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Lea-anne’s Crossover Gown

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Lea-anne's crossover

This is my second gown from the Elegant Lady’s Closet. I bought a wonderful Indian Ikat weave fabric from Ebay and it suited the style perfectly. Next time I may make the sleeves a little wider and longer, but it turned out so much nicer than my first dress which was a round neck. I think the V neckline is more flattering to well-endowed ladies. I am also wearing my very comfortable Regency stays underneath, but I can’t show you that! The hardest part is simply finding the right sort of fabric for these dresses. Read more…

Anne-Sophie’s “Flying” Dress

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Flying Dress

It’s not my first costume (but my first “Titanic” costume), but it’s one of the costumes I’ve worked the most on (sorry if my English is not good). I used the Simplicity retro pattern, and I altered it for the skirt (moved edge from right side to front right) and shortened the sleeves (way too long in original pattern). That’s the result of my alterations on this pattern, easy to work with. All the embroideries are made by hand (took nearly 140 hours of work). Read more…

Heather’s Regency Ballgown

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Heather's Ballgown - I love the ribbon trim!

I made this dress using your Simplicity pattern. My English Country Dance group was having a ball, and I needed a new dress. I started the dress on the 11th, and the ball was on the 15th! I used a cream colored satin and organdy, and my mom hand embroidered the overlay with little green flowers. And on that fabric, it’s TOUGH! I finished the dress 2 hours before the ball, and I had a lot of fun making and wearing it! Read more…

Eva’s Titanic Tea Gown – “Rose”

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Eva in her exquisite reproduction, on board the Queen Mary.

I made this reproduction of Rose’s tea gown for the 100th anniversary of Titanic. It was quite the adventure finding all the right laces… seven different types in total. I found large appliques to create the long points with, about 30 in total. I had to trim them to the right shape and back them each with tulle, so they had the correct weight and movement in the wind. I am such a perfectionist, they had to match the way they flutter in the movie when Rose turns around. I also made a version of Rose’s “long line” Edwardian corset to wear underneath the gown, to acheive the correct silhouette. Read more…

Rachel’s “Music Man” Costume

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1910s Tea Gown

We needed an era-appropriate dress for “The Music Man” Junior musical, which takes place during the summer of 1912. Thankfully, we discovered the 1910s Tea Gown. It fit perfect & looked beautiful under the theatre lights. I blogged about the tea gown here: http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2012/03/1910s-tea-gown.html Well done, Rachel! I’m tickled that several school productions have used this […] Read more…

Fashion Inspiration: My Glamorous Grandparents (Part 2)

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My father at two months old. Don't his parents look proud?

In my first post, I covered my grandparents’ early history in Hollywood up to the point where “Pop” asked his US Army Air Forces superiors to consider sending him overseas to join the air war instead of working in recruitment and training. They granted that request, and he immediately transferred to North Island to learn to fly Lockheed’s brand new P-38 “Lightning” before joining the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, serving in North Africa. Read more…

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