"Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?" - Northanger Abbey

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pockets...bigger on the inside

The Doctor: Pockets.
Donna: How did they fit in there?
The Doctor: They're bigger on the inside. 

Thought that was a good quote to begin with...as I've hit a brick wall with the sleeves of my jacket. Long story but I know I've cut everytihg right yet I appear to have 'dropped sleeves'?! Rather than it sitting on my shoulder which is odd for a gathered sleevecap.
Anyway....back on topic after untacking my sleeves I decided to start work on the pocket. My 'practice' pockets on fabric scrap were so bad I'm not even going to show you them. But I got to the point where I had to just go for it. (Small note if you make the Beatrix Jacket I recommend you plan your pocket position on your toile, then mark it on your fabric. And then sew your pockets BEFORE you sew the panels together. It would have made this a whole lot easier if I had thought of that before I sewed it together. lol).
I tried sewing from the instructions in the booklet but they confused me a little so I got out my trusty readers digest sewing book and turned to the relevent page (Read it about 100 times lol!) and started the prep.
I marked the pocket by tacking in a white thread (as per instructions three lines horizontally, 2 vertically) realising from my past disaster that I shouldn't make the distance from centre line to top/bottom line too wide or else you end up with too much of a gap.
I used those measurements to draft the 'flap' and the pocket lining. I decided to use my leftover waistcoat fabric for the lining. I then tacked the flaps in place on the outside, right side to right side (the bottom of flap should sit just above centreline). sorry I don't have a photo. And pinned the pocket in place over the flap (stright edge should sit 10mm past the bottom line).

I then - shoving all the fabric into a small place hence my earlier suggestion - sewed a square using tacking for a guide.
As you can see it wasn't the neatest. You then slash the centre of the square stopping 10mm from each end (tip: mark this so you don't get carried away). Then cut the 'Y' shapes (Tip: Put a pin within the square at the ends, like when you slash buttonholes to stop you making the mistake I did first time and snipping too far). Then remove basting stitches.
Then pushthe lining back through the hole and press. Attached the other pocket lining peice to the bottom 'lip'. Then sew the two lining peices together as in pic above.
Then I tacked down the flap a couple milimetres down from the top (see pin in pic).
 As you can see I made a slight error which meant the lining shows past the flap...but it was too late to do anything. If I'd used a fabric for lining that was same as exterior it wouldn't be so obvious.
 But I just couldn't resist the groovy paisley lining.
As you can see I tried to make sure the flaps and pocket were in proportion to the jacket itself. I also tried to make the pockets deep to fit lots of stuff in them.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HSF 2014 - Challenge #8 - Black and White (1920s Cloche Hat)

The Challenge: #8 Black & White
Fabric: Felt, some shiny lining
Pattern: none. self drafted.
Year: 1920s
Notions: Beads
How historically accurate is it? Its self drafted by pinning the fabric onto my head. Its inspired by hats I've seen from the 1920s.
Hours to complete: Took me about 5 hours.
First worn: Wore it round the house after I finished it. lol!
Total cost:N/A (made from stash)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

8th Doctor Cosplay - Version 2 - Part 1

So yes I successfully finished my 8th doctor cosplay and wore it to the 50th anniversary celebration at Excel London.

That was based on mixing both the movie version and the big finish version. Now, since then I've seen 'Night of the Doctor.' And well....can't resist recreating that outfit in my own inimitable way, and where better to wear it but LFCC 2014. I've booked a photoshoot with the eighth doctor himself Paul Mcgann.
My first choice was do I go for trying to replicate closely or do I go for a clever historical inspired re-interpretation.
The answer was a re-interpretation. First thing I did was isolate the elements, and what time they came from as near as I could....

Waistcoat - 1870's, looks like its been aged. Paisley print maybe?
Shirt - The collar is attached not removable. Probably modern.
Trousers - Hard to tell. But they seem to have seen some wear and tear. I'd guess it was nearer early 20th century.
Boots/Gaiters - Early 20th century again. Laced at front not buttoned at side.
Coat - Has hallmarks of victorian/edwardian. Curved back seam, vents, interesting collar, double breasted. Covered buttons? Couldn't see if it had waist seam or not.
Neckerchief - Blue worn.

My options:
Waistcoat - Self drafted (using modern waistcoat as a base I added curved back seams and darts) to imitate 1870's bodice. In paisley, lined and boned with self painted buttons.
Shirt - Modern. I could make my own from scratch but I thought this one worked well. Tea Dyed to give aged look.
Trousers - Instead of trousers chose skirt 1909 pattern. In tan material worn over a petticoat. The skirt has two 'watch pockets' near the waistband.
Boots/Gaiters - I already have boots quite similar. I just need to make the gaiters.
Coat - I have a 1909 based jacket pattern that came with the skirt pattern.
Neckerchief - Easy to make with some leftover blue cotton.
Concept sketch (with coat)

Concept sketch (without coat)

I've take a few nods from this 'travelling suit'. Or should I call it a 'time' travelling suit. ;)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

HSF 2014 - Challenge #8 - UFO/PHD (Tudor smock)

The Challenge: #8 PHD/UFO - Tudor Smock
Fabric: Cotton.
Pattern: I used the Tudor Tailor book as reference for the 'shapes' using my knowledge of how I make chemises.
Year: Tudor
Notions: Embroidery floss.
How historically accurate is it? the 'pattern' and shapes are correct. I took inspiration from janet arnolds patterns of fashion for the embroidery. I did most of it by hand. Only the buttonholes were done by machine (but they aren't correct either but then its for convenience). Its close enough for me.
Hours to complete: Lost count as it was a ufo.
First worn: N/A
Total cost: Probably around the £10 mark.

So this challenge was all about finishing PHD (project half done), UFO (Un-Finished Objects). So I started with the smock/nightdress I was planning to make for the fairytale challenge. It had been left unfinished as I couldn't get it to fit right and the collar just didn't work.
Original 'Smock' nightdress

 So first thing I did was remove the collar and cut the neckline into a lower square shape. Then I finished off the sleeves with buttons.
 I then embroidered the neckline and added some eyelets down the front. So I could spiral lace it. I also found once I'd changes the nackline it kept slipping off my shoulders so added a little tuck in the cb to make it a bit more stable.
The item itself is complete I just need to make some lacing thin enought to get through the eyelets.