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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-11 11:30 PM (#80580)
Subject: Need help with period costume


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I need to create an 1892 cycling costume similar to this by Saturday. I'll start with the bloomers as I have the desired color of fabric and the girl is similar to me in size so I can get these made by Tuesday when we meet to go thrift store shopping to buy a Jacket that can can be turned into a semblance of the one in the picture. Even If I can make a blouse and bloomers we will be ok.
The costume is for a friend of mine that has just written her first book. The book is Clara by Wanda Vaughn. We are having a book signing party for he at Church on Saturday. She would love to be dressed in the style of that period and the book is about an adolescent girl that wants a bycycle and must earn the money for it. They sold for 85 to 95 dollars in 1893. A tall order for little girl from Huntsville, Alabama.


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I cant figure out how to get th picture uploaded. Here is a link to the outfit I need to make. This first costume may not be totaly authentic but I need to come close as possible as simply as possible.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ellimans-Universal-Embrocati...

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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-03-12 12:22 AM (#80585 - in reply to #80580)
Subject: Re: Need help with period costume



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I'm at work and don't have access to the software so I can't go through the settings so i might be way off base.

I think that you could start with a bolero even a classic jacket cut to waist length. I would use a shawl collar and reshape the lapels to look like the picture. That would be much quicker than a regular lapel. I think that there is a sleeve in the list that looks kind of like that one. Maybe the Juliet? I think that 2 buttons on each side for decoration would look cute. No buttonholes.

The blouse could be a classic sleeveless with a jewel neck and collar. Use buttons for the back closure.
You can fashion a tie about 2" wide with a strip of fabric.

I haven't made any pants with PMB so I'm clueless there.

Good luck and please post pics when you get it finished.

Edited by JillRN1995 2012-03-12 12:26 AM
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-12 12:50 AM (#80586 - in reply to #80580)
Subject: Re: Need help with period costume


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Thanks Jill, I really hope to start with bloomers in the morning. I have a good fabric for them. If I don't post pictures you'll know I bombed on this one. I have sewn for a while but I am no accomplished at it by any means. Thank you for the suggestion of a bolero and the shawl collar. I hadn't thought about that but it makes sense. I think I will make a dickey instead of a blouse so I do not have to fit anything but a high neck collar.
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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-03-12 1:07 AM (#80587 - in reply to #80580)
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Ooh good idea on the dickey. You'll have to button up the jacket then.
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-12 11:17 AM (#80594 - in reply to #80587)
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I really need help drafting the bloomers. All I can think is to draft workout pants, straight legs. 5"hip ease, capri length, 5" waist ease. sew onto @"wide black elastic instead of adding a waistband or caseing. Make bands just below the knees for with a little elastic and buttons to pull them together.
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rebells
Posted 2012-03-12 11:55 AM (#80596 - in reply to #80594)
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I think of bloomers as more of a four gore skirt with the center front and back sewn together.  I would start with the pleated culotte pattern and use the pleated part for both the front and the back.  Bloomers were very baggy so I would add lots of ease.
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-12 12:49 PM (#80597 - in reply to #80596)
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I see that that is will probably work. Will print the pattern and get started. Thank you Rebells
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-17 6:35 PM (#80716 - in reply to #80580)
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Well, We went thrift store shopping hoping to find a really big suit with a peblum style jacket and skirt or pants. We found a size 28 suit with pants and a jacket with armscye princess seams. I took the fly zipper out of the pants and cut them off to capri length and ran elastic through the waist band and pant hem. That made the bloomers. Next DDIL took out the sleeves an took them apart leaving the hems and button placket. Next I pieced enough fabric together to make a flat piece of fabric for the Leg-O-Mutton sleeves using the button plaquet and hem for the bottom edge of the sleeves. I printed the Sleeves out in PMB5 in my size. (I forgot to put in the length for the sleeve and would have liked to have the sleeves a tiny bit bigger around just above the elbow and a little less long.) I cut the jacket apart at waist level not cutting through to the front portion where there was an extra seam medial to the shoulder princess seam. That seam I left in tact. I took up all theseams that involved the armscye except the shoulder seam. (We were altering down to a size 18 RTW). The lower portion seams were not taken in and I gathered that to reattach to the upper portion creating a peblum of sorts. The recipient loved it and here I present Ms Wanda Vaughn, Author of Clara. This is our non authentic version of a 1892 bicycling costume

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margie2
Posted 2012-03-17 8:36 PM (#80720 - in reply to #80716)
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She looks great! All she needs is an old fashion bicycle.
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-03-17 8:47 PM (#80721 - in reply to #80580)
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Oh, I forgot to say, TH jacket did not originaly have a peblum. It does now.
Next apppearence sh will have a bike. I have one. Not 1892 but old style with big fenders and no hand brakes.
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