Mid 1790s Habit Waistcoat and Riding Handkerchief

September 16, 2019 - comments
Continuing with the construction posts for my 1795 riding habit, next we have the "riding hankerchief" and "waistcoat of yellow silk", both of which are worn over the bodiced habit skirt. Read more...

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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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Some Notes About Extant Clothing

March 8, 2019 - comments
I wrote this quite a while ago but never got around to posting it. However, since it’s a new year and I’m working on some new projects, I felt it would be a good thing to remind myself of some important lessons and share with others what I learned. Also, I’m not purporting to be an expert in extant garments. These are just my broad observations, formed over a brief period of study. I took thousands of photos on my trip, not all of which I can share, but I wanted to include a few in this post.  All photos are shared with the permission of the Leicestershire Museums Collections Resource Center. Read more...

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2018 Sewing Year in Review

February 9, 2019 - comments
I’m rather late with my year end review but I realize these are mostly for the author anyway. Its really nice to have a list to look back on every year and remind yourself that you were actually productive. Read more...

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