Category Archives: 1830s

Ada Bodice

Lol, once again I failed to make this costume in time for Halloween. It was for a good reason – in my tailoring (coat making) class, after 6 weeks of trying and failing with my teacher to get a coat … Continue reading

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Re-kickstarting Ada Lovelace

So 2 years ago I posted that I was going to make an Ada Lovelace costume for Halloween. I don’t know what was in my brain, that I could finish an elaborate costume the same month I got married. So … Continue reading

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HSM #2 Tucks and Pleats – A Tucked Petticoat

Long ago, in the days of last summer, I intended to make a late 1830s dress for Halloween. As part of that, I started this petticoat sometime around August. And then never got around to putting a waistband on it, … Continue reading

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And the dress fabric is…

So I got a whole lot of fabric samples of purple taffetas. The 3 in the middle all ended up being too dark for my tastes. They match the dark purples of the portrait, but I think are too dark … Continue reading

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Dress Fabric Research

Still on an epic quest to find the perfect fabric. As we saw in a previous post, the artist was on crack and included a dozen shades of purples/pinks/reds in the dress. The consensus of commenters Nessa and Katie¬†was to … Continue reading

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Vaguely victorian chemise

A quick post while I’m still researching the fit of 1830s corsets. So I actually made this chemise over a year and a half ago for my 1850s dress. Aaand the second it was finished, I hated it, and stuck … Continue reading

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First Romantic corset mock

I ended up going with Past Patterns 708. It’s probably a little late for the era, most evidence points to something more like the earlier regency patterns. But I like that it had a busk and was strapless, and I … Continue reading

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