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imogen_quinn
   I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years'.  We visited family for New Years for about a week, and got back on Friday the 4th. I haven't had much time to do any sewing, but I've been redecorating my sewing room. It's been moved to the other side of the room, and I painted the walls rose pink. No pics. yet, but it's almost finished, I just need to find some better under-desk-storage things. Anyway, for Christmas my mom gave me a book called '18th C.  Embroidery Technique', which shows examples of  18th C. embroidery, and some directions. I'm looking forward to trying some of the things in there.
   Here are some pics. that I took of London. My grandmother and spent 3 days there, we took a bus tour (that was fun, we saw a lot of the major sights.) went to the Victoria and Albert museum, the Globe Theater...and Star Wars the Exhibition, which was bags and loads of fun, especially since we didn't plan for it, and I hadn't realized it was there:-)
     
The duty-free at London Gatwick airport, and a poster of Phantom.




 

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   I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years'.  We visited family for New Years for about a week, and got back on Friday the 4th. I haven't had much time to do any sewing, but I've been redecorating my sewing room. It's been moved to the other side of the room, and I painted the walls rose pink. No pics. yet, but it's almost finished, I just need to find some better under-desk-storage things. Anyway, for Christmas my mom gave me a book called '18th C.  Embroidery Technique', which shows examples of  18th C. embroidery, and some directions. I'm looking forward to trying some of the things in there.
   Here are some pics. that I took of London. My grandmother and spent 3 days there, we took a bus tour (that was fun, we saw a lot of the major sights.) went to the Victoria and Albert museum, the Globe Theater...and Star Wars the Exhibition, which was bags and loads of fun, especially since we didn't plan for it, and I hadn't realized it was there:-)
     
The duty-free at London Gatwick airport, and a poster of Phantom.


Westminster Cathedral....

   
The first pic. is going over Tower Bridge--had to stand up for that one-the 2nd is the HMS Belfast, which is a battleship museum, it's supposed to take 5 or 6 hours to go through it all. The last one is Her Majesty's Theater (home of the Phantom of the Opera:-)


Home of the BAFTA Awards, and the London Dungeon, with 90 minutes of London's scariest history and 2 scary rides!! (I didn't actually go in:-)

 
The London Eye, framing Big Ben.

This next group is taken from the Thames river...
 
The Tower of London and Tower Bridge going up...

 
The Globe Theater, and Tate Modern is also in the first one.

   
Cleopatra's Needle and The London Eye. The guide said that weddings can be performed in the London Eye--they last maybe 30 minutes and the "I do's" are said at the top. The 3rd pic. is a Victorian train station--I'm pretty sure they said that the station had been added on to.

 
Two Victorian railway bridges....

 
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament....I really like how both of these came out.

 
Me on London Bridge with the London Eye...with an ice cream cone in 40degree weather. The 2nd pic. is where Star Wars the Exhibition was held--there were banners and stormtroopers out front. It says 'Aquarium' on the front, but Star Wars was held in the County Hall. Next post will be pics. from Star Was....:-)




 

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   Here are all my pics. from the Textile Museum in Barcelona. We went there twice--the first time I didn't know that that was where we were going, and I walked out of the house without my sketchbook:-)
   Anyway, to get to the museum we took the bus, and then walked through several back streets:-) The Textile museum is located across the street from the Picasso museum. The costume collection had Renaissance church vestments, all the way up to 20th century party dresses.


 
A pretty fan and accessories:-)

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   A lot has been going on in the last couple months--I got back from Europe on September 28, but wasn't able to get home for about 10 days, so I stayed in Florida with family. While I was there, I took on another sewing project:-) Two of my little cousins were receiving their First Communions at the same time, and I made the dress for one of the girls. I finished most of it while I was down there, but had to take it home to finish the sash, lining and hem. (I watched about 2 seasons' worth of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' while working, so I was a little Trekked--out:-) Here are some pics.--it's all been mailed off.

           

   Anyway the trip was bags and loads of fun! My grandmother and I stayed with my aunt in Spain for a week. Getting there was an adventure--we flew from Florida to Raleigh, NC. and then to London for a 12 hour layover (at 2:00am Eastern time....). From London we flew to Barcelona, and arrived there around 10:00pm their time--but we had a little trouble finding our luggage, so getting out of the airport took a while:-) A 36 hour travel day was quite an experience....
   Barcelona was a lot of fun--we walked and took the bus everywhere.
   

