One of my favorite aspects of historical costuming is wearing clothes that are so big and take up so much space. The bigger the better! More petticoats! Bigger hoops! Taller hair! It used to be that I pretty much only felt beautiful and confident in costume. I felt like I needed to be small and… Continue reading Taking Up Space
Here is it, you guys. The long awaited robe à la française! I originally started this gown over five years ago, while I was in grad school. It was rather unceremoniously abandoned because, you know, grad school. It languished...until now! The fabric is a silk brocade from Pure Silks, and I was actually able… Continue reading The Francaise
Let me tell you a little story about that time in 2017 when I was prepping for Costume College and completely gave in to incidental peer pressure. "Oh NO!" I said. I'm not going to make anything for the 60s theme for Costume College! That sounds kind of boring. I'll stick to REAL historical costumes.… Continue reading The 60s
Last weekend we attended the Jane Austen Festival in Lousiville, Kentucky, hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America. I really meant to take a lot of pictures and I really meant to be on time, but neither of those things actually happened. You see, we are only a two hour drive from Louisville,… Continue reading Jane Austen Festival!
Whew, it's been busy around here! This Saturday I'll be attending the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY, and a week and a half after that I'll leave for Costume College in LA. I've been buried in preparations. If you follow me on Facebook (and if you don't, you're missing out!), you probably saw this:… Continue reading Regency Accessories
One of my guiding principles for making a historical costume is to maintain my sense of self in the costume, no matter what the period is. I have to choose a style and fabric and accessories that speak to me, and find the "me" in the period. I think I did that pretty well the… Continue reading A Very Cute Regency Dress
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