A Whim

July 20, 2013 - comments
Before I had even finished my new 1790s dress, I knew I had to make a little sleeveless spencer or over bodice to go with it. I've been wanting one (or several) for ages and this dress seemed like the perfect thing to wear under it. I had some blue silk velvet in the stash and using the pattern from my dress, I had a new accessory in a little over a day!
 
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1790s Cross Front Dress Finished!

July 17, 2013 - comments
With Costume College looming I kicked myself into high gear and finished the 1790s cross front dress this weekend.

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I Never Learn

July 10, 2013 - comments
I finally got to start my new 1790s dress and this is all I have to show for a week’s worth of work. It’s not that I haven’t been spending days working in the sewing room. No, my first attempt at the cross bodice was a complete and utter failure. It’s my own fault though. You would think that after nearly 10 years (!) of costuming I would learn to make a full mockup. Instead I get impatient and plunge ahead after just a few tries. It’s ok, really. At least I recognize my weakness. ;)

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Planning Ahead

June 8, 2013 - comments
Since I really don't need to make anything new for Costume College this year, and I have no other events planned for the rest of the year, I've decided to just follow my muse and make what I'm currently inspired by – late 1790s and early 1800s!

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The Ridiculous Bonnet: A Lesson in Go Big or Go Home

May 29, 2013 - comments
Another just because project, I got it into my head recently that I needed a late 1780s/early 1790s bonnet. Not a demure regency bonnet but a massive mushroom of a hat. I will admit this thing was a little overwhelming when I first put it on, but looking at my Pintrest board of inspiration images, I do think the scale is right. Sometimes it’s hard to get past our modern sense of proportion and embrace the crazy 18th century.

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