Sunday, April 25, 2010

suffragette dress diary

I haven't done a dress diary in AGES, but I thought that I might give it another try just so I have something to blog about.  I'm organizing a suffragette picnic with the DFW Costumers' Guild on Memorial Day weekend, and although I have a backup dress already, I'm hoping that I'll have time to make a new costume for this event.

My plan is to use this green linen/cotton striped fabric to make something similar to the 1911 dress in Patterns of Fashion.  I probably won't make an exact copy in regards to the trim and smaller details, but I think it'll give me a really good pattern to start with.  I also adore the dress on the right here, so I might do a belt and the contrasting hem like you see in that photo.  But I'll have to find some suitable fabric if I want to do that.  So far, I haven't had much luck because I can't figure out what color would go with this weirdo green.  I'm thinking that a gunmetal gray would be nice, but I haven't had much luck finding anything like that.

So first on the agenda: enlarging the pattern and making a mockup.   My goal is to have that done by next weekend.  Wish me luck!

4 comments:

Jo said...

Good luck! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Hillery said...

I love the sash image, would a burgundy, red, or burnt orange work? They are far enough from the sage that they might contrast nicely. I'm not sure if that level of contrast is right for that era though, I know nothing about that period.

FashionK said...

Good Luck!!! Its going to be fabulous! and I do like the dress in the photograph (link). Also, I don't think I will borrow that skirt pattern after all. I sort of started mine yesterday but got 18th century side tracked!!!

Kelly said...

It is going to look awesome! Syfabrics has nice cotton velvet in grey. http://www.syfabrics.com/Browse.aspx?Search=cotton%20velvet

I can't wait to see the progression. Love the new blog site by the way.

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