Sunday nights are something I look forward to around this time of year because my favorite thing to watch on TV is Masterpiece Classic. It all started last year I got hooked on Little Dorrit based on Charles Dickens’ book. I like that the stories are verbally-driven (with words like “indeed”) rather than filled with violence. I love taking in the sets and the scenery. And an added bonus are the period costumes. So much fun to see and imagine sewing a piece with such detail. I’m mostly inspired by how elements of the costumes could be incorporated into my sewing projects of today. The latest Masterpiece Classic that just concluded is Jane Austen’s Emma (You can still catch it online for another few weeks).
In case you didn’t notice, I get quite a bit of inspiration from clothing (think Chemisette Handbag). Here’s a sampling of what I loved in Emma (apologies in advance for some of the poor resolution).
The mini ruffle and ribbon around this neckline are fun.
The front of this one seems a little militaristic, but it works.
The simple neckline is made prettier with the added ribbon on the sides on Jane’s dress (L).
Sweet Harriet gets buttons down the front of this number – cute, no?
I’m not thrilled with the shirt worn under this dress, but look at the back:
The little bow and the buttons are just beautiful.
I’ve got some ideas of how some of these elements can be used on items other than clothes. Bags, patchfolios and even quilts. They inspire me and I hope they inspire you as well.
So I guess you all know what I’ll be doing tonight. Crying, that’s what. Because there isn’t a Masterpiece tonight. I’ll have to wait until next week. *sniff*