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Are you in the market for Victorian or Art Deco style rings, without the hefty price tag that comes with antique jewelry?  You should check out edsvictoriangems on eBay.  It sounds like these rings are made from original molds, and they have actual gemstones in the settings.  They look great, too!  I managed to narrow it down to these three for myself, but I'm really tempted to order more:


bethzylla: (FFD2012)
I should really have a handler when it comes to fabric shopping.

My stash is extensive, but it's really hard for me to pass up a good deal on fabric.  In my defense, everything that you see here was carefully selected after waiting a day (more, in some cases.)  Since no one else claimed them and they're already telling me what they want to be, I grabbed them up!

Fabric... )
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I've had a long-standing saved eBay search for Fugawee shoes.  It's rare that they come across in my size, but even more rare in Ben's size.  Well, it happened today!
Concord Shoes
These are the Concord style, in 'rough' leather.  They don't come with buckles, so I'll have to see if my American Duchess ones fit.  If not, I'll just order some from Fugawee.

I'm so stoked to have this part out of the way!  I've got some clocked over-the-knee stockings already (the light gray with black clock) so footwear is done!!!  Now if I can just find a decent back wool hat blank (or a plain wool tricorn costume hat) to size and decorate, I'll just be left with the (relatively easy) sewing and accessorizing stuff.  I've got a UFO waistcoat from a pirate costume I made several years ago that might work well for this.  If not, I've got no qualms about starting from scratch.

So...who else wants to bring their SO to the picnic this fall?  :D
bethzylla: (FFD2012)
I won a pair of white boots on eBay today that will pass for Regency...as long as none of you look too closely!

Regency Boots

They ended up being the cheapest option by far, so I'm willing to overlook some of the not-so-Regency attributes.  Keep your fingers crossed that they'll actually fit me!  They're a 10B and likely from the 80's, so it's a bit of a gamble.  They're also real leather, so theoretically there's some leeway (after a breaking-in period.)  Time to get my butt in gear for the rest of the outfit!
bethzylla: (FFD2012)
Guess what I just won on ebay?  This!  I've been waiting and watching for one for a very long time now, and this one was a steal!  I've also got a bound buttonhole maker that I'm ashamed to admit I haven't even used yet.  I'll just have to find a project for them!

I'm also kind of enthralled by this fabric:
gloria prism
I know it's not exactly historically accurate, but I so love the colors!  I'm put off by the price... $12-14/yard even at a remnant price.  I haven't shopped around much, but I bet that's pretty much what I'll find everywhere since it's a Richloom fabric.  Because of those two things, I managed to convince myself yesterday that I should just move on and forget about it.  Clearly that's not working.  LOL  What do you think about seeing this made up into something 18th century?

Speaking of which, my progress on the Chemise a la Reine has been slow.  That's completely my fault for not getting started on it when should have.  I can say that I've now got a white muslin petticoat that's done except for the hem (I may wait on that until I've decided whether or not to make a smaller bum pad) and I've confirmed from the diagram in The Cut of Women's Clothes that it is, in fact, a very slightly shaped tube of fabric with drawstrings and a sash pulling it in close to the body.  My fabric is not quite wide enough to match the diagram if I only use two widths, but it's not far off either and I may just wing it.  That's on my cutting table today.  :)  While digging through my silk stash in search of something to use for the sash, I came across the most adorable butterfly printed yellow silk.  I'm thinking I may use it to line the underside of a new bergere hat if I have time.  The reds in the print go nicely with the red I picked for my sash, but the whole thing may clash with the red white and blue of Bastille day ribbons and decor.  If there even are any of those, that is.  I'm kinda not caring about that right now because this print is so darn pretty, and as always I need to remind myself that not everything was or needs to be matchy-matchy.
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I've had the urge to go thrifting lately, so when I had some free time earlier today I decided it was time to just do it.  I only hit the store closest to me, but I still managed to find a goodie!

Pics! )
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I've had some pretty good luck and a lot of fun at the few estate sales I've gone to.  Granted, I've only been to a handful, but still - it's enough to get me good and hooked.  Earlier this week I hunted down a few via Craigslist, and yesterday was the day.  I hit 4 total sales, and my journey took me from south Arlington to Irving, and finally to the Bishop Arts district in Dallas.  Someone was smiling down on me, because I got quite a haul!

I should mention that I chose my sales based on the fact that the ads mentioned either sewing or crafting items.  I've learned that you can pick up a lot of vintage or antique sewing stuff on the cheap at these places, and that's exactly what I was going for.  There are a few specific pieces I keep hoping to find, but mostly I was just going to see what I could find. 


WARNING!!! Pics, pics, and more pics... )

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