A few more things on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun.
March 8, 2014
March 2, 2014
Thank you Judy for organizing another amazing installment of the Annual Francaise Dinner. It was so much fun, and there were more than two dozen folks in attendance! The beautiful costumes were all very impressive. Plus I really enjoyed hanging out with so many costumers, both from the Philadelphia/Washington DC area and beyond.
I am quite happy with my green francaise gown. It was comfortable and fun to wear. On my next one, I should probably take a little width out of the front bodice pieces, but it would be a small adjustment.
All of my photos are here.
February 20, 2014
Emily of Emily’s Vintage Visions! Thanks to everyone who entered my blog giveaway!
February 17, 2014
I worked on some more complicated styles this past weekend. The math involved in getting the proportions right sometimes made my head hurt!
This one is mostly inspired by this c. 1810 necklace in the V&A here.
And this one is another version of the necklace I made a couple weeks ago for myself, based on this 1810s painting here.
These are now listed at http://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun.
February 17, 2014
A friend of mine is selling off some of her costume pieces in order to raise money to attend a costume event in March. She has some great stuff listed, check it out here. There are both women’s and men’s clothes on offer.
February 17, 2014
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, VA held a ball on Saturday night to celebrate Washington’s birthday. A large group of us decided to go join in the festivities: Maggie, Taylor, Isabella, Glynnis, Amber, Mike, and myself. As usual, the tavern museum provided a beautiful setting for the many costumers and dancers in attendance. The dance calling was great, and I think I am finally remembering a number of the steps consistently (I had rights and lefts on lock).
On to the photos!
All of my photos are here.
February 14, 2014
I have finished a Francaise gown! A short time ago I never would have attempted this style. Heck, I hadn’t even made much 18th century clothing until a couple years ago. I am very happy with the finished result. I lost a little steam on the trimming (so many rows of braid!), but yesterday I put on the final touches. Totally done!
I have to give a ton of credit to several really helpful posts that walked me through how to construct a Francaise:
-Katherine’s Sacque Tutorial
-Kendra’s Mourning Gown Dress Diary
-Maggie’s Gold Francaise Dress Diary
February 13, 2014
Edited to add: entries to the giveaway have now closed, thanks to all who entered!
You may have noticed lately an uptick in jewelry and accessory making on this blog. One thing I love about costuming is the way it constantly encourages me to create, pushing me to learn new techniques. In turn, I have become addicted to beading and to making fans. And you may have guessed the result: I have opened a shop on Etsy!
The shop offers jewelry and accessories aimed at the 18th and 19th century costumer. My hope is to create elegant, unique pieces, ready to complement (and bling up!) your next costume. Here are some examples of my work:
To celebrate my grand opening, I am hosting a blog giveaway. On offer is the choker necklace pictured below, made from pearlescent river shell beads. It fastens using two soldered jump rings, through which a ribbon (included) may be tied. You can let out the ribbon to add length.
In order to enter this giveaway, comment on this post. I will accept entries through midnight Wednesday 2/19/14, US eastern standard time. A winner will be randomly selected from the pool. Please remember to leave your email in the space provided on the comment form, so that I can contact you if you win. (If you are signed in through WordPress or another profile manager that knows your email, it will enter your address automatically, and you do not need to. In that case there will not be a space for email in the comment form. Emails will not be published or otherwise released.)
Note: at this time, I am only offering United States domestic shipping through Etsy. This is to help me work out some startup logistics, and I plan to offer international shipping in the future. Regardless, both US and non-US readers can enter the giveaway!
February 2, 2014
I’m continuing to teach myself new jewelry making techniques. This set was an exercise in threading multi-strand necklaces, in making eye loops from headpins for pearl drops, and in using epoxy clay. I was really worried about using the clay, but I needed a way to stick on a wire loop from which I could attach the teardrop pearls to the bottom of the rhinestone components (there is no place to attach anything otherwise). I hate using glue, because I find it either sticks too much (when I’m applying it) or too little (when it chips off later). This despite experimenting with several jeweler’s glues. But I think I’ve found a solution with the epoxy clay. The pearl dangles seem to be very securely attached now.
Below is the result (with a sneak peek of the trim on my almost finished francaise). A necklace, earrings, and a pin. It is inspired by this 1810s painting of Empress Marie Louise.
The Accessory: Pearl and Rhinestone Parure
Historical Period: Inspired by an 1810s necklace, but I will wear this with a variety of late 1700s and early 1800s formal outfits
Outfit It Accessorizes: I am planning on using this with both 18th C and Regency
Materials Used: Glass pearl rounds and teardrops, rhinestone slide beads, beading wire, crimp tubes, crimp tube covers, one box clasp, jump rings, epoxy clay, earring findings, headpins
Techniques Used: Bead stringing on wire, attaching a box clasp with folded crimps, wrapping headpin loops, attaching rings using epoxy clay
January 25, 2014
My hair does not curl without a lot of work, work which I’m usually unwilling to do. The solution? Fake hair, obviously. I bought two hairpieces: the Boho Double Braid and the Vintage Locks by Forever Young. I cut some of the curls off of the Vintage Locks piece, and sewed them to the double braid, to give a curled bangs effect. Then I sewed a couple wig clips to the braid, so I can keep it from sliding back. The Vintage Locks clip still works, even though I took off some of its curls.
The Accessory: Regency hairpiece
Historical Period: 1790-1810
Outfit It Accessorizes: I am planning on using this with a variety of regency period outfits
Materials Used: Two purchased hairpieces, brown thread, glue, wig clips
Techniques Used: Hand sewing