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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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Le Coq d'Or Corset - Foundations Revealed 2017 Competition Entry

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Le Coq d'Or Corset - Foundations Revealed 2017 Competition Entry

Now that entries are live and the competition is open over at Foundations Revealed, I should get around to posting about my process for this corset! You may have seen some of it on Facebook or Instagram in January. Here are the details...

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

Where has January gone? We've been busy at the Redthreaded studio, so it's time for a bit of an update. I am so pleased by the response to our stock corset updates and our sale on the old style versions. Those sale corsets are selling out faster than I'd anticipated, and the new 1860's is proving to be quite popular. So, besides sewing mountains of white corsets, what else have we been up to?The Worth Gown Is Done...AgainI have finally--truly!--finished the Ironwork Gown to my standards. Friend and collaborator Jennifer of Merritt Portrait Studio found this absolutely amazing shoot location...

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The "Dotty Dress"

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The "Dotty Dress"

Last week over "Christmas Break," when I probably should have been digitizing patterns or catching up on bookkeeping (or taking a...break?), I decided to make myself a gown. I don't usually have time for such indulgences, but I will need a new 18th century outfit in 2017, so this was be best time to whip something up before we start our next big theatrical order. I've had this Colonial Williamsburg cotton print sitting around for a few months. I will admit that I was not in love with this fabric when I received it. It was fine, but it wasn't exciting. So I went looking for...

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The Worth of Possibility

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The Worth of Possibility

The Met owns the Ironwork Gown, but it exists in the hearts and minds of nearly every costumer. It has been pinned on countless young costumers' inspiration boards. It is one of the iconic historical gowns which we have elevated to a level of idolatry and impossibility, considering them to be above our modern skillsets. I think most of us have looked at the Ironwork gown for decades and said "never." But what happens when we take another look at these seemingly impossible gowns and begin to ask "what if?" Cathy Hay asked the question with her Oak Leaf Gown. Watching her work through this...

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