Moving On – The Italian Nightgown

August 15, 2014 - comments
With Costume College over, it’s time to start prepping for my next event. Read more...

Filed under: 1780s

The Navy Figured Spencer and Green Bonnet

August 10, 2014 - comments
My original plan for the Costume College Ice Cream Social was to join in on the Game of Thrones fun. I had a Margaery Tyrell inspired costume planned and even started when I ran into trouble. My perfectly fitted pattern didn’t translate into a perfectly fitted bodice, and while the costume isn’t a total loss, it needs work. More work and mental energy than I had time for with a deadline looming.
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Filed under: 1790s, 1800s

Costume College 2014

August 9, 2014 - comments
I’m home from my annual pilgrimage to southern California. Not only did I spend a lovely weekend at Costume College, I also extended my vacation to explore some more around L.A. I have fun things to share from both the Getty Villa and the Getty Center, as well as the Huntington Library. Also, I may have bought more fabric. Oops. But first, Costume College! Read more...

Constructing the Dress

June 9, 2014 - comments
Important note: I can't claim 100% accuracy with the construction of this dress. I havent done enough in-depth research to definitively say how this style would have been constructed. Since it is a transitional style, I felt comfortable enough to use my knowledge of 18th century techniques to experiment with the construction and make educated guesses as to what they might have done.
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Filed under: 1790s

Making Progress

June 8, 2014 - comments
If you've been following my instragram account, you may have noticed that my new print dress is nearly finished. It just needs sleeves and accessories and its ready to wear at Costume College. It turned out differently that I originally planned, but thats the price of experimenting. I miscalculated and the waist ended up sitting at my natural waist, not raised like I planned. Also, the fabric is really too heavy for this style of dress, but I've already invested enough time into the dress that I will make it work. With the right accessories, I can easily transition this dress into a slightly earlier look.

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Filed under: 1790s
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