Friday, April 29, 2011

Back to the Library you shall go

Did you find any of the books I listed in the last book post?

See anything you liked?

Here is a list of more books to find

Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion is a very new book, you would be lucky to find it in your local library. You might be better off looking in book stores. I see that Powell's in Portland carries it in their online catalog. My copy arrived this past weekend (what an Easter gift!) and I do think it is a valuable resource for those with an interest in Regency era costumes. You can see some of the costumes here. I will tell you that there is a topless photo of a modern porn star in the book. I don't think it fits, but the photographer evidently did.

The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815  is another good book on Regency era costume. You are more likely to find this in a well stocked library. As you can see from the Amazon link, it can be rather expencive to purchase.

Jean Hunnisett authored several books on Women's costume with patterns. These are found in many libraries, so you shouldn't have a hard time tracking them down. For those interested in the 18th century, you will want the 1500-1800 book, for those interested in Regency, you want the 1800-1909 book, There are also two books covering outer garments If you have the time, after all it will be November! Cloaks, Capes, Stoles and Wadded Mantles is the first book, the second is Dominos, Dolmans, Coats, Pelisses, Spencers, Calashes, Hoods & Bonnets

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fashion Plates for inspiration

Just like today's Magazine stands are a source of Fashion Inspiration, so were the days of yore.

If you need some inspiration, or just want to kill some time, here are some resources!

You can find an enormous number of the 'Costumes Parisien' prints in the Maciet collection of the Musee Les Arts Decoratifs
  • first select "consultation du catalogue". on the left
  • the click "recherche simple"
  • enter "Mode" under "Terms de recherche"
  • Check "Album Maciet"
  • Click "Rechercher"!
This will take you to the  list. To select one of the albums, click the blue number  the click "Voir les vignettes Maciet"
Click on the page you want to view, it will open in a new window (at least in Firefox)

Another place to look is the Bunka Gakuen Library
You may want to search by publication date.

Also check out the University of Washington's Fashion Plate Collection

Monday, April 25, 2011

Going through the stash!

like most who sew, whether it is craft, quilt, garment or costume, I have a stash!
This weekend I went through it  looking for suitable fabrics for the upcomong party! We have just over 6 months, so I best get sewing!

I have several that would be suitable for small children
I have 1 3/4 yards of The Merrimack Collection by Judie Rothermel  for the New England Quilt Museum by Marcus Fabrics

This is pattern # 21956-5
I have 1-3 yards (yeah vague)

Blue Print picked up at local JoAnn Fabrics
I bought 3 or 4 yards
Maybe it would work better for Dickens?

Blue Stripe purchased at JoAnns
About 4 yards
The husband thought it might look good as an adult dress, so I draped it up, I think it works better for a child.

Now for Adult pieces!
Pattern # 27849-3 (I also have # 27857-3 somewhere, but I didn't find it, print size is suitable for a child's gown)

On the left is 4927, on the right is4926

Last is a cotton voil saree/sari i picked up for $10 there is about 4 yards there. I would have to reattach the border to the hem if i used it as an adult regency. I also have a green version of this. For these photos, the fabric has been washed, but not ironed.
 Another option is to use it as a girl's summer dress for the crinoline era (mid 19th century)
 Baby hand and Mama hand showing sheerness of fabric