Sunday, December 13, 2015

Update on the Anne Girl Wedding Gown

I have the skirt completed (overskirt that is... still have to make the under one which will be attached with the overskirt at the waist), the bodice completed (except for ruffles around the neck, and cuffs need to be done)

The skirt has over 540 inches of ruffles on it gathered into 180"... I've sewn everything by hand. Needless to say, it was a blast! I watched the Civil War series by Ken Burns while I did it :)

So there you have that. Then, I'm also sewing two Christmas gifts :) One's almost finished. The other will be done extremely quickly because it won't take very long.

Hope you have a great Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Ruth Torrijos

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Anne Shirley Highwayman/Wedding Dress

"Strange title."

"I know."

"What's up?"

"Well, it's pretty much Anne Shirley's dress she quotes the Highwayman in, but its also a little different."

That pretty much describes my project! :D But I'll go into more detail for the benefit of prettiness and fluffiness minded readers! Here is one little idea which it is going to be hugely based off of!

This is a doll pattern but... I can make my own patterns.

This is basically Anne Shirley's Highwayman dress! Except that Anne's has a round waistline, and is a gathered to fit bodice. I think mine will be as Anne's in regard to the fittedness (I know that is not a word) of the bodice. However, I may end up changing my mind and doing it as this gown is done. It will have the ruffle, it will have the train, it will have the PUFFED SLEEVES! (come on Anne Shirley fans!) and I think I will do the neckline the same as this neckline is :) 

I have the material, 9 and 5/8 yards of white Swiss Dot!!!!!!!! and 9 and 1/2 yards of a tighter weave white cotton to line it (Swiss Dot is extremely sheer!) 

My progress on this project? I've actually made my corset pattern already and it works! I've made the pattern and tried it and it's a winner, folks! It's an 1890's princess seamed corset (no gussets works for me!) 

I'll keep you updated! :D Totally excited!

P.S. the wedding dress part is called... afternoon tea wedding reception anyone? Most defs! This gown would be gorgeous for an afternoon tea wedding!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Homeschool Historic Ball!

So... the secret the girls and I have been keeping for SOOO many months is finally out! We went 1700's to the annual Charlotte Historic Ball! It was so awesome! This will be mostly a picture post ;)

The Jacques! Beautiful Bascha on the left sewed their clothes! Such talent!

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson! Theresa outfitted them! She is sooo talented!

From left to right is: my brother Ben (I made his jacket, his sash, his stock, and his waistcoat) T's Grandmom, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Care, Ann Marie, Joshua, Theresa!, Joel, Bascha, Stephen, Me, Mrs. Jacques, Abe

Ann Marie, Care, Theresa, Bascha, Me

Theresa was positively gorgeous! I loved the ship in her hair, too!

Caroline and Ann Marie! So gorgeous and cute!

Me and my bro Ben :) I made our costumes :D Sorry I don't have a very good picture of my dress!