The inventory of Mrs. Ann Bamford includes lots of "night gowns". I think I've counted seven, most made from cotton or muslin, but some made up of fancy silk fabrics. The 18th century night gown was not a garment to sleep in, but closer to what we might call an evening gown. However, there is… Continue reading Bow-Chicka-Brown Gown!
Ready for another one? Let’s go! The “White Satin Stummager” does not specify fabric, but I guess it’s fair to assume she would have used something nice, like silk. I made a white silk taffeta petticoat not long ago, and I’d love for this stomacher to match that. The problem is that this petticoat is… Continue reading Do you have the stomach(er) for it?! Part 2
Mrs. Ann Bamford’s inventory, listing every garment and accessory she owned, includes the mention of two stomachers. A stomacher is that small, kinda triangular piece of fabric used to close the opening of a gown. Usually, they’re pinned to the stays, and then the front of the gown is pinned to the stomacher. The stomacher… Continue reading Do you have the stomach(er) for it? Part 1
The inventory of Mrs. Ann Bamford lists "A Black Bombazine Negligee and Pettycoat", and being naive and eager, I decided that this would be a nice spring project for me to fiddle with inbetween exams and applying for jobs. Famous last words... Do you know what a negligee is? I mean, when I hear the… Continue reading Words – and why they’re hard…
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!