  2. HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
  3. HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased)
  4. HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased)
  5. HAVE: Jean jacket (purchased)

Regency Spencer

Last month, a few of us costuming enthusiasts had a nineteenth-century picnic in Central Park. We were mostly Regency, which gave me an excuse to make new stays (already blogged) and a spencer.

Picnic1(Leia, me, Marci, and Alex. Photo by James)

The spencer is the Sense and Sensibility Regency Spencer/Pelisse pattern. I made the lapels a bit less pointy and adjusted the shoulder width (successfully! finally!), but otherwise didn’t make any major changes. I think the sleeves ended up a bit short, so the next time I have an excuse to work on Regency outfits¬†I may add cuffs. I interlined the lapels and collar with hair canvas for stiffness, though the pattern just calls for interfacing the collar.

haircanvasThe entire bodice is self-lined and the sleeves are unlined (I finished the armscyes with self-binding). The jacket closes with two hooks and eyes; the fabric-covered buttons are just decorative.

spencerfront spencerhooksandeyesBut my favorite decoration is the cotton piping!

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Fabric is a mediumweight linen, which was perfect for a spring day–breathable but provided a bit of warmth.

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(Photo by Marci)

In other costuming news, it’s looking like there’ll be a good chance I can¬†join my sister at the big Texas Renaissance Festival in November. Three days of Ren fair equals three different costumes, right?? At this point, I’m thinking:

  1. Italian Renaissance gown (already made)
  2. Classic Ren fair “wench” outfit (which I’ll have to make entirely, but damn it I’ve been wanting one¬†since high school!)
  3. “Goth” Ren fair outfit (aka, an excuse to finally finish altering my black leather Timeless Trends corset)

YES, only the first costume is even remotely historically accurate. But that’s the fun of Renaissance fairs: they’re a great excuse for fantasy dress up! It’s kind of refreshing to wear¬†whatever outfit you want regardless of whether it’s “correct.” (I think the researching part of historical costuming is fun–don’t get me wrong–but sometimes it’s a nice break to just indulge yourself in complete fantasy.)

(Top photo in this post is by Leia)

Weekender Tunic

I acquired the Craftsy Weekender Dress pattern as part of a kit and while I had some issues with it, I found the resulting dress to be both comfortable and flattering. So when I came across this tunic version on Patterns Reviews, I was immediately inspired to make my own version.

wtunic4(And then I got stalled out at some point and set it aside for like 3 months? But it’s finished at last!)

Just a¬†couple of¬†differences in my version: I didn’t use lace for the waistband and, obviously, I made it long-sleeved (with a¬†bit of a bell shape at the cuffs).

wtunic2Like the dress, I think the top turned out quite flattering (and comfortable).

wtunic3I’m kind of wondering why I included this in¬†my “spring/summer” capsule wardrobe since at this point it may be too warm for long sleeves (well, that aren’t an outer layer that can be removed). Oh well! It’s ready for fall, at least.

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It’s been so long since I started this that I can’t remember where the fabric came from.¬†Pretty sure it’s either cotton jersey or a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee. The lace is just¬†the borders from a wide piece of stretch lace I got at a local fabric store.

About that capsule wardrobe . . . Now that we’ve had a few warm days and I’ve been wearing more of my warm-weather¬†clothes, I’ve realized that my favorite, favorite thing right now is layering knee-length dresses over ruffled midi or maxi skirts. So I’ve moved a couple of tops into dresses and added some underskirts. I’ve also realized that I have a couple¬†more pieces in my closet that are still workable even though my initial intention had been to replace them and/or I didn’t originally think they would work well with the other pieces. In the process, my 22-piece wardrobe has grown to 25. Oops. I think some of these may not really be necessary (and it’s possible that once I start wearing them I’ll find that actually some don’t get worn much even though right now I really, really want to make them). Well, it’s a learning process!¬†Here’s my much-modified and updated plan:

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue

Skirts

  1. MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
  2. MAKE: Maxi petticoat skirt in black voile, gathered at waist with back elastic
  3. DONE: Brown midi petticoat skirt (decided to keep this as-is after all)
  4. IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn‚Äďneed to take in¬†waistband
  5. IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat‚Äďneed to replace¬†waistband
  6. DONE: White midi petticoat (made this sometime last year, but am now considering it part of this capsule wardrobe)
  7. IN PROCESS: Brown maxi petticoat skirt (this needs a new waistband and closure–like most of my half-finished projects, haha–but would work well in the wardrobe if I fix it!)

Tops

  1. DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
  2. MAKE:¬†Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey (keeping this on the list after all since while I do have a couple of black t-shirts, they’re not quite right–and now I know the¬†Sweetheart tee works well)
  3. DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey
  4. HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top
  5. HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top
  6. DONE: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
  7. IN PROCESS: Black gauze top‚Äďneed to add shirring to waist

Dresses

  1. HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress
  3. HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater
  4. HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)
  5. MAKE: Green Lady Skater w/ collar and back zip
  6. MAKE: Dress in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B, however, may use the Lady Skater for this, too)

Outerwear

  1. MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece¬†(Butterick 5232) (currently, I’m jonesing for a ballet cardigan instead, so may change this)
  2. HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
  3. HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased)
  4. HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased)
  5. HAVE: Jean jacket (purchased)