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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

This brown and black plaid silk taffeta was originally earmarked for something 1850's, but once the weather began changing in September, I decided it would make a perfectly autumnal 1880's bustle gown. I honed in on 1886/7 for the gown because I love the cleaner, tailored, and asymmetrical lines seen in the later bustle period. Like most of my personal projects, I threw this together in a few weeks and didn't make many notes on the process. But here are some construction details. I visited my family in Rhode Island last week, which was the perfect setting for some fall photos....

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1860's Silk Satin Corset

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1860's Silk Satin Corset

It's felt like 1860's all the time around here lately, with several custom corset projects and our new Gored Corset pattern launch. We recently finished this custom 1860's corset, based very closely on a corset at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Alyssa (full time assistant at Redthreaded) completed 99% of the cutting and sewing on this corset, and I think she did a phenomenal job. And a big thank you to our client for choosing such a pretty inspiration piece. The corset is a single layer of coutil with silk satin fashion fabric, roll pinned for smoothness. It is boned...

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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

Out of pure curiosity, I decided to employ some old fashioned retouching techniques to one of my Worth Gown photos. The results are fascinating.

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

I'm sitting here going over photos from this past month and wondering how is it nearly May? April was full of work and travel; fast-paced projects bookended by two trips out of state.  One of the trips took me to Washington DC, where I was extremely lucky to be part of a behind the scenes tour of the Agreeable Tyrant exhibit, led by non other than curator Alden O'Brien. Upon meeting up with us, she took us through a nondescript door into the clothing, textile, and furniture storage.  And then she opened a drawer that held a stunning example of...

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Going for the...Gold?

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Going for the...Gold?

Something happened last week. Something astonishing, and a bit unbelievable.  I won both the Foundations Revealed and Your Wardrobe Unlock'd competitions in the Experienced category.  This was entirely unexpected. I don't mean that in some humble-brag kind of way. I mean I was completely unprepared and shocked when Cathy Hay made the Foundations Revealed winners' announcement over Facebook live. I may have shouted some undignified things, and spent the rest of the day in a daze going "I can't BELIEVE..." And then there was quite a bit of sangria. I am grateful and a little intimidated to join the ranks...

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