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Late 1780s Robe en Chemise Costume

When I tell people I like making historical costumes they always ask me, “Where are you going to wear that?” Well, guess what? I finally wore a costume to an event! I went to Dallas for the DFW Costumer’s Guild‘s annual Georgian Picnic. It’s a gathering of costuming enthusiasts where we dress up in 18th-century through Regency era clothes, eat, play games, socialize, and generally have a fun time. (from Festive Attyre’s Flickr album) Here’s everyone…

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Mid-Victorian underthings

Warning: this post is long. I’m sharing six (!!!) pieces I’ve made. All for costumes. I’m working on several historical costumes right now but this group of garments is for my 1840s costume. Some of these items are more 1860s/Civil War era, others much earlier, but they can still be used for the 1840s. Let’s start from the innermost layer and work our way out… Chemise: Made of white muslin, the chemise was like a big…

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Full Regency Era Costume

At last I have taken proper pictures of this costume! I’m wearing my Regency underthings along with a bodiced petticoat (which is exactly what it sounds like – a petticoat with a sleeveless bodice attached to it). The Dress first: Some soft blue cotton I bought locally at a store that no longer exists 🙁 If you’ve read my previous post on sewing Regency you’ll know that I’ve had such a hard time with Big…

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Venturing into the 18th Century

I know I haven’t been posting often lately but I feel I have a good excuse. Costumes. All the costumes. I’ve been dabbling in costuming work for the past year or so. If you haven’t been following along you can check out my previous Regency undies and dress and my recent cosplay. I’m working on garments from several eras right now but today I’m showing off my new 18th century undies. I’m going for a…

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Cosplay Adventures in Progress

Well, this is interesting. Trying something new today – cosplay! If you’ve never heard the term cosplay it’s basically dressing up like a character either from a book, movie, tv show, comic, video game, etc. It’s like Halloween for geeks all year round. I’ve been slowly making historical costumes on the side but this is something pretty different and I’ve never done it before. I thought to get started I ought to try something “easy”…

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Historical Sewing: Regency Dress

A few weeks ago I showed you some of the undergarments that support this Regency Era outfit. Here’s the finished dress (actually I’m wearing a petticoat under this, too, but didn’t bother to take pics). This is in fact not my first completed Regency dress but I wasn’t too excited about that one so decided to make another dress. I started with a blue stripe cotton from Hancock Fabrics and Butterick 6074, blending bits from both…

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Regency-era Underthings: More Adventures in Historical Sewing

Here’s a sneak peak at my new Regency era outfit (with a poor attempt at a turban to cover up my lack of long hair). If you remember I’ve been slowly working on historical costume sewing. I’ve made progress but until now no finished product has been blogged. For those unfamiliar, the Regency time period in terms of fashion spanned about mid 1790-1820s. Think Napoleonic era or Jane Austen movies. Columnar skirts, very high waistlines, lots…

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Interview with Andrea Schewe, Pattern Designer

Lately I’ve ventured into costume and historical sewing. It’s proven more challenging than I’ve expected. One of these days I’m going to post about the things I’ve made (like all my half finished corsets, ugh). But with costume sewing in mine I’m quite excited about this post! (Straight from King’s Landing Andrea’s workroom) A few weeks ago I some how found myself at Andrea Schewe’s incredible blog. She’s a costume and craft pattern designer for Simplicity and…

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