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10 years, and back to the same dress

10 years ago, in March 2003, I got started on this crazy adventure of historical clothing by being intrigued with the Leonfelder 37 gown. Now, with 10 years of experience behind me, I find myself coming back to this dress, and looking at it with fresh eyes. I see the tailor play with bias grain, where I didn't see it before. I have the tools to do actual research instead of just stumbling around in the dark, wondering which end is up (Oh, the original dress diary is painful!!!).

And somewhere in all of this, my writing muse decided to show up, and the words on all sorts of topics have started to flow from my fingers. Its like I had to come full circle in order to move forward, a returning to my roots in order to sprout and move up,  which in some odd way makes sense to me.

Now I can analyze and explain this dress, not just try to comprehend the basics. I'm sure in another 10 years, I'll look back on this attempt and see things that I didn't see this time, its just the way things are.

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merastra
Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
Coolness. So does that mean you're making another one?
mmcnealy
Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've made a toile and fitted it, so now I need to actually cut out the fabric. :)
aeddie
Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
It would be interesting to see the two side by side. I would love to read the write up on the differences etc.

I read muse as muscles. I didn't realize there were writing muscles.
mmcnealy
Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are writing muscles, mental ones at least!
There will mainly be differences in how its constructed, I've learned a lot in 10 years! I might be able to still fit into the gown, my body has changed shape since then.

liadethornegge
Mar. 3rd, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome - I'd love to see your interpretation of this dress as it would be now. I'm also kind of curious how it would turn out if I tried it. I just haven't got the fabric to spare on an experiment. What if it all goes pear shaped? Maybe if you lead the assault I can follow in the breach. :)
mmcnealy
Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, I'm typing up my notes as I go, so I will be able to give you a hand up. Its not a hard dress to make, just scary looking if you haven't worked from period manuals before.
liadethornegge
Mar. 3rd, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I have worked off period tailor's books before, but not this type of gown, so I'll be following along with much interest :)
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