A Holiday Trip to Williamsburg

January 9, 2018 - comments
I’ve always wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg in December. All the lovely holiday decorations around town look so festive and cheerful – a perfect antidote to winter blahs. Serendipitously, a group of us all had thoughts to visit this winter and we were able to spend a long weekend together relaxing, eating, and enjoying the sights. Read more...

Filed under: 1790s, events

1790-92 Blue Figured Jacket and Petticoat

December 19, 2017 - comments
This jacket started its life in the Burnley & Trowbridge workshop I attended last year. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had a hard time conceptualizing the design for my jacket on the fly, and while I liked the finished jacket, I didn’t love it. It didn’t match the image in by brain, even if I couldn’t quite articulate what that image was. So I let it sit half-finished for a couple of months before I attempted to rework the jacket using the existing base. I managed to get something a little closer to the picture in my mind; still it wasn’t quite right. Back to the UFO pile, where it marinated for a good 6 months before I was ready to tackle it again.
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Filed under: 1790s

LBCC Historical Cosmetics Review

November 17, 2017 - comments
In my everyday life, I rarely wear any makeup. To be honest, I’ve always found more than a swipe of mascara and some tinted lip balm to be intimidating. Still, over the years I’ve learned to use modern cosmetics to recreate a historic look, and overall, I’ve been pleased with my efforts. However, I’ve been curious about historic cosmetics and hair products for a long time, and decided to try a few from LBCC Historical to see how they work for me. Read more...

My First Burnley and Trowbridge Workshop

October 31, 2017 - comments
Early last November, I made the seven-hour trek down to Williamsburg to attend my first Burnley and Trowbridge workshop, “A Fitting Jacket”. I’d been interested in them for years, but never worked up the courage to attend. Either the timing didn’t work for me, or I was too intimidated to sign up. Of course, I shouldn’t have worried. It was challenging in some ways but in the end, it was a wonderful experience.
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Filed under: 1780s, conferences, workshops

Late 1780s Pink Linen Stays

October 21, 2017 - comments
When I decided to take my first Burnley and Trowbridge workshop last year, I knew I wanted a new pair of stays. M my older stays didn’t fit my body as nicely as before, and I knew I would need something more comfortable to wear during the three days of fittings. Also, I wanted to experiment with a later style of stay. Inspired by several extant examples of pale pink and beige stays from this period, I decided to make a mid to late 1780s pair with front lacing and wide curved front piece using some lovely linen from my stash. Read more...

Filed under: 1780s, 1780s: stays
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