Tuesday 25 December 2012

Sewing plans of 2013

The Tailor by Pietro Longhi
I guess a lot of you are very busing today, but as I’m Swedish I had the big day yesterday and today I’m working. The joys of irregular schedule- trains have to go every day. I hope you have had or are having a great day! My Christmas Eve was very nice and I think everyone was pleased.

I’m sitting here and thinking of next year’s sewing projects. I have continued my sewing room cleanout and have sorted all my A projects into a cupboard, all my B projects are sorted into individual zip lock bags and stored together on a shelf and all C projects have been packed into a large bag and been packed away a bit better. I still need to buy some lidded boxes for sewing notions, but just sorting my projects have made a big difference!
The Tailor's Shop

I have been thinking of trying to give myself deadlines to try to finish things properly. First I was thinking one project every week but felt that was a bit too ambitious and decided on one thing finished every fortnight instead. Funnily enough I decided this and then went blog-reading and found the Dreamstress 2013 challenge; The Historical Sew Forthly.

For every two week there will be a challenge and it’s up to each one who participate to decide if they want to make each and every one of them, or just a few. She draws the line for historical at 1938 which means my 40’s wardrobe falls outside the frame, but most of my projects do fit, so I will jump on board. If you want to start at once there is a bonus challenge to finish something before December 31, otherwise the first challenge due 14 Jan. Sew something from __13, whether it be 1913, 1613, or 13BC. I don’t think I have anything that fits into that challenge, so I will do something from my 40’s wardrobe instead and try to finish my raincoat instead.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

That was the year that was 2012

Another year of having been scarily unproductive. Despite last year’s plans of finishing more projects than I start, I haven’t succeeded much. Oh well, a new year is coming and hopefully I will do better next year. I can at least hope…

I have made quite a few hats, like a pleated brown beret in fake suede and finishing a 50's velvet that that my grandmother once started. And;

A checkered cap

40's style tilt hat

30's style beret with fin

Victorian circus costume

40's house dress

And a Belle Époque star costume, which I don't have a picture of. So, just a few things, really.

Then there is my list of UFP’s (Unfinished projects). Here is the complete list, which is scary, but after giving the various projects A, B or C-status, it does feel more manageable. And, as you can see, a lot of these projects need very little to be completely done.

A- Projects that are to be finished ASAP

18th century blue stays. I had almost finished those when we moved and I managed to misplace the fabric for the shoulder straps. Needs the straps, a few more boning channels, bones and binding.

18th century banyan for J. Pattern pieces cut out.

Edwardian blouse. Pattern pieces cut out.
40’s raincoat. Top fabric and lining needs to be sewn together.

Wool skirt to match the raincoat. Waistband and lining.

40’s green swing dress

B- Not so pressing, but still in need to be done.

18th century brown stays.

Candy floss 1880’s pink jacket. Done, but for the stomacher.

1770’s embroidered polonaise. My eternal project. Sigh. Perhaps this year?

Green top hat to go with the candy floss jacket. Halfway covered with fabric.

Gustaf III’s national suit.

40’s grey wool dress

40’s white shirtwaist. Needs hemming and button.

Regency stays. Needs boning and binding

50’s maroon skirt. Waistband and hemming left.

50’s green wool dress. Pattern pieces cut out.

30’s dress. Pattern pieces cut out.

C- On hold for now

18th century ball gown and the robe de cour. I won’t be covering the cour with velvet, so I’m thinking of using the green taffeta for the ball gown for that.

1660 dress. The underwork on the bodice is made.

40’s polka dot dress. Needs shoulder straps and hemming.

40’s black draped skirt. Pattern pieces cut out.

Winner of the calendar

Is.... jousdaughter! Congratulations. Thank you to the rest of you who entered. If you are insterested in purchasing one, then please mail me.

Tuesday 11 December 2012

The calendar is here and a giveaway!

