Monday, November 9, 2015

Autumn Roses









 This floral silk fabric had long been waiting patiently in the stash for me to find some courage to cut into it, I was so afraid of ruing such pretty fabric! I just adore these colors, the plum, the deep hunter green, the touches of ocher and red. Finally I decided on a long sleeved blouse with small gathers at the neck and a tie in the back. The back has tan carved shell buttons to the mid back and then fastens with the long ties. The cuffs are exactly sized to just fit over my hands so that I didn't have to make anymore button holes in this delicate fabric than absolutely necessary!

I paired the new blouse with my dark green wool tulip skirt and some DIY Miriam Haskells jewelry. I bought enough beads to make another necklace like this one in dark blue, but I have yet to put it together! I must get on that! I've been sewing and knitting instead of jewelry making lately. I have actually finally finished my first ever knitted sweater, but more on that later. I hope you are all having a lovely start to the week!

Blouse: Made by me
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Stein Mart
Jewelry: Made by me (tutorial here)
Hair Flowers: H&M

12 comments:

  1. ...Chapeau ! ...
    Hello Bianca...congrats! this post, this Outfit of Yours,the photos...Great!
    You're an Artist of Style...the pieces of clothes that you create are Works of Art...as...Fashion is Art!
    have a great day
    ciao ciao

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  2. I love this blouse, the fabric is to die for! I have a lovely patterned silk I want to use for a 1920s blouse and I'm terrified of cutting it. Can I ask what pattern you used? x

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    1. Thank you Cate! It took me 2 years to gather the courage to finally cut this fabric! Sadly I used a pattern I made so I can't recommend one, I used a basic blouse block front and back with waist darts and a back button closure and then added bishop sleeves. I'm sorry I can't be of more help on the pattern front!

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    2. 2 years! I hope it doesn't take me that long as I really want to wear it. Actually your description of how you did it is very helpful. The 1930s dress pattern I've just bought has bishop sleeves so I could add them to a basic blouse block and create something similar. Thank you for the inspiration! x

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  3. You look phenomenal, Bianca! The hair, the silk blouse, the flowers... everything looks wonderful. I'm quite envious of all your lovely Autumn outfits, wishing I could rob your fabric stash and closet. ;)

    By the way, I've finished my Elizabethan-18th Century stays, but they look quite awful in my photographs. In the end I decided to persevere with the original ones I made, but for Christmas I'm thinking of buying a Corsets book by Jill Sallen to make a second, better pair. Are you going to make any more stays in the future?
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie! I am definitely having fun with fall fashion this year!

      Congrats on finishing your first stays! Jill Sallen's book has mostly Victorian corsets inside, but does have a few (3 I think) stays patterns. The patterns do have to be scaled up and also still have to be sized as well as the pattern is only for the exact set of extant stays. I know a lot of people have success with the JP Ryan stays pattern, and that one does come in different sizes. The stays I have currently can be seen in this http://theclosethistorian.blogspot.com/2014/08/fixing-my-stays-finally-costuming.html post and are still working really well for me. I may make another pair in the spring from the same exact pattern only in a more fun color. If I do I will definitely do in depth posts along the way.

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  4. Such a warm, elegantly lovely look that is elevated all the more by those stunning red shoes. Fantastic autumn ensemble and styling, sweet dear.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. That blouse has all of my favourite colours in it and is a lovely print. Fabulous hair and styling in these photos! This is such a lovely outfit.

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  6. Shoe envy. It's always shoe envy when I look at your posts!!

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    1. Thanks Porcelina :) It's usually Modcloth, but these were from a local store and my mom actually picked them up for me as a surprise as they were on sale. I have a great mom <3

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