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A Norland Frock for Miss Four

What do you do when you’re having a Georgian dinner and your littlest guest is very little indeed? You make a Norland Frock! Priscilla’s daughter ‘Tobie’ is now a little bigger than she was when she was Tobie to my Jareth, but she loves dressing up.  Like mother like daughter! She was going to be at our Georgian Dinner, and that gave me the perfect excuse to try Virgil’s Fine Good’s Norland Frock.  I know Amber’s research is impeccable (that’s why I collaborate with her on Scroop + Virgil’s patterns!), and who doesn’t want the excuse to make adorable little girl frocks? Fabrics I asked Miss Tobie what her favourite colours were to choose dress materials.  I needn’t have bothered.  She’s a girl between 3 and 8.  Her favourite colours are pink and purple! I don’t have a ton of either pink or purple in my stash, particularly not in the bright shades that the skirt wearing young fry seem to wear almost exclusively. A thorough rummage did unearth just enough pinky-mauve silk habotai for …

A recycled 18th century under-petticoat

I was given a beautiful nightgown last year with damage to the bodice, and I thought the skirt would make the perfect 18th century under-petticoat.  Under-petticoats were shorter petticoats tied over the shift, and worn under the stays, pockets, and over-petticoats.