Month: June 2013

1860’s Braided Hairstyle

Alright..time for hairstyle number two! I decided to try a braided look that is along the same principles of the previous hairstyle. To complete this look all you need are bobby pins and a comb. First start off with your hair down and parted in the middle. My hair has some texture in it, but this look would work on any type of hair. Divide your hair into three parts and braid the middle section. Take the middle braid and create a bun. Pin into place. Then braid the two side pieces. Take one side braid and wrap under the bun, pinning the ends underneath the other side braid. Repeat with the other side braid only go over the middle bun. Pin into place. Try to pin as many flyaways and ends as possible. And that’s it! Stay tuned for more hairstyles! If you see a favorite I should use, make sure and let me know!

1860’s Twisted Hairstyle

I am going to a reenactment in August and decided to begin playing around with some different hairstyles to see which one or ones I wanted to use! Here is a hairstyle that has two side twists and two large twists at the base of the neck. One can use a comb or not..doesn’t matter. For this look you will need: bobby pins, rubberbands, clips, and a comb. This look can be done with either straight or curly hair. First start out with the smoothest hair you can…whether it is curly or straight. Then, part hair in the middle and divide hair into three sections. Two side pieces and one piece in the back. Clip or rubber band to keep separate. Roll the two side pieces into twists along the side of the head. This is where you can make the twists as tight or as loose as you would like. Pin at the back. I know it looks a bit lopsided but it will get fixed when you begin to fix the middle portion. …

1860’s Civil War Day Dress: COMPLETE!!!

Well the dress is officially done!!! I decided to just hem the bottom of the skirt to give a double pintuck look. I am actually quite happy with the decision since I think it doesn’t make the whole gown look to much like a giant ruffle! I also finally decided on the belt. I took some eyelet lace, trimmed off the gathered portion, hemmed the top and made it into the belt. It is a very nice contrast. I also added buttons on the inside of the bodice and so that way it closes in the front, but you can’t see the buttons on the outside! This gown is now for sale on my Etsy shop so check it out! Here are the finished pictures plus some extras that are not on my shop! I know what you are thinking….what am I going to do next? Hmmmmmm….great question!! 🙂 Stay tuned!

1860’s Tea Dress: Skirt

Sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I had a wedding this past weekend and haven’t had a chance to post the pictures of the skirt….so here they are! I apologize for the the slight blurriness in some of the pictures. This skirt was a really fun, yet mathematical challenge! I created the five different panels for the skirt: the four were cut into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces then the bottom 1/3 was ruffled on the top and attached to the bottom of the longer piece. Then the four panels were sewn together. Then I took the front piece and attached it to the two front side pieces with a long ruffle in between the two layers. This would allow the ruffle to lay flat when the two pieces were turned right side out. Then I gathered the top of the skirt into knife pleats and attached them to the waist band. Here is a picture of the skirt. I have yet to decide what trimming I am going to do …

Historical Fashion: Balancing Quality and Accuracy with Money

Just like our foremothers, money is, as always, in short supply. With a never ending list of necessities, bills and surprises, very little seems to be left over. Trust me, I live on a fixed income and am always trying to find ways to live well, but live wisely. Over my ten years of sewing my own historical clothing, I have learned many good ways and many bad ways to save money. I would try to find the cheapest (and I mean cheapest) fabric I could find to save money…and my clothing often looked like I found the cheapest fabric. When I struggled trying to recreate an item, I would search to find it ready made for the best deal possible…sometimes I lucked out, while other times the item fell apart after one use. I have rediscovered the old saying that you get what you pay for! Of course this is NOT a new idea, and in my regular life, I learned this little lesson early on. But when it comes to hobbies, I would …

Inspiration: 1860’s Tea Dress

Well, it has been a rather busy week and I finally had time this evening to begin drawing up the pattern and piecing together the new dress. This is a rather complicated endeavor since it involves different pieces from different patterns and it requires very precise measurement for the skirt. I am still debating on the color and the material of the sash, as well as whether this will be a one piece outfit or two. I will need to get further into the construction of the gown to decide which will give the best look. But here is what I have so far… Fabric: I decided to go with a heavy cotton so that way the trim will hold its shape on the gown. I was only able to get twelve yards of the fabric so we shall see how much trim I am able to put on the dress. I also love navy (it doesn’t look like navy in the picture but it is!) and think it will be a great choice for …

Gathering ideas online…

Finding inspiration can be the most exciting or most frustrating search. Inspiration, theoretically, is all around depending on what you are searching. I recently decided to redo my kitchen. Nothing major but it was getting boring and I needed to switch things up. A few trips to local craft and home goods stores later, and I had some new pieces with which to “spice up” my kitchen (I apologize for the pun…couldn’t help myself.) It seems that when it comes to your home, your personal modern fashion, beauty, cooking and various other interests that relate to the 21st century, there are a plethora of places and ideas from which to reap. Not so if you are in the search for inspiration in a field where there are not many stores where one can simple zip over to and pick up a new outfit. For us dedicated reenactors, we must search harder and with a strict eye to gather inspiration. Fashion for us is not evolving…it has already happened. Therefore we must research and paw through …