All posts tagged: 1770s

Rate the Dress: a 1770s belle in lacy bells?

Last week I showed you Elizabeth Craven, Lady Powis, in her all-over embroidered early-Stuart jacket and skirt.  It’s an outfit that I love SO MUCH.  Everything about it makes me happy.  It’s got blossoms and berries and birds and bees and bugs and other ‘various sundrie spottes’.  It’s like Spindle’s End got turned into an outfit.  I want it, oh, I want it!  The only reason it isn’t top of my sewing list is that I would be 70 before it was done if I started today. So, umm, slightly biased. And many of you agreed, giving it a satisfying 13 of 27 10/10.  But some of you who didn’t agree really didn’t like it much, pulling the score down to 8.8 out of 10.  That’s OK, I still adore it! Now, on to this week! A confession: I just wasn’t feeling Rate the Dress this week.  We spent the weekend painting the house, and cleaning the house, and my Mon & Tue work schedule was incredibly hectic, and I just didn’t want to blog. …

Panier Along #1: Pattern pieces

Yay!  Hello!  Welcome to the Panier-Along!  Over the next two weeks I’ll be walking you through making 1770sish paniers. To start with, check out the Materials List. Now that you have all your materials sorted, let’s get the pattern figured out, and your fabric cut. I’m using a lovely heavyweight linen in a sort of pinky-terracotta that was in my stash. It’s got some light fading, but is really ideal in terms of weight and the tightness of the weave: it will support the boning well without being too thick to pleat. I know I said I’d be machine sewing, but linen is such a pleasure to hand-sew that I have changed my mind, and will be hand sewing it. The pattern pieces for the paniers look like this: There are two of each (one for each side of the paniers), and they are laid out as I cut them from my 45″ wide  fabric.  The rectangles are pretty self explanatory, but here is how to draft the panier bottom: Start with a 10″ pattern …

Baroque & Rococo Out-takes

Last week I was privileged enough to do a photoshoot with Mandi of A La Mode Photography for Radio New Zealand.  The photoshoot will be featured on the Radio NZ website to coincide with a programme developed by Clarissa Dunn, who collaborated with me on the Grandeur to Frivolity talk. The day was just fantastic – three gorgeous models, and Clarissa as an (also gorgeous) advisor and model all in my 17th and 18th century outfits, hair and makeup fully done. Mandi took a whole series of formal studio portraits while I madly ironed and laced and did hair while all the models who weren’t in front of the camera helped.  She’s posted a sneak-peek of the shoot on her website, and now I’m even more excited about seeing the rest, if that is possible! After the formal studio shots it was time for fun.  We ventured out into the streets of Petone, and I captured a series of very un-serious and un-historical, but totally fabulous, images of the models blending modern life and historical dress. …