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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…

Fashion Inspiration: My Paternal Grandparents

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Thelma Jean Robbins

From my earliest memories, I have loved to play “dress up,” and a large portion of my play wardrobe came from my paternal grandmother’s cast-offs. I remember teetering around on silver high heels in a sparkly red chiffon dress liberally sprinkled with rhinestones. How I wish now that I’d known what I was wearing and saved it, but–alas!–that particular dress got worn to death and ended up in shreds long before I could appreciate its real value. Thankfully, my grandmother kept back a lot of her favorite clothes for me to enjoy as an older teenager, and I still have several beautiful pieces. Read more…

Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!

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Girls' Colonial Dresses

Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear. Read more…

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