Sunday, March 22, 2009

1780s-1790s Jacket- A Mini-Series

Hello Lovers,

So you will probably notice a new aspect to my blog, titled "mini series". Let me explain... as I mentioned in an earlier post, Fredrik and I are going to a masquerade ball (18thC) at Kalmar in October, and I will be making....everything. Shifts, shirts (fredrik is, but I want to document it), petticoats, gowns, trim, waistcoat, breeches, coat, etc etc. And I've decided to try and keep an regulary updated blog about what I'm doing and how it's going (i've had a few requests). So the first thing I am working on is a 1780s-90s fitted jacket to prep myself for the gown i'll be making for the ball (brooke's amazing idea!)

So, this is the first post, and I have progress to report, and a few pictures.

First, Brooke cut and draped the pattern to me, and I cut out all the pieces in plain muslin for the lining and then the deep red cotton for the fabric.I have 4 back pieces that are now whipped stitched together instead of taking one large panel of fabric and pleating it down like I did in my nightgown. I'm doing this because this will be how the back for my Zone gown will be for the ball. The only difference is that I will be adding boning to the back of the ball gown to give it a better look when I add a bum roll etc etc.
cutting out the back pieces

One of my bodice fronts all cut out.

As of right now I have completely lined and whipped stitched the back pieces (all 4) together, and I will post pictures of them shortly.

Next on my list is to attach the lining to the front bodice pieces.

Then from that point, I can either A) Fit the front to the back or B) make the sleeves up before doing any fittings at all.

I'll probably do B just because it's easier to take around with me. However classes are done at the moment, so it's not like I have a lot of places I need to be.

However I need Fredrik's mirror to do the fittings well, as mine is very very tiny.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


hello lovers,

So apparently in Scotland they actually sell convertibles. Clearly Scotland has a high demand for roofless cars. I mean, it's so damn hot and sunny here all the time, it's really the only way to try and enjoy this crazy hot weather. Yesterday, I felt like I had reached the 7th level of hell, I was sweaty, hot, gross, exhausted from hauling my bag around in 57 degree weather while the red Ferrari holding two douche bags zoomed passed me without their top on. Oh, and then came the VW Bug converitble, some ugly Ford, that French car brand, and another VW, a Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, etc etc. you get the picture.

Ok. So. I was kidding about the 7th level of hell thing. That's not true. It was nice yesterday, and it was nice the day before. In fact spring has been welcomed to Glasgow for a full 3 days of sunshine and warmth. It has been lovely, I get to wear sunglasses and not walk around in a wool coat.


But, I have a rant: (as if you didn't pick up on that already)

Why would citizens of Scotland own convertibles?

Can we say "waste of money"?

Convertibles are at prime use when the temperature reaches around 75 degrees. The only time the weather in Scotland reaches that temperature is in the middle of July at the peek of "summer". Not in mid March with the first glimpses of a nice spring and 50 degree weather. Dudes take note: it's warm in the sunshine, but it's still chilly in the shadows, and you driving around in your car with your top down is not going to be a warm and pleasant driving experience. How on earth were they comfortable? It's like me (a person who knows what heat is, and 57 degrees is not it), walking around in tights, jacket etc, and watching stupid girls walk around in tank tops. Same thing as the convertibles...IT'S NOT WARM ENOUGH YET. PUT YOUR TOP ON. (haha what a pun)

I really didn't get it. I mean, the convertibles (and lack of clothing) weren out in full force yesterday on Sauchiehall Street. I guess this is like crazy hot for Glaswegians, but's not warm enough to justify a car that has a removeable roof. Not in this country, and not in this climate.

However, I do need to clarify that most of the cars were extremely high end (yes i did see a red Ferrari convertible with 2 douche bags in pink button ups included)** So I'm assuming that these wealthy Glaswegians own more than 1 car and this was their "yay it's warm car!" and had the extra money to drop on an impratical purchase, but ... i mean... really... a convertible?

It's like driving a snowmobile in Florida.

They spent all this money on a convertible that you can drive maybe 7 days out of 365?


Get a sunroof.

However the weather here reminded me how nice it will be when Fredrik and I go to America in July and I can actually be jacket less. woo hoo!

Now, it's time to get back to my essay!

<3 <3

**To clarify (after my "white trash" critique, I'd really prefer not to have douchebags send me hate mail, as they're just annoying): Not all Ferrari owners are douchebags, nor are all men in pink shirts douchebags. However, I feel justified when two guys in a red Ferrari convertible in Glasgow rev their engines to go 10 yards from one stop light to another in an attempt to over compensate for what must be extremely small appendages.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

oh dear it's mid march!

talk about a total failure. I haven't updated in ages! i'm sorry lovers, life has been busy here in scotland and i just haven't found the time to sit and post an update.

so now

an update.

still no response from anon. sadly...but i'm glad all you lovely readers out there enjoyed my response. i know i did. haha

Laura's visit went smashingly, and I will miss her dearly until I see her again. We kept the whole visit pretty chilled...and on friday we went to Pitlochry for some hiking etc, and it was lovely. i'm looking forward to going back when the weather is better. it was rainy for the vast majority of our time in pitlochry..of course i didn't realize that i had an umbrellla in my purse until after the hike was over and laura and i looked like drowned rats. ... she didn't appreciate that.... ooops.

saturday we did a sub pub crawl in her honor, the crowd was smaller than last time, but we had good fun. it was a rangers game and so the cream of the crop of glaswegian society was out a-drinking that saturday and we just so happened to be in the southside of the city when the game was was damn crowded.

then i had a week or so after laura left and then brooke came to visit me from Egypt!! we also had a marvelous visit and we did a lot of sewing. so i have some projects going on of an 1830s cotton dress and a 1780s to 90s jacket. The jacket will be mine, and the 1830s dress for Pollok house, but i will also be using the jacket in the fashion show...which will be marvelous..

i also will have to make a new petticoat, kerchief, neck tucker, elbow ruffles, etc for it. joy joy joy

brooke and i also got our hair cut (finally) mine is the standard, but its so nice to have bangs (ahem fringe) back. ahha

i have an essay due about 16th century costume due in 2 weeks, which will stress me out...but it'll be over soon and so i will be quiet happy about that. then itäs the fashion show and the studen exhibition and wam bam thank you ma'am i'm fini.'s thesis time! eek!!

My personal life is going wonderfully..i've had great friends come for a visit, and also i have been reminded that I have the best boyfriend ever...but i'm not going to get mushy...i promise, nor do i think he would really appreciate me gushing about him on my blog. But i have very exciting news, Fredrik and I are going to go to an 18th century masqurade ball at Kalmar Castle in sweden where he's from! I'm sooooooo excited!! I'll be making our clothing and it should be marvelous. i'm nervous about fitting fredriks clothes, but it should be alright.

we're also planning to go to paris with mom and vicky in may, and then i'll visit sweden for an extended week in june, and then we'll be returning to the usa in july! it should be really great. He's never been, and i'm looking forward to having a big human pillow to sleep on on the flight over and a travel companion.

so that's really it for now... not much else is going on...

oh...i met the "inlaws" this weekend..hehe Fredrik's mom and sister came to visit and they were lovely. The language barrier is frustrating, but after a while and once we were all at a comfort with eachother, it was really his mom decided she wanted a red purse...clearly we are going to get along!!! haha :D