Whimsy Wednesday: Chat

Today’s video was recorded Tuesday. I explain in the video.

If you have project requests, let me know.

Also, I am considering whether to do longer or live programs. The current topics I am considering include:

  • A basket or bowl of velvet vegetables and fruit
  • A practical look at hairnets
  • Building your own swatch book (I am doing a private program for a local group with this topic.)

Since my stays will likely be completed this weekend, I will be starting my 1830s dress soon. I have the skirt and bodice in mind. The sleeves, not so much. I need to decide on sleeves that embrace the latter 1830s silhouette and be functional for sewing straw. This means I need a comfortable,  wide range of mobility without getting straw stuck or snagged.
Ideally, I would find the perfect genre painting or illustration.  I haven’t. If you know of a good genre painting or illustration of a woman in working attire from the 1840s, please share.

Promised “I’m home” note: I’m home from my second vaccine. This drive home was better than last time; I don’t have the intense drowsy feeling and wasn’t afraid I wouldn’t get home. I am still sleepy drowsy, but the soft kind. I did have a moment where I thought a migraine was going to hit Hard, because I felt like I had a fork stuck in my temple, neck, and breast at the same time. Interesting observation: this one was much higher than the first. I have armscyes that sit lower. I am eating lunch and going to lay down.

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Millinery Monday – Bonnet Block

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No New Millinery this Weekend

I am sorry I didn’t add new shop millinery today. I have been working on a large bonnet project all week. I do hope to have a new shop hat soon.

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Whimsy Wednesday: Stays, Pockets, Swatches

The Family Heirloom Weaver fabrics available at The Button Baron.

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March Reflections, delayed

This month called March happened. It was so busy with the life stuff, I haven’t moved on to April despite it starting 6 days ago. I won’t bore you with that stuff.

I did manage several hats this month. I think these were all March:

The March/April Pockets Challenge has been slowly moving along. Photos? I’m not sure where I have photos.

There was lots of project intentions happening. I thought about my 1830s stays. I thought about my 1830s dress. I thought about the swatch project for a local group. I didn’t actually do much though.

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Millinery Monday – Bonnet Block

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The Making of Stays

…. on a snowy spring day…..

Step 1: Clear the work table of flowers, ribbons and such….

Step 2: Open the pattern. Note: I usually have my corsets and stays draped.  This will be my first time using a pattern for my stays/corset.

Step 3: Acknowledge I am short and fat. The front length of the pattern is 15.5 inches. I suppose if I wrapped the tape measure along my rolls, I could get to 15.5 inches. But, as the busk lays, nope. The pattern must be shortened.

Step 4: Draft for a center opening. I have this crazy,  cranky area of scar tissue that acts up. Turning and reaching are just not happening at this stage of fluffy.  All garments must have an easy escape from the front for when the gut gets angry.

Step 5: Begin cutting paper. Look outside…. it is still snowing… Someone out there is cringing because I didn’t iron my paper.

Steps 6 and 7: Trace pattern on to fabric and cut out the fabric. I am opting for a double layer of coutil. I still have yet to decide if I prefer the wear of regular twill or coutil. I do want to give linen a try (likely an earlier pair) and a pretty, just for me silk (an era I know better.)

Step 8: Crash on the couch for a break, knowing I need to drink more.

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Spring Recess Millinery

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Whimsy Wednesday: Pockets, 1830s, Millinery, and Recess

And then I fell asleep for 3 hours….

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Published in: on March 31, 2021 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

“How do I get my hair to stay?”

Earlier today, I replied to a question about controling hair while wearing a hairnet. I put together a few references and resources. While I still have the links in my clipboard, I decided to put them together here.

First, a mid-nineteenth century everyday net was very fine, made from silk or hair. These nets appear worn alone in many cdvs. There are a couple modern made nets that resemble this fineness. These can be had for less than a dollar each. This video from a few years ago shows two of these:

Second, pomade is your friend. Made from natural ingredients, pomade is a thick balm that warms on you hands and rubs into your hair. Pomade will help hold your hair in place, control stray hairs, and give the period look. A few merchants offer pomades recreated from period recipies. Give Talbott’s or LLBC’s a try. If you are a Lush customer, their Queen Bee is as well.

For more, in depth information on hairnets including the types, how they were worn, and who wore them, please read To Net, or Not to Net.

Published in: on March 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm  Comments (1)