Don't you just love 18th century mittens? They are so beautiful and cute! I've done a bit of filming in cold weather, and I really, really needed something to keep my hands and underarms warm. Good think Mrs. Ann Bamford's inventory included 3 pairs of mittens! The Metropolitan Museum, Accession number C.I.44.8.9a,b These are the… Continue reading Smitten with Mitten(s)!
My original design idea I love the Middle Ages. I don't quite know when this love affair began, but I know it must have started fairly early, for I used to ski in the garden with only one staff (like the 19th century paintings of medieval skiers I had seen) before I was 10. When… Continue reading The Making of an Anglo-Saxon Noblewoman
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…
What do you do when you live in one of Norway's wettest cities, and the forecast promises that the heavenly sluices will open on the National day, when I'm going to be parading the streets for hours? Sensible, or less patriotic, people would have stayed at home. I, however, am not a girl to miss… Continue reading What is indeed up in the hood?
I am done with my Chemise a la Reine! And what a garment this is! The Chemise a la Reine, also known as the Gaulle or the chemise dress, was originally designet by Rose Bertin for no other than Queen Marie Antoinette, and based on the loose, light cotton dresses women wore in the West-Indies.… Continue reading A nightgown fit for a Queen!
This is not an exaggeration! Have you ever wanted a really large and nice skirt that took little time to make, that was adjustable, and that looked really fancy? LOOK NO FURTHER. 18th century petticoats, my darlings. I made two, in one evening, sewing by hand. How, you ask? Why, the secret is simple, flat… Continue reading THE MOST USEFUL SKIRT PATTERN YOU WILL EVER FIND!
It took hundreds of hours and millions of stitches, but these are my hand sewn 18th century stays! And here is how they were made: I used this pattern, and did the 1780s model, as it had the supportive "flaps" over the hips to help carry the weight of petticoats and dresses. First, I made… Continue reading About hold-in and push-up!
Chemise number two! Done exactly the same way as the first one, only without sleeves, and it works really well. Need ironing, other than that it's done! Here follows a small tutorial on how to do side-gores on skirts and dresses. This is by no means the only way to do this, but it's my… Continue reading Gore galore!
Here we go again... Once more, I am putting pictures of myself in my underwear online. This blog should come with some kind of warning... This is a chemise or underdress. It's made much the same way I make most of my medieval tunics, using rectangles, squares and triangles, making the most of the fabric… Continue reading Good chemise-try!