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by rajani
Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: 1870s and 1880s hats
Replies: 4
Views: 4159

Re: 1870s and 1880s hats

I make hats to order, and can use your fabric or try to match what you already have. You can email me at rajaniblue@netscape.net and I can give you more info.

Raj
by rajani
Wed May 30, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Latest Natural Form gown.... not quite done but close
Replies: 9
Views: 8232

Latest Natural Form gown.... not quite done but close

Alrighty.... after a lot of work and a two-month shutdown while my sewing room got finished, here's the dress I've been working on since last winter. It's almost done with the exception of the parasol and some finishing details to the dress. The color is not nearly as over-the-top yellow as shown he...
by rajani
Thu May 17, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Boning "take up"
Replies: 5
Views: 3818

Re: Boning "take up"

I'd kind of agree with both of you. I do think boning and boning casings take up just enough space that it can mean the difference between snug fit and just a tad too tight. I also think sewing in a bag lining does the same thing, whether it's because of the seams it creates or from the fabric thick...
by rajani
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: TV454 German Day Dress
Replies: 3
Views: 3213

Re: TV454 German Day Dress

That is TOO cute! :D
by rajani
Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Not sure where this dress is going, but here's the skirt...
Replies: 3
Views: 3354

Not sure where this dress is going, but here's the skirt...

I am totally undecided on what kind of dress this is going to turn out to be. I have the skirt the way I want it, though. I can't wear a low cut ball gown top unless it's modified a bit, but willing to attempt the modification if the skirt is really screaming to be a ball skirt. What about an evenin...
by rajani
Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Evening vs. ball gown
Replies: 4
Views: 3747

Re: Evening vs. ball gown

I'm just the opposite, Andrea. I get bored with the basic dress and I am all about the trims! In fact I'd guess that most of the time I probably go overboard for the type of dress I'm making.

Love love love those fancy trims!
by rajani
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My new space!
Replies: 4
Views: 4505

My new space!

I haven't been on the bulletin board in a couple of months because of this remodeling project for my new sewing room... which is finally done! The picture here was taken right after we laid the formica countertops in. Whoo boy. I learned a lot about installing formica... it's a little dicey because ...
by rajani
Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Wedding Gown
Replies: 24
Views: 15622

Re: Wedding Gown

Not to mention that the corset pinches the waist in and puts your boobs back where they should be (for us old folks!), giving you nice curves no matter what your size is. I was kind of being facetious on my last comment. I actually find Victorian clothing very very flattering. I have a big butt, sag...
by rajani
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Wedding Gown
Replies: 24
Views: 15622

Re: Wedding Gown

I wasn't aware that Victorian clothing made your butt look big. Considering you're covering it up, oh, three, four times? Bloomers, chemise (or combo), petticoat, and skirt. Plus she'll have the train back there too. I'd say Victorian clothing is one of the better styles of wedding dresses to hide ...
by rajani
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: New Year's Resolutions
Replies: 9
Views: 6044

Re: New Year's Resolutions

1. Grow my sewing business enough so that it will support me since my unemployment will run out soon. Think this is actually going to happen! :D This is my resolution also. Not that I have unemployment running out, but I work at a job I hate right now and I'd really like to do what I love - sewing,...
by rajani
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: JACKET BODICE AND FANTAIL SKIRT?
Replies: 3
Views: 3478

Re: JACKET BODICE AND FANTAIL SKIRT?

I'm wondering this same thing as I've thought of combining them. My guess is that you could make the jacket dressier.... and it does have an open neckline, which says to me more of a dinner or evening style, but maybe I am wrong here?
by rajani
Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 18th Century Gown
Replies: 6
Views: 4782

Re: 18th Century Gown

This is so cute! You totally look the part. Great job!
by rajani
Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Sewing Machine Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 7638

Re: Sewing Machine Recommendations

Merry Christmas to me... I just got delivery of my new sewing machine! After looking at lots of different machines from lots of different manufacturers, I decided on the Brother Laura Ashley NX2000. I happened to see this machine in demonstration and even though it was more than I had originally pla...
by rajani
Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Pittock mansion/Sherlock Holmes PDX Outing
Replies: 5
Views: 6729

Re: Pittock mansion/Sherlock Holmes PDX Outing

I may just have to do that. Are you OK with just basic Victorian? I don't really have "steampunk" per se but I do have a fabulous Natural Form dress. I was thinking if I have to check a bag for a week of work, I might as well check a BIG bag.... only problem is that I am on-call and might ...
by rajani
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: 1880 Split Pannier Overskirt
Replies: 3
Views: 3145

Re: 1880 Split Pannier Overskirt

Depends on how fast you sew, I guess. It might be 5 hours for me. Just a guesstimate, though.
by rajani
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Pittock mansion/Sherlock Holmes PDX Outing
Replies: 5
Views: 6729

Re: Pittock mansion/Sherlock Holmes PDX Outing

Holy cow. I'm not from Portland but I'll be there for a week on a work assignment around the 17th. If I had the gumption to pack a big bag with a full dress (and pay $25 to check it!) I'd meet up with you.
by rajani
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: 1880 Split Pannier Overskirt
Replies: 3
Views: 3145

Re: 1880 Split Pannier Overskirt

I'm most of the way through a split pannier skirt for a dress I'm working on right now. All I have to put on it is the waistband and closure hooks. It seriously took me only one afternoon. It's just cutting out and sewing a few large but simple pieces, adding some tie-string cases on the inside and ...
by rajani
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: WITHOUT A CORSET?
Replies: 22
Views: 24661

Re: WITHOUT A CORSET?

Anyone who looks at you who knows anything about historical clothing is going to know whether or not you are wearing the proper undergarments. It's all about the shape it gives to the dress. I like the suggestion that you liken it to modern "shape wear".... Spanx and control top hose and s...
by rajani
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1870s Girl's Dress, and Others From Ste. Genevieve Missouri
Replies: 22
Views: 14966

Re: 1870s Girl's Dress, and Others From Ste. Genevieve Missouri

I totally love these pictures. It's cool to see what you all look like. Plus EVERYONE'S dress is gorgeous.

Don't worry about the non-smiling picture. They didn't do much smiling in photos back in the day, so you were right in character! :D
by rajani
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Sewing Machine Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 7638

Sewing Machine Recommendations

My husband, bless his heart, is so happy for me that I'm enjoying sewing Victorian dresses and hats that he has offered to buy me a NEW sewing machine for Christmas. I'm willing to go up to $1000 and ideally I'd like something that can also embroider, although this isn't a requirement. I do have to ...

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