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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

And a brown wool

for winter. This is a bit bulky, but I didn't really decide it was a little heavy until after I had almost finished it, so I decided to go ahead and finish the jacket and make a little pillbox hat for winter wear.
She would need the heavier wool during winter, and of course, the summer hat wouldn't work either.
So here it is anyway…..

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cream suit

The Gibson Girl was the first to wear a "suit" fitted for a lady. A trumpet skirt, and a "shirtwaist blouse along with the jacket was what many working girls wore everyday. Victoria is waring a lovely cream colored suit with the trumpet skirt {lined of course}and a matching jacket with stand-up collar and lapels. It closes with one frog at the waist, and flares in the back with a double pleat.
  Her cream shirtwaist blouse gathers at the waist, and has pleating down the front and back bodice, that ends in a yoke. This part is decorated with lace, front and back. One doesn't always need the fur-fru of gathered lace.
  Her hat has two small white peacock feathers, satin ribbon and cream  lace to decorate it to the nines.
I really love the way this outfit turned out. Doesn't she look stylish?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sometimes, Pretty in Pink

is just what one needs. I like this pink gown, it reminds me of springtime, Easter, and blue skies.
Right now it's snowing outside, but right here…. is spring.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Afternoon Toilette

This gown was inspired by an 1896 Afternoon Toilette. Made with blue green brocade, and a patterned velvet, it has a very different sleeve treatment. Three-quarter length to be worn with gloves for an afternoon tea.  Some of the pointy waists are still in vogue at this time. The velvet is not a woven pattern, but rather a "printed" design on the surface of the fabric. The ribbon drape at waist, elbow  and collar as well as the buttons down the front add decorative attention to detail. Another lovely gown for my lady. I wonder where she will be going next?

Monday, November 5, 2012

From the Ball room….

To the sea shore…..

A little old fashion compared to what is seen on the seashores today, but was consider very much the normal attire in that time.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm going dancing…. and…..

I need a ball gown. That's what she said, when I asked her what I should make for her next…
So here it is a lovely mint green brocade, and a solid green satin. It's trimmed with a wide lace and a beaded swag, with a gathered satin band between. Bodice and skirt are separate . A lovely corsage of flowers, and a hair decoration of the same  with a curled white plume.
  She has a new long white petticoat underneath trimmed with two rows of wide lace.
The gown has a dimi-train in the back. It was inspired by a 1901 design by Lucile LDT.

I will need to make long white gloves to cover her arms.
I wonder what will be next?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gibson Wardrobe

I have finally began working on my Kestner Gibson Girl's wardrobe. It promises to be time consuming and involved. My lady Victoria has the beginnings of a wardrobe with her underclothes, nightgown and wrapper, and a couple of simple gowns.

  Next are some simple gowns. A house dress….

A simple "at home" tea gown.

And a lovely red mink cape, muff and hat, for going out. She has to have the real thing!

A morning dress….

And a gown for visiting. This one is a bit more lavash with silver gray mink trim on the skirt, bodice and separate cape. She also carries a muff from the same silver gray mink, as well as it trimming her hat. This design was inspired by an 1893 visiting gown from Fashions of the Gilded Age.

The collar on the cape is completely lined with mink.
The bodice is separate from the skirt as was popular for this time period. It is trimmed out with a matching blue lace. The double sleeves are sewn together, allowing them to keep their fullness.
This royal blue gown really brings out the blue of her sleep eyes. I love the silver gray mink trimmings.

All of my Gibson's gowns are created from patterns I have drawn, and fitted to my lady. This always takes extra time for the fitting process, but oh so necessary. There will be more to come, from evening gowns to day dresses, and a few in-between . Nothing is to good for Lady Victoria!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Riding we will go...

Well after we find our horse that is. I finished this riding outfit from an Alice kit. Finished up really nice.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New FF gown

This is made up from a kit by Alice Leverette. While it seems simple enough it took a lot of time to do all the hand sewing. The doll is one by Alice, and I really love doing her kits and dressing this doll. I always learn something new, or at the very least remember something I've forgotten. She will have a complete and lovely wardrobe when I am finished. Nothing like a well dressed lady.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gibson wig

Well, I got the mohair wig styled into a nice casual undo for my Gibson Girl. This mohair wig, was a start from scratch. And I had to redo the style twice before I got something I liked. But here she is with her new soft styled Gibson undo.

Saturday, September 22, 2012