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by rajani
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Andrea, I started out really loving the late bustle period, but the more and more I get into this, the more I like Natural Form, too. There's just something really elegant about the sweep and line of a Natural Form skirt. I find myself gravitating to patterns from that period all the time! I do reca...
by rajani
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

PICTURES PLEASE!!!! So what do you have in mind for your next project? Will it be red? :D Andrea.... Day before yesterday I found 10 yards of this 100% silk taffeta for $8 a yard. Gorgeous pastel stripes in peach, taupe, and butter yellow. I could not pass this up, so it looks like this is going to...
by rajani
Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Applying a wide pleated ruffle—now finished with pics!
Replies: 5
Views: 4004

Re: Help! Applying a wide pleated ruffle

I have seen it done both ways. I have a skirt (made by someone else) where the top edge of the pleated ruffle was seamed to the skirt (seam turned to the inside) and then pressed open so the pleats became an extension to the base skirt. If you do it this way, you can save on a few inches of fabric b...
by rajani
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: I'm in the Steampunk Chronicle!!
Replies: 10
Views: 7681

Re: I'm in the Steampunk Chronicle!!

Plus, does anyone else get a kick out of people's reactions when they ask what you sew and you say Victorian clothing? That's SO true! I chuckle when I'm at the fabric store and the girls at the cutting table ask me that question. You know they ask it of every customer because they are supposed to ...
by rajani
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: I'm in the Steampunk Chronicle!!
Replies: 10
Views: 7681

Re: I'm in the Steampunk Chronicle!!

Great article! Love the pictures of your beautiful dresses! I got into Victorian clothing as an aside to Cowboy Action Shooting but now I have to say that I enjoy that aspect even more than the shooting part. It also brought me to the steampunk genre as well, and although I don't participate in many...
by rajani
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Heidi: Yes, the first muslin I cut was with the original neckline. I cannot normally wear super low necklines due to a surgery (without a lot of finagling, which I didn't want to have to do with this dress). I just kept raising it up til it covered what it needed to cover, adjusting the fit as I wen...
by rajani
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Well everyone.... the dress was a success.... I won a trophy for 1st place Best Dressed Lady at the shoot! It was SO fun to wear (although a little hot) and with the antique jewelry I had and all the accessories, it made a really nice complete outfit. I am very pleased! Can't wait to start my next o...
by rajani
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Natural Form Outterwear and Ruchability (?) of fabric
Replies: 13
Views: 8731

Re: Natural Form Outterwear and Ruchability (?) of fabric

>>EDIT: After I posted this, I thought "hm, why don't you just go downstairs and ruche some of the fabric, genius?" So I did, and it looks wonderful. So nevermind! You can ruche twill! *goes to stare at the sexy red fabric some more*.<< LOL.... glad to know. I love the picture of this skir...
by rajani
Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My First Victorian Dress!
Replies: 10
Views: 6997

Re: My First Victorian Dress!

Ahhhhh! Your color choice makes you a kindred spirit! Love the red and black! The dress also looks very good on you.... very flattering for your figure. Don't you feel a sense of accomplishment to have made something this complex? I think that "rigging" is OK, to a point...These are not ea...
by rajani
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Princess Kaiulani
Replies: 3
Views: 3581

Re: Princess Kaiulani

I like the color choices on the dress the older lady is wearing in the first picture. The lighter front and darker sides together makes her waist look miniscule! I'll have to remember that trick on my next dress. :mrgreen: Great ideas. Thanks for posting this. I'll have to check out the movie myself...
by rajani
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

The parasol... well, I had ordered a small parasol last winter thinking it was something else, but it would have cost more to send it back than it was almost worth, so it was something I already had lying around. Fortunately, it was covered in plain black material, so that seemed to me to be a good ...
by rajani
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:51 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Andrea: The reticule is really easy. All you do is cut 4 long (longer vertically than horizontally) diamond shapes of fashion fabric, and 4 of lining, in the approximate size you want your bag, then cut them off horizontally somewhere across the top, which then becomes the top opening. The less you ...
by rajani
Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Erin: Yeah, I knew about the pin trick. I can't use a seam ripper for some reason. Every time I try it seems I end up ripping in the wrong direction. I find I do much better with a small pair of sharp scissors, and I cut in small snips until I hit the pins on both ends. This dress ended up needing a...
by rajani
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Andrea: Thanks for the nice words. Help yourself to inspiration photos - I collect them too! I'm constantly saving pics I find of other's gowns.... because you never know where someone else's idea will take you. I agree with you... I loved the red and black. The pictures did not do it justice. The f...
by rajani
Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 23086

Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

IMG_0011.jpg IMG_0005_2.jpg IMG_0003_3.jpg Hello all, I just finished this dress and I am so excited about how it turned out! It is made from two kinds of red and black iridescent taffeta that I found in the home decor department of our local fabric store. One is a plain taffeta and the other is em...
by rajani
Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Need help with butterfly train
Replies: 2
Views: 2350

Re: Need help with butterfly train

The center folds are basically a little bunch of accordion folds/pleats all stacked up on one another. The drawing in the directions wasn't super helpful for conveying this (but then, not everyone is an artist... I am, and I would have drawn it differently) but if you work with it a while you will f...

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