Showing posts from February, 2012

V60: 1770s Hair Notes

Feb 29, 2012 10 comments

Today's post is a page out of my dress journal.  I went through a great many images, a lot of them fashion plates, and broke down the va...

V59: New "Kensington" 18th Century Leather Shoes in Black and Red

Feb 28, 2012 11 comments

Last week I asked you all for your help in deciding what color Kensingtons to release first.  All three colors (black, red, and ivory) are...

V58: The Tim Gunn Petticoat of Suck

Feb 27, 2012 34 comments

I thought I'd experiment with matelesse fabric, a recommendation from a couple lovely readers, to get the whitework/quilted look.  Unfor...

V57: Mardi Gras / Carnevale 18th Century Costume + Hair

Feb 26, 2012 13 comments

I'm wearing tea-stained Georgiana silk shoes and Dauphine buckles - they were comfy, and didn't scuff or get dirty at all. Last...

V56: 18th Century Costumes from "Versailles: Countdown to Revolution"

Feb 25, 2012 24 comments

I watched a documentary series recently called "Versailles," covering, in three installments, the history of the palace and its mo...

V55: New "Kensington" 18th Century Leather Shoes - Vote For Your Favorite Color

Feb 24, 2012 24 comments

Hi Ladies! Once again I need your help, this time in deciding on colors for the new leather colonial shoe, "Kensington." Kensing...

V54: How To Create A Simple 18th Century Pouf

Feb 23, 2012 16 comments

A few nights ago I dressed my hair into a simple 1770s pouf style, for modeling at the Nevada Museum of Art .  I did this style using one ha...

V53: 18th Century Costume Modeling at Nevada Museum of Art

Feb 22, 2012 20 comments

Last night I posed for artists at the Nevada Museum of Art's costume painting class.  I wore the Revolution Dress I made last year, a...

V52: 1770s Pannier Experiments - Style 1

Feb 21, 2012 19 comments

In poking around the 1770s it becomes obvious that panniers are the thing to wear.  I've never made panniers before - I usually land in...

V51: 1957 Little Brown Dress

Feb 20, 2012 22 comments

Over Christmas I made a couple 1950s frocks I haven't shared with you.  In fact, I made this dress, then didn't have opportunity to ...

V50: 18th Century Hair of Tall Ships

Feb 19, 2012 14 comments

One of the iconic images we first associate with fashion of the 18th century is the Hair Ship, the tiny galleon perched atop a massive coif...

V49: 18th Century Quilted Petticoats

Feb 18, 2012 32 comments

I am thinking of quilting a petticoat.  My mom thinks that's insane, but it really seems doable, even for an inpatient girl like me. T...

V48: Reno's Vintage Motel Signs

Feb 17, 2012 4 comments

A few days ago I took a wander around Fourth Street in Reno, not the best place for a girl to be wandering, but I had on me the 1950s Zeiss...

V47: Results of the Great Button Boot Survey

Feb 16, 2012 34 comments

Awhile ago I asked you lovelies to take a survey on your preferences for Victorian button boots.  Here is what you all had to say...

V46: New "Imperfect" Section in the Shoe Shop

Feb 15, 2012 8 comments

Hi Ladies, I created an "Imperfect" section at the American Duchess shop , where you can find Devonshires, Georgianas, and Pembe...

V45: Edwardian Hair Mysteries Solved - Part 4 - Beginning Styling

Feb 14, 2012 10 comments

So far in this series, we've covered several aspects of Edwardian hair care and styling preparation , along with a few styling supplem...

V44: Sacramento Antiques Vintage Haul

Feb 13, 2012 27 comments

Victorian boots.  I didn't buy these, but they're cool to look at. You thought I was going to miss today's post!  I'm exh...

V43: 18th Century Experiments in Hair, and New $6 Neckerchief

Feb 12, 2012 5 comments

Last night I spent hours...HOURS...working on Edwardian hair styles, but I discovered that I needed more switches and hair pieces (today'...

V42: Edwardian Hair Styling Mysteries Solved - Part 3 - Rats, Switches, and Wiglets

Feb 11, 2012 6 comments

In the last two installments of this series, we took a look at how women prepared their hair for styling.  They used some interesting shampo...

V41: Edwardian Hair Styling Mysteries Solved - Part 2 - Brushing, Crimping, Fire

Feb 10, 2012 21 comments

Last time in Part 1 of this series, I introduced you to some rather "exciting" sounding Edwardian shampoo and hair dressing recip...

V40: Edwardian Hair Styling Mysteries Solved, 1905 - Part 1 - Shampoo and Other Scary Things

Feb 9, 2012 47 comments

The other day, while washing my hair, I began thinking about hairdressing habits of the past, and how we ladies today treat our hair in *suc...

V39: 1920s Beaded Flapper Dress Design

Feb 8, 2012 37 comments

Today Lady Carolyn invited me to participate in a presentation on 1920s fashion coming up at Reno's National Automobile Museum at the en...

V38: Progress on the 1912 Titanic Abbey Gown

Feb 7, 2012 20 comments

Well I've gone through all the easy bits now, and am on to the hard I-hate-these-parts bits, with my 1912 gown. The sleeves of the gow...

V37: Steampunk School Picture Day

Feb 6, 2012 4 comments

Last Saturday Chris and I spent the afternoon snapping photos of the local Steampunk club, "High Desert Steam."  We had access to...

V36: SuperStripe Sunday - Stripes in the 1770s

Feb 5, 2012 5 comments

Met It's Superbowl Sunday here in America Land.  I don't follow football, so I'll be burying myself in the sewing loft and tr...

V35: Starting on Fabric Stamping for Colonial Williamsburg

Feb 4, 2012 22 comments

Yesterday I thought I'd try my hand at stamping the linen/cotton I bought for one of my Colonial Williamsburg jackets . I don't h...

V34: Last Day to Pre-Order Astoria Edwardian Shoes

Feb 3, 2012 6 comments

Okay, Ladies, today is the last day to pre-order Astoria Edwardian shoes for the special $110 price. The Astorias have done super awe...

V33: Only Death and Taxes, in the 18th century

Feb 2, 2012 5 comments

I have done absolutely nothing costume-related in the past couple of days, and that is because I've started my 2011 taxes. /groan. ...

V32: Guest Post @ The Dreamstress, and Pierrot Jackets

Feb 1, 2012 0 comments

One of my favorite pierrots - from The Met Today I am a guest blogger for The Dreamstress .  I wrote a little article about Pierrot jack...

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