Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Then and Now

I was having a clear out and I found an old outfit I made nearly 10 years ago! The cut was inspired by French Napoleonic Uniforms and I used bits of braid and embroidery which  I had started collecting to trim it. I was amazed (and very happy) that it still fitted. The cut is not bad for my level 10 years ago although the sleeve pleating is totally wrong. This outfit was not based on any particular female garment of the period and I designed it to be worn for riding sidesaddle. However having seen some of the clothes of Queen Louise of Prussia whos outfits were very masculine style it is not too bad. At the end I've attached a back view of the pelisse I made for Compiegne this year. I had these cut steel trim bits for a while and they worked so well with the colour of the velvet.

I'll be posting pictures of my recent completed work next week. Thank you everyone for looking at my blog. Nearly 1450 unique visitors so far!!

Friday, 22 October 2010

An Eventful Year!

Some photos of my favourite events this year. There have been some amazing moments. From making the clothes for Marie Louise at Compiegne to the Jane Austen Society of Florence weekend. Thanks to Ester Paronetto and Ann Cockerton for the photos.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Seams Strange!

There is a particular style in English Regency Fashion which has always interested me, the dress with no under bust seam. This style is particular to England and is featured in fashion plates from around 1807-1811. My interest is how you would re-create this style? Looking at the various examples in fashion plates the dress still fits well. You can still see the shape of the body. As I am only referencing from fashion plates you must also allow for the difference between artistic license and reality. I would think the back is still cut with the curved side back seam and typical back pattern cutting of this period. Perhaps the dresses had an internal cord or tie which was attached at the centre front or back only and would give some sort of of control over the shape?   Next making project perhaps??

Monday, 4 October 2010

Fan Boxes- An Ideal Gift

My friend Allison Bristow has started to make customised fan boxes. They are lined in silk and covered in copies of late 18th century paper. She made these lovely ones for me to store a couple of my precious original fans. If you are interested in commissioning one please contact her at