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Duchess bodice

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I've completed the top to my Horatio Hornblower Duchess bodice.


The top is boned with quarter inch spiral steel boning.  The brown trim is taffeta and the rest of the dress is cotton fabric.

The bodice is very fitted so a mock up for any orders is required.  I had to modify my own several times and had to take it in because I lost weight.  It's one of those if you gain or lose a few pounds you will be modifying it.

It's funny how a hundred plus years ago the lining and actual fabric were treated as one piece which made for easier modifying.  Now we always hide the seams when we have lining.

All that's left to do is set the grommets in the back, pleat, and attach the skirt.

My other duchess bodice is temporarly on hold as I've run out of brown thread.

These dresses are detailed and very time consuming.  This will be one of my more expensive dresses but it has many options.  You can get as frilly or as simple as you want and it will still work.

Until next time:  The k…
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I received the fabric for a client's dress a week ago and received the lace and trim the other day.


One of the dresses is going to be like the Titanic swim dress.  The underdress is going to be very similar but it will have lace overlays.

The other dress is going to be one based from a dress in my personal collection.  The dress itself is from around 1910 to 1915.  The lace on that dress is in desperate need of restoration that I hope to be able to get to.

Until next time:  Ever see a kitten with the energy of a litter of kittens?  Do you want to?

One of the most bizzare complaints I have ever received

I and a few others who apparently used silk in their items received messages from someone complaining that we were stealing silk from defenseless silkworms.  It went on to say that we should use cotton only because "no plants are harmed." 

I'm still trying to figure out if this person is a troll or is completely serious....

We live in a strange world my friends.

Until next time:  What do you say we go out back and pick some chips off the Doritos tree in the back yard?