Author: The Dreamstress

Scroop Patterns is an Indie Pattern Month Sponsor!

As the designer for Scroop Patterns, I’m delighted to be a sponsor for Indie Pattern Month on the Monthly Stitch: If you’re not familiar with the Monthly Stitch, it’s like the Historical Sew Monthly, but for modern sewing (though they would probably happily let you submit historical items that fit the theme!). (Bonus excitement: The Monthly Stitch is also run by Wellington Sewing Bloggers.  NZers taking over the sewing world!) Indie Pattern Month is their annual celebration of the smaller Indie Patterns lines. There are four themed contests in Indie Pattern Month: Dresses, New To Me, Hack It! and Indie Royalty.  If you haven’t participated, you still have time to get in an entry to New To Me, or next week’s contest: Hack It! Contests give you a chance to win amazing prizes from the sponsors – including Scroop Patterns. Plus, there is going to be a pattern bundle sale, which includes a Scroop Pattern. And something more quite exciting coming quite soon… SaveSave

Rate the Dress: Nadezhda in old fashioned fringe

I never thought I’d see the day when a yellow 1820s frock would beat a blue 1910s one in rate the dress ratings, but last week’s historical+classical+paisley number far eclipsed the blue grecian from the week before, with a score of 9.1 out of 10 to the blue’s 8.7 out of 10 – and those last few decimal points to break the 9 point barrier are the hardest to earn! This week we’re borrowing the two elements that lost the most points for last week’s frock: the sleeves and hem ruffle, and seeing if they can win the day in a totally different frock. This early 1870s portrait shows Russian heiress Nadezhda Polovtseva in a luxurious evening dress (probably for a court occasion) with definite elements of historicism.  Her sleeves, like those of last week’s dress, have a Renaissance inspired ‘slashed’ effect, and her tabbed bodice looks back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  Her bustling and folding back of her train is also a nod to 17th and 18th century mantua and court trains, but …