Author: The Dreamstress

Rate the Dress: Mid-1880s ochre and gold

Last week’s 1850s homage to the 18th century attracted a few ardent admirers, a few vehement naysayers, and a lot of people who thought it was soooooo close to great….but not there (mostly because of the blue-green trim).  So it balanced out at 7.8 out of 10, which isn’t bad for a dress trying to carry SO many colours and design ideas. I found I loved the dress if I just looked at it, but the minute I tried to inspect and analyse I found dozens of things I thought were awful.  I suspect that if I saw it at a party I still would have gone away remembering it as fabulous and lovely, because the overall impression of delight would outbalance all the little niggles. Since last week’s dress was so very, very sweet, I felt that we need a palette cleanser: something entirely free of florals and frills and pastels. I’d already settled on this ensemble when I realised the base colour was actually quite similar to that of last weeks dress.  Despite this, …

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The Historical Sew Monthly Challenge #10: Heroes

I can’t believe it’s already almost October, time for the 10th Historical Sew Monthly challenge of the year, and time for me to be deciding (with lots of input from you, of course!) if there is going to be a HSF/M 2017! The theme for October’s challenge is Heroes:  Make a garment inspired by your historical hero, or your historical costuming hero. While I may be becoming more cynical in other ways, the older I get, the more I am a fan of having lots, and lots of heroes.  I just feel that you can never have too many people to admire and attempt to emulate the good qualities of.  In everything I do, whether it’s cooking, historical costuming, writing, teaching, or simply being a (reasonably) nice person, I do it better than I might have because someone, in some way, helped teach me to get to where I am: and each of those people is a hero to me, and deserves acknowledgement. So the idea behind the Heroes challenge was to give us all a …

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A Call for Pattern Testers – would you like to test new Scroop patterns?

Things have been quiet on the Scroop Patterns front for the last few months, while I focused on a trip home to my parents in Hawaii, and Costume College, and other work commitments, but I’ve also been working on patterns, and am going to be launching quite a few over the next six months (Yay, yay, yay!). So, I need pattern testers!  People to try the patterns to make sure they print properly in all paper formats; that the instructions make sense (and that I haven’t missed any typos – SO easy after you’ve been staring at a set of instructions for weeks on end!), and to give me general feedback. I’ve got a bunch of patterns on the go, ranging from super-easy modern stuff, to slightly more complicated modern and historical (ooh!) stuff, to really complicated historical stuff (OOOooh!!).  So I’m going to be wanting a whole range of testers, so when I have something I think you, as a tester, would be interested in, I can ask you if you’d like to test it! Pattern testers …