All posts filed under: 18th Century

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 …

Rate the Dress: a galant Nymph in a Robe a la Chinoise, retroussée

Last week for Rate the Dress I showed a late Victorian walking dress, which the Mint Museum had styled as a skating suit.  The mad authentic steampunk-ness of the ensemble captured some of your fancies, but the overall response ranged from quite negative to ‘it’s nice, but I’m not impressed’, so 7.3 out of 10. My description came in at top points though! This week I present another ‘walking’ dress, but this one with even less pretense of practicality: Believe it or not, this is an outfit for walking (in the late 18th century sense at least).  Our ‘galant nymph,’ parasol at the ready, is hastening (‘tranquilly’, no less) toward the Palais Royal. Her ensemble is described as a robe a la Chinoise (I believe that is meant to be Chinese inspired, and the parasol probably added to the effect), with the skirt lifted up  to reveal her striped petticoat and tucked through the pocket slits (retroussée). The nymph’s bodice is also striped, with a striking chevron placement going up the centre back, and uncharacteristic (for the 18th …