Regency Dress

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Hi there! Finally got some pics of my latest projects!

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This is just a regency dress I made because I had the material:) It is made from a two toned gold and brown taffeta I got from  onlinefabricstore.com

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The trim I got from Joann fabric store.

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The back was just a simple lace up with some brown ribbon I found.

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I changed the sleeves a little from the original pattern because I don’t particularly care for huge puffs:)

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I used Butterick pattern B6630.

Darby

Revolution Design Contest!

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I have not posted in a month but I haven’t sewn in a month either! I have been attending a summer dance intensive in Charleston, SC. But I have done something in the meantime: I entered Revolution Dancewear’s costume design contest. I made it into the top ten and it is now on facebook for everyone to vote on, the top three will advance to the next round at get their costumes made in Chicago. Please go vote!

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Darby

P.S. The costume is in pastel colors and they don’t show up very well in the picture:(

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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Hi Everyone!

Sorry that I haven’t posted in a couple weeks (I am not slipping into my habit of not posting:) But my dance recital titled: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was the 15th and it always gets crazy that time of year!

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I was cast as the Queen Of Hearts; above is a shot from my solo near the beginning of the show. I made my costume using the skating pattern that I used for the fairy godmother as a base. Hopefully I will have better photos soon.

 

Darby

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I think the greatest idea that God ever conceived was the concept of mother. And of all the mothers in the world, it amazes me that he gave the best to me! (at least, I believe she is the best for I’ve never met a better one)

Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers of the world!

 

Darby

Fairy Godmother

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My friend, Beverly, from dance was cast as the fairy godmother for our dance recital; she couldn’t really find anything she liked for a costume so she asked me to help her. This is the result:

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The Original:

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Obviously, as it was a ballet costume, some adjustments had to be made but I think it captured the fairy godmother look.

We designed the costume together although I think most of the design credit should go to Beverly. The material was purchased from spandex world it consists of a sky blue basic spandex for the leotard and a royal blue crushed stretch velvet for the caplet and hood, we also trimmed the bottom of the skirt with the dark blue.

The costume itself is a very basic sleeveless leotard with princess seam and a skirt that comes down to just above the knee; it was modified from an ice skating pattern, we had to lengthen the girth, change the top to sleeveless and lengthen the skirt.¬† The caplet/hood was taken from a cloak pattern, using just the top caplet and hood and is attached to her hair with a comb so as to sit farther back on her head. We used approx. 1/2″ flesh colored elastic for the straps and approx. 1/8″ white elastic to finish the upper edge of the leotard.

It took a grand total of 4 hours to make the costume from start to finish.

 

Darby

Elizabeth Bennet Dress

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Hi there everyone!

A while back I received a request on my etsy shop to make a dress from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. It is Elizabeth Bennet’s dress, seen a couple of times but the picture comes from the party at Lucas Lodge early in the film just after the regiment has been quartered at Meriton.

I was very excited to be asked because it happens to be one of my favorite dresses from Pride and Prejudice. Since the dress was for the summer she wanted brighter colors than the original; I was sent a Apple Green Charmeuse Satin for the base, and a pale purple/silver stretch chiffon knit for the overlay.

The result:

The dress has a very simple regency gown base with small capped sleeves. The overlay stops about mid-calf allowing the base dress so show at the bottom, the sleeves extend past the cap sleeves and reach to the elbow where it gathers and widens slightly; they were finished off with a delicate white lace at the elbow and on the bottom edge of the sleeves.

The original also had strips running along the v in the front, meeting at the back, then hanging down behind for a ways.

Overall I was very pleased with the outcome and decided to make the dress a permanent addition to the custom options on my shop.

 

Darby

Coral And Teal

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Wow! Has it really been nearly a year since I last posted? I guess that shows how much attention I pay!

Here are two more dresses that I promised in my last post (forever ago) and soon I’ll get pictures up of my other projects over the last months.

The first is a Coral Taffeta with white lace trim.

I actually don’t have a far away picture of either of the two that I am posting about today because they didn’t fit on my dress form so I couldn’t get a good picture of them.

Back view:

The next one is a Teal Taffeta with a chocolate brown braided trim:

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Well, I guess that’s all for now! I will definitely not wait so long before posting again.

 

Darby

Buttons and Dresses!

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Sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted, but I’ve been really busy since getting back from San Antonio… including filling orders from my etsy shop.

I recently made several dresses but today I’m only going to post one since I’m still very busy and need to get to work:)

The first I made was a two-toned burgundy taffeta, with a black braided trim. (I LOVE this dress!)

Here is a closer view:

 

Back view:

 

And I must recommend the hobby lobby button covering kits! I used them and they worked great. Although I did have to double up the material to make it stay… they wanted to pop apart when it was just the one layer.

 

Sorry! And Updates!

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Hi there! I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in so long! It feels like forever but I just can’t seem to find enough time and I haven’t been sewing much of late:)

I have (somewhat recently) added my headbands to my etsy shop! My grandmother made another hat which is also for sale, you can go see them at my shop.

At the moment I am working on regency dresses for a lady and her four daughters! So hopefully I’ll have some pictures sometime in the near future:) But definitely not till after next week, because my sister made it into the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and she and I will be going to San Antonio, Texas for a week! Fun! So there probably won’t be much posting… ugh! I’m afraid I’m not very consistent with my posting:) But maybe I’ll get back to it soon!

 

My sister and I went to see “Celtic Woman” live in Huntsville, Alabama on Sunday and they were AWESOME! One of my favorite groups… I absolutely LOVE Celtic music! They sang a version of Amazing Grace with bagpipes and all and it was beautiful! Everyone stood up and gave them a standing ovation. Definitely the highlight of my week:) I would give anything to be able to play the fiddle like Mairead Nesbitt (I know I’ll never sing like them:)

Also for those who don’t keep up with the Elegance of Fashion Blog, she is hosting a Period Drama Advice Column, that promises to be pretty fun! I may consider participating myself!

Well, here’s one last apology for my lack of post and hopefully I’ll get back to it soon!

Darby