Media bata

Media bata

Había tenido este proyecto abandonado mientras trabajaba en otras cosas, pero al final he podido volver a ponerme con él y está casi acabado.

La enagua y la falda han sido fáciles de hacer porque llevan el mismo patrón y ya había hecho las de la polonesa.

Para la media bata propiamente dicha el patrón es el mismo que el de la cotilla verde, pero transformado: primero monté una mitad en papel, le hice una sola costura en el lateral y añadí entre las costuras laterales y la de la de la espalda suficiente ancho para hacer los pliegues de las caderas y de la espalda, según los patrones de Patterns Of Fashion 1 para el forro y el exterior. Lo difícil aquí fue pensar cómo montar el forro en la media bata, porque la técnica es bastante diferente de lo que se hace hoy en día; por suerte encontré unas explicaciones en la web de Koshka the cat (Blue printed cotton 1780s Gown) que servían para mi proyecto.
Ahora mismo aún me falta hacer los pliegues de la espalda, rematar el cuerpo y montar las mangas. Por suerte no tendré que hacer otro patrón para éstas últimas porque ya lo tengo gracias a un error en la polonesa (olvidarme de que el diseño llevaba manga larga y hacer una manga corta antes de darme cuenta XD).

Por cierto, al final decidí usar como forro tela de algodón blanca en lugar de la de cuadros que enseñé en el flickr porque era más fácil de controlar 🙂

Wrapping up the project

Finished polonaise

Flickr album (photos courtesy of Blanca Amores)

References used:

Books
• Moda. La coleccion del instituto de la moda de Kyoto. Varios. Ed. Taschen
• The cut of women’s clothes, 1600-1930. Nora Waugh. Ed. Faber and Faber
• Corsets and Crinolines. Nora Waugh. Ed. Taylor & Francis Ltd
• Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail. Avril Hart, Susan North. Ed. V&A Publishing
• Patterns of fashion: v.1. Janet Arnold. Ed. Pan Macmillan

Extants
• IMATEX. Centre de documentacio i museo textil. (http://imatex.cdmt.es/)
o Jubon Ref:11531
o Cotilla Ref:11882
o Cotilla Ref:11883
o Cotilla Ref:11884
o Jubon Ref:11530
• Catalogo Museo del Traje CIPE. http://museodeltraje.mcu.es/
o Polonesa Inv. CE000592
o Polonesa Inv. MT000905

Websites
• Isis Wardrobe: polonaise pattern scan:  http://isiswardrobe.blogspot.com/2009/09/18th-century-curiousity.html
• Your Wardrobe Unlocked (subscription only):
– c.1775 Dress: The Bodice. Serena Dyer: http://yourwardrobeunlockd.com/component/content/article/412-c1775-dress-the-bodice
-Setting in 18th century sleeves. Katherine Caron-Creig: http://yourwardrobeunlockd.com/component/content/article/377-setting-in-18th-century-sleeves-by-katherine-caron-greig

¡Finished!

Shoulder decorations

I just finished yesterday night.

I finally was able to use pins to close the front of the polonaise, I’m really happy! 😀

The sleeves were easy to do and set when I finally decided to stop trying to adapt an existing pattern and draped them. I had to make them a little wider than I wanted so I could pass the hands, and I used beads and loops instead of buttons and buttonholes in the cuffs, so they looked part of the decorations.

Ref. 11531d - CDMT

The decorations are little crocheted chains made with silver embroidery thread, with beads instead of the little crocheted flowers in the original. Obviously my design is not so complicated as the one I used for inspiration 🙂

Tomorrow I’m going to do the photos for the entry, I’ll post the better here and the rest in mi flickr. Now just wish me luck with the contest! 🙂

Pair of bodies

Pair of bodies, almost finished

Pair of bodies, almost finished

I have almost finished the definitive pair of bodies. I only have left binding, welting and sewing the lining.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes  with it, I should have changed the pattern so the four back pieces where only two, because I almost hadn’t had space for the lacing holes. Regardless of all, it looks really good! I hope to have it finished by the end of the month (not a lot of time to work on it), so I can begin with the bodice.

