Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Greetings, a treasure from the closet and some modern bits.....

I wanted to wish all my friends and followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Before I take a break over the holidays I wanted to share some photos with you.

The first is a lovely silk/linen dress from the early 1900s in my collection. Sadly the silk is quite damaged but it is nice to study the details. It is mostly machine made. The bodice is shaped by pin tucks.



Embroidered panel with metal threads and tiny paste stones.

Covered button detail.

Side back fastening with metal hooks and handmade loops.

Loop detail.

Hem detail. Machine made with the fullness pleated at intervals. Interior seams left raw.



Finally I do sometimes like to use some of my antique treasures in my clothing. The first example are a pair of cut steel decorations which I used to decorate the back of a modern top. I did this by extending and finishing the opening in the centre back. I then mounted each piece on black tulle for support and hand stitched them to either side of the opening.





I joined these two military cuffs decorated with goldwork embroidery to make a belt.




Thank you for all the positive comments and suggestions throughout the year. See you in 2014!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Book Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all those who entered the competition and for your lovely positive comments. All the names were put into my best Regency bonnet. My mother had the honour of drawing the winning name.





"Drum roll".......The winner is Michael Deibert! Congratulations! I have emailed you. I hope you enjoy the book. 


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Creating Historical Clothes Book Giveaway


Greetings to my followers! I have a copy of 'Creating Historical Clothes' by Elizabeth Friendship to give away. Here's the press release,


"Create stunning costumes for women in a range of historical styles, from the mid-16th century to the
end of the 19th century. Spanning 400 years of fashion history Creating Historical Clothes covers
everything you need to know to create stunning costumes for women.
Taking you from the bodices of the mid-16th century through to the bustles of the Victorian era,
Elizabeth Friendship’s instructions and diagrams will ensure you get each period detail spot on. You’ll
learn to draft and cut patterns to build your own historical costume wardrobe of perfectly fitted and
historically accurate gowns and garments. Friendship’s unique method of pattern drafting ensures that
they can be adapted to fit wearers of all shapes and sizes.
Lavishly illustrated throughout with historical paintings and illustrations Creating Historical Clothes is

ideal for costume students, professional historical dressmakers and amateur costume enthusiasts alike."

I was very impressed by this book. The patterns and instructions were easy to follow and the book was well illustrated throughout.

So if you would like to win a copy please add your name in the comments below. I do have to sadly moderate the comments first due to spam messaging so your name may not appear straight away. The competition closes on December 10th at 09.00 UK time. The winner will be chosen by random and I will announce the name on my blog on the 11th December.