1916 Plaid Dress

We have several events coming up this year that require interpretation in historical clothing around the 1910s-20s. I took the opportunity to get my feet wet in this era, as the closes I'd made to date was my 1903 ensemble. After a bit of browsing and with my deadline in mind, I decided to take … Continue reading 1916 Plaid Dress

1660s Dutch Ensemble: Everything Else (& final photos!)

1660s Dutch Ensemble The Bodice The Huik Everything Else (you are here) Shift I actually left this and the partlets until the end, though they're first in this post! I was torn between making a low-necked shift (appropriate for elite women) and a high-necked shift (everyone else). Some paintings do depict wealthy women with high-necked … Continue reading 1660s Dutch Ensemble: Everything Else (& final photos!)

Resource: Jumps, 1702-1882

Jumps: What, where, when, and why... This is a resource page dedicated to collecting textual references to women's jumps, a somewhat mysterious undergarment of the long 18th century. I have excerpted definitions, translations, news articles, court records, and published books and magazines from 1702-1882. For a general overview of corset terminology, check out The Dreamstress. … Continue reading Resource: Jumps, 1702-1882

It’s a Bee! It’s a Hufflepuff! It’s a Sunflower!….The 1871 Black & Yellow Gown

Hello hello, and welcome to my post-Costume College report! I haven't sewn much this year (by my standards), and in the run-up to CoCo I was feeling the pressure to create something new - a showstopper for gala night, but also something that I could really flex my skills with. The kicker: it had to … Continue reading It’s a Bee! It’s a Hufflepuff! It’s a Sunflower!….The 1871 Black & Yellow Gown

Extant Garments Waist Measurement Resource (25″/64cm+) (700+ garments!)

Several bloggers have already written good posts explaining why the myth of the average 18" waist exists (and persists!), so look through the links below if you'd like a refresher on survival bias, 19th century photoshop, and male fantasy. Busting Corset Myths [Video] I Grew Up in a Corset. Time to Bust Some Myths. (Ft. … Continue reading Extant Garments Waist Measurement Resource (25″/64cm+) (700+ garments!)