Monday, February 1, 2010

muse, oh, muse where fore art my muse?

A lovely site called Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is hosting a double period project. I could enter into both time periods (revolutionary/1770-1789 or natural form/1876-1882), but, at the moment I have chosen to only aim for one. I am kicking around ideas for the natural form portion of the challenge. I'm not sure which is pulling at me more. The sheer level of what I am going to be working at, between the fact that I don't quite fit into any of the skill levels (beginner/sewing for a year or less, experienced/sewing for five years or more and/or sewing as a business, and improving/lands somewhere between the two) though as far as I can tell the experienced level is where I fit best. I am finding this a bit intimidating. Ok more then a bit intimidating. Though a thought that keeps crossing my mind. If I can create costumes for my three kids and myself for Halloween in a month or less from start to finish (planning, collecting and creation) then why couldn't I in a years time complete a full outfit? This brings a sense of calmness to my mind. Until I start digging for pictures of a dress that I feel is my muse.

So far I have some nice pictures of dresses. One of them I really like more then the others. Problem is I can't look at the details. The site says you can use the zoom feature on the picture but it refuses to work for me. I'm just one of those who loves how a simple dress can be taken to a whole new level by the details.

So far the ones that have struck me as contenders at least to borrow details from are....

A beautiful red and white dated to 1875-1877. (also the one that the zoom feature won't work for me one! *argh*)

A pretty little bustled blue and black silk number.

A fancy tan. Not sure about the loads of lace, but, I do love the long jacket/coat and the general cut.

A simple but very elegant purple number. I like the simplicity of the cut combined with the way the details of pleats and ribbon dress it up.

A pretty arabesque. The use of color on this one really caught my eye.

A simple yet elegant green and tan. The lines and details really make this dress.

Dark brown and tapestry, really catches my eye for the cut and how the fairly simply dress is really made by the complete contrast of the jacket.

That is the list so far. I really need to narrow things down more. I will more then likely be cherry picking between them for my favorite parts. Until then I am still looking for my muse.

-The head Wench.

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