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I've started a new project. Two, actually:-)

I'm going with my grandmother to Europe (leaving on Thursday-Spain, England and Ireland) for 3 weeks this month. My mom was looking at a website for Bath, England and found this--(click here) So I have a ticket, and I've been talked into bringing my polka-dot Regency dress for the promenade, which looks like a lot of fun:-) Anyway, this means that I need accessories, so I've started a blackberry reticule and a scarf. I'm going to try and get the reticule finished or mostly finished before leaving so I can work on the scarf on the plane.

Blackberry reticule--I've got some black cotton velvet that I'm going to use for the outside, and yesterday I found silk fat quarters, so I bought a 'changeable' one that goes from dark green to black, which I'm going to use for the leaves, and maybe the lining too. Since blackberries are made up of the little round things with seeds, I decided that I'm going the put a layer of batting in between the velvet and the lining, and then quilt the little circle shapes. I'm going to highlight the circle things with some black iridescent seed beads.

Scarf--bought a yard of white cotton voile yesterday at an heirloom sewing shop, enough for a large-ish scarf that I can fold over diagonally. I'm going to hem it, and I think a Greek key design in white around the edge would be nice. A copy of "Emma" at my library has a similar scarf on the front, which is where I got the idea.

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I've been really busy the last couple months. I was working at three county fairs during the summer, and in July we saw 'Phantom of the Opera'! The U.S. tour was in Washington, at the Kennedy Center, so my mom, sister, cousin, friend and I went. The show was fantastic, seeing it on stage is an entirely new experience. Oh, and 3 of Carlotta's dresses were on display outside the theater--from "Notes", "Il Muto" and "Point of No Return" :-)

  And I've gotten a lot done on the Think of Me dress. (This write up here was really helpful!) The neckline trimming is all done, and the sleeves are on. I had wanted to take pics. before the tulle was over the rhinestones on the neckline, and before the sleeves were assembled, but the camera was broken. All that needs to be done now on the bodice is the sleeve edges need to be finished, and I need to make the eyelets in back.

  



The skirt hasn't been put together, but I pinned it to the dress form under the bodice to see how it looks:-)The skirt pattern is from Patterns of Fashion 2, "An Evening Dress, 1861-64".

 

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This afternoon I took 4 sewing entries to a local tri-county fair. I'm entering the bronze formal dress and it's matching purse, (pics. below) a Regency day dress, and my white silk skirt with chevrons. I'm pretty sure they're judging everything either tomorrow or Saturday....


Here's the handbag:





The handbag measures about 5" by 7". The outer layer is the same silk as the dress, and the top edge is gathered to fit an ungathered lining. The metallic piping on the top edge is the same as that on the dress top. I used copper/bronze/silver/gold seed beads for the little flower.

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I listed my white Regency dress w/ matching petticoat on eBay!!!

Here are a couple pics. of it.....


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=015&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=250136969897&rd=1&rd=1
Here's the item number is:  250136969897

And I listed my Masquerade Elf Cape and mask....




http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=015&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=250138324391&rd=1&rd=1

The item number is: 
250138324391

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My aunt sent me two fantastic Costuming books--"Costume in detail" by Nancy Bradfield and "Reconstruction Era Fashions" by Frances Grimble.



"Costume in Detail" covers 1730-1930. What it has is just over 380 pages of drawings, construction detail, embroidery patterns, notes, etc. on dresses from in between those years. The drawings are really nice, and the construction detail is very helpful. There are also notes on fabrics and trimmings, as well as hairstyles and accessories, which are great for putting an outfit together. Another fun thing is that some of the same garments in here are also in Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion", so now there's even more info.:-)



"Reconstruction Era Fashion" covers 1867-1868, immediately following the Civil War. It's 529 pages long, and has reprints of fashion journals from that time, so it's very detailed. The book has 350 patterns, and not only for sewing--some are for crochet, knitting, embroidery and millinery. (There's even a bit on decorating parasols:-) In the back there's a great section on period dressmaking and sewing, and 2 indexes. And even just thumbing through and reading it is fun, BC the engravings are lovely, and the writing is so different from modern writing when talking about fashion:-)

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   I know I haven't updated in a while, but I've been trying to get over a bad cold. But I have made progress on the peasant blouse:

  

I finished all the horizontal rows, and started the first vertical one. (Since I took these I've finished the vertical row and started another.)

The pastel row in between the last black horizontal and the vertical rows is made up of light yellow 'X's with a row of light blue stitches on either side. These are going to be in between all the black vertical rows.



And I made a new icon to match:-) The sleeve in the pic. is the movie version.

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