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

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · 1810s Undergarments · Regency Era

Review of My S&S Patterns Chemise and Short Stays

It is amazing that these little garments were about 10 years in the making, since I first bought the patterns in college (undergraduate, that is). I started the chemise in 2010 and completed it in the fall of 2012. I've since made one in a week, easily, as a birthday gift for a friend, so… Continue reading Review of My S&S Patterns Chemise and Short Stays

1810s Capsule Wardrobe · Costumed Events · Regency Era · Sense and Sensibility Gown

Review of My S&S 1810s Gown and the 19th C. Ball at Brookside

I am pleased to finally have a bit of time to be able to write up my review of this gown, which I completed in December 2018 for the local JASNA chapter's annual Jane Austen birthday tea. Unfortunately that day I had been sewing right up until I had to leave and so I was… Continue reading Review of My S&S 1810s Gown and the 19th C. Ball at Brookside

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