Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving, Redux

Thanks for petticoats and redingotes, gigot sleeves and rococo slippers. Fancy dress and hand sewn stays. Embroidery- hand and machine. Crinoline cages and lobster bustles, paper patterns and scaled up grids. Lids, hats that is, all kinds, even paper ones. Stockings with stripes and silk with clocks. Cloaks! Dolmans, lace shawls, pelerines and pelisses. That crazy 18th c. hoodie, the Brunswick. The humble Sontag. Gloves, gauntlets and mitts. Under-sleeves made of lace-suitable for so many periods. Hedgehog wigs and horsehair (stuff it in the sofa or wear it on your head). The Directoire! The actual one and the revival. Cork rumps and mouse brows and white face paint. Tudor doublets and Jacobean ones. Farthingales and cheesy plastic bridal hoops. Nylon netting for all our bombast needs. Parasols. Pierrot jackets, caracos and hot coco. Skating costumes, bathing costumes, tennis costumes. Casaquins and Harlequins. Liripipes, fun to say and to wear. Ouches, rosettes, and fontanges. Shoes! Every single kind. Corsets and pairs of bodies, chemises and shifts. Kilts, chitons and cummerbunds. The fabulous fibula.
In short, every single dress-up thing that gives us joy, online and in real life. And the lovely community that fuels the fire.
Ever Your Thimble Servant,

Miss Brilliantine

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Old Computerola and the Cutting Edge.

Say, chums!
The old computerola went down, seriously down. It was about 100 in computer years and was a Edison brand computerola. "Tired of old computerola rolls leaving wax residue on your keyboard? Edison electrified computerola roles are guaranteed not to and no more taxing hand crank, let the hired man get to the real work!" ( Homes must be electrified for computerola to function). I think you get the picture.
In the mean time the netbook I was using was as slow as dial up so instead of looking at pictures and reading blogs, I sewed!
I had some paisley velveteen waiting in the queue, it was meant for last February's Tea and was abandoned when the silk I ordered for it never arrived. But Renaissance Fabrics to the rescue and we have ball gown!

This thing came together so slowly, I mean I started it in the Summer, complaining it was too hot to sew velvet. I broke it down into it's component pieces and like eating an elephant took small bites.
Less talky, more showy-
The front drape was done free hand and the back portion franken-patterned from TV 364. It's meant to have little side drapes but I pleated it all into the waistband. I'll be wearing it to our Holiday Ball in Pasadena, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I'll try and get some action shots.

The cutting edge part is new super-fast computey, which is great except the touch pad is so sensitive it reads monkey fingers hovering and jumps to it. A little over eager. Windows 10, the same yet not the same.......
I have a vest and trousers to make, I'd better jump to it.

Ever Your Thimble,
Miss Brilliantine