Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pocket hoops and petticoats for 1760's and 1770's

When it comes to costume making, it's been really quiet over here for the last couple of months. To be honest, I've lost motivation for creating anything but I tend to have these periods every now and then and they usually pass in some time so no worries, I'm just about to get back to sewing any time soon. Plans and patterns have been made but nothing much else, except for a ruffly cap.  I also never got around to post pictures of my new pocket hoops and petticoats as promised after taking quick photos of them in December so I thought to post them up now - maybe blogging will give me the little boost of inspiration that I need to get back on sewing.

So, here we have the pocket hoops. I actually had pocket hoops before these, too, but since they were made a long time ago as I was just starting with 18th century and sewing in general, the pockets were terrible: they would clung to my thighs and were made out of a too sheer fabric which caused the ends of the hoop steel to tear the fabric even if I had rounded the edges. As you can imagine, they were really uncomfortable. Anyway, these are the new pocket hoops. 


 And then, the first petticoat. It turned out to be shorter than I intended but it does the job so I don't mind.


And second petticoat which was made a year ago from an earlier garment... It seems the beginning of this post is almost a repetition from the post linked. I didn't remember I had just the same motivation issue in January 2012...





And the next one would be the actual petticoat. I really like the width of these pocket hoops and the voluminousness they give to the petticoats. 

8 comments:

  1. Everything looks just amazing! I see you wear your hoops over the stays. Here's a hint I do---I tie my pocket hoops on and then my husband laces me into stays, just catching the top of the ties casing of the hoops under the stays. This way the hoops stay put no matter what and NEVER shift around when sitting, dancing, or riding in the car.
    I wish I had the skills to make a petticoat like yours, madam~
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I should definitely try doing that next time I put on the pocket hoops. :)

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  2. Very nice! That's a really good amount of volume you're getting.

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty pleased with the amount of volume there. I really like wide pocket hoops but not just too wide!

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  3. Everything looks perfect. I can't wait to see what you decide to wear over them.

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    1. Thank you! :) I'm hoping to get to make a heavily trimmed 1760's or 1770's robe à la française to go over these but I'm afraid it's not going to happen very soon.

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  4. Everything looks very nice! Which pattern was used for the pocket hoops?

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    1. Thank you! :) The pattern is a slightly altered version from Period Costume for Stage and Screen by Jean Hunnisett. Similar pattern is also found in Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh or even online: http://marquise.de/en/1700/howto/frauen/paniers.shtml

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