Friday, January 22, 2010

Grad school classes start up!

And I've really been sewing, too! Just not getting it all blogged.
This weekend I want to show you my new 18th century stuff, plus a new skirt or two.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Pocket (Not Lost)

As in "Lucky Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it".
How does one lose a pocket? When it's an eighteenth century pocket. Ladies (and girls) had a "pocket" that they tied on around their waist. If the pocket came untied, perhaps while playing, voila!!, it's lost!
Here's my new pocket:

Here's Lottie, the tape dummy, wearing my new chemise and pocket:

I used some scraps from old projects, found deep in my stash and rag box.

Some check for the front

and plain white linen for the lining and the back. I sewed the front and lining together at the slit, clipped the seam and turned it, then sewed the front, lined piece to the back. I added a ribbon to tie the pocket around my waist--over my chemise and under my petticoats.
Many times pockets were quite lovely, embroidered and fancy.

This is a mid 18th century pocket displayed at the Museum of Costume, Bath, England.
But mine is not so fancy. One day, perhaps, I'll get out the ol' embroidery hoop and silk threads and go to work on a pretty pocket!

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