A Mid 1790s Habit Skirt

July 22, 2019 - comments
In my previous post, I shared the inspiration for my recent mid 1790s riding habit. Now, in the next few posts, I’m going to break down the outfit from the inside out, starting with the habit skirt. Read more...

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A Mid 1790s Riding Habit

June 14, 2019 - comments
I love riding habits. Even in fashion eras I don’t particularly like (I’m looking at you 1860s), I can usually find a habit I would want to wear. Something about the clean, tailored lines really appeals to me, plus collars and lapels are one of my favorite things to drape and sew. One of my most recent projects was a mid 1790s habit, something I’ve wanted to make for years. I have a lot to share about the construction of this outfit, so I’m going to break it down into multiple posts, starting with the inspiration and finished look.
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A 1790s Alteration Project

December 30, 2018 - comments
I’m no stranger to altering my costumes. Often after a first wearing there are fitting tweaks I want to make, but I’ve also retrimmed gowns, or completely remade them in the past, or even cut up old dresses to reuse the fabric for an entirely different project. However, with this project I tried something I’ve been thinking about for years. I updated an existing 18th century gown to reflect the new fashionable 1790s silhouette, copying specific alterations I’ve seen on extant gowns. In this case, I took my mid 1780s blue stripe gown which no longer fit, and altered it to a 1790-4 shape. Read more...

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Late 1790s Indigo Print Gown

September 6, 2018 - comments
This year has been a series of nightmare projects. I’ve been constantly ripping out stitches and redoing patterns in the hope of making something I am satisfied with. It has felt like everything I’ve tried to sew has fought me. With the exception of this project, that is. Granted I’ve made this style of dress numerous times now, but at this point I’m claiming the victory. Read more...

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A Sheer Black Mantle

August 14, 2018 - comments
With the mad summer rush of the Jane Austen Festival and Costume College over, I finally have time to share some of the projects I’ve been working on this year. The first, however, is a project I started in 2015 but for various reasons didn’t actually wear until last month! Read more...

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