Saturday, March 19, 2016

Project: Steampunk Regency Riding Habit

Hello everybody! Yes, I'm starting another sewing project, although not for Coco, because I want to see her on that bustle dress for a little more time. This time, the "victim" is Calina, my mom's doll. Since I'm not on holidays anymore, and quite busy actually, I won't be doing a Project Journal on DoA this time, but I will be posting WIPs and pics on Instagram (which re-post to Twitter and Tumblr) on my progress.

I also plan on making a video with voice over again, because it was a lot of fun to do! Once I was able to overcome my shame of talking in English xD. Anyways, this post will work as initial plans (although I already started working on the outfit), and to share my original ideas.


Previous Research

Once again, with period clothing, I have been doing some research on what I wanted to do, and how should I do it. I prepared another Pinterest board, because these things are really great to keep track of everything, to be honest.

I'm aiming at a roughly 1800~1815 Regency style, and what most inspired me are riding habits and military Spencer jackets, because I think it is a great idea for a steampunk outfit. Once again, I won't be aiming at historical accuracy, since Calina is even shorter than Coco! She is 39cm tall.


Concept and Ideas

I will be using the same fabrics than for Coco's Late Victorian Steampunk Gown, because I want to give the dresses some sort of similarty, keep the main ideas while working in a completely different era. I know it is not realistic, but steampunk isn't either, and that gives me "room" to imagine and attempt things.

I have the idea of trying to take a picture of both girls on their big amazing gowns, together. I usually don't take pictures with more than one doll, except for Cookie and Merry, who are so teeny tiny that allow me to do so.

What I do know, is that I want a big train. Again. Even if it is a pain to ruffle it or sew it together. After all, the "storage issue" will be my mom's this time! Hahaha, just joking, but seriously xD


To-Do List

I need to plan ahead, so here is a list of the "parts" the dress will have. As always, everything will be sewn by hand, because I like sewing by hand! It is fun, although painfully slow!

Undergarments:
  • Socks.
  • Drawers (once again, I won't be doing the split center part).
  • Underbust petticoat.
I won't be doing a chemise or corset, for the same reasons than before: the doll is only 1/4 scale, and I don't want her to look too bulky. Plus, corsets can not "shape" a resin doll's body, so I think it sort of looses their goal.

Accesories:
  • Hat (mandatory! Although I don't have any gear/clock left).
  • Purse (I'm thinking on a steampunk-ish reticle bag, but will see).
  • Shoes (Calina doesn't have a lot of shoes, so maybe will need to make them).

Main Dress:
  • Blouse (short sleeved, or sleeveless, but I need to sleep on this decision a little).
  • Overdress (with the green fabric).
  • Military long-sleeved trained Spencer jacket.
This part still needs thoughts, of course. I'm considering doing the blouse and overdress together on a big piece, to avoid bulk in the under-bust by adding an extra waist if I do them separated. Also, if I do the blouse with short sleeves, the dress could be work without the jacket, otherwise it won't. I don't know.

Also, I know Spencer jackets did not had ruffles at all, but I'm tempted to add some detail with the striped fabric I used on Coco's bustle/apron overskirt. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome, of course!


State-Of-The-Art

As I said before, I have been already working on this. I took some WIP pics of the sewing process, but I will be sharing those on the video at the end of the project. What I do have to share now are some pics of the socks, drawers and under-bust petticoat I managed to make.
Una foto publicada por Musume (@musume.desu) el


Una foto publicada por Musume (@musume.desu) el


Una foto publicada por Musume (@musume.desu) el


So sorry for the half-assed quality, I had to take them in the evening, so I did what I could with artificial lights. I still need to learn more about that.

Anyways, another interesting project, and I need to finish it before I start with Coco's birthday dress, because my queen demands a new dress (it will be a fitted tuxedo dress, I already had the idea and hubby got me the fabric for it!) and I must comply xD

Ok, that is enough! Have a perfect weekend everyone, and thanks for reading me! Suggestions and ideas for the project are very much welcome!

22 comments :

  1. Yay for another awesome project by you :3 I'm really looking forward to it, I love regency and steampunk!
    It's so kind of you to sew for your mother! I'm sure she'll be very happy :)
    Can't wait to see, how it all turns out. I'll keep my eyes on your blog ^^

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    1. Thank you!! I also love Regency, those are some pretty gowns :3
      I hope this turns out nice!!

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  2. I love Steampunk! Also Regency, although I can't imagine how the two will come together. Steampunk is usually associated with Victorian style, so you could be breaking new ground. This will be very interesting to follow. (I might even be tempted to try something similar.)
    What kind of doll is Calina?

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    1. You are right, Steampunk is mostly Victorian, but I had this idea for Calina since a lot of time, and that is why I also want to add some ruffles and "victorian" details.

      Do try something similar if you want!

      Calina is an artist cast of a doll made by my friend Morla. The brand is Peregrina and the sculpt is Ofelia. Sadly, my friend hasn't been able to cast more than two dolls (hers, and Calina) because of all the issues we have in our country, and sending the doll to be cast overseas was out of question due to the cost.

      I know she's been trying to make her brand for years, and I do hope she manages to do it someday.

      PS: the steampunk mods on Calina were also made by Morla.

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  3. This sounds like a brillInt project. Can't wait to see where you go with it and how it turns out! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm very curious too xD

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  4. Such an amazing project! :D
    I'll look forward to seeing more ^^

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    1. Thank you so much!! Hope I don't disappoint!

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  5. No veo la hora de ver este proyecto terminado combinar el steampunk con el regencia te debe dar ideas increíbles. La enagua es un sueño. Ojalá yo pudiera coser así. Espero con ansias nuevas imágenes. Te felicito por el gran trabajo emprendido.
    PD: Calina es hermosa. Dale mis felicitaciones a Morla, que ojalá pueda empezar su empresa

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias, me alegro que te guste!
      Calina es muy bonita, yo espero que Morla pueda hacer su empresa!

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  6. Go Girl!! You are doing a wonderful job of these projects Musume, loved the first Steampunk gown, so I am really looking forward to seeing this one develop.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thank you!! Happy you liked my Victorian Steampunk gown :D
      I really hope this one turns out OK!

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  7. Este va a quedar precioso, ya lo puedo ver en lo poquito que has mostrado!!!!

    Y el nuevo proyecto de Coco suena fabuloso!

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    1. ¡¡Mil gracias!! Yo espero llegar a tiempo con ambos xD

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  8. I love all of your projects, especially the elaborate planning and research you put into them! And yes our dollies are always demanding new shiny things, aren't they?! :D Look forward to your work on both dollies' dresses!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I love researching sewing projects xD
      And yes, dollies are always demanding!

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  9. Beautiful project! ^^ I'm really loving the process you've made already and interested to see you continue this project. :) Calina is beautiful girl. ^^

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    1. Thank you so much!! :D
      Calina is very cute <3

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  10. You always have some really interesting projects and I really love to follow them!! :D
    I'm sure Calina will look awesome in your creation. ^^

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I really hope so!!

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  11. Ohhh! Another sewing adventure! I can't wait to follow your progress, you seem to have it well planned out! Good luck!

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    1. Indeed! It is true I have it more planned than the Victorian one, probably due to experience! Will see how this turns out!

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