The sleeve cuffs are ✨ginormous✨ on me so I’ll have to fix that somehow but YEAAAAAH
The sleeve cuffs are ✨ginormous✨ on me so I’ll have to fix that somehow but YEAAAAAH
It needs to be ironed but LOOK. LOOK.
Up early living my best dress-like-my-Nana life. #historybounding #1930s #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion https://www.instagram.com/p/CT4WXzurWrW/?utm_medium=tumblr
Made a viking-inspired top for my sister-in-law. DeviantArt -- > https://www.deviantart.com/taichikitty/art/Viking-Inspired-Top-892011034
And the 1940s pinafore is done!
And here is the finished green tunic with black gores!
It fits great, thanks to the gores. I am really happy with how they turned out. They start right at the beginning of the swell of my hips and they give my hips just enough room. It also helps the tunic look like there is a waist. It's wrinkly because I wore it to work!
Morgan Donner cutting off all her hair vs Bernadette Banner mustard gassing herself in her own bathroom.
Started my two green hemp tunics! Here is the whole facing process! I made the facings by measuring and cutting, then sewing 1/4 inch around the outside except for the end of the slit area. Then I flipped it inside out and pressed it.
Once they are made, the facings are sewn to the tunic, 2/3 of the facing in the front of the shoulder line.
Then I measured 1cm from the stitch line and cut out the head hole and slit and clipped the corners. I used a .5cm seam allowance around the slit because the smaller seam allowance I used on the black tunic has started to fray. I will be whip stitching around the slit on the black tunic to cover the fraying and keep the seam structurally sound. These should not have that problem!
Then you turn the facing toward the inside of the tunic and press. I utilized decorative stitches instead of stay stitching.
I put two facings into tunics today, one with a vine type decorative stay stitch and one with a mountain-ish one.
Both of these tunics at this point are just rectangles with head holes. After adding sleeves (if you want) and gores, these will be finished tunics! One will have black gores, the other will have green. I may use green bias binding on the green gored version as well and just add more decorative stitching at the sleeve hems.
Suki Inverness status update, as modeled by the most dashing of Drape forms, Captain America (Cape-tain America. I will fight for this.) and the bodice for my Mentor Pinafore, which I plan to wear to an upcoming Renn Faire. Anyway, that’s my progress thus far!
Getting ready to make two more tunic shirts. Both green; I found this amazing rain dew hemp fabric that is soft and gorgeous.
I have decided to add small side gores to accommodate my hips. One tunic will have gores of the same fabric and one will have black linen gores. I am also using black bias binding for the hem and sleeves of both tunics.
Before I made the facings for the tunics, I had two small squares of this fabric left (besides unusable scraps). I decided to make a small pouch out of it! So, nearly zero waste on this beautiful fabric. Good thing I shortened the sleeves for these two!
After I cut out the bodies, gores, and sleeves I cut out the facings.
I cut through 4 layers of black linen for 2, two layer facings. Hopefully these will all go together easily and I'll have two more tunics.
Pirate shirt wearers: is it normal for the shoulder seams to twist all over the place and not want to stay in place? I know it was normal for 1700s clothes to have shoulder seams pretty far back since the peak of the shoulder would just sit that far back and so maybe that’s the issue that it doesn’t fit on my modern body which has been shaped by years of hunching. I am using a pretty normal pattern. I think mostly it’s that the actual armsceye is pretty loose and wide and the weight of it sits on the top, so it wants to fall down (either forward or backward), hence the twisting. I don’t know any way to mitigate that other than constant fiddling and that’s kind of annoying.
Ever want to make your own socks? Over the knee or thigh high? Need it for historybounding, or just to recycle or upcycle some stretchy material from clothes that are a bit worn out in certain places or that doesn’t fit? You can follow along with my tutorial on YouTube to learn how to make some for yourself!
So long as you have a stretchy material like an old tee, worn out leggings that have suffered from the inner thigh wear and tear, an old morph suit...this could be a good way to re-use that material in a foundation garment that you may want to use every day, and it helps to keep material out of the landfill.
