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Costume College - Saturday

Continuing with my brief Costume College recap, Saturday started with another fun class taught by Janea Whitacer – Making Friends with Your Thimble. I had attempted to take Janea’s classes for several years but never managed to get in. This year I was super lucky and got both! The thimble class was really informative. Not only did we learn the proper way to sew with a thimble (being self-taught, I had never figured this out), but we also went over the most efficient ways to sew, as well as learned some 18th century stitches and seam techniques.



After class I changed into my cross front dress again, this time wearing it with the velvet sleeveless spencer and my favorite shawl.  My outfit was super comfy and I was pleased with everything but my hair. Since this is a transitional style, I really need something a little bigger. I feel like I can do passible 1780s hair now (especially with a wig), and next I plan to conquer 1790s styles.


For the Gala I wore my 1780s satin gown, and accessorized it with a vintage paste comb and a modern bridal necklace from eBay. The necklace originally had an ugly chain that fastened it around the neck, so I had my husband pry it off and I replaced it with a silk ribbon. Much better!


I had a great time at the Gala chatting with every one and then making a fool of myself on the dance floor.  One thing I learned, or more accurately was reminded of, was that pretty as taffeta is, I get far too overheated in my silk stays. A new pair of linen stays is a must before I do 18th century again. Dancing is a priority!

Posted: 8/11/2013 2:09:50 PM by Aubry | with comments
Filed under: 1780s, 1790s, Costume College
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Project Details

Silk Satin Birthday Dress
1790s Cross Front Dress
Velvet Sleeveless Spencer