V232: Velvet Patches for 18th Century Dress Up, by Ruby Raven

Hi Ladies! Whilst visiting Costume College, a lovely lady, The Ruby Raven, gifted me with a delightful little box of velvet patches, or “mouches,” the kind ladies would stick to their faces in the 17th and 18th centuries.

I sometimes enhance facial moles I already have, but how much cooler would it be to stick a heart, star, or even a little bow on instead?

I’d have to be careful what was “said” with the mouches, though.  Like the Language of the Fan, where you placed your beauty spot meant different things.  For instance, near the eye means “irresistible,” but under the eye means “dangerous.”  On the corner of the mouth is “sexy,” but on the nose is “shameless.”

You can get one of these patch kits from Ruby Raven on Etsy.  It comes with a whole bunch of patches in different shapes and colors, along with a little bottle of spirit gum to attach them, and an information sheet about mouches.

Have fun!


  • Anonymous

    August 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    I wonder if you couldn't make them with some flocked scrapbook styled paper,and some scrap-booking punches. Adhering it with some eyelash glue.

    • Venefice

      August 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      I make mine by cutting tiny pieces of black velvet or other fabrics and I glue them with spirit gum. I think the glue for false eyelashes should also work or you can try to make your own glue with egg whites and sugar…


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