1786 Cream Wool Redingote - Inspiration and Construction

September 1, 2017 - comments
Several years ago, I saw a portrait by George Romney at The Huntington Library and Gardens, and I immediately knew I had to reproduce it one day. The sitter, Susannah (Miller) Lee Acton, is wearing a cream redingote with wide lapels and huge capes. She has a large gauzy cap and fichu, and her waist is accentuated by an aqua silk sash that matches the ribbons decorating her cap. How could I not instantly fall in love? Read more...

Filed under: 1780s

Costume College 2017 - What I wore

August 23, 2017 - comments
And now for what I wore! Read more...

Costume College 2017 - Some Thoughts

August 23, 2017 - comments
Another Costume College has come and gone! This year marked my 9th CoCo, but my 10 year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that I once had the courage to fly across the country by myself to meet up with a bunch of strangers, but I did, and that first trip (and subsequent trips) introduced me to some of my closest friends. It’s funny to think how much Costume College has changed in the past ten years. Its grown significantly, with so many people and amazing costumes both during the day and at the official evening events, that it can be very overwhelming to a quiet, shy person like myself, even after all these years. Read more...

Filed under: Costume College, events

The 2017 Louisville Jane Austen Festival

July 24, 2017 - comments
I’m home from a wonderful weekend attending the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. I recently wrote about my experiences last year, and what a great event it is, but I must say this year was even better. Read more...

Filed under: 1790s, 1800s, events

Construction Notes On My New Little White Dress

July 2, 2017 - comments
My latest white 1790s dress (worn to a ball in Bath and at the 2016 Jane Austen Festival) was a bit of an experiment. I had been planning to make a new late 1790s white dress for some time. I wanted a gathered front for adjustability, but I didn’t want to do the exact same construction as my green sarcenet gown. You see so many different ways of constructing front gathered gowns in this transitional period, and I wanted to explore more with this style. Read more...

Filed under: 1790s
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