Monday, November 21, 2011

Three stunning new Victorian Gowns!

     First, about the music.  When I saw this movie originally I was struck at how they had changed this version of Dracula into a very poignant love story.  I have never really understood what the attraction is to vampires, but in this instance I understood.  I have recently found a lovely RP sim that I have enjoyed exploring.  Yes, vampires are part of it, and that was in part what inspired Drucilla the gown.  That kind of dark mysterious attraction.  I also find the song hauntingly beautiful.
     Now I'm going to brag a tiny bit.  I think I've hit it out of the park with these three stunning Victorian gowns.  Let's start with my favorite of the trio, Drucilla.  She's a scrumptious, slinky vixen of a dress and yes, I had dark desires in mind when I saw this gown and made her.  The cleavage dips a bit more than most of my gowns, but in a sexy, seductive way that should have the significant other in your life itch to play with it.  Drucilla is all about the swish and slink!

The original gown is by Pingat, by the way.  You will find details in the note card that accompanies the gown.

Golden Poppy isn't quite as dark in color or as deeply cut, but it is a beautiful, warm gown.  I particularly like the color of it, and the standing lace collar which adds a bit of pizazz.

The original gown was not made by a famous designer.  I only knew I loved the richness of the brocade, and so Golden Poppy joined the dance.

Next is Cherise, which is French for cherries, and this gown reminded me of that luscious fruit.  It is made of a wonderful velvet and is utterly beautiful as she completes the trio offered this week.

As always, each gown comes with a complete set of period undergarments.  The gloves are also included.  You can find them at the Curious Seamstress stores in Second Life, or later in the week on Marketplace.  I do hope you've enjoyed both the music and the gowns.

I wish you all in the States a Happy Thanksgiving.

Cordially yours,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This week we have an assortment of gowns from the earlier part of the Victorian era.  It is often known as the Romantic period, with the larger crinoline and then hooped skirt look.  The music is from about the same time period.  While I say that these gowns are from the American Civil War era, one has to remember that the style of gown was worn by many women, from royalty to the very poor in one form or another.  The music is sweet and slow, and perfect for a local harvest dance, swaying in the arms of some young man you had a crush on!

This week there are five new gowns, four of them from the American Civil War era of the 1860s.  The fifth gown is from the late 1870s, is a satin ball gown, and has the beginnings of the distinct bustle shape.  Let's start with Effie, a lovely cotton and silk day dress.

Effie comes with a Giribaldi blouse as well as some lace jabots that are not pictured.  A Giribaldi blouse was a style of blouse that first became popular in the very early 1860s, perhaps even late 1850s.  It was the first time we see women wearing a blouse with a skirt!  Of course it never really went out of fashion after that.  The blouse had long sleeves, was usually just to the waist, and could be made of different types of cotton materail.  From sheer lawn to sturdier versions of cotton fabric.

Tabitha is a stunning ball gown that has a jacket so that it doubles as a some what formal day gown as well.  This gown also comes with a Giribaldi blouse, as well as gloves, undergarments, and a hat!

Laura is what I think of as a harvest gown.   The fabric has a deep chocolate background and ears of wheat as well as fall leaves and flowers printed on the skirt.  This is based on a real period textile, which makes it all the more fun.

Personally, Philomena is probably my favorite out of the four larger gowns.  It's a dark black velvet that looks petable, it has wonderful, intricate lace details on the bodices, and also has pagoda style sleeves as well as a Giribaldi blouse.  This is another of those gowns that can be used for day or evening use depending on which bodice you use.

Hyacinth is named for the flower, not the color!  The use of flower names for women in this time period was very common.  Now about this gown, when I first saw it I was quite surprised.  It has that lovely silk satin feel to it, and the long soft bustling affect.  It really is just a gorgeous gown.  I think it could as easily be used for a wedding or commitment ceremony as it could for a ball gown. 

There will be some matching veils released in a day or so.  These are hair and face veils for women who desire to use such things, and are based on the textures I used in the gowns.

I do hope you'll stop by Curious Seamstress today or check up on Second Life's Marketplace to purchase your gowns!

Cordially yours,
Kembri Tomsen
The Curious Seamstress

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Releases


This week I released two new gowns, both from the 1930s.  One was a request, the other was just a must do for me.  First, Miss Bella . . . and she was named for the lady who requested her.

Miss Bella comes with period undergarments, gloves and headpiece.

Morning Star is one of the Satin Dolls series.  A lovely white gown with a touch of gold, it really is perfect for dancing the night away!

And last, a Halloween group gift was put out at the main store of Rosewood. 

It's been an incredibly busy October for me, though I haven't yet had a chance to put out all that I've done!  I've several crinoline gowns, face and head veils, and ballgowns that have not yet made it to the vendors.  So please check back often to see what's up next! 

Now let's see what November brings!


The Curious Seamstress