No sólo de historia vive la costurera

 

Mekanen

 

Además de la moda histórica, siempre me han fascinado las historias de fantasía, hasta tal punto que en el instituto escribía novelas y las ilustraba. Tengo esa parte creativa bastante abandonada, pero cuando no me apetece otra cosa me dedico a diseñar los trajes de aquellos personajes que aún no tienen uno. En este caso, más que nueva creación es un rediseño de uno de los más antiguos, y me ha gustado tanto que lo voy a añadir a mis proyectos de costura.

Está inspirado en el orientalismo del siglo XIX, con sus odaliscas y harenes idílicos, además de en trajes tradicionales de la zona de oriente medio. Consta de una camisa interior blanca con cuello, unos pantalones bombachos hasta los tobillos con un fajín en morado para sujetarlo y ajustarlo al cuerpo, un chaleco azul bordado con motivos inspirados en las decoraciones de la Alhambra y el palacio de Topkapi , y un velo de gasa blanco.  La construcción va a ser rectangular, sin patronaje moderno, para que sea más sencillo de coser y dé la sensación de tradicional. El bordado también será sencillo, con puntos lineales y sin rellenos, pero en sedas de colores para dar más vida.

¡Ah! Y al contrario que los trajes en los que estoy trabajando ahora, va a estar cosido a máquina 🙂

Petticoat finished

 

Petticoat

Petticoat

 

I just finished the petticoat. It gave me some problems, because I used the pattern for the underpetticoat, but I forgot that it was shorter. Thankfully, it has a flounce and it gives it the length I need.Now I’ll finish the stays before I continue with the bodice, so I can get a perfect fit.

I only have one concern: ¿would the false rump be able to support all the weight of the three layers?

DPP Update!

Underpetticoat

Underpetticoat

I finished the underpetticoat. I can’t believe it looks so good! I had to use powder blue ribbon for the front tie because I ran out of white, and the result is very nice.

In the detail photo you can see how I attached the ribbon to the underpetticoat. The fabric I used unravels like mad, but I didn’t want the extra bulk I’d have with a hem, so I cut it and whip stitched ribbon and fabric together. The detail pic doesn’t look very neat, but in  reality it looks better.

Detail

“Cul de France”

False rump

False rump

I had finished the two front panels of the definitive stays when I began to feel bored and decided to use the mock-up to continue working in the rest of the garment. I’ve already finished the false rump or “cul de France” (that name makes me giggle like a kid) and have well advanced the underpetticoat.
I’m using satin ribbon for the ties in the false rump and underpetticoat to reduce bulk.

I’ve also begun to give some thought to the decorations. I’m thinking about making some braided cords with silver embroidery thread and lilac beads I have in my stash for the shoulders.

Robe à la Polonaise – the stays I

Stays - 1st try

I’m beggining to hate sewing stays. Today I finally finished the mock-up, and tomorrow I’ll begin with the definitive stays.

I’ve used the instructions on Cherry Dawson website, but working only with two layers, so the fashion fabric doesn’t show the boning channels when finished.

I’ve been lucky and only had to adjust the two front pieces from the original pattern (they fit perfect at the bust, but the waist was a little big) and the placement of the boning channels.

More photos in my flickr 🙂

First design – Robe à la Polonaise

First design

This is the first design for my project, it only lacks the decorations. I’m going to use the pattern for the style of polonaise that doesn’t have waist seams, to reduce the bulk there, that will be enough with all the layers this gown has.

Now I’m working on pattern for the stays. I resized the pattern for the half boned stays from the pag.16 of Corsets and Crinolines, printed it, joined the pieces and tried it on, and it fits well, so I’ll do a mock-up with boning (cable ties, they are cheap and easy to find) to be sure before I cut the good fabric.