Friday, October 25, 2013

A Short Pelisse, 1813

This pelisse was made to wear to my dear friend Maggie's wedding. The fabric was a gift from my friend Tyler, and there was just enough to get a short pelisse out of. You see "short" (what I consider anything shorter than the hem of the gown) pelisses throughout the 1800-1820 period like this one and this one from the collection of the Biblioth√®que des Arts D√©coratifs via Ginger's fabulous Flickr account. I was inspired by the trim on this pelisse from 1813.

The veil was a very lucky find on Ebay. Although as pretty as it is, the glare on it in sunlight is not so helpful!

My friend Emma was gracious enough to play photographer for me, and got some excellent shots. :)



Friday, October 18, 2013

Moar Wedding Pics!

We received our edited, official pictures (all 841 of them!) and I LOVE them! Here are just a few  of my favorites (really, a very, very tiny amount! It was so hard to narrow it down to make this blog post manageable!).



Thursday, October 17, 2013

A New Gown in My Future

So excited about the fabric I got today, I had to share! It will make a lovely gown and matching petticoat.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Plain Jane Gown

Nothing fancy, but very practical, and easily made "nice" and "respectable" with a few choice accessories. The gown is made from brown worsted wool and lined with linen, and is entirely hand sewn using period construction. The weather is quite cool this week, so I am happy to have a nice warm gown to wear while working in the tent shop! Some mitts are definitely in order, as well as a short cloak...

It was windy today and my cap was not cooperating. I also apparently had my cap too far forward on my head. But it was a long day!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Picture Posts are Coming!

I feel so bad for not being able to post pretty pictures for you all... Life is still pretty crazy, and to top it all off, my camera finally bit the dust! But I thought I could tease you with a couple of pictures I didn't take so you know that I actually am still sewing and making things!

I've been hired to help finish up work on the recreation of George Washington's tent. You can read more about this important project at its Facebook page ( and follow our progress via webcam (

Accordingly, I made up a simple wool gown to work in. Nothing fancy, just a fitted (en fourreau) back gown with matching petticoat. More later!

In the realm of pretty things, I made a new outfit to wear to a Regency wedding of some dear friends this past weekend. No pictures of that yet, but I did score a beautiful antique bonnet veil to wear with it!