Showing posts from May, 2009

A Wild Hair : When Good Wigs Gets Better

May 26, 2009 5 comments

At about 3 A.M. one morning I decided my 18th century "big wig" just wasn't big enough. It's not that I thought it ugly, ...

The Amazing Crafthat Pt. Deux : Finishing!

May 24, 2009 1 comments

When we last looked at our friend The Amazing Crafthat , the crown had been cut off and the brim shaped into a lovely curve, using the spray...

Behind the Masque: Owl Mask Concept and References

May 19, 2009 5 comments

What is more intriguing than and 18th c. Masquerade (and it's masks)? American Duchess' first monster project, which all the dress ...

Butterick 18th C. Stays - In Progress "Glamour"

May 15, 2009 5 comments

For all the corset and bodies I've made, the 18th c. version, called "stays," is new to me. I picked up a Butterick (B4484) ...

The Top 5 18th c. Costume Blogs On the Web

May 13, 2009 4 comments

The time has come for the first official "Duchess Awards" to be given out for five of the best costume blogs around, covering 18t...

I'm NOT Crazy! - Examples of Incredible Feather Gowns

May 8, 2009 2 comments

Holy Mackerel! Look what I found wandering the interwebs! This is an Yves Saint Laurent gown made of pheasant and vulture (vulture!?) fe...

Hair of Great Enormity - a Practical How-To...

May 7, 2009 6 comments

Get ready ladies. This is the post you've all been waiting for! A step-by-step guide to creating 18th c. monster hair from a long synt...

1795 Open Robe: The Sheety Toile

May 5, 2009 3 comments

The time has come to create the pattern for the 1795 Open Robe! I printed out my scan of the Janet Arnold "Patterns of Fashion" r...

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