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Madame Ornata as Aline

For our last photoshoot Madame Ornata borrowed my ‘By the Seashore’ ensemble and went as Aline. It’s fun to see the ensemble on someone else, and it fits Madame O better than I because the skirt is a bit short on me. And she got to try out the new bonnet!

The finished pen en l’aire (finally!)

As promised, Madame Ornata’s lovely, gorgeous, sublime pet en l’aire.  With lovely, gorgeous, sublime pictures by Sarah (aka Diana Villiers) ’cause the ones I took on this photoshoot weren’t nearly as good! Don’t you love the colours?  And the hat? The hat sure is something isn’t it?  That veiling goes past her waist! And look at the beautiful detailing on her stomacher!  She made the silk roses herself (mad handsewer) and the ruffle is real metal silk. Clearly, Madame O’s stays are doing a good job 😉 Every proper 18th century photoshoot should involve a session on the swing!  The rubber matting isn’t exactly historical, but her joy sure makes up for it! Standing on the pier at Bath perhaps?  The Georgians did like the seaside! More seaside fun Some very improper behavior for an 18th century lady! For more fabulous photos from the pet en l’aire shoot, check out the rest of Sarah’s  livejournal.  Especially these ones.

Pet en l’aire progress

Remember Madame Ornata’s gorgeous silk brocade  pet en l’aire?  No?  Oh…that would be because I was a bad blogger and forgot to post about it for almost a year. Eeek. Sorry! To make up for that, I’ll give you a little update on the sewing progress, and in just a few days I’ll do a whole post with the finished pet and petticoat and the most gorgeous, drool-worthy stomacher ever. So, sewing updates! When I last posted, Madame O and I had draped the pet, using a lovely cotton voile for the draping so that it could then be used as the lining.  We’d also cut out the glorious silk brocade she picked. After the draping, Madame O decided that the voile lining was too white, so she tea-dyed it: It looks much better with the silk brocade too: Madame Ornata then disappeared with all her fabric, and a few days later she casually mentioned that she had ‘gotten a tiny bit of work done’, and would I check it? Yeah, tiny bit!  This is …