Showing posts from March, 2011

Introducing the "Georgiana" 18th Century Shoes by American Duchess

Mar 29, 2011 34 comments

After months of work, finally the dream of our 18th century silk shoes has come to fruition.  The final sample pair arrived this morning an...

More Tea with Madame X - Progress on The Satan Bodice from Hell

Mar 28, 2011 7 comments

...did I say satan?  I meant satin, really.  Or is it the same thing... I'm starting with the most recent photo, because I'm too...

The Paperie - Custom Wedding Invitations by American Duchess

Mar 27, 2011 1 comments

[/shameless self promotion] I wanted to share with you guys another recent venture.  It's not related to costuming, but does have a fe...

Tea With Madame X -or- A Start to A Goth-tastic Gown

Mar 25, 2011 13 comments

Last week I put together a "quick and dirty" black satin bustle skirt to wear with my Steampunk outfits, but as all of you know, ...

1790s Wrap-Front Gown - More Progress

Mar 23, 2011 10 comments

The front crossing.  The ties will meet with as-yet-existent ties on the sides.  I love the adjustability of the drawstring, too...one ...

Historical Costuming vs. Historical Re-Enactment: What's the Difference?

Mar 21, 2011 88 comments

A re-enactor would never be caught dead in modern sunglasses and inaccurate mary jane shoes I'll be honest with you guys.  This morni...

1880s Bustle Skirt - It's Black, It's Shiny, It's Quick and Dirty

Mar 19, 2011 9 comments

Playing dress up with a pseudo Victorian shirt and a velvet waist cincher A very short time ago I found myself in a predicament, one tha...

New Vintage Goodness in The Boutique

Mar 17, 2011 1 comments

Last weekend's trip to Sacramento Towne brought back quite a few very lovely vintage items for the American Duchess Boutique on Etsy . ...

18th Century Shoes - The Second to Last Step

Mar 16, 2011 19 comments

The shoe as it arrived, white in color.  I added the rhinestone tension buckle. For those of you who have been following the production o...

How To Make an 18th Century Wig from an Affordable "Costume" Wig

Mar 13, 2011 22 comments

Earlier this week I espied on HalloweenCostumes.com a "Marie Antoinette" wig that looked surprisingly good.   My criteria for ju...

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