On today’s Work-in-Progress Wednesday, I continue to dutifully line my Suki-inspired Iverness cape. This being my first go with suede, even if it is faux, I am being much more painstaking with it because I do not want to lose out on fabric of such a nice quality and put my favorite character to shame. 😅 I just want to do her proud, okay??
Ta da!! One sleeve seam sewn and finished! It's backstitched all the way up, and then one side of the seam allowance is trimmed down and the other is folded over it and whipped down. The bit at the far end is the slash to allow for getting hands through cuffs, and its edges are just double folded and whipped down.
I actually started by basting all the seams I could because I refuse to use pins for longer than I can help and also because I originally planned to work on this in the vehicle on the way to BC, but I'm not showing that because frankly basting is terribly boring.
Worked on another viking tunic. I didn't need the gussets, so this one is just three rectangles!
However, I decided to try my hand at facings for the keyhole neckline. That's where I started, since it is easier to do without sleeves.
The facing looked pretty janky to begin with, but it turned out amazing. I used two layers of the same black linen, overcast the edges, and then sewed it onto the "shirt" rectangle. Then I cut it open and pressed it to the wrong side. A quick top stitch and it was done!
Then I realized that because I made the rectangle a bit narrower to lower the bulk it was too tight on my hips. So I added some 4 inch slits.
Now all that is left is the binding on the sleeves and hem and a decorative stitch along the neckline (and maybe sleeves?) I had to write a paper today and I didn't hustle at all to get this done, so the final touches will be an after work thing this week.
I have changed up my prospective wardrobe a bit to add in breeches.
I decided I'd like some Capri type trousers and breeches are the perfect historical analogue. I also decided to add in the MacTavish Wedding gown from American Duchess.
It's a free pattern and it gives me an overdress that I can wear over breeches or a kirtle. I may or may not make it purple.
I can't decide what to work on next. May e the fantasy shirt, maybe a pair of breeches, or maybe the half robe dress.
Back in June, my friend Mia invited me to Birthday More, a small adorable café recently opened by two lolitas. We then walked to Parfaiteria Bel in Shinjuku to have their famous parfaits. Since it was in the middle of the afternoon during a week day, there was almost no one there. (See extra pictures on my Instagram post) On our way back to the station, we saw those very pretty hydrangeas on the side of the street and took some photos. It was at the end of a long hot day wearing a mask, so excuse the tired makeup. For outfit and makeup details, see my previous post.
First day wearing a full historybounding outfit to work!
1890's corselet skirt (with in seam pockets) with viking tunic shirt. Both linen and cotton.
I thrifted this Gunne Sax dress 3 years ago, but it's so long and, back then, I didn't have huge platform shoes, so it took me a while to finally wear it out (next set of pictures will be from the outing of that day, back in June). I am glad I didn't alter it because I truly look giant with it. Gunne Sax has such a 70's prairie/cottagecore vibe, but I live in Tokyo, so I wore it in a more Edwardian urban way (I still totally clashed).
Dress: vintage Gunne Sax Bag: vintage Hat: Anon Hat Shoes: Yosuke Necklace: a present from a friend All other jewellery is vintage
And the sewing continues! I started a bodice that fully closes with laces in the front.
I made a few alterations to the pattern to make it close in the front and be shorter in the back. I also made a few mistakes.
I had to tear out two seams in the cotton twill and I forgot to attach the shoulders before bag lining. So, I am going to add laces on the shoulders as well. It should be a happy accident!
I also decided to whip up a tunic.
I made a traditional viking tunic and made it to fit my bust as it is bigger than my shoulders. I realized after making it that I do not need the sleeve gussets, so I won't be using those in subsequent tunics. This is made with french seams and contrasting bias binding. It took me just a few hours from measuring to finish!
The detail around the neck is a decorative vine stitch on my sewing machine! Now I can wear my skirt with this or even my completed bodice sans stomacher! Super exciting!