Friday, November 25, 2011

Regency Shoes!

American Duchess is at it again, this time they've come out with Regency pointed-toe shoes! They are white leather with a one-inch heel. I can tell you the pair of 18th Century shoes she did were extreeemely comfortable, and I can't even find comfy MODERN shoes... check these out:

"The "Pemberley" Regency shoes are closely based on extant footwear from the 1790s through 1810.  The smooth, dyable, hand-sewn leather upper is designed to be lovely enough formal occasions, and durable enough for walking in the countryside.  Particular attention was paid to the point of the toe, as well as the other hallmarks of Regency historical footwear, with the main goals being both historical accuracy and all-day comfort"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hobbit Skirt Done!

Nothing exciting, but finished my Hobbit skirt! Only took a day to make but a couple days of dyeing to get the color I wanted. My camera doesn't capture color very well, it's a dark moss green. I do want to look for better fabric though, maybe a blend because this doesn't really drape. It's all cotton, and sometimes it almost sticks to itself instead of hanging/draping. It will work for me until I find a nicer fabric in this same color.

Friday, November 4, 2011

More Hobbit news!!!

Peter Jackson released a new production video today!

I love how you can definetly tell what a few of the scenes are that they are filming, especcially from Mirkwood. Bilbo has a really neat crazy-quilted dressing gown, and at one point his voice is so like Ian Holm's that it gives me chills. I'm beyond excited (and we all know what costume I'll be working on today).

Also? Bombur running makes me giggle.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hobbit Progress / skirt woes

So I spent the day today in a real LOTR mood, so I popped in Fellowship (Extended edition) and whipped up the skirt. I had wanted a lightweight wool crepe in a moss green color, but couldn't find the perfect fabric online. I found the right color crepe at JoAnn's, but in a poly/wool blend. It was a bit heavier than I had wanted, but I wouldn't know what it would do until I put it together.

Here's all my fabrics together:

And I found these really cool LOTR-style dragon buttons for it! But the skirt... I'm worried because of the weight that it doesn't hang as finely as a lighter-weight fabric would. Here's a bunch of hobbit skirt pics from the movie:

I guess I'm going to try and find the right weight fabric at the store and attempt to dye it, and if I can't I'll have to try online again.