So, I love sewing. It has been part of my life, on and off, since I was 10-ish, and more and more in the latter years. And yet, sometimes, I don't feel like sewing or creating anything for the longest time. I have been in one of these ruts this winter, in a real desert… Continue reading Sew with all the colours of the wind
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?
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!
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!
I've made stockings! It was so much fun, I made two pairs! I would probably have made three, if I hadn't spent a lot of fabric and time finding out how to make them fit me. I used the pattern and tutorial here (that blog is awesome by the way! I love it!), and the… Continue reading Stocking 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!