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

My 1780-82 Riding Habit Construction

October 8, 2017 - comments
Now that I’ve shared some photos and some of the images that inspired it, here are some construction details for my early 1780s riding habit. Read more...

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My 1780-82 Riding Habit Inspiration

September 27, 2017 - comments
When I was trying to decide what to wear to Colonial Williamsburg last fall, I couldn’t get the idea of a riding habit out of my head. I’ve always envisioned wearing a habit surrounded by gorgeous fall foliage, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity. My blue-green habit no longer fits very well, so I decided to pick up my long-abandoned pink and grey habit project. I already had the shirt from my first habit, the grey wool petticoat and pink silk waistcoat assembled, and a pattern for the jacket started. Of course, once I tried everything on again, I quickly realized the pattern I made three years ago would not work and the waistcoat needed completely remade. So much for a quick project! Thankfully, I loved the way my aqua striped waistcoat looked with the grey wool, so I could focus patterning and constructing a new jacket to go with them. Read more...

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