FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Channeling my inner Sherlock
Outline the story …
My inspiration was "The Hound of the Baskervilles", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was probably one of the first books I read in English, in highschool. Even before I went to Scotland, the British moors attracted me, and this story was an opportunity to combine a few of the - somewhat sporty - 1890's items I already wanted to make.
I used existing patterns. The tailored cyclist bloomers from bikesandbloomers.com, which conveniently happened to be in my size (I have never altered a pattern before, and didn't have to this time either), the 1890's Ladies Vest by Black Snails Patterns, and a deerstalker pattern from freesewing.org.
Outline the construction…
I used a woolmix plaid fabric, linen for the lining and interfacing, biasband, twill tape, a bit of buckram for the deerstalker, mostly sewing machine yarn (although I did a lot of the stitching by hand), linen yarn, silk yarn for the button holes on the vest. YouTube was a big help, as was the foudations revealed website, since I almost never "properly" sewed anything, except cheap straight prinsess skirts for 5 year olds and two straight linen pants with a draw string. My mother sewed a lot when I was young though, so I must have picked up some skills by watching.
The Black Snails pattern came with a very handy book, explaining a lot. The Bloomers were pattern only, so I had to guess my way around, using my "Handboek voor zelfmaakmode" (a Dutch language sewing handbook) and YouTube (thanks Cathy Hay, Bernadette Banner, Abby Cox, Nicole Rudolph, Noelle Costuming Drama, for the information and inspiration). Most of it (except the longer, straight invisible parts) was done by hand.
The ladies vest was the most difficult garment I made so far, and I have learned a lot by making it (a lot of different stitches, and of course welt pockets). Amazing how you can figure out welt pockets making your mock-up (that was a first too), and having forgotten how to when you make the final thing.