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Friday Review: Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques & Patterns, 1800-1830, by Cassidy Percoco

Last September I noticed that a new book on Regency fashion was due to come out at the start of October: Cassidy Percoco’s Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques & Patterns. Exciting! I’ve long thought that one of the things the historical costuming world is really lacking is a comprehensive book on Regency fashions.  I’ve also felt that my personal historical wardrobe is sadly lacking in some good Regency pieces.  Percoco’s book just might be the perfect answer to both needs! So I added the book to my wish-list, and made a mental note to check it out once it became available in New Zealand, or browsable online (the overflowing state of my bookshelves combined with the high cost of buying books in NZ, or getting them shipped here, means I have to be really committed to a book before I can allocate it shelf space).  And then the publisher wrote and asked if I would review the book for its Southern Hemisphere release.  Yes please! As it happened, that meant I got the book three days before Christmas, which is …

Review: Wearing History’s 1910s Camisole & Corset Cover pattern

Wearing History has an fabulous new pattern out and I am extremely excited about it 1) because it’s a kind of pattern that I’ve really wanted for a long time, and that is going to make my life a lot easier, and 2) I got to be a pattern tester!  (yay!). Wearing History’s 1910s Camisole & Corset Cover pattern has a low scooped neck back and front, slight fullness at the front and is suitable for wearing under or over a corset for all 1910s styles.  It can be made with or without sleeves, and with or without a peplum. I’ve really been getting into 1910s fashion, but my 1900s and 1910s camisole pattern (taken from an extent garment) is really skimpy, with tiny straps.  It doesn’t provide enough coverage to wear under the sheer blouses that were fashionable in the 1910s (yes, really!), is too delicate to be made into a 1900s ruffle-fronted camisole, and can be a bit revealing for models in 1910s underwear when I do talks.  So a 1910s corset cover pattern has been …

Review: The Wearing History 1910’s Elsie blouse

I’ve shown quite a few photos of my version of the Wearing History 1910s Elsie blouse in my discussion of Anzac Day in NZ, and talked about wearing it to do housework, but I thought you might appreciate a little bit of a review, and some sewing construction information – i.e. normal sewing blogger stuff. The Pattern: Like all the Wearing History patterns I’ve worked with, taping the pattern together is quite easy, and everything matches and goes together nicely. This is a reproduction of a period pattern, and (as stated when you buy the pattern), instructions are minimal (they are the very brief instructions given with the original 1910s patterns, with a ‘translation’ into modern sewing terminology), so it’s up to you to know how to sew a blouse together, either using modern blouse techniques, or period ones, if you want it to be more historically accurate. If you need help with blouse instructions, combining the instructions for the Wearing History Smooth Sailing blouse pattern and the Wearing History Edwardian blouse should cover everything you need to know …