This bonnet was designed by me for the character of Mrs Vincent Crummles, from the novel Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens. It is based on descriptions of her character, and fashion plates and images of the time. The frame is made from buckram (unmolded) and millinery wire, and covered in a brown textured fabric, with box pleated grosgrain ribbon and pheasant feathers to trim.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to get a photo of this on the model yet, but that should be on here soon.
This is a beaded parrot, made using a variety of beads and sequins onto organza, experimenting with different beading stitches. The pattern was given to me, and I attempted to follow it as far as possible, but had a few problems getting exactly the sizes necessary, so there had to be a bit of improvising... Nonetheless, I'm happy with it - now it just needs something to be attached to!
Petticoats are used to add bulk and support an over skirt, and to soften and smooth the undergarments, so that they do not show through to the top fabric. I made a small bum roll to go with this calico petticoat; so that the petticoat hem is always on the straight grain, and it sits straight at the bottom, it has to be shaped over the bum roll and pleated on the stand to allow for the extra length needed at the back.
This was a corset project, exploring different ways of constructing a corset, using various seams and finishes. This was blocked to the model's measurements and then fitted twice. It uses flat felled seams, channelling, petersham covered channels and overlocked seams and features a modesty panel at the back. The top and bottom are hand finished with bias binding and piping respectively.