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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

It's a big day in the costuming world! The highly anticipated new costuming book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, is out today from Page Street Publishing. You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, or directly from American Duchess (where you can even get signed copies, and/or buy shoes AT THE SAME TIME, yesss).  Abby and Lauren shared some secret sneak peeks with me earlier this year, and I have been so excited for this addition to the costumers' library ever since. I even accidentally pre-ordered TWO copies in my excitement, haha!This book really does...

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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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Introducing the 1790's Stays

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Introducing the 1790's Stays

We have a new stays style! HISTORYAhhh, the 1790's. What a weird but delightful little moment in fashion. I love that modern costumers are giving this decade more attention, because there are some really lovely things to be found at the tail end of the 18th century.  Theresa, Countess Kinsky by Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun, 1793 (Norton Simon Museum) The Honorable Lucy Elizabeth Byng by John Hoppner, 1799 (The Frick) Portrait of Natalia Zakharovna Kolycheva, née Hitrovo by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, 1799 (Dallas Museum of Art)(I was a frequent visitor to this museum in high school...there's a bad pencil sketch of this...

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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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