Happy Birthday, American Duchess

Yay, this blog is a year old! (well, belated 2 days, but close enough!).

Once upon a time it was “The Barn Owl Gown,” a blog dedicated to nothing more than chronicling my journey through making that insane feather monstrosity I wore for Halloween.  Not too long after that I realised I was writing much more about all kinds of *other* 18th c. things, and that I ought to expand the blog to be more general, cover more topics, and reach out to more people.

A year later, American Duchess has 125 followers (whee!), gets well over 100 unique hits per day (whee!), and even has its own clothing line and Etsy shop (yay!).  The main goal is still and will always be to write good, useful articles and help out fellow costumers who may be stumped by things I am also stumped by (wigs, hatmaking, etc.).  I like to add my insights (two cents, or pence for my UK lot), what’s inspiring me, and other random bits that hopefully make American Duchess a well-rounded blog.

Thank you all for reading and returning, for leaving me comments (love!), and for helping create this amazing international group of historical costumiers!


  • Vintage Gams

    March 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Congratulations! Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping us supplied with lively reading content. Best wishes for another year!

  • Le Thief of Gentlewomanliness

    March 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday Loveliness to you!

    Thank you for your interesting posts, always served with a health shot of humour and genuine-ness (OK, I know that's rubbish wording, but hey … ).

    And huzzah for us British lot 😉

  • Duchess

    March 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Thanks ladies! It means so much to me that you enjoy my articles and posts and zaniness! I can say the very same things about your blogs as well – I love that we have this community of online costumers!

  • Allegrette

    March 14, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    Here's to another year!
    In my humble, newbie-blogger opinion you've succeeded in your goal thus far; stumbling across this blog gave me the inspiration for my first period costume piece, and perfectly detailed instructions on how I could create it. (In the near future, I plan to fully read those instructions and end up with a much better end product than my first plastic hat.)
    Happy birthday, American Duchess!

  • American Duchesse

    March 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Thank you so very much! I'm so flattered when you tell me I've inspired you, and it also motivates me to post more tutorials! Here's to the next year of goodness!

  • Fiona-Jane Brown

    March 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    belated happy burfday – nice to know the blog shares its birthday month with me!! Keep up the good work, Laur!


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