Friday, July 1, 2016

Victorian-inspired Lolita winter jacket: project diary part II

After all the commissions and things made for sale, darling sis felt like working on some project for us; I went through the catalogue of unfinished things in my head and when I brought her a sketch of what we might do with the winter jacket and the fabrics I've piled up for it, she got excited and set to work with zeal. It's great to have a sister who loves to spoil you rotten *grins*

We're still missing a piece of ribbon to fasten the jacket with; but it is done otherwise:-)

 
 
It even features lace inside on the lining:-)

Here it is coordinated:

Btw, the hand is healed now, except for one finger, which is kinda slow on the way to recovery, but should be fine with time, hopefully... so I hope to show you a couple of projects we're working on soon. How have you guys been? What projects are you up to? Tell me in the comments:-)

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  1. Aw, I'm so glad your hand is mostly better now! And what a gorgeous jacket!! I just love all the lace and embellishments, it's simply divine! You can see that a lot of hard work has been put into it.

    Currently I'm working on my first Edwardian costume, probably from the mid 1900s. It's white and lacy and has a pink belt with a black frog fastening! :)

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    1. Yummy, that sounds so very delicious! Pics, pics, pics! What stage is it in? What lace are you using? Which of your blog will you write about it on?

      Thanks so much for your sweet compliments about the jacket*blush* It feels lovely to wear it, btw, even if it's not historically correct nor is it meant to be, it gives you this nostalgic feeling of another era :-) I'm thinking we'll make an 1890s skirt to go with it one fine day...

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    2. It's coming along very nicely, so I think it may be one of my best projects! Currently I'm still working on the bodice, but that is nearly done once I sew the buttons down the back, buy some more lace, and sew the sleeves in. :) I'll post about it on my sewing blog today, Sweet Sewing Chronicles, as that is where I post my WIPs.

      It looks so gorgeous that who cares if it's not historically accurate! Very nostalgic, and it certainly has a sense of the Victorian style, especially with that pretty blouse underneath (did you make it, by the way?).

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    3. Hi darling, I checked it out and indeed, it's coming along beautifully! I love the touch of blue you have used inside, it just pops out and looks so sweet. And it looks sweet overall - and very elegant, yet also youthful and girly. I think you'll look so gorgeous in it!
      And awww, you are such a dear! *hugs* You make my heart flutter!
      Yep, it's a WIP - I haven't finished it yet. I'm kinda torn about what the sleeves should look like, so for now it is resting on my To-finish pile. I'm kind of thinking I'll do them similarly to this jacket, but I'm just not sure...

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    4. Thanks for checking it out! I like the blue too, it's a really nice colour, and aww, thanks so much! I'm going to take some photos when it's done, with a big white hat I'm going to make, a matching skirt, and my hair in a Gibson girl style using fake hair rats! *hugs*

      It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the lace inserts and I adore the ruched panel down the middle. You get really nice lace where you live! In England, or at least the area I live in, lace isn't very high quality and doesn't have as cute designs as I see on your projects. I can see the softness of the lace in your photos, it looks so luscious!
      I think that you should do the sleeves similarly to how you did on the jacket - then you can wear them underneath the jacket and separately, with just a cute skirt or JSK over the top. Though plainer sleeves would be nice too... Too many options!

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    5. Hmm, I'm very much looking forward to that hat! Are you gonna use flowers/lace on it? Will it have any veiling? I'm looking forward to seeing it all - and I think your hair will be gorgeous in that style!
      Well, to be honest I get the lace kinda all over the world... some of it is new and Czech, sure, but some of it is from Czech, English or Danish antique shops, some from China (ebay), some actually from a lace shop in Sarajevo... it's a lot of running around and searching:-)
      Hm, I think you are right about those sleeves, thanks a lot for your advice - yeah, too many options, too little fabric to make a blouse of each kind:-) I'm kind of thinking what it would look like with sleeve supports...

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    6. I've already bought the flowers for my hat, and they're a dark pink and white bunch of roses, along with a white calla lily - I can't wait to use them! I'm not sure about veiling yet, but it's going to have areas of gathered tulle lace around the brim.
      Wow, that is a lot of running around and searching for lace! I should do the same.
      Either way, I bet the end result will look beautiful. :)

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  2. Wow, that's absolutely stunning! All the beautiful details, both you and your sis did a great job!

    I'm just a bit surprised that the project you chose was a winter jacket, no summer project?

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    1. Oh wow, thanks a lot, I'm so very glad you like it!
      There will be a summer project soon, no worries :-) Just I think it pays to be prepared - and when inspiration comes, it's better to seize it and obey it, rather than try to force yourself to work on something you're not in the mood for, if it makes sense? How about you, working on something right now?

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    2. Ah, I think I get it :)
      I can't sew unfortunaely but I have a lot of unfinished pictures I'd like to finish but I'm so slow with it because sometimes I feel like colouring, sometimes like sketching etc, so I sort of can't focus on finishing one only (and I'm bad at single-tasking in general, unfortunately >.<)

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    3. Oh yes, I know the feeling :-) So many ideas dragging one always in the opposite direction, right? Have you got a Deviantart, btw? I'd love to see your drawings!

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    4. Exactly! I've actually made tumblr just recently so there aren't many pictures yet(mostly old ones), here's a link if you are interested: http://picturepattisserie.tumblr.com/
      Funnily even though I don't have a Deviantart I found your blog through the photo of rufflebutt bloomers on Deviantart :)

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    5. Hahaha, now that's what I call a funny coincidence:-) Thanks for the link, Luci! Wow, you are talented. I especially adore that lolita with roses and the kitty... so realistic and such an amazing amount of detail! How long have you been drawing?

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    6. Thank you so much for your kind words, Rosa! I used to attend ZUŠ since elementary school until the first grade of high school. I quit back then because I enjoy drawing my own ideas in the "manga-like" style(I started with drawing anime characters in grammar school)

      I don't have much confidence though and I know how much I stumble during the progress so I started posting the pictures to at least have motivation to finish them and try to get better.

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  3. Oh my gosh that jacket is beautiful! Can't get enough of the details... Your sister is so talented. It must've taken very long to do!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

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    1. Oh, thanks a lot, Lizzie, you are so very kind! Welcome here, by the way, it's nice to see you stop by:-)
      Oh yes, she is:-) And yep, it took a lot of time, because the construction was challenging - we've only ever tried to work with interlining once before, plus it was a LOT of handsewing to tackle...

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