Making the Rose Francaise, Part 1

January 22, 2012 - comments
I thought I would share some detailed construction pictures and notes of how I made my rose francaise. It’s not a tutorial, per se, but keeping a record will help me remember what I did next time I make this style. Read more...

More New Costume Pages

January 16, 2012 - comments
I'm on a roll! I added four more costumes to my portfolio page:
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Filed under: 1780s, 1790s, 1840s

New Costume In the Portfolio - Williamsburg Wavy Print Outfit

January 15, 2012 - comments
I added another page to my portfolio. Check out my 1780s print jacket and petticoat!
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Filed under: 1780s

Rose Française - Plans and Inspiration

January 1, 2012 - comments
My first project of 2012 is a new Robe a la Française made from some gorgeous rose silk taffeta. I’m attending an 18th century dinner at the beginning of February, and while I have a perfectly good Française already, I couldn’t resist the urge to make a new one. It’s been three years since I made the aqua Française and I’ve worn it at least half a dozen times so I don’t feel that guilty. Read more...

The Millionth Spotty Dress of 2011

December 29, 2011 - comments

How many polka dot dresses does one girl need? Well, if you are me, about a million! Before Christmas I started a new mid-1790s white gown. My old one is covered in brown stains, the casualty of a leak in my costume closet (but thankfully one of the few casualties), so it was time for a new one! This time I picked a spotted cotton from the stash that I had originally earmarked for a summer bustle gown. The fabric has raised dots but I choose to use the back side for a more subtle look. Read more...

Filed under: 1790s
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