I started this project last winter, and this year in March I finally finished it. I had wanted to make a pretty winter coat for ages, but the real inspiration came when I found the fantastic lining on sale. The choice of fabric and faux fur after that was all to match the lining (don’t you usually do it the other way round?^^). It took me forever of looking at patterns and pictures of 1940s princess coats to finally decide on the cut. An then many fitting and remodellings before I was satisfied with the silhouette. It ended up more as more of a 1940s+Victorian mix, but hey, I like both periods! I drafted everything myself from modified dress and sleeve pattern pieces. And yay, the hat from my Clara Oswin Oswald Governess Cosplay matches!
“Diamond dress” is a term of my invention to refer to dresses with this type of cut, as seen on the left. I like it so much I made two dresses out of the same pattern, with minor differences. All drafted by me with inspiration from authentic patterns form the 1940s, my favourite vintage era. I love the slim hourglass shape. The black one is made of a very sheer wool blend. It is gathered below the bust and has long sleeves.
Sci-Fi theme at our New year’s party of 2015/2016! I have recently begun educating myself in the ways of Star Trek The Original Series. I wish the other Star Trek series could have been as progressive for their time as the original, so many missed opportunities! Anyway, I decided to dress up in Star Fleet uniform – 1960s mini dress style. IF I ever was to be qualified for Star Fleet, I think I would be more suited to be a science officer than security or command. Would there a place for a dress consultant to help the crew blend in with new cultures?
I found the pattern at this site, but didn’t have a lot of time to alter it according to my measurements. So when it came out much too wide, I simply removed one of the panels in the back and voilá, it fits pretty well! I drafted the collar myself. As I was pressed for time, I didn’t bother hemming it, and the fabric doesn’t fray anyway. I suppose I will remedy that for the next time I wear it.
The fabric is a very shiny spandex in almost the correct shade of blue, but I used the wrong side of it to get a more matte surface. Here you can see what the fabric supposedly looked like in the actual TOS uniforms, but needless to say it was hard to find an exact match. I cut out the badge from a piece of ribbon with a gold reverse side, dabbed some glue on it to keep it from fraying and attached it with a safety pin. The collar is just some black cotton I had lying around.