The attic is a place dedicate to share my passion :costuming and sewing.I'm not a professional or expert seamstress,only the mother of young kids who love sewing.You won't find 100% historical costume,museum replica, perfection or extreme thing here.

I believe everyone who bring some goodwill can sew and enjoy it.The attic is an unpretentious place .I show my work, information and hope it could somehow inspired you.Feel free to leave comment or share idea.Be welcome and visit as much as you want.

samedi 28 janvier 2017

Embroidery project for christmas , part 1 of 3

After my good experience with the viking hat ,I wish to do another small project that will of course become a christmas gift.Last time I didn't used a hoop for a practical reason , this time I did.

My hoop , made of wood buy from Amazon for only 5$ .For a first attempt and did not want to invest too much I think it fill the need very well.The truth is I prefer to invest in different type of thread.

I bind the hoop but realize I must do it with only one .Otherwise after I place the fabric I cannot adjust the hoop.
I choose a velvet cotton I had , not a very good quality I'm afraid.Binding or not , you can see the trace of the hoop.It's worst without the binding.I put a layer of muslin under it and fix it with a temporary embroidery glue.

In progress.The center is an acrylic jewel surronded by tiny seed true freshwater pearl.I start stitching  the petals with a silver soie ovale , a flat and shiny silk thread.

vendredi 20 janvier 2017

My list of projects or wish list

I thought it could be nice to share my list of project to come  or at least what I wish or hope to do.Wish and make are two differents things.If I start slowly I may realize a good part of the list , one day.It's not place by order or priority , just if I think of it I add it.In italic are those I prefer the most .

The mystery 18th century heavily embroided dress project inspired by tv serie
Elizabethan costume for men
Princess Elizabeth dress for a young girl
Christmas socks and gift bag
Chemise and surcot inspired from The mist of Avalon - Ygraine character
A set of 4 none perfect fantasy or historical russian costumes
Blue and gold tudor dress - inspired from the book The tudor tailor
Red gown from Eleonore of Toledo - Pattern of fashion 1 p 41
A selection of period underwear
Dress inspired by Madeleine Vionnet
Embroided Elizabethan inspired purse
The jellow Elizabethan inspired purse , attempt no 1 before making the embroided version
Pet en l'air using the italian brocade I have
Robe à la française using the second italian brocade
Robe à l'anglaise
18th century embroided outfit for men
Polonaise dress
A civil war dress
A regency outfit
Blue and green dress with embroided butterfly for my goddauther
Renaissance dress
Port Réal inspired dress from The game of throne
A cocoon coat inspired by designer Poiret - project in developpement
A one piece bathing suit
A mother -daughter viking outfit using 2 or 3 fabric I have in reserve for that
Victorian ball gown
Frock coat for my honey
An embroided outfit inspired by prince Albert
Red medieval dress inspired by an original painting seen in a magasine
Blanket for child
A complete historical edwardian outfit , because I love Road to Avonlea tv serie
Red oxford satin dress with one sleeve
Dress inspired from the Monte carlo dress from Folkwear pattern
Pyjamas for child
A middle age outfit - early period
A selection of corset - élizabethan , victorian , edwardian and regency
Blue pyjama with lamb design for my son
A steampunk outfit
Two matching kilt - one for my son and his daddy
An attemp to recreate a dress from a queen - don't know which one I prefer
A gambison - don't know the english name but it's the padded coat wear under an armor
A royal tudor outfit for a young boy (my son)

dimanche 15 janvier 2017

Viking outfit for my daughter , part 2

The goal wasn't to make something historically perfect , just to have a close look that I will love.Making things in small size doesn't mean it doens't required time.As a first layer for the costume , I made a plain tunic.I used the technic with rectangle , triangle on the side and a gusset under the arm.I used a piece of leftover linen I already and other fabric  so I didn't have to buy anything.

The tunic , showing the shape and size of it. It was assembly by machine but the outside is entirely handsew.

Close-up of the neckline , handsew with a pale blue silk.The bottom and the wrist are made the same way , blanket stitches.

The over dress ,  an apron dress  made of burgundy wool flannel.The cut is the same as the one I have and was made by my friend Gwenyver.Assembly by machine but not visible on the outside.You can see more of the shape on this site I used.

Again , the bottom is handsew using a blanket stitches.I like it because it's easy and look nice.I used the same pink silk for the hat.

I was running out of time to sew the shoulder strap so I sew them quickly doing an X to fix it.The strap as you can see are not entirely finish.It was wear only one time for halloween and it look wonderfull.Because halloween was a monday , my daugther didn't have the chance to wear it at the day care.

Type of costume : viking for a little girl under 2 years old
Fabrics: linen and wool flannel
Threads : Alyce Schroth silk ,  Renaissance wool , polyester for the machine
Handsew for the outside , assembly by machine
Time to realize: a few hours to cut and assembly , hours for the handsew which I did before going to the bed.So at the end it wasn't quick but I did follow a good rhythm of progression.

samedi 14 janvier 2017

Viking outfit for my daughter , part 1

Back in october for halloween.We decided to do a minimum of thing . My honey and my son were pirates and my daugther and I choose viking.I already have everything I need so I had only to make 1 costume.

I want something just so cute for her .I start with a little hat on which I did a lot of embroidery.I see it more as an embroidery practice then a real project.It was easy to do  , just a little at the time before going to bed.

I found 2 models of viking over the web , the jorvik and dublin hat , one being more round on the back and the other a real squarre.I choose the squarre.

I knew I didn't have the time to entirely embroided the hole thing but at least it should have something on it.I choose a tree on one side.

To save time , I made the hat , used the herringbone stitches to finish the edge , draw the tree on the fabric , embroided the tree and make and fix the braids.

At left and at the bottom : herringbone stitches , those in pink are made with silk , white with wool.This a picture taken in progress.

The tree: in brown threaded running stitches in silk  , in green pekinese stitches in wool.The braid are made of the same wool I used on the hat.Very soft to the touch and a pleasure to work with.No modern stitches are visible on the outside.

The final result.Probably not the best embroidery that could be made but as a first attempt to make those stitches it's not so terrible.

mardi 10 janvier 2017

Borings projects

I won't pretend I will sew more for 2017 because this a resolution I probably can't keep.At least I will try to update more and to post more on my blog that's something I can do with a bit of effort.S let's start with things I have done.

I did a few little things not much interesting .A mix of linen cotton leftover fabric I had for a long time.The color isn't great and never find a decent thing to do with it.I did a huge drawstring bag to use at work. As a baker , we clean ourself our apron  and cloth with a washing machine instead of paying another compagny to do it .The bag we had have a good 20 years of service and was pretty damage , so it was time to replace it .The fabric is strong and I did double stitches so I think it may last for at least 10 years or more.

Squarres of fabric to be stitch together and being transform into a blanket.I did a few in the past and still I have the impression I have hundred of those squarre. It feel it's never ending .It's a kind of on the side project , working on it sometimes when I find motivation.

Cotton flannel blanket I finish and have been on the stash for years.Mostly done with leftover fabric. My mom knew someone who had a little girl and will appreciate it. It's reversible , soft and just cute .I could keep it for my own daughter but I thought it will do a nice gift.

That's all for the borings projects , other are more interesting.