We finally got Gustafs Skål's calendar and I must say that it's very neat. Can I say that when I have been involved in making it? And, having it actually in my hand, I know now the cost for sending it. The catalouge itself costs 100 SKr, unless you are a member of Gustafs Skål, then it is 75 Skr. Shipping will be as follows:

Sweden 22 SKr

Europe 48 SKr

Rest of the world 60 SKr

This is for sending the calendar in an ordinary envelope, though I will pack it as careful as possible. It is of course possible to send it in a padded envelope, but that makes the cost higher. Pay to my Paypal account or, if you are in Sweden, to Gustafs Skål's account and the calendar will be sent when the money arrives. Mail to

mipsmoppet at hotmail.com

You may notice that this is another addy, and that is because my computer seens to have issues with the other one and shuts down when I try to answer. So to those of you who have already mailed me; I have seen your mail, but haven't been able to answer. I will get to another one to be able send you the information as soon as possible, or you might mail me on the other addy. Sorry about that.

But, here is a little nugget- a calendar giveaway! I don't usually hosts giveaways, but I'm feeling the Christmas spirit. So, one of you may get Gustafs Skål's erotic calendar for free!

To enter, be either a follower of this blog or the Facebook page and leave a comment. For an additional entry, mention this giveaway at your blog or on Facebook and leave another comment with a link to that. The giveaway will be open until midnight (Swedish time) December 16.

Friday 7 December 2012

And the lady wore fur

We had a terrific snowstorm in Stockholm Wednesday, luckily for me on my day off, as basically all public transportations came to a standstill. I also have a really bad cold and feel chilly, so to feel a bit warmer I dug out a couple of pictures of 18th century ladies wearing fur.

I admit, winter wear, 18th century style, don't look so warm to me. Fur lined capes and muffs must be wamr enough, but dainty shoes? Not very practical to me.


Madame Mole Raymond by Élizabeth Vigée Le Brun. 1787.

Louise Henriette de Bourbon, Duchesse de Chartres and Duchesse d'Orléans

Comtesse de Tillieres by Jean-Marc Nattier, 1750

Madame Francois Tronchin by Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1758

Maria Fredericke van Reede-Athlone at age 7 by Jean-Etienne Liotard

Henriette Caroline Christine of Hesse-Darmstadt by Johann Georg Ziesenis
It seems a bit uncomfortable to wear a fur choker, but it does finish off the look and would provide a good way to get rid of fleas- just take off the choker and shake over an open fire...

Mme Georges Gougenot de Croissy by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1757

Mrs. Wilbraham Bootle by George Romney, 1781

Marie Dolignon Mrs Philip Dauncey by James Northcote, 1789

Empress Maria Theresa by Jean-Etienne Liotard
A couple of years ago I made a green velvet gown with a fur trim, basically identical to this one. Only I saw the painting for the first time afte rmy gown was made.

Another version, I assume.

Angelika Kauffman by Nathaniel Dance
This one look so warm! It seems to be fur-lined, not just fur decorated. 
Lady said to be Madame Katinka by Nathaniel Dance.
It has been living on my harddrive for years, so I don't know where I found it now.

Apart from the fur, I love that her hair is just powdered around her face. A much easier look to pull off for a re-enactor than a fully powdered hair do, I think.

Mélanie de Forbin by G. Louis Le Barbier Le Jeune

Marie-Josephe of Saxony, Dauphine of France by Jean Martial Fredou, 1747

Maria Antonia von Bayern by Pietro Antonio Graf Rotari

Maria Josepha von Bayern probably by Martin van Meytens. ca. 1765

Queen Maria Carolina by Francesco Liani

The fabric looks like it has spots woven into the fabric. Very pretty.

Madame Freret-Dericour by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis, 1769

Queen Sophie Dorothea of Prussia by Antoine Pesne, 1737

The Baroness Bonne-Marie-Joséphine-Gabrielle Bernard de Boulainvilliers by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, 1785

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Almost here

Gustafs Skål's calendar is now at the printers and we are eagerly waiting for it. I have seen all the photos, but it will be quite exiting to see it all finished! The price will be 75 SKr for members of Gustafs Skål and 100SKr for everyone else, shipping excluded. If you are interested in buying one, mail me at isis.33 @ passagen.se It's a bit hard for me to estimate shipping until I have the calendar and know the weight shipping varies from country to country, but I will get back to you with a full price as soon as I can.

The pictures are details from two of the months.
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