Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Graduation shoes

So, graduation is about... hmm... let me think... thirteen months away?  Whatever it is, it's never too soon to start thinking about shoes.

Our school has a lovely and simultaneously horrible tradition of requiring students to wear a white gown to graduation.  I do not mind this (there's soo much you can do with white that does not look bridal -- Regency dresses, Edwardian dresses spring to mind, though they merely represent a fraction of beautiful white gowns in the realm of historical fashion), however I do mind that all the dresses have to be the same, which means that no matter the style of dress chosen, it will not look good on somebody (aka me).

However, her grace the American Duchess has provided a silver lining to the whole situation:  her new Highbury Regency flats look enough like modern flats that they would complement the graduation dress, but are actually based on numerous extant Regency shoes (okay, I made that up, but knowing Am. Duch.'s eye for detail, it's probably true), which means that I could at least pretend to be wearing some beautiful white Regency gown at graduation.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fashion Show

I have practically no pictures of the construction of these dresses, mainly because I was rushing to put them together quickly.  Anyway, here is a post of the fashion show and some "behind-the-scenes" moments.

The first dress was in the "Old Jazz" category.  You can read about my original inspiration for this dress here.  It went together (from the fabric being cut out to completion) in just a few days.  I like the fabric color (though it doesn't show well in photographs), but next time I will use a different kind fabric for this style dress.  I also would tweak the top a bit.

Picture copyright Rand Bleimeister

This next dress did not get an inspiration post written about it because it was a relatively late addition.  Interestingly, it was the first to be finished.  Her skirt petticoat is actually my 1950s petticoat and her hat is the pillbox I made for my mother.

Picture copyright Rand Bleimeister

Finally, this dress, which started out as the Marie Antoinette/Lady Gaga one, turned into a study in pink.  Supporting her skirts are a pair of pannier I made with the Dreamstress's Pannier-Along (there's a button for it somewhere to the right).

Picture copyright Rand Bleimeister
Now for a lot of "behind the scenes" pictures, including the first try-ons, the dress rehearsal (at school), the dress rehearsal at the venue, and a few back stage.

The sexiest part of a corset is the lacing.

Here we all are!  I really like that I made almost all the garments in the photo and about half of the  jewelry.
Post script: the reason this post has taken me so long to write (the fashion show was in early March) is that I only feel meh about the clothes.  It was so much fun to work with my friends and it was fun to make clothes for them, but there are a lot of things I wish I had done better or differently in regards to fit or color/fabric choice.