A Sheer Black Mantle

August 14, 2018 - comments
With the mad summer rush of the Jane Austen Festival and Costume College over, I finally have time to share some of the projects I’ve been working on this year. The first, however, is a project I started in 2015 but for various reasons didn’t actually wear until last month! Read more...

Filed under: 1780s, 1790s

A late 1780s/Early 1790s Oversized Muff (Plus a Mini American Duchess Book Review)

June 14, 2018 - comments
June seems like the perfect time to tell you all about my latest winter accessory, right? When I made my fur trim satin mantle this past winter, I also made a matching oversized faux fur muff.  Read more...

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1790 Cream Satin Mantle

March 23, 2018 - comments
My first completed project of 2018 is a cream satin late 1780s/early 1790s faux fur-trimmed mantle and matching muff. You’d think by now I’d have enough  18th century capes and cloaks, but there is so much variety in the accessories of the last quarter of the century, and I want to make them all! Read more...

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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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