|this one also includes sequins!|
|detail from corded stays, 1820-39|
|white-on-white is a particular favorite, 1870-75|
I really need to work on my undergarments before I start any more dresses, because fitting without all the proper layers just leads to more problems later. Not to mention the fact that I'm swamped with homework and really can't afford the time to start anything big right now (even though I want to). So I think I shall continue practicing my 19th c. stitches on my corsets and petticoats for now.
Also, just because it's fun and I like to follow runway fashion, I've been noticing lately that embroidery has been making an appearance...yay historical influences!
|models backstage at the Dolce and Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012 show|
|lace/pearl applique embroidery at the Oscar de la Renta F/W 2012 show|
|metallic-embroidered bodice from Alexander McQueen Resort 2012|
So my love of embroidery is well-timed for inspiration, both old and new. The vine piece I did from Marsh's book included two vines of chain stitch, one sunflower with a french knot center and padded satin stitch petals, buds with 'brush' stitch (which is my favorite, I think), a lily mixing brush stitch and satin stitch, leaves out of a french twist I forget the name of, and stem stitch.
It improved as it went along, and while there are a lot of mistakes by the end I had the hang of everything, including working with different thicknesses of floss and how to tell when to use what. Since it was just a scrap I hadn't really planned to do anything with it, but one of my friends really liked it and as she's currently knitting me a hat, I thought it would be nice to give it to her. So please excuse the very modern text--it's her catch-phrase of sorts, and I thought it was quite funny juxtaposed with the soft ladylike flowers.
|a bud (sorry for the photo quality, it was very late at night!)|
|the K, which was done using some of the monogramming techniques|
A Side Note:
You may have noticed the blog underwent a makeover this week...I've been thinking quite a bit about aesthetics recently while working on my embroidery technique and thinking about ways to work it into my clothes. I was especially pleased that I had enough images to pull together an entirely plaid header (even if the sheer plaid on the white skirt isn't totally visible). Hopefully this will also be easier to read.