Sewing for the 1890s when you're used to the 1880s bustle silhouette is quite a change. There's no 'scaffolding' to change the shape... right? Well, sorry Shakira, but thanks to the awesome extant garment known as the Scott Hip Pad, and the loveliness of yet another stranger, my 1890s hips are definitely lying. I was… Continue reading The Scott Hip Pad
A couple of years ago, thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled across a blog post about a dress held by the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum. I think it was pretty much love at first sight - there was definitely something about the bodice that made me just want to sit and look at it.… Continue reading The Shippensburg Bodice
In April this year, The Coach House Museum put on a Skills and Trades of Yesteryear Open Day. This sounded like a fun day out as I hadn't visited the museum and they were inviting people to dress in period dress (bribing them by holding a best-dressed competition). I already had a couple of dresses… Continue reading The Coach House
Last Sunday, after our steam train rides (read about those here) we drove down to Queen Elizabeth Park with plans to picnic and pay a visit to the Tramways Museum. But, even the best-laid plans can get interrupted in the most incredible way. As Liane, Hannah, Dina and I were about to discover. As we were… Continue reading Capers on the Kapiti Coast. Part II
When I first heard about Steam Incorporated's Kapiti Coast Express Family Fun Day I immediately thought it would be perfect for an excursion in period dress. It didn't take much convincing to get Liane on board and, as the day fell on her birthday, she also thought that it would be a fun way to… Continue reading Capers on the Kapiti Coast, Part I
No... I'm not writing about Gondor... this post is about Oamaru, that beautiful little city in Otago which annually feeds my historical costuming addiction. This beautiful city holds the Victorian Heritage Celebrations every year in November and I have been attending for nearly 10 years. Not only is it the biggest and best historical costuming… Continue reading The City of White Stone
I was really hoping to be posting about my 1890s skirt project today but, it turns out that applying and sewing about 18 metres of Russian Braid takes quite a while! Not to mention, I now have the oh-so-exciting task of hand sewing the hem facing in. So, while I can't yet write about that,… Continue reading A Mad Dash About Caccia Birch
In March this year I went along to the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum for their opening of the 150 Years of Waipukurau exhibition.
A photo shoot featuring the Rose Wine Dress.
While I always liked to dress up, I never thought that it was possible to make what I dressed up in. Until I met other people who did just that.