While I finished the majority of my Victorian outfit this past December, I decided to put a little more work into it and wear it at this year’s Edwardian Ball as well. I won’t go into too much detail , but below are some in-progress and as-worn shots I was able to grab of the…… Continue reading Replicating the Late 1800’s in modern materials, part 3
So, it might not look like it, but I am self-taught when to comes to sewing and making corsets. My interest in fashion has always been pretty intense. I recall as a child wanting a particular item that wasn’t either in style or in-season and sadly having to wait years for the rest of the…… Continue reading My Reference Library
If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll have seen the corsets I just finished for “Moving Forward into the Past” at the Alameda Museum. While I take pretty detailed notes while I make each corset, it occasionally takes me a little while to move that information online. But now that the show is up…… Continue reading The Wedding Cake Corset
I love spats. I really do. As defined by Merriam-Webster, spats are a “a cloth or leather gaiter covering the instep and ankle”. Also called spatterdashers, these have been coming back in popularity as of late, which makes me immensely happy. So you can imagine how utterly thrilled I was to discover a pattern for…… Continue reading Gotta love spats
As you have probably gathered by now, I am not one for doing anything the easy way. I have this need to get something “just right” and often that requires a lot of creative license. For this year’s Edwardian Ball, I wanted to create an outfit that was reminiscent of the outfits worn at the…… Continue reading The Tweed Huntress Corset
I’m not one for a store-bought costume. I never have been. I find them cheap and tawdry—even the children’s ones, and they seem to be getting worse each year. Over the last few years, I’ve been making all of our Halloween costumes, pirate festival costumes and Renaissance faire costumes instead of buying pre-made ones. It’s…… Continue reading I’ve been spoiling my children.
The first year we attended the Northern California Renaissance Faire we had just relocated from Boston to the Bay Area. Most of my sewing things were still in storage and I found myself scrambling to put something together for my daughter. I hit up our local thrift shop and found a thin ivory cotton lady’s…… Continue reading Upcycling Renaissance