Well, it’s that time and off to Paris we go!. It’s been a very long time since we’ve been here and there’s definitely some catching up to do…stay tuned for more details although it’s going to be about a week before we’re able to post anything major here. So Mssrs. Poiret and Worth, here we come! ♥
Things have changed a bit since the Exhibition Universelle of 1900….
Valentine’s Day is always a magic time for us here at Lily Absinthe- maybe it’s the shades of pink, maybe it’s the idea of love, or maybe it’s just an opportunity to reaffirm one’s commitment to others and in that spirit, we wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
This winter has been a lot colder and rainy than what’s been the norm for the past few years. Today I took a short break to head downtown for a bit of fabric and notions shopping and decided to take Pacific Coast Highway instead of my normal route. It was definitely worth it. 🙂
One our most recent projects has been the development of a set of outerwear patterns, starting with a circa 1889 mantle based on period patterning methods. While we had excellent luck with the first prototype, we wanted to refine the design further, starting with a slightly larger wing collar. Also, we decided that adding cuffs would also make the design more interesting so we’ve also developed a pattern piece for those. Below are a few pictures of the base shell- we still need to add various trim:
Here’s a close-up of the collar:
We still have a ways to go before they’re finished but so far, it’s proven to be an excellent design that provides an excellent foundation for many refinements and variations. Stay tuned for more! 🙂
This is a continuation of a project that I’ve been working on for myself starting back last Fall. and it’s provided inspiration to a bridal dress project I’m currently working on that will be made in ivory.
Do you ever have a “dress crush” and you have to have it at all costs? I waited for a few years until the one perfect fabric came my way, and then I pounced on it!
Pattern matching fun…can you find all the areas that I used that concept? It was fun!
To the eye, this era appears to looks “upholstered”, but it’s deceivingly lightweight when done correctly. Everything is hand tacked in place, there’s not much of a chance of this gown flowing in a breeze. 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates!