About a year ago, I threw out the last pair of jeans in my closet and vowed to only wear what made me comfortable. Since then, I've been slowly making new garments and giving away clothing that I don't wear. I've been trying to make my skirts as long as possible, but suddenly having everything … Continue reading Mini-Project: An 1890s Walking Skirt
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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
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. All I will say here is that the women who wore these gowns likely had natural … Continue reading Waist Measurements Resource (25″/64cm+)
I wasn't able to sew much in the past few months, and I've been very productive this week to make up for it! (I'm blissfully ignoring the fact that Costume College is rapidly approaching...) I'm planning to attend a party on Saturday with a very specific dress code: black historical clothing. When I saw the … Continue reading 1790s Transitional Stays (and gown!)
This blog post will function as a continually-updated resource instead of a log. I do a significant amount of research on historical garments, both for my personal sewing and my academic work, and all too often find myself Googling "hem circumference 18__?" to help date extant gowns. Go ahead, guess how big these hems … Continue reading Hem Circumference Resource
This'll be a short blog, by virtue of the fact that it was also a short project (and I simply didn't take many progress pictures), but it combines my fantasy-style design with some late Victorian styles and Georgian sewing. I know, you're probably wondering where all of these menswear projects came from - my only … Continue reading Wizard Fashion: Menswear Edition