All posts tagged: 18th century

Robe à la Polonaise, ca. 1780, French, silk, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976.146a, b

Rate the Dress: painted pick-ups, 18th century style

Apologies for the delay in a Rate the Dress post.  It has just been a significantly busier week than I anticipated.  Better late than never, Rate the Dress is back on track with an 18th century confection featuring hand painted silk and a bustled skirt.  How will it fare… Last week: a 1910s number in embroidered pink chiffon I watched the comments come in for last week’s Rate the Dress.  When I thought back to them this week, I thought the final total must be pretty dismal: I had such a strong memory of dislike.  But when I looked back over them, and tallied the total, I realised that most people actually liked-to-loved the dress.  There were just a couple of people who really did not like it, and their reaction was so strong that it really coloured my memory of the comments. The Total: 8.8 out of 10 Like I said, mostly like-to-love! This week: Because it’s been such a busy week, my Rate the Dress pick isn’t particularly inventive.  Just a classic 18th …

1795-1800 muslin dress

A mental meh and a very-end-of-the-18th-century muslin gown

I was really excited about my trip to Australia, and an opportunity/excuse to make a new ca. 1800 dress. I’ve done very little historical sewing since last Costume College, and I’m definitely missing it.  Regency has been on my sewing wishlist for quite a while.  I had a length of muslin I found at an op-shop that was just asking to be a simple almost-white dress. Should be perfect! Unfortunately I’m pretty meh about the result. I’m not sure if it’s really the dress, or simply in my brain. I’m currently going through a really hard patch as a costumer and historical sewer.  Mentally, I need a certain amount of time to focus on a project in order to really do a good job.  And I also need to keep in practice in order to not only to keep growing as a historical sewer, but to just stay at the levels of sewing that I’ve achieved in the past. And for the last few years I just haven’t managed to make that time.  Between starting …

Theresa with a Fichu at Old Government House Parramatta,

A new 18th century fichu – HSM 2018 #5

I always try to have a bit of handsewing on the go, so I have something to work on while sitting in a waiting room, or whenever else I have a tiny bit of down-time (an all too rare occurrence in my life at the moment, sadly). My last handsewing project was another 18th c fichu – a twin to the one I made back in December, because it’s easier to cut a square and divide it into two triangles than to cut an individual triangle, so you might as well make fichu in pairs! I finished my fichu on the flight to Sydney, just in time for Theresa to wear it for my talk and our photoshoot at Old Government House in Parramatta, Sydney. There isn’t a great deal to say about the fichu’s construction.*  I cut it at 80cm/31.5″ along the straight edges, which creates a 132cm/52″ angled edge.  The little slit in it is 12cm/4.5″ long. The slit allows it to sit nicely and snugly against the back of the neck. The …