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« Reply #140 on: December 15, 2013, 01:45:21 PM »

I feel like I'm monopolizing the brag thread, haha!  But I'm awful proud of my winter ensemble, which is definitely a boon for Chicago in December c:


The paletot needs the collar re-done and my muff got left out in the rain last year so it's stiff, but other than that I'm ready to take on the elements!  Does anybody know of that kind of hood (a knitted opera hood) would have been worn outdoors in lieu of a bonnet?  If not, how does one keep their heads warm?
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« Reply #141 on: December 15, 2013, 03:10:55 PM »

FABULOUS!!  Yes, a knitted opera hood, most definitely, to help stay warm.  I think the term "opera hood" didn't mean it was worn only to gala evenings of musical performances.  I suspect it was more of a style term.  Do you knit?  If so, there are a variety of patterns from the time to choose from. 
I LOVE your paletot.  I have an old fur coat my DH found for a few dollars at a thrift shop, hanging in the garage, for just such a purpose.  But my personnae are usually working class women/farm wife/spinner so not really a need for something so glamorous.  Yours is lovely!!
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« Reply #142 on: December 15, 2013, 05:26:25 PM »

Thank you!  I don't knit (never picked up the skill...) but I have a lot of knitter friends who are happy to make me little things for birthdays and holidays and such.
I probably won't have many places to wear this fancy a paletot... But I had all the fabrics and it was practically begging to be made!
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« Reply #143 on: December 15, 2013, 06:44:54 PM »

BEEEEE-YOOO-TI-FULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/color][/font]
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« Reply #144 on: December 16, 2013, 05:28:11 AM »

My knitted opera hood would not go very far in keeping you warm. It is styled more to not mess up your hairdo being very light weight. I would go more for Anna's pattern of a winter quilted bonnett for warmth and style.

Here are some examples by Sarah-
http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=6188.340

Here is the order info-
http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=6188.360   from etsy site
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« Reply #145 on: December 17, 2013, 08:30:54 AM »

Gorgeous winter clothing! Great job. Wink
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« Reply #146 on: December 17, 2013, 12:10:24 PM »

That paletot would get double duty in my modern closet. The folks I work with would fall over in envy!

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« Reply #147 on: December 18, 2013, 08:37:14 AM »

I think what you need is a quilted hood. They were made of silk and wool, very pretty but not terribly hard to make. A search on this forum will turn up plenty of information.

Your ensemble is wonderful!
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« Reply #148 on: January 27, 2014, 05:08:11 PM »

... I was entirely ready to accept that this was going to be one of those forever-unfinished projects.


Just an insertion lace fichu made as an approximation of an original that I saw on pinterest.  Took almost two whole days to sew it all together and thread all of that silk ribbon.
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« Reply #149 on: January 27, 2014, 05:16:51 PM »

That is some amazing detail!  And it looks so pretty when worn!

Congratulations on a beautiful accessory.
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« Reply #150 on: January 28, 2014, 09:04:03 AM »

Thank you!  I wish it fit a bit better so that it could meet at the center without bunching up at the neck, but I attribute that to the difficulty of getting the lace strips to match up with the measurements of the muslin mock-up.
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« Reply #151 on: January 28, 2014, 11:50:46 AM »

Beautiful work.
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« Reply #152 on: January 28, 2014, 12:58:25 PM »

Have you tried laying out the lace piece in the right shape, and hitting it with a *bunch* of steam and gentle patting to selectively shrink it around the neck? Cotton laces are wonderfully malleable that way.

(And, I LOVE WHIPPING LACE. Seriously... it's a sickness. Smiley )
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« Reply #153 on: January 29, 2014, 04:24:57 PM »

So pretty, Frieda!  All of that delicate work! Smiley
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« Reply #154 on: January 31, 2014, 02:45:26 PM »

Frieda, you are missing your middle button!   Embarrassed Absolutely LOVE the fichu though!  Beautiful work as usually...
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« Reply #155 on: February 01, 2014, 06:24:53 AM »

Aheh, I noticed that after I took the picture!  Rest assured, it's still there, just not buttoned.

And I'll try that, Elizabeth!  Thank you.
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« Reply #156 on: February 12, 2014, 09:43:56 AM »

Ladies, all of your things are so lovely! So glad to see there is a new home for young seamstresses on the Sewing Academy. I'm finally back into sewing after a hiatus period, and ready to start getting back into the swing of things.

Side note- Ms. Frieda, your paletot is killer and I am absolutely green with envy.
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« Reply #157 on: March 30, 2014, 10:43:00 AM »

Argh... this is as much a call for help as a brag.



The fabric was given to me as a gift, and the lace is antique (I know it's pretty dubious to use antique lace and I tried to treat it carefully, but I might take it off anyways.)
As you see, the bodice is pretty wrinkled.  I think I'll have to take in the princess seams an inch or two; does anybody else have suggestions for getting a better bodice fit? Thank you!
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« Reply #158 on: March 30, 2014, 01:24:45 PM »

Wrinkles aside, your gown is lovely.  The color suits you very well, and I love the lace bertha.
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« Reply #159 on: March 30, 2014, 02:16:34 PM »

Beautiful! The color is divine on you. It's hard to see everything that's happening, but it looks like you could take in the side seams a bit and get rid of some of those wrinkles. I don't think it needs to be taken in very much at all - maybe just an inch on either side. But again, it's hard to tell. Well done!
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