The Snow White Ballgown Project

Back to Snow White…

My bodice fittings are well under way, and proving to be an absolute nightmare. I am literally waking up at night thinking about this bodice and how to proceed. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that? It’s not quite all bad. The fit is coming along, although the bodice seems to sit differently every time I try it on, deadlocking me in round after round of fittings.

Originally I intended this to be a simple boned bodice with no corset, but since I am running out of time to work through some unforeseen problems, I decided to slap the bodice over some stays I made up a few years ago. Unfortunately I can’t really get the stays on by myself, so that is also really halting progress. And the stays drastically increased my waist size, to the point that my skirt waistband only barely fits now. All that being said, the fit is actually really coming along nicely and I’m not totally unhappy with how it’s progressing. I just wish it could be faster! After all, I need to get to the beading and bejeweling!

Mocked-up bodice pinned onto the stomacher.

Mocked-up bodice pinned onto the stomacher.

Bodice Back

Bodice Back

In other news I have been commissioned to do a Mary Poppins costume, also with a Halloween-time deadline. Pattern drafting is currently under way, and I will update as progress continues. I was very good a balancing and project/time management in school, I need to find that place again, preferably sooner than later!

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone in Canada had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day long weekend! I had a great meal with family on Saturday and a wonderful afternoon tea to celebrate on Monday! Nothing says Thanksgiving like scones and cream! And maybe some Champagne too!

Menu: sweet onion and brie tarts, egg salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain and currant scones (with cream and preserves), pumpkin bread pudding, a sip of pure vegetable consomme, pumpkin spice black tea and pink champagne.

Menu: sweet onion and brie tarts, egg salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain and currant scones (with cream and preserves), pumpkin bread pudding, a sip of pure vegetable consomme, pumpkin spice black tea and pink champagne.

Check out my Afternoon Tea board over on Pinterest for receipes and inspiration.

Who Do You Think is the Best-Dressed Briton in History?

The BBC History Magazine wants to know who you think is the best-dressed Briton in History.

10 fashion experts have chosen 10 historical figures who made a significant impact on the fashion scene of their respective times.

You can have your say here:

In my opinion, the poll is a bit of a dud. You need to be a fashion expert yourself in order to fairly judge who is (or was) the most fashionable of their time, and you’d need a pretty good background of the time itself too.  I don’t know too many people outside the history (and history of fashion) world who are familiar with Beau Brummell, for example, who is essentially famous for being fashionable.

Right now the overwhelming leader in the poll is the only figure who is alive and well-recognized by contemporary popular culture. So is this really about whose best-dressed or is it a popularity contest? Or are those two things mutually inclusive?

A Brief History of Snow White

We are now a few days into October, or as I prefer to view it, the Halloween season. (Hallo-month?) I love Halloween as a costumer and I also hate it. Allow me to elaborate. In August my cousin asked me what I was going to be for Halloween. I replied that I didn’t know yet. (I did.) In turn, I asked him what he was going to be, to which he exclaimed: “Are you crazy? It’s August!” I’m sure he’ll be deciding the day before.

Well those of us with slightly greater ambitions than the popular trend of the week need to start planning a little earlier, even if it is crazy. As an aside, did anyone notice a striking number of Grease costumes – my cousin included – last year? Hurricane Sandy was also getting a lot of airtime that week.

In March, while I was in Walt Disney World, I spotted a print in an Art of Disney store. It was a very regal looking Snow White, I’m guessing from after her Happily Ever After. Queen Snow White here is not in her simple dress from the movie, but a rather more historical mishmash of a gown, puffed out and bejeweled up. How exciting! I snapped a photo of the print, thinking it was merely interesting. Well, now I wish I’d just bought it, because it wasn’t that expensive and, more importantly, I’ve decided I’m going to recreate that gown.

I’ve been scouring the internet trying to get an artist for this print. According to two ebay listings and a tumblr post it is titled “Friends of the Forest” by John Coulter.

“Friends of the Forest” by John Coulter

A Brief History of Snow White:

I decided it might be interesting to delve a little deeper into the history of the Snow White character, to be learn more about her origins and by association what she might have been wearing.

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