Archive for January, 2009


January 21, 2009

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Bangs – too 70’s!

January 18, 2009
Lately I’ve been noticing paintings of women, well mostly young girls, from the 18th century with bangs under their fancy big bonnets! Most recently at The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century. Sadly the date on most of them is from the 1770’s and later… Darnit! =/ That wouldn’t fit the age of my project at all! Oh wells, maybe I can curl it or something (if I don’t get a wig) – cuz yes it is very hard to spray up or pin up to that it looks good!!!
Lady Caroline Howard by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1778

Lady Caroline Howard by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1778


January 18, 2009

So the 14th of January was my 25th birthday! I got a lot of amazingly nice presents, but yesterday I got the best of the best!
   For graduation present after upper secondary school/high school I got a sewing machine from my mother. It was kind of a cheap unknown brand – but I was sooooooo happy and it was great for like 5 years, but the last year it’s really been kicking up a fuss; the needle broke every time I put it in reverse and it’s just been BAD but no one can find anything wrong with it – very frustrating! So I’ve been using my mother-in-law’s 40 year old Bernina, it’s been great but it still was just a loaner… =/
  I nearly cried when I opened the wrapping paper and saw the little sewing machine icon, the text “Keeping the world sewing” and those three little hearts. It was a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183!

Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183

Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183

 I said I would try to sew like 80-90% by hand on this project, but I think I have to do all those seems that doesn’t show on machine now, hehe. ;P

À l’independance ou le Triomphe de la liberté!

January 15, 2009

The perruque of perruques of the 18th century must have been the ship wig of Marie Antoinette:


Just now I found a wonderful and easy way of having a ship of your own in your hair! While surfing “rococo” in deviantART’s jewellry category I found this:


Isn’t it wonderful!? ^.^ I have been thinking about the possibilities of making something like this with a diadem, I’m definetley gonna “steal” this idea and make something like it in the future!
   And talking about wigs… For those of you playing The Sims 2: Some time ago I made four Louis XVI wigs to download for your game here. 😉

Eyelets with awl – genious!

January 12, 2009

Since I started making my stays I have been pondering what the best technique for making the eyelets would be. I have never done eyelets without those metal thingies. Now, I know not to stance holes in the fabric but rather pull apart the threads to make a hole in the weave. But then what? Wouldn’t it be hard to make the hole evenly round?
   A couple of days ago I found the Diary of a Mantua Maker! Here Nicole Rudolph, author of the blog, mentions that the best tool to have around when making eyelets is an awl! Why didn’t I think of that – that’s brilliant! She says:

An awl just pushes the threads out of the way and prevents it from fraying later. By doing this you can use as many stitches as you like.  I’ve seen extants with only four stitches holding an eyelet open.  I prefer enough to cover the inner edge.

As my other half Robbie is a very handy man I know there ought to be an awl lying around somewhere! ;D

An awl 

An awl

Ambivalent… Kinda…

January 12, 2009
I keep bumping in to paintings of women in small tricorne hats – maybe they’re all Venecian? ;P Seriously – I know this woman obviously is dressed up for the occation, but still… I love small tricorne hats and I think I might wear mine with a rather clear conscious later on (even if it isn’t exactly miniature as the one in this painting). No-one can be TOTALLY correct when it comes to making a 18th century outfit of their own – and I just want to have fun with it and wear pretty 18th century clothes as true to that periods ideals as I feel I want them to be… Eeeer, I’d better stop here before I get into that complicated debate! XD
   Whats your opinion on the hat? Would you despise me and wisper behind my back if I went on and used it as a tricorne?
   Oh, just visit the Finnish National Gallery! =D
Eleonora Gustafa Bonde af Björnö by Jakob Björk

Eleonora Gustafa Bonde af Björnö by Jakob Björk

As if…

January 12, 2009

If you haven’t discovered Web Gallery of Art yet –

The Milliner (The Morning) by François Boucher

The Milliner (The Morning) by François Boucher


January 9, 2009

And does anyone know how wide it is between every point on these Fiskars Scallop decorative scissors? Can’t find any info on that…

Fiskars Scallop 8202

Fiskars Scallop


January 9, 2009

A question to all of you more experienced and better-knowing than me:
Could duchesse (satin) work as a 18th century fabric?

Short on the “hat problem”

January 9, 2009

Maybe I could pull two sides down… I’ve seen paintings and fashion plates of women with hats like that and it wouldn’t be hard at all. The thing is: I like it as it is – very much! *Frustrated* Oh well, it’s a solution if it comes to that… XD

leg avenue hat

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