For once I have a decent number of gowns to wear to a big event, but what I *don’t* have is a selection of accessories to help with what might be quite chilly weather. With a month and a half until we leave, I can surely knock together some of these things:
Gloves and/or Mitts
I’m leaning more towards the gloves. I’ve had this Butterick glove pattern for ages and never used it, so I’m thinking of giving it a try with some thin leather, but I might just buy doeskin opera gloves instead…
A Fur Muff
Lots of people (Koshka, Leimomi) have been making muffs lately, so I don’t feel completely at a loss when it comes to figuring out how to make one. I have some old vintage sable fur that would be perfect for the job, and has been waiting patiently in my stash for something like this.
|Madame Molee-Reymond by Vigee Le Brun (Louvre)|
A Mantle or Cape
Short or long, wool or silk, I haven’t decided yet. Here’s some inspiration:
|Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur og Design – 1780-1810|
|The Met, cape (and muff), last third of the 18th c.|
|The British Museum, 1778-1779|
|The Fashionable Past|
Okay, so maybe I’m leaning rather towards a silk mantle with furry or fluffy bits…
A Calash Bonnet
I’ve wanted one for ages. I know it won’t provide much warmth, but it’ll look cool and cover a high hairstyle, in case it’s misting or snowing or anything like that. There is a workshop during the convention, but I’m afraid it’s going to book out before I can register. It’s also during another workshop I think I might like to go on instead, so I might have to figure the calash out on my own. 🙂
|The Met, c. 1790|
|The Met, 18th c.|
A Few Other Things I’ll Need or Would Like…
- A new bergere – mine are much too large
- An additional cap, because I only have one
- A quilted petticoat
I Also Need To Make or Fix or Finish…
- A shirt for my riding habit
- The gilet for my riding habit (because I don’t think the jacket will close anymore)
- The trimmings and whatnots on the LACMA Francaise
- Full reconstruction of my Weddingote (may may not happen)
UnknownJanuary 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM
If making the hooded cape, i suggest lining the hood with a silk of some sort… it will help to protect the hair… would and linens tend to be kinda grabby… this I have learned the hard way. Have you though of a traveling mask? that would be totally awesome!
Lauren StowellJanuary 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Great tip! I was reading that the red cape in "Costume Close-up" was lined in silk in the hood, but not the body of the cape. That makes perfect sense now.
I hadn't thought of a traveling mask – never heard of a traveling mask, in fact, but now I am INTRIGUED!
UnknownJanuary 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM