• Robin's Egg Bleu

    August 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    As a fellow sewist of historical garments, I really appreciate being able to 'see' just how darned much work goes into these garments! It is absolutely gorgeous beyond words!

    The next time one of my acquaintences wants me to 'whip up' something for them, I am referring them to your blog so they can see for themselves the time and workmanship that really goes into this process.

    Always a treat to read your blog!

  • Anonymous

    August 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    How beautiful! I arrived here from elsewhere, but am so pleased to see your work. I wore a similar jacket (color, shape and style) in a former life as an interpreter at Plimoth Plantation. Seeing this has brought back many pleasant, tactile memories. Katherine Louise

  • American Duchess

    August 26, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Thank you for all the kind words! It's been a great project to work on, and I'm happy it came out so well!

    Stephanie Ann – this is an early 17th c. jacket. Similar jackets can be found in later Elizabethan, but this kind of garment became the all-around thing for women to wear in the middle and lower classes.

    Mary – FUDGE!!! I can't wait! I have ice cream that needs accompaniment!

    Robin – you're right, a LOT goes into making these pieces. I think it is goes back to the difference between a costume (in today's definition) and a piece of clothing. With the garments for re-enactment, it's essential that they be clothes, that they can take the wear and tear. You're right in the client often don't understand how long a garment can take to produce, even if you sew quickly.

    Anonymous – Mary sent me many photos of re-enactors from Plimoth Plantation, to use as reference for her 17th c. clothes! I'm so jealous…we don't have anything like that out here in the west.

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