Mar. 13th, 2017


by admin, December 14, 2014

I have been very remiss and forgot about my earliest introductions to costume history and remembered there is indeed a fashion plate I have wanted to recrete for years but never really settled on a fabric nor trim. So.



Urk, blurry phone pic is blurry. That looks like the lens has been steamed… And that is why it is only a thumbnail

Anyway. It’s inspired more than me. It was the image that Eiko used to inspire the Mina gown. At one stage I was going to use my Mina silk to make the plate as it was but with the dark blue rayon lace braid dyed black:



But I decided it really wasn’t working. However when I removed the dye from the lace suddenly I was thinking of sheer vertical gowns andwas basing all my ideas on the amount of sheer voile I had. But oh hoho! I now have an obscene amount of cotton net to make the floofiest fluffy sheer version of this gown possible!

And to support it I’ll finally make that white princess dress I have been meaning to make for a very very very long time!



And this super sleek style might have been very theatrical, this style can be used as a straight up dress.


I was going to try and do this when the trim was still dark but I an really tempted to used some pale pink all over daisy patterned cotton lace to do something with my voile. It will wind up looking a bit like Whistler’s Symphony in pink and white:

And I’m okay with that 🙂

Except I really also have loved Toulmouche’s work for so long…


Rose Caron on the left, A Girl and Roses on the right.


Okay so this tuned in to a quirasses and princess dress love fest….


Anyway, so these are most of my all time favourite images from this period.


Tags: cotton tulle, sheer victorian, victorian sheer

So far all of May, June, and most of July 2014 are back. These were my most popular posts and they are still all over pinterest. So this is a huge deal 🙂 After spending all day yesterday and Saturday getting images re-registered I wasn’t going to spend all day today editing, but well it’s been a long day so why not just keep going.

So nearly all posts up to December 2014 are backed up as drafts, so I’ve turned off auto posting for the next few days (well deactivated plugins because they still posted (only flaw in them so hey, not going to actually complain!)

Anyway. Just letting the odd one through- these are not saved here on lj/dreamwidth as this was the year of Tweet posts being the only crossposting option to lj 🙂

So most are not being crossposted (there are 182 drafts not counting the posts from May-June already put back in place 🙂

It’s a really good project right now, so time to back up!



by admin, December 19, 2014

Thought this was a line drawing, but it’s the one I remember.

To not is not just the general lines but how very smoothed up and high the bust and neckline are.

This is a key shape not always captured when museums display these dresses.

I’m happy to finally have it in my files again.

Visual History of Costume: the 19th century.


by admin, December 10, 2014

This will be cotton net and heavy guipure lace sewn in stripes. It will be a polonaise in the natural form style- so very long and quite tightly pulled back rather than up and back as you see in the two bustle styles.

There will be a cotton sateen fitted princess slip underneath. And the sheer matching train will be sewn to the hem of the striped portion- the number of horizontal lace stripes will depend on how much i have of the lace.

The net will have the lace sewn on in slightly flared lines then the fabric will be fitted with darts and seams.

(addit, March 13 2017, now I’m torn! I wanted to base my frock on the 1876 Harper’s Bazar print but these vertical lines, just with the lace no ribbon would work so well!)

Tags: cotton tulle, sheer victorian, victorian sheer


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