Monday, April 7, 2014

An Award!!!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you to Gloria of In the Long Run. :-) I didn't think many people bothered to read this blog at all!

2. Nominate 10 other bloggers, and notify them of their award.
      From my pen and power is regarding the diary of a lady who lived in the very start of the Victorian era (right now, the diary is on 1842) It's fabulous reading the day and life of someone who lived at that time.
      Isis' Wardrobe Her focus is on the 18th Century and she makes some amazing accessories for an 18th Century wardrobe (not to mention makeup!)
      If I had my own blue box All about recreating fashions in the 19th Century! (and a hint of a sci-fi geeky side as well. :-) )
      Beauty Through Ashes Garbing for a bunch of different eras and all of the garb looks fabulous
      A Gentlewoman's Blog Lots and lots of amazing 16th Century research
      Emily's Vintage Visions Lovely recreations of vintage clothing
      Teacups among the fabric Lots of different sewing projects, all wonderful to behold, of course. :-)
      I Like Historical Clothing This blog is a lot photos/paintings/prints from the various fashion eras. There is an emphasis right now on hair but there are also some extant garments as well.
      Silk Damask Stunning examples of 18th Century clothing and research
      'Broider Me 'Bethan Fabulous 16th Century research and garbing

3. Come up with 10 questions you want your nominees to answer.
I won't bother everyone with 10 questions. :-) Instead, I'd like everyone to explain why they started blogging and what they have found useful about blogging. Also, any downsides they've found to blogging, any funny stories regarding their blog, and what they might do differently if they were starting a blog now.

4. And lastly: Answer the questions you received from the one who nominated you.

I’d like to know the story behind your favorite garment that you’ve made. What did you make it for? What inspirations did you use? What did you learn in making it? Would you make it again?

For which century? :-D

I think one of my favorites is my tan 18th Century dress.

I've changed it slightly over the years but I always feel comfortable in it. It fits. It looks right. It's not overly fancy but it's not "common" either. It looks really cute when I wear it with a bit of velvet for a belt. :-) I made it for Under the Redcoat and I think I was just going after the basic late 18th Century patterns. Really, it was the fabric itself that inspired me - a decent print linen at Joanns that is perfect for dress making? Yes, please! I learned I like staying simple. All the trims really aren't necessary. And I'd love to make another 18th Century dress. I probably will before the end of the month. ;-)

For the 16th Century, my favorite is probably my brown Tudor gown I made last year:

I made this one for 12th Night (SCA) and even blogged a bit about the making of the gown. Most of my inspiration came from 1520's-1540's paintings as the theme, I think, was 1530's. I just remember being frustrated with the underpinnings - the pattern for the dress was one I used a ton. My lesson from that is to always check the underpinning way ahead of time - as anyone that knows me already knows, that's not a lesson I really have learned yet. ;-)

I love the style and I probably will make a few more gowns like it.


  1. That tan 18th c gown is one of my faves of yours!

    1. Thanks! I really do always love wearing it. Of course, I need something new for Fort Fred. ;-)

  2. Thank you! Life has been incredibly busy but I'm looking through my list of blogs to nominate. Love your gowns!