10.11.2013

An Afternoons Work #2

My friend and I had the second 'sewing afternoon' yesterday. We started with her 18th century attire this week.

We made the chemise first. It is a one size pattern. We didn't alterate it. Maybe we should have. It's huuuge!

I know an 18th century chemise is bigger than an early 19th centurys, but it's really very big. 
Maybe I will make mine a bit smaller. 
We used a linen fabric that is mixed with some synthetic fibers. 
The real linen they had in the shop was of an unusable quality. Very big threads and very stiff. 
So I purchased my linen again from neheleniapatterns, though they didn't had the pure white linen in stock currently but only some off-white linen. But it matches perfectly with the lace I am going to use. And it is the finest linen I have ever bought.

We almost got the chemise of my friend ready on the first afternoon. We will shorten the sleeves when we know the exact length of the sleeves of her dress and attach the lace.



On the second afternoon yesterday we started with the project I feared the most. The stays. I never made stays before (well the regency stays almost can't be named stays)

The instruction that came with the pattern of the stays is very minimalistic. You have to know how to change such a garment when using this pattern. I don't know. So I read some informations on the internet. The best I found was on www.marquise.de

We decided to give the pattern a try as it is, though it will be too small at the waist - and then make changes if necessary. 

We started with the mockup yesterday.
Made of some old tight woven cotton. 
We sewed the boning chanels by machine completely. So we have to bone it now and my friend has to wear it then.



I will keep you updated on the progress.

My order arrived on friday too.
I ordered some patterns for gloves, a mantelet , a muff and a sewing package for a bag. Things I will make if I have the time.

And some broidery anglaise fabric for my friends dress.



And- 

I finally finally found the perfect perfect perfect fabric for my robe anglaise!
I'm so happy!

I have to order it now.
Maybe you know the site renaissancefabrics.

07.11.2013

Cupcakery Regensburg

shop entrance
inside
We had been to Regensburg on a hot July day this year and went sightseeing a little bit.

Per accident we found a cute little store which was only selling cupcakes. I have never seen a store in Germany where only cupcakes are sold. We were there on sunday and it was closed, so we had to come back on Monday.

I just had to. I really wondered what it would look like from the inside and how the cupcakes tasted.



So we came back on Monday and walked in. The shop was huge! And they were only selling cupcakes at the front desk. The rest of the room was sitting space with really nicely decorated walls - painted with different motivs.

We ordered two cupcakes and sat down. I had a lemon cupcakes that was really tasty. I don´t remember the flavour of the cupcake of my boyfriend anymore.

They were quite small. The cupcakes I make at home are huge compared to them. Maybe my cupcakes are not the real deal.

The owner of the shop learned how to make cupcakes in the USA. You can even order them or take a big box full of cupcakes with you.

They have a homepage too:
Cupcakery Regensburg

If you are ever to Regensburg and have some time - go there. It´s worth the visit!

02.11.2013

Flea Market

I have been at the local flea market again, today. 
I have been searching for some old/ antique lace to use for our new garments.

The first thing I found was a japanese cookbook written in english. I got this nice book for only 1 €.
The book is from 1989 - so not the newest, but has some nice details, many pictures and tips how you can change the basic recipe.


I was searching for some affordable lace that can be used for a dress of the 18th century but didn't find something nice.
I already wanted to leave but had a look at some last booths.
And then I found some really nice lace. Maybe good for the neckline of a chemise.
1.45 m long at one part sewn together and
2.75 m long 

They have to survive the washing machine now - they are a bit yellow and smelly.