All posts filed under: 18th Century

Rate the Dress: A Lady on Horseback

Last week I showed you a really frilly, over the top 1870s dress – but in a very restrained colour scheme.  Unsurprisingly, for most people whether they liked it or not came down to whether they are maximalists or minimalists, though some with more restrained tastes conceded that it would look spectacular from a distance.  Surprisingly (to me at least) one of the things it got the most criticisms for was the black trim.  I thought the harshness of the contrast balanced the too-busy, too-sweet trim of the rest, but I was very much in the minority (though not entirely alone) in liking it!  The dress came in at 7.6 out of 10. For this week’s Rate the Dress, let’s look at some very feminine menswear inspired clothes in the form of a fluffy, pastel-y riding habit: Let’s take a slightly closer look: Campeche’s luxuriously attired horsewoman sports a white satin skirt, and a jacket and double-breasted waistcoat in robins egg blue satin, with white facings and self-fabric buttons.  Her cuffs and cravat are of hard to make …

A skirt for Mariana Victoria

Remember this? And this? Yep, back in Jan/Feb I started a 1720s Robe de Cour.  It was meant to be done in July, but things have been so hectic with the new house that it didn’t happen.  But I have been steadily plugging away at the skirt – all by hand. I sewed the side seams (running back-stitch) in meetings: Set in a linen hem facing in between teaching students: Hemmed it while playing Scrabble with Mr D in Vanuatu: And painstakingly pleated and re-pleated to get the pleats just right while waiting to speak at events. And finally, finally, FINALLY it’s done! (only I might have to re-pleat it once I try it over the right hoops – but shhhhhh!) Now I just need to do the bodice, make 1720s hoops, the train, the lace sleeves, and do all the metal lace trim and embroidery.  That shouldn’t take me long. Maybe a year or so?  😉 The Challenge: #21 Re-Do Challenges I am Re-Doing:           #1 Make Do & Mend: made from old curtains, …

Rate the Dress: Out of time in 1887

Last week I showed you an 18th century fashion plate, and to a man (or lady) you agreed that it was terrible.  However, some of you thought it was so terrible that it became awesome.  And some of you thought it was a terribleness composed of lots of nice bits, just not together.  And some of you thought it was just terrible through and through.  So our galant nymph came in at 4.3 out of 10, which is the lowest rating we’ve had in at least two years!  Ah well, better to be memorable and terrible than not to be remarkable at all? This week, despite the HSF theme being Terminology, I was inspired by the upcoming theme #20: Alternative Universe, because there is something about this particular ensemble that strikes me as being quite out of time (and look, it’s even been sold by Time Traveller Antiques!), and also because I see it as being an interesting flip to last week’s frock. The late 18th century redingote inspiration of this late 1880s dress is …