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December 29th, 2008
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So, I have this back-log of sewing projects.
Worse yet, some of them I actually bought fabric for. Thus, I should start on those, yes?

In which case, I should start with the oldest - Cordelia's Winterfair gown. I have very little to go on (and thus can do pretty much anything I want). It's green, the long skirts are 'swirling' and there's a long, white, velvet vest that goes with it.


So. 'Swirling' skirt. I am thinking of going Victorian, but that wouldn't fit the 'Russian' feel of Barrayar. On the other hand, I can find Victorian patterns and pictures of the last Tsar and his family have a decidedly Victorian look to them.

What about this: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/297.html - the made-up pictures seem rather less full than the line drawing, though.

This http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/296.html seems fuller and more what I was thinking of.


For a shirt: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/491.html It's pretty basic, but as I plan to put something over it....

I love the look of the Eton jackets: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/498.html

But there's the Ripple Jackets, too: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/496.html


As for the vest... I am having trouble picturing it, really. This is actually a belt and rather older in style http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/445.html but still tempting. Vests do go UNDER jackets, after all, right? ;p

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From:clevermanka
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
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ZOMG ripple jacket just killed me *ded*
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From:solan_t
Date:December 29th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I can resist it, but it would totally obscure the top of the belt. The Eton jacket style would be better with the belt.
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From:silverfae
Date:December 30th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
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That Ripple jacket is interesting, but couldn't they please have found someone that it better suited for the catalog? Her head looks like an afterthought on top of all that width!

Mmmm.. sash belt.
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From:auroraceleste
Date:December 30th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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IIRC that's the pattern creator. I think she makes everything for herself to model and then wear afterward :P
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From:silverfae
Date:December 30th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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Wow. Just .. wow.

So I'm wondering if what you'd really need for fullness in a "swirling skirt" would be a circle skirt.. very Russian.

But...nothing to do with this, I just came across this and thought of your costuming skills immediately:


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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
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Circle would do it, yep.


I... wonder how she keeps that on. the headdress itself may be light, but the fabric hanging off it makes my neck hurt just looking at it.
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From:clevermanka
Date:December 30th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Anybody's head would look like an afterthought in it. There's a reason women wore hats with those fashions.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Yes! And poofy hair. And big feathers.

:D
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From:silverfae
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Excellent point!
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From:rowangolightly
Date:December 29th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Are you familiar with Laughing Moon patterns? I've used a couple of those to good effect.
This is how I'll do the broccoli/cheese/and rice casserole next time. This time, because of the rush, I used canned soup but next time, I'll make a white roux with a bit of flour and some half-n-half after I saute the veggies.

http://www.farthingales.on.ca/patterns.php

But my favorite all-time historical patterns are from Past Patterns. I had the amazing experience of attending a workshop weekend with her (can't for the life of me remember her name, though) during which she helped us each fit one of her corset patterns. She also did a 2 hour slide presentation completely from memory, no notes. MOST impressive. Her patterns are really exhaustsively accurately researched. *g* She refers to Folkwear patterns as, "The F company."
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From:solan_t
Date:December 29th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I have the LM Silverado/Dore corset pattern. The instructions are excellent, but the final shape of the corsets requires some alteration to give any kind of waist definition. This is colored my vision when it comes to other LM patterns.

I haven't tried any Past Patterns yet.
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From:rowangolightly
Date:December 29th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I think you'd love Past Patterns; I have about six of her patterns and they're so extensively detailed that they're always an education to use. She takes so long in bringing out patterns because she researches them so thoroughly.

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From:solan_t
Date:December 29th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, there will be petticoats! :D But all the petticoats in the world won't increase the fullness of a skirt that is cut narrow. (It can look pretty stuffed, though. Don't ask me how I know this.)
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From:auroraceleste
Date:December 30th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
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Swirl skirt?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018EB47A?smid=A1IY0P9H3N8IZK&tag=shopzilla_rev_1182-20&linkCode=asn

:P

I do really like the ripple jacket and both skirts you listed, though. They're gorgeous. Let me know before you make an order, I may tag a few bustle patterns along.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
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Swirly!


But, ack! I already ordered, before you even posted. :(
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From:silverfae
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I believe I a smilar swirly pattern to that, if you'd like to look at it.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
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With as many project as I have waiting to get started, I should probably wait on that one. But thank you!
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From:sherwood21
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
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I think the belt is fantastic, and has a definite Russian 'vibe' to it.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't pass it up.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:December 30th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I have an extensive collection of TV patterns, I find them really wonderful and easy to use, and better yet, very easy to alter the fit and cut. If all you need is a basic block pattern for the bodice, it's super easy to use and alter neck lines and lengths.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I am looking forward to getting to play with some of them.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Cordelia may not have been that stiff given her druthers, but she was the wife of a high government official, meaning she would have dressed to be seen, not to suit herself. Especially at a large ball. So, formal and stiff would not be out of place.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 30th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I do remeber the tan. I remember she kicked against her skirts, too, which means, to me, that her skirts were long. Other than that, and the green-with-white-velvet-long-vest, there's precious little description of anyone's dress (I think the future empress's wedding gown got a bit of description, but that's all that comes to mind right now.).


Which simply means I can make anything I want. Which is true, regardless. And I really don't expect anyone to 'get' the genesis of whatever I end up with, it's just the starting point.
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