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Five for Friday* – What I’ve been up to recently

What I’m working on: Regency stuff!  Last night I scanned and re-sized the 1810-20s stays pattern from Percoco’s Regency Women’s Dress, the 1795 transitional stays from Salen’s Corsets, and did the (super easy) re-sizing of  J.S. Bernhardt’s View C 1810s stays on Kleidung um 1800. And then realised that none of these is low enough to fit beneath my Recamier gown, so I decided to be super lazy and just draft a really simple pair of ca. 1800 transitional stays of the style beloved by reenactors, but not so common in extant examples or the visual records of the period.  I’m really trying to avoid reenactorisms, but this does seem like the best thing to wear beneath that dress in this case. Maybe…it’s entirely possible that I’ll have changed my mind by the next time I blog, and be well progressed on one of the other ones! What I’ve been reading: I’ve just finished Terry Pratchett’s Dodger, set in Dickensian (literally, as Mr Charles himself is a major character in the book) London.  Not my favourite Pratchett, …

Just two days left to get tickets for the NZ Jane Austen Symposium!

Ticket sales for the New Zealand Jane Austen Symposium close on the 25th of March!  Pop over to EventBrite to get yours! Saturday 8 April at the historic Thistle Inn, with period food and fantastic speakers. I’m going to be talking about Jane Austen & Regency fashion, with lots of visuals and reproductions. I’m using this as an excuse to make some of those key pieces I’ve always intended to make (or finish…), so there are going to be some exciting new things! In related news, you can expect some Regency garment construction posts here on the blog over the next couple of weeks! 😉

Paper doll collection, thedreamstress.com

A little bit of nostalgia: paper dolls

I had friends over for a ‘sewing’ afternoon (the closest we got to sewing was them trying on upcoming Scroop toiles to check the fit) a few days ago, and we ended up chatting about our childhood toys. I still have example of one of my favourite types of childhood toys, so I had a rummage in the boxes of semi-stored things, and unearthed my paper doll collection: I collected paper dolls from the time I was 8 or 9, when my parents let us choose any two things we wanted from the Dover catalogue for some special event (oh bliss!), all the way until university. These were the first two that I chose.  My interest in historical fashions was already clearly established! (I have my doubts about women wearing bustles under their bathing costumes in the 1880s though!) From then on, I got at least one paper doll book almost every birthday, Christmas or Ayyam-i-ha for years.  They were mostly the Dover Tom Tierney paper dolls, but there were a few other brands and …