All posts tagged: Capturing the Mode

Aline’s bonnet part II

So, Monday I told you about beginning Aline’s bonnet, and getting all the basic construction done.  Here are the finishing details. After cutting the brim down a lot, I bound it with blue and white tartan bias ribbon (from Nana, her stash is the gift that gives and gives!) that I folded into bias tape. I like the way it works with Aline’s skirt fabric, without matching exactly.  And it’s hard to find two tartans that work with each other! I sewed a piece of florists wire under the the bias tape around the upper brim of the bonnet, to help it hold the tight curve of Aline’s bonnet and my inspiration bonnet.  First I zig-zagged on the wire, and then bound it with the bias tape.  The tension of pulling the wire through the machine actually curved it into the perfect curve. The brim didn’t hug the face enough once it was bound, so I ended up taking in little pleats where the brim meets the back of the hat and tacking them down …

The Reading Lesson

There are still some of my Capturing the Mode dresses that I haven’t done detailed blog posts on, so I am trying to catch up on those. This is Auguste Toulmouche’s The Reading Lesson You will notice that it is not an Impressionist painting, because Toulmouche was not an Impressionist artist. He was, however, Monet’s teacher for a brief period of time. This painting is included in Monet and the Impressionist. It is also a good example of the difference in the way Impressionist and traditional artists treated clothes and fashion, so I am recreating the mother’s outfit for my talk. I’ve made a very full cartridge pleated skirt out of (horror of horrors) polyester satin turned with it’s crepe side out. The skirt is also lined with an appaulingly ugly cotton fabric that I liked so much for the space of 7 minutes that I bought 20 metres of it before getting out of the store and realising that it was mostly hideous. Luckily was only $1 a metre so I don’t feel too …

Japonisme: A major update on a work-in-progress

Like many of my creations, my japonisme ensemble has turned out to be a bit of a work in progress. The outfit was inspired by an western ensemble made from a kimono in the Kyoto Costume Institute: Thanks to the endless amounts of finicky applique on the jacket and overskirt, I didn’t get the overskirt done in time for my talk and wore the outfit without it: I took the overskirt with me to California and completed the applique there, and was able to wear the full ensemble to the PEERS Unseen University Ball (I decided to be virtuous and leave Sin at home). I was very lucky in that there was a fabulous photographer, Martin Guerrero, at the ball who took lots of gorgeous pictures of me posing and dancing and was kind enough to let me put them on this blog. I am very pleased with the outfit (especially when viewed through the lens of a talented photographer!) but there are a few things I still want to do to it. I find …