Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Iceberg Ahead!!

Well, as they sometimes do, things kind of piled up at work and I haven't been able to make the Titanic 100th Anniversary dresses that I had wanted to have finished this month.  I'll still do them this year, so they will fall into the centennial ... I don't think "celebration" is the right word.  In fact, I'm not sure what it says about me in general that I'm constructing a reproduction costume to draw attention to an event where hundreds of people lost their lives in a horrific way.  :: shrug ::  (This coming from a person who, for 12 years, regularly attended Civil War reenactments to watch people shoot blanks at each other and who has plans to return to those events sometime in the future.)  Any excuse to sew fashions from other eras, I guess.  It is what it is.

Anyway, touch of the macabre aside, here is the pattern I'll be using to make the dresses:

Simplicity 8399
I'm actually not a huge fan of the tea gown on the right.  I mean, it's pretty, but I'm not sure how the style would look on me.  I do love the high waist of both, though.  I think it's interesting that I'm sitting here, 100 years after the year these designs were in vogue, admiring them for their similarity to fashions 100 years before then.  The empire waists and the cap sleeves of the one on the left are very inspired by Regency fashion circa 1812.  Hmm.  Probably why I like that one so much.

I do plan on making one that's pretty close to those colors and look.  I did enjoy the 1999 film, after all (even if I still can't reconcile that there was obviously plenty of room for both of them on her "raft".  We won't even go down that road...) and I love making pieces as close to the film wardrobe as possible.  But I also have a gray-blue satin that will go under an off-white lace that I think will be very pretty.

Those come after the 2 Regency pieces for the festival, which come after the sewing for the booth is done.  It's going to be a busy 4 weeks!!!  Hope I don't encounter any more "icebergs" of derailments and distractions that sink the ship of productivity I'm in.  Exactly like the Titanic, that baby isn't equipped with adequate life boats or flotation devices either!


  1. I have this pattern. I think I was going to try to make this dress but never did. Post pics when you finish.

  2. I love both dresses. The one on the right is exactly the sort of thing that looks good on me.

    I'd just call it the Centenary of the Titanic's sinking. ;-)

  3. Very fashionable gowns. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

  4. As long as I don't have to listen to Celine Dion I am cool with anything vis a vis the Titanic. The ending of that flick was dramatic but blah.

    The dresses look cool. I hope you are able to steer clear of imminent icebergs and get your ship headed full speed ahead.

  5. Just keep sewing, just keep sewing! - I love the right hand one!

  6. I really like both those dresses and am in awe that you can just make them...I can sew on buttons but more than that is totally beyond me.
    Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (about # 787 on A through Z list)

  7. beautiful! wish us regular folk had more occasions to wear beautiful gowns!

  8. Do post photos when you're finished :)
    A to Z http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/

  9. I love the dress on the left! Gorgeous!

  10. Just been looking at this pattern and wondering if it's a good one to invest in.

    My costuming skills are at a very early stage, but I've been learning to sew on doublets (jump in the deep end).

    Much as those dresses are beautiful, they really only suit a very specific type of person. I had to wear one in a long-ago produciton of The Rivals and looked like a dumpy melting candle.

    New follower coming through on the A-Z challenge train :)


  11. Hi, that is a good idea. I really like the one on the left, color and all. I don't wear dresses with belts anymore. They don't suit my "pear shape" . Ha ha. I, too, cannot seem to enjoy celebrating an event that took the lives of so many people. Especially by drowning.... UGH! I am a non-swimmer and so I could not ever bear to go to the movie. I went to see the "Poseidon Adventure" and was almost too wrung out to drive home. Best regards to you, Ruby