Author: Morgan Donner

Pewter Casting: Horseshoe Pin

Earlier this year, our local medieval dress up group was going to hold a big event at a new site, and their logo is a flying horseshoe. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the event this year due to

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Retro Dress Diary: Butterick 6018

New dress and new video! If you don’t have time/sound for a video right now, here’s the transcript!

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Laurel Gown

I joined the Order of the Laurel this past May, and made a new 1590’s Venetian dress for the occasion!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three

Making a Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three at MorganDonner.com.

The farthingale is completely done!  Wooo!  Here’s the final video showing how I put the skirt together:

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Two

Here’s part two for the farthingale!  It shows how I constructed the bodice :D Just like in part one, here’s a transcript of the video for those that would prefer non-moving dress diaries!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part One

I have never made or even worn a hoop skirt, but after seeing how underwhelming my skirt volume was in pictures, I decided that it was time to poof things up!

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Allegory of the Dagged Dress

Several years ago, I was taking a class about 14th and 15th century clothing.  During the class, the teacher brought out her own dresses and gowns, showing how she made them, including lots of nifty modern shortcuts.  One of her dresses

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Mystery Skirt Tuck

Have you ever experienced the phenomenon where you learn a new word, and suddenly it seems like you see it everywhere?  Apparently this is a cognitive bias called Frequency Illusion, and it happens to me all the time when browsing medieval paintings.

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Tutorial: Supportive Kirtle

Want to make a pretty and supportive kirtle for your reenactment needs? Look no further, I have what you need here! (Actually, please do further, multiple sources for information is totally a thing.) My first step for any project is to

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Antwerpen’ Around

This outfit is based on the information gathering I did for the Antwerp Women’s Dress post.  My dress is a little on the later end with it’s conical stiff bodice shape, so I’d put the date around 1575. This post is really low on dress-diary content, as

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