I haven't had much time for sewing this week, sadly. We opened up a new exhibiton at work yesterday, about the Spanish Influenza, the flu pandemic which killed more people than the First World War 100 years ago. Late evenings translating texts and building exhibitons meant little time and energy for making stuff when I… Continue reading On slashes and feathers and being hella cute
Yesterday was Norway's National Day, one of my favourite holidays! On the 17th of May 1814, an assembly of Norwegian menfolk signed the Norwegian constitution, which made Norway an independent country after more than 400 years as a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Now, I know that the constitution wasn't actually very liberal, compared to… Continue reading National costumes on the National Independence Day!
So, there has been more than 2 years since the last time I blogged, for a dozen different reasons. First, I had to finish my master's thesis, while stressing over whether to look for a job or continue my studies. Then, all of a sudden, I got my dream job! Just out of the blue!… Continue reading OH MY GOD! IT’S BACK!
So, once upon I time I was signed up for a steampunk larp. Steampunk is kind of retro-scifi. Can you imagine how people used to think the future would be 150 years ago? Yup, that's steampunk. Sort of. Now, the larp was cancelled, but I still got to enjoy some period appropriate shaping underwear! The… Continue reading Does my bum look big in this?
I like skirts. I like dresses too, but skirts are so simple to sew, and can be used with everything. I wear them on top of dresses, with blouses, sweaters, T-shirts and a cardigal... So I thought I'd teach you the simplest way of making a skirt. This is the most useful skirt. It can… Continue reading A bit of a skirt
I love the circle skirt. It should be on the curriculum of every school, it is the best combination of maths, arts and crafts and history ever! Did you know that the circle skirt, which was important to Christian Dior's "New Look" from 1947, was so provocative and problematic in the 1950s that Queen Elizabeth… Continue reading We’ve come full circle!
It was a nice sweater. And I cut it up, removed parts of it, and adjusted it. You see, I really, really wanted a knitted cardigan for a second world war larp. I could not find the one I thought I had, and they had none I liked in any charity or second hand shops,… Continue reading The dissection of a sweater…
So, when there is only a couple of hours until you've got to be ready packed and in your car, heading for a caribbean island alá 1792... What do you do? You make a hat. Obviously. Time for a history lesson/tutorial! Broad-brimmed, low hats were really, really popular during the last part of the 18th… Continue reading That’s (t)hat!
So, I had a little photo shoot with my darling (patient and luckily quite childish) mother, and here are the results! I also did my hair and makeup to the best of my abilities... 18th century cosmetics consisted mainly of two different products: Blanc (white powder, often made up with lead or mercury, and hence… Continue reading 1792 – Here I come!
So, once upon a time, I gave myself a challenge - to make a dress out of stripey fabric, and make the stripes match. I've heard that's difficult. Apparently, rumours were true. However, I'm pretty pleased with the result! I'll try to recap how I went about making the bodice for my 18th century gown.… Continue reading The test…