18th Century Hair and Wig Styling

January 14, 2014 - comments
No doubt if follow any costume blogs you've heard all about the 18th century hair styling book Kendra has put together. Depsite this, I have to add my two cents.


Plans for 2014

January 13, 2014 - comments
So what is on the agenda for 2014? I’m still plugging away on the riding habit, but I have to put it aside for now to start a new project.


It's cold.

January 8, 2014 - comments
As a great portion of the United States can attest, it’s been quite cold the past few days.  Where I live it didn’t get nearly as cold as other parts of the country, but -2 is not a number we see very often and I’ve been trying to stay warm by wearing as many layers as possible. I’m naturally cold all the time, and my thin blood can’t handle much below freezing. I often wonder how I would have survived in the days before central heating and electricity. Honestly, I'm doubtful.


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2013 Year End Review

December 31, 2013 - comments

2013 was in interesting year. I wasn't nearly as productive as I was in 2012, but despite a sewing slump at the end of the year, I'm really proud of everything I made this year. I feel that my skills are continuing to improve and my goal for 2014 is to focus on quality rather than quantity. At the moment I only have two events planned for the coming year, so I want to take this opportunity to slow down, to concentrate on making each outfit to the best of my ability and avoid rushing through the project just to get to the next.


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Book Review - 'The Beau Monde'

December 19, 2013 - comments
One of my favorite parts of historical costuming is learning about the wider social history of a time period, exploring the who and why behind the clothing I'm recreating to get a better sense of its meaning, conscious or unconscious, to the wearer. Admittedly, I focus on the glittery world of the aristocracy and upper classes when recreating and researching my costumes. I make no excuses. I like shiny things.


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