Ice skating – inspiration

As you might have guess, my main reason for making the fur hat was not to prance it around in my appartment – But to go ice skating in it.

The 19th century group comes togeter every january for some historical ice-skating in the capital, and I had made planes on going.
I didn’t had time to make a whole new outfit, but some accessories to spruce up an old costume was just the right amount of work for the in between christmas nights.

IMG_7628This lovely lady is hanging above my sewing machine, so of course she was my main inspiration for a winter skating look.

But here are som other great ice skating pics.

(c) Government Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation


32720eabb50477b032c8f171bd58b908I love this – so beautiful.





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Outdoor ice skating in the 19th century.



19th-Century Print of Skaters in Central Park

Sport Dress – update

I thought it is about time to give you an update on my sewing game against my boyfriend (Sport Vs Sewing).

Well I need to confess – I have had no chanse in hell, to stand up to his television sports with my sewing.

First I had the big Opera 1880s gown to finish in january, making me decide to post-pone the game a month, to february – which turned out to be even more filled with sport (Olympic games anyone). And between some comissions and the HSF14 I really stuggeled to get enything done on the “Sports Anglaise”.

For my gaming entry I’ve decided to make the 1770-1780s Robe Anglaise from Janet Arnolds “Pattern of Fashion”.IMG_6182

The fabric is a lowely flowery quilting cotton I bought (the whole bolt) on sale this past fall. IMG_6273

So while the Olympics hockey games played on our television I finaly grabbed myself and got to work.

Putting my 18th century corset, bumroll and petticoat on my dressform, I started to drape a pattern.

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Here you can see the different lines and changes I made while working.IMG_6189Trying to get Arnolds pattern sketch to match the lines and shapes on my dressform.

When satisfied I un-pinned the pattern from the form, and re-drew and cleaned up the lines and curves to get a nice looking pattern. IMG_6191

Then I cut the bodice in regular cotton lawn for the mock-up.IMG_6216

And then I tried it on.IMG_6254


As usual it needed some changes. Like taking out about 6cm in the shoulder straps, and adding about 3 cm in lenght to the waist. I also needed to re-adjust the center back seam to get a nice and smooth line.

IMG_6268Making the changes to the mock-up.

Then I lay the pieces out and pinned them to the fabric.IMG_6270

I was both impresed and a bit worried by the smal amounth of fabric scraps left after cutting the bodice, sleeves and skirt pannels.  IMG_6276There will be no room for mistakes.

The last thing I did (during the disapointing hockey finaly) was to pin the pieces togheter, thous making them ready for hours of hand sewing.IMG_6287

Tally: 2 hockey games = draping a pattern, making a mock-up, cutting the fabric and pinning the pieces togheter.