Thursday, December 13, 2012

V334: My 2012 Costuming Year in Review


Several lovely costume bloggers are doing their years-in-review posts, and I thought I'd jump on board.  I think it's easy to forget just how much sewing we all do, over the course of a year.  Here are my finished pieces (because nevermind the pile of UFOs stuffed in closets, under the couch, and possible even in the trash) from 2012...



A 16th c. simple, blue, wool-ish kirtle from "The Tudor Tailor "


1730-50 Traveling Dress/ Riding Habit from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1 :


A 1790s Gaulle mock-up based on a gown in "The Duchess " :


A 1780s Indienne print robe a l'Anglaise, part of the "Curtain-Along" project:


A 1770s Robe a l'Anglaise I dubbed the "Parisian Gown" :


A Regency Spencer jacket:



An 1850s bodice to go with an older skirt:


An 1860s gown remodel - I didn't make the overall gown in 2012, but I refashioned the bodice significantly:


An 1890s Vaudeville costume with the theme of the Nevada flag:


A 1912 Evening Gown (with awesome Chrissy in red/orange):


1912 Daywear (I made the hat and skirt, but the blouse is vintage):


A 1930s "Vintage Vogue" summer dress:


A pair of wide-legged 1930s/40s trousers:

A brown 1950s dress from a vintage pattern:


Yeesh!  And now onward to 2013 and all the new costumes planned and un-planned!
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37 comments:

  1. Wonderful garb, a brilliant year of costuming and you produced shoes! Merry Chrostmas ans a wonderful new year full of joy, prosperity, love, laughter and creative :)

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  2. I can't figure out how and when you eat and sleep. These are all beautiful. Congratulations on quite a year!

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  3. Fabulous! I've been keeping track of all of my projects this year in a draft, since I realized that I left several things out of my 2011 review, and am planning to post it on the last week of the year. :D I still have a couple of things brewing, so hopefully I can grow the list a little more before then.

    I absolutely adore your Parisian gown. Those colours and that striped fabric is just scrumptious!

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    1. That's a really great idea. I'm sure I forgot some things, but I just sortof thumbed through the folders on my hard drive, and tried to remember. Your system is much more efficient :-D

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  4. gorgeous! I don't know how you do it all and still run a business

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  5. I love them all! I don't know which one I like best, though those wide leg pants are pretty awesome and the 1912 outfit is straight out of Downton! Perfect :)

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  6. Wow, so many beautiful costumes! Did you make the 1860's gown from a pattern? If so, do you remember where you got it? I would love to make that dress.

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    1. Thanks! The 1860s gown was sortof free-form, but if you used a simple pattern like this one: http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=16&cat=1&page=1 , then it's just a matter of applying trims how you like.

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  7. these are splendid. I think the vaudeville outfit is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you! that was my favorite of the year as well

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  8. That is an incredibly impressive collection of creations. Brava!

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  9. I have enjoyed so much reading your blog this year and am looking forward to seeing what you are going to do next. An entry from your blog is the first thing I look for on my blog list each day.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! That is such a wonderful compliment! <3

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  10. Wow! So amazing! I am dying for those Victorian, Edwardian and Rococo gowns! I hope 2013 will be as successful for me in my Victorian style endeavors! I am learning to sew :)

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    1. I look forward to seeing your Victorian adventures! :-) You're going to create beautiful things :-)

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  11. I'm in love with your brown 50s dress and your 1912 evening dress. All your creations are lovely but I just loooooooooooooooooooove those two!

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  12. Wow, you really did a lot this year! It's all gorgeous too! (And I love the photoshoots you've done as well!)

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    1. Thank you! You have done a lot as well - I look forward to your recap!

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  13. Holy Moly Lauren! What a lot of frocks and centuries and decades you got through!! Well done, do have a peaceful and restful Christmas xo

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    1. Happy Christmas to you too, lovely Mrs C :-)

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  14. How lovely! I almost laughed at the beginning of the post, thinking "Wow, it has been a long time! I remember that, but it seems like it was forever ago!" You've don't wonderful work--I'm so proud of you (you know, for a stranger on the internet...) and can't wait to see what's coming up next. Till next time!

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    1. I think the same thing! I had forgotten some of these from earlier in the year. Thank you so much for following my blog! ;-)

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  15. Amazing! such beautiful items and the productivity! Wow...

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  16. As wonderfully impressive as this list is, what truly impresses me is that you take the time and care to document these for us on your blog. Thanks!!!!! I for one will be in line to see what your 2013 days bring us!
    Happy Festivus,
    Auntie Nan

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    1. Thank you so much! The costuming feeds the blogging, and the blogging feeds the costuming, haha. Thank you for following my pursuits in sewing! :-) Happy Holidays!

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  17. You have been busy this year! I'm with Maggie too - your photoshoots have been so pretty and such fun!

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  18. All of your creativity is so inspiring! I love reading about all the lovely work you do.

    Alena

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