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Thank you! I generally try not to muddle the gorgeous garments with too much trivialities but sometimes they’re just too stunning or significant to me to hold back - I’m glad my comments are well-received!
crazygoatlady asked: How much do you know about historical accessories for women? I'm reading a book called the Stockholm Octavo, set in late 18th century Sweden and it extensively mentions fans. Do you know anything about fans as an accessory item?
The first question is very broad, since there are so many periods of dress and historical accessories for each differ. If you asked me about pockets in the 18th century or jewelry during the Regency period, I’m all over that. It’s hard to know everything about everything! But in general, fans have been in fashion since the middle ages - though in different forms, of course. In the eighteenth century, fans formed a smaller circle than the fans we typically think of today. They were beautifully adorned, with handles of carved shell, ivory, wood.. tiny scenes were painted onto the fans with extraordinary skill. Apparently, during this period fans were indispensable to all classes, rather than just a luxury item for the wealthy. There were folding fans and brisé fans, the latter of which is described in detail here (although that site also mentions lace fans, which is discounted by the first below source, and I’ve never seen a lace fan from this period!).
thepragmaticcostumer asked: Thank you for posting those sources for Eleonora di Toledo's wedding dress. I had been looking everywhere for a photo of it before they partially reconstructed it and the Extant Italian Dresses link you posted had that and so much more! My museum science thesis thanks you! :)
I’m so pleased I can be of assistance. Good luck on you thesis!
kckelso55 asked: do you have anymore pictures of work you have done, everything looks so amazing. have you done anything more modern, im getting into 60's pinup style, i really want to make a swimsuit. have you tried your hands at anything like that?
I haven’t completed anything in quite a while since I started my second year of college! I do have my materials with me, though, and I’ll post when I get to it..
I do 1950s, early 1960s at the latest. I made a swimsuit once! The bottoms were the easiest part - I altered a 1940s pants pattern! The top was quite difficult, though, because I don’t like extremely minimizing bikini tops so I wanted one with underwire, and when I was making this swimsuit I didn’t have much experience.. it kind of fell apart! But depending on the style you want, it probably wouldn’t be so hard!
cuppa-darjeeling asked: Goodness! You're making your own quilted petticoat? I was wondering, what are you using for batting? I haven't got the time to start one just yet, but it's on my to-do list.
I am! This time around, I’m not quilting it myself - I used pre-quilted cotton fabric from Joann, which has a polyester batting. I just don’t have the time to hand quilt before my Williamsburg trip! I am, however, planning on picking the seams of my cream silk satin petticoat after the trip and quilting that for future use.
Wool batting is the textile I’ve seen used most often by costumers who choose to tackle the hand quilted petti!
daughterofdecay asked: Please, put a "search" buttom or "archive" in the blog! Is hard to find the pics only based in the labels ;)Thanks!
There is now a search box in my header as well as a page for navigating frequently used tags here! :)
anythingtosay asked: Did you finish the 1860s ballgown? I'd really like to see it :)
I did not! My trip got canceled so I’ve moved on to my 18th century wardrobe that I’ll be needing this upcoming winter. The rose 1860s ballgown is on hold until further notice! (Even though the fabric is so luscious that I am extremely tempted.)
maenades asked: why did fashion change so much in the 20's?
Hemlines rose as a result of rationed fabric because of the Great War - they had less to use for the skirts so they became shorter. There was actually an attempt to lower hemlines again to ankle length after the war by the more stalwart, modest matrons, but the youthful fashionistas weren’t having it and the hems continued to rise! Knees became all the rage (they really did rouge them or put trinkets on their garters to show them off).
To explain the “boyish” figure that was en vouge in the ’20s, the silhouette had gradually been straightening and slimming since the early ’10s with the evolution of the corset shape until the hemline dropped in the 1920s to emphasize that even more.
hachiyoku asked: This might seem as a silly question but: What did the women wear under their dresses in russian in the early 1900-1920's ( petticoats, bustles or crinolines... Or something 4th? )
The undergarments spanning those 20 years changed dramatically throughout the time period. I don’t know about Russian specifically, but I have seen photographs of the royal family at this time period and the ladies wear the typical fashions.
In the 1900s, a woman would have worn an s-curve corset, bust and hip pads (under the corset), and petticoats. In the 1910s, the corset was straightened out (no s-curve, no hip or bust pads) and she wore petticoats, as always. In the 1920s, the fashions changed drastically and a lady had on much less underwear - usually some sort of little bra, a girdle-type structural garment to smooth everything down, and a slip.