18th C. · Conservation Projects

Historic Reproduction and Conservation Stitch Samples

As usual, I have taken on too much this semester and have been unable to do any posts and non-school sewing. However, I have to make stitch samples for my conservation portfolio, so I thought at the very least I could post about that. I was surprised to find out that a number of students… Continue reading Historic Reproduction and Conservation Stitch Samples

18th C. · Academic Research · Regency Era

Independent Study: 5 Regency Dresses

If you've been on my instagram lately, you might have seen the sneak peeks I've been giving of my independent study this semester. Well, here is the reveal! The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth is allowing me to study 5 late 18th century and early 19th century dresses which they recently acquired. Here are my… Continue reading Independent Study: 5 Regency Dresses

18th C. · Conservation Projects · Regency Era

Wet Cleaning an Infant Shirt for Conservation Part 2: IDing and Dating the Object

23 SEP-22 OCT 2019Supervisor: Professor Rebecca Kelly for TMD 538, University of Rhode Island I had some hunches about what periods this shirt might be from based on the pieces being cut from geometric shapes. It resembled my 1810s chemise I made, as well as patterns I have seen for reproducing 18th century Western European… Continue reading Wet Cleaning an Infant Shirt for Conservation Part 2: IDing and Dating the Object

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · 1810s Redingote · 18th C. · Regency Era

The Regency Redingote Project: Research – Primary Source Images

*Please note that the original title of this project was "The Regency Spencer Project", and that post titles have been updated with the name "The Regency Redingote Project" to reflect the evolution of the project* The first step in starting a new project is research, research and more research. When I teach design I explain… Continue reading The Regency Redingote Project: Research – Primary Source Images

18th C. · Accessories · Garters · Quick and Thrifty · Tutorials

Quick and Thrifty 18th C. Garters: A Tutorial and Short History

Before the advent of such conveniences as pantyhose (the 1960s) and rubber elastic (the 1820s), how did folks hold their hose up? For after all, hose were originally more like what we now call "stockings" or "knee-highs", two individual legs with little natural ability to hold themselves up. As some humans migrated to colder parts… Continue reading Quick and Thrifty 18th C. Garters: A Tutorial and Short History