Monday, April 16, 2012

Louis XV Shoes

If the mystery shoes weren't obvious from the last hint, they certainly will be now!
I'm aiming for a 1720-40 style of English origin, constructed as a randed shoe.  Randed shoes were the typical way to construct women's footwear during that time.  Some "sturdy" shoes were made in other ways, but we'll talk about that when I get to making those.  I'll talk a lot about randed construction as I make them (pictures help), but it basically comes down to the small strip of white leather between the upper and outsole.
They should end up looking a lot like these:

One of the things that will make them English is the toe shape.  Above is certainly pointed, but it's a very straight point.  Compare to this pair of shoes from the Shoe Icons site:
They have a toe shape more like a mole's snout (feel free to shout out more appropriate animals, we spend an hour coming up with ideas).

Here's my first assembled upper:
I splurged a bit on Scalamandre silk (just a sample size).  But it's so worth it!  What I wouldn't give to have a gown made from this (other than $800).  This pair is lined with linen instead of whittaw.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Epic Titanic Dinner

On Saturday evening I joined a small group of friends at an amazing dinner.  Our friend, Jenny-Rose, and her father cooked an entire 13 course formal meal, complete with maids and wine with every course.  I could spend an entire post drooling over the lavish food, but that's not what you're here for.  Fortunately, the clothing was equal to the food.  Everyone was exquisitely dressed, we even had a "costume change" after dinner into aesthetic lounge wear.

 We even had a professional photographer!  I can't wait to see those images.

Jenny-Rose, our amazing hostess (and sous-chef).

My one-week thrown together peach gown.  I'll break it down in a post later, but I'm amazed it came together!  I almost didn't bother making it. 

Our dinner set-up.

My aesthetic Harem pants ensemble.  The bottom is silk charmeuse, while the top is silk chiffon and artfully pieced antique samples of lace.

Photo courtesy of Kat

You can see how chin-length hair can make an awfully convincing teens hairstyle without any pieces!  Just pin-curls and a little bit of teasing.
Photo courtesy of Kat

I promise to take tons of close-ups and break down both outfits soon.  I keep hoping I'll recover from allergy season and have a sudden burst of productivity, but it has not happened yet.
Check-out the other guests posts so far:
Katherine (Koshka the Cat)
Gwendolyn (Idlewild Illustree)
Casey (Elegant Musings)
Jenny (Jenny la Fleur)