1810s Capsule Wardrobe · Black Snail Ball Gown · Regency Era

Video of Fitting Black Snail 0119 Regency Dress

I've been working on the idea of a regency ball gown. My first regency gown was intended to be all-purpose, dressing it up or down with accessories to suit the occasion. Now, though, I'd like to make something closer to a typical white muslin ball gown, and preferably one that didn't have such a binding… Continue reading Video of Fitting Black Snail 0119 Regency Dress

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · 1810s Spencer · Build-A-Wardrobe · Regency Era

Completed: Regency Sleeveless Spencer

Photo by Rebekah Markewich. I'm so pleased with the overall look I've been developing with my regency accessories and this sleeveless spencer has really been the cherry on top, I think. Other accessories seen in the photos include a fichu and bonnet I had made previously, a necklace (actually made from 18th c. beads!) which… Continue reading Completed: Regency Sleeveless Spencer

1810s Accessories · 1810s Capsule Wardrobe · Accessories · Build-A-Wardrobe · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Regency Era

Planning for a Picnic: New Regency Accessories

Our little group of regency picnickers has decided to get together again this June, so I am trying to use the deadline to motivate me to sew some new regency accessories. Black Snail's Sleeveless Spencer I bought all the regency era Black Snail patterns during a sale awhile back, but have yet to use them.… Continue reading Planning for a Picnic: New Regency Accessories

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · 1810s Redingote · Build-A-Wardrobe · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Regency Era

A Regency Redingote Update

For the month of January, I hosted a #wednesdaywinterhistoricsewalong on Instagram, and coordinated a weekly Zoom sewing hour with some friends to motivate us to do just a bit each week. I'm not good at chunking out a project in this way, usually I start dreaming that I'll finish a whole project! I have all… Continue reading A Regency Redingote Update

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

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · Costumed Events · Regency Era

A Regency Picnic

Happily, not all the costume events were canceled this year. Caitlin, The Victorian Archivist, hosted a socially-distanced regency picnic this Labor Day weekend at Saratoga Spa State Park through the Empire State Costumers group on Facebook. In all, six of us attended so it was quite perfect. It was so lovely to meet new people… Continue reading A Regency Picnic

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · 1810s Redingote · Regency Era

The Regency Redingote Project: Research – Fabrics and Colors

*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* This post was originally written about a year and a half ago, so my updates about the project regarding the… Continue reading The Regency Redingote Project: Research – Fabrics and Colors

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

Academic Research · Regency Era · Self-Fashioning and Jane Austen

Self-Fashioning and Jane Austen 2: The Mystery of the Surplice Gown

This is a series of posts exploring quotes from Jane Austen's letters which reference fashion and dress. "I have had my new gown made up, and it really makes a very superb surplice. I am sorry to say that my new coloured gown is very much washed out, though I charged everybody to take great… Continue reading Self-Fashioning and Jane Austen 2: The Mystery of the Surplice Gown

Children's Clothing · Conservation Projects · Regency Era

Wet Cleaning an Infant Shirt for Conservation Part 1

Dear readers, the beginning of the semester has swept me away as usual and here it is a third of the way through and I haven't written anything here since winter break. Since I have several reports from last semester that I would like to discuss here, I am going to try to take an… Continue reading Wet Cleaning an Infant Shirt for Conservation Part 1