1871 Yellow Gown…à la transformation

I'm back! Corona-ennui has done a number on me, but I recovered my sewing motivation upon seeing the Mimic of Modes announcement asking for pattern testers. Cassidy is working on a pattern taken from an extant 1870 bodice, and I loved the shapes; fortunately, she said yes to me testing it! If you'll recall, I created … Continue reading 1871 Yellow Gown…à la transformation

Size Inclusion YouTube Live

I know I haven't posted in a while - quarantine ennui got the best of me. I have been working on two projects and I swear I'll post about one of them soon! but in the meantime, I'd like to share with you a live discussion-cum-lecture I did yesterday with Abby Cox and moderated by … Continue reading Size Inclusion YouTube Live

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