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NZ Sew & Eat Historical Retreat Food thedreamstress.com

The Sew & Eat Historical Retreat – the food

Aren’t you glad that the Otari Hoodie Sew Along is finished? First, it means that some of you have awesome hoodies that you can wear.  And second, it means that I can stop blogging hoodie instructions, and go back to blogging about random historical things, and whatever else I’m working on. Right now, the ‘random historical things’ means catching up on all the stuff I haven’t been blogging about while I was hoodie-ing, starting with the Sew & Eat Historical Retreat. I promised menu details in my first post, so here is more information. The real credit for the menu and cooking goes to Nina, who put together all the more spectacular and involved items, most of which I would never dare attempt*.  Hopefully she’ll blog more details about her food, so mine will be a briefer overview. I didn’t manage to photograph everything, as I got too excited about actually eating things, and just having fun. Friday Dinner: ‘Malaga-tawnee Curee’ with potted hare Friday’s dinner was based on two extent Regency curry recipes (one belonging …

Ramsay to Renoir thedreamstress.com

Ramsay to Renoir in photos

My charity talk for LifeLinc went off beautifully last weekend, thanks to fantastic organisation on their part, and an absolutely wonderful set of models. Here are my favourite photos of the day: I couldn’t bring a full contingent of shoes down to Nelson, and the ones I did bring didn’t fit Miss Francaise that well, so we had fun with her shoe collection. Sometimes it’s nice to be historically accurate, and sometimes it’s nice to rock My Little Pony high tops. The Frou Frou Francaise was wearable-done, but needed more trimming.  Having seen it on a model, I’ve decided I’m not totally happy with the back pleats or sleeves, and am going to re-do those. Miss Ninon was the youngest model I’ve ever worked with, and looked absolutely perfect. And what luck to get a model who looks exactly like Jane Bennet! Thank you thank you to all the models, and to everyone who came.

The Pictoral Review, July 1916

Lingerie frocks from the Pictorial Review 1915 & 1916

Following on from my terminology post about lingerie dresses and lingerie frocks, here are a few more advertisements featuring lingerie frocks from the June 1915 and July 1916 issues of the Pictoral Review magazine. These illustrations show patterns sold by the American Fashion Company.  The detailed images give ideas for fabrics and trim, while the simple line drawings show the basic dress lines. Pictoral Review June 1915 Pictoral Review June 1915 Pictoral Review June 1915 The simple line drawings also show other pattern variants, like the fancy puffed mameluke sleeves of 6203, instead of the simpler sleeves shown above. Pictoral Review June 1915 The July 1916 page shows fashions for spectators and sportswomen.  It should be pretty clear which is which! This page is quite interesting, because it shows how garments were considered ‘frocks’ or ‘dresses’ even when they were two-piece garments. (side note, how adorable are those hats?  The sculptural ribbons on the one with the plaid dress, and the little tipped-up bergére revival hat on the far right… delicious!) Check out how the …