Category Archives: Fashion

Are your Colours Like Their Dreams?

There may not have been an official ‘uniform’ for the women in the suffrage movement, but there were colours that helped the ladies identify each other. GREEN signified HOPE WHITE represented PURITY PURPLE meant DIGNITY/NOBILITY Their American counterparts would adopt GOLD, WHITE, & PURPLE as their colours. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on […]

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Recommended Read – Pride & Prejudice Annotated

I highly recommend this version of Pride & Prejudice. Not only can you read the book on its own, just read LEFT pages straight through. However, if you want to learn a ton and a half about the Regency Era, this is a GREAT resource. Instead of just reading a research book about the period […]

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Etsy Find – O’Lear Studios

Looking around on Etsy can be very inspiring and very expensive! The amount of ingenuity and creativity that goes into these shops is amazing! I just wanted to share one of my favorite Etsy Shops with you. One that I think has great products and their aesthetic is right up my alley. A dark, stone-cobbled […]

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Dolomite from Egypt

In researching for my stories, I love to pull in details that will help to ‘anchor’ the story in reality, even though it is fiction. Dolomite – a mineral mined in Egypt and valuable for a number of reasons First, we have a lovely image of earrings made with dolomite beads. No, these earrings are […]

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A Mystery in Blue

Wondering how they achieved the trim. The three row trim on the arm could have been sewn with a channel of satin, encasing string and stitching against the string for each of the three rows and then sewn into the seam. But, the trim on the bodice looks as if it might have been sewn […]

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Steampunk Doctor… Who?

“I’m the Doctor.” “Who?” “Precisely!”   Happy Halloween! Or as I like to call it “International Dress Up and Get Candy” Day! For those that saw my earlier post of the coat in process… this the final version. And like most ‘tech’ aspects of the arts, it takes awhile to make but is over shadowed […]

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Steampunk Doctor Who 4

Having the opportunity to sew for my son is wonderful… and to let me turn him into Doctor Who #4… in Steampunk? Ahhh… my heart smiles… So this is the coat in process… Trying to decide on closures and the finished length. The scarf is almost done… just need to weave the raw ends in… […]

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Making a Cravat from a Drafted Pattern

When I was making costumes for a production of “The Fantasticks!” I wanted to make “El Gallo” look something like Antonio Banderas in “Zorro” To do that, I needed a cravat pattern. After a pretty lengthy search online for instructions, I found a Steampunk Website with amazing ideas… Steam Ingenious¬† Very easy to follow… lots […]

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The Pompadour Porte-Jupe

“Dress Elevator” from Godey’s Lady’s Book (Civil War Period) This porte-jupe is composed of a belt, which is worn under the dress; the belt has eight joints round it, from each of which depends a piece of strong braid. These strings are all joined together in front of the belt, for those which hang down […]

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Making do…

“Such minute attention must be given the wardrobe to preserve it that I have learned to darn like an artist. Making shoes is now another accomplishment. ¬†Mine were in tatters. H. came across a moth-eaten pair that he bought me, giving ten dollars, I think, and they fell into rags when I tried to wear […]

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