Laurel Gown

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

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

Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three

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

Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Two

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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!

Polka Dot Farthingale: Part One

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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!

Allegory of the Dagged Dress

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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

Mystery Skirt Tuck

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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.

Tutorial: Supportive Kirtle

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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

Antwerpen’ Around

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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

Mrs. Frizzle and the Dress Diary

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I hope folks don’t mind this break from my usual historical clothing!  I don’t make very many modern dresses.  I think that this is because if I want a cute dress for daily life, I can buy it for far

Merchant Class Outfit, 1400

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Soon my friends will be putting together a display for an early 15th century Tailorshop, and my husband and I are helping.  My usual late 16th century Italian clothing just won’t do at all.  Time for new outfits! We are

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