Thursday, April 22, 2010

An 1890s Wedding gown & two 1920s releases!


This week I've three new offerings. The first is a gorgeous 1890s wedding gown & then two 1920s dresses. Wedding gown first! This is 'Miss Dovie', a satin wedding gown from about 1895. If you're getting married in any Victorian period type of ceremony, this is the gown for you!

The outfit comes with the veil, gloves, undergarments, and of course the gown. The bouque is from a wedding store, the LM is in the notecard. This really is a wonderful gown and I'm very pleased with how the satin and ruching came out.

Next is Cookie, a 1927 Day suit by House of Worth. It's amazing, and great fun to wear.

The hat, shoes, and fur are mod so you can fidget with them. Yes, the shoes ARE included with this outfit. It's a fun ensemble and quite special in person. Photos never quite show how any Curious Seamstress garment looks in person, but we try!

Last, Hot Honey Rag. This is the sister dress to Velma's Jazz and also inspired by Chicago. It's a fun dress that comes with its own sequined fedora.

The shoes come with this outfit. Yes, that's kind of new to us, but I was tired of not finding the exact matching shoe for an outfit, and broke down and made some simple 20s shoes. I hope you enjoy them!

That's it for the moment. I'm busy working on some new gowns for the 1930s line that will debute this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Cordially yours,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lady Sapphire and a bit of idle conversation


I've a lovely offering this week, Lady Sapphire. The gown is attributed to Charles Worth, but there is no proof it was done by his House. However, the gorgeous fabric, intricate details, and stunning overall look of the gown certainly make it a good possibility.

The original gown was auctioned off in 2004. I have no idea where it is now, but it is a favorite color of mine! What's not to love about a deep cobalt blue?

So what is attribute when we're speaking of clothing? Well often in the fashion world of antique clothing, there is no single identifying label on a piece of clothing. Worth was the first to label his clothing, and it eventually caught on with other couture houses. Even then, there are garments that come down to us in which the only way we can tell is to look at the way it is made. The type of material, color, trim, and the design elements, these can all point us at a certain time and in some cases, a designer. It's like identifying a type of car by the body shape! By the way, pirating of clothing isn't any thing new. The major couture houses of the late 1800's went to great lengths to prevent people from seeing designs and stealing the idea before the start of a season. Many of them who had fashion showings made the clients sign contracts promising to buy at least one gown! It was big business as it still is, and theft was rampant. This was before one could claim Intellectual Property rights.

This week at my main store of Blisswood I've been redecorating. Not changing the layout mind you, just refreshing the store's look and adding a few fun things. I've a section of pictures that are period and hanging upstairs for sale. They're not master pieces, but they are bright bits of fun for your home if you should wish it. I've also found some fun stuff at the Home Expo show that's currently happening. Take a close look at the trees at Blisswood the next time you visit! And I do hope you'll visit. I've set out a newer free gown, as well as a sweet and useful blouse. Now and then a woman just needs a good blouse for whatever reason. So that is now out. It is mod copy, so you can change the color by tinting it or the length of the sleeves, whatever you wish.

I'm working on some new projects as always, but I can't say too much more than that at the moment! I hope you all enjoy this week's offering. As always, you'll find it up on Xstreet. I've also issued a catalogue vendor for ordering new releases whenever and wherever you wish. Gift cards are also being set up for purchase in amounts ranging from $500 lindens to $50,000 lindens. Though I have to tell you, if someone bought the last one I would probably fall over in stunned amazement!

I wish you a lovely spring day wherever you are!

Cordially yours,

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lady Seabreeze and Candy Ribbons


This week I've two new, very beautiful Victorian day gowns. The first is named after Breezy Carver. The gown, Lady Seabreeze, is a delightful spring creation of sky blue brocade, satin, and white lace. There is a matching hat and of course a bustle skirt since it is based on a fantastic 1878 bustle gown.

The original gown came out of a museum and is now, as far as I know, in a private collection. There are a total of four skirts on this dress, and the movement of it is truly lovely. It's a perfect Easter gown. The rare sky blue color makes it a very special piece. There are undergarments included as well.

Next up is a gown I dubbed Candy Ribbons because it looks like that kind of hard candy. It is a sweet dress, no doubt about it. The most challenging part was the stripes and making sure they worked well. I hope you'll enjoy the new bustle configuration on this as well.

There is just one prim skirt on this gown, and that is the bustled part. I really do enjoy wearing this one because of the look of it. The original is made of cream colored wool with satin ribbons and emerald green fringe. This isn't an exact replica, but it's still a sleekly tailored spring time ensemble. Period undergarments are included.

Both dresses can be found on Xstreet.

Until next time, I wish you a joyful and happy Easter!

Cordially yours,
Kembri Tomsen
The Curious Seamstress