Howdy! I haven’t forgotten about this here dress diary, I’ve just been so busy SEWING that it’s hard to pause to blog! The bulk of the base dress is done, and I’m now in the hemming yards of organza and fiddling with things stage. But today I want to talk about the bodice!
It’s time for our Costume College sale! Save $10 OFF books from now until Aug. 31, 2015 with coupon code COCO15. (No, you don’t have to be a Costume College attendee to use this!)
Want to pick up your book at Costume College? Also use code CCPICKUP for free shipping, and I’ll hand deliver your book!
It’s time for another round of 18th Century Wig Book T-SHIRTS! Two styles this time, both with a fabulous 1780s fashion plate and the text “I woke up like this.”
Limited edition: these will be available from today through August 31.
Buy them here: http://18thcenturyhair.com/shop/
Costume College 2015 attendees: I’m offering free shipping for those picking up at Costume College — use code CCPICKUP and order by THIS SUNDAY, July 19 at midnight (so I can get the t-shirts in time before I leave!).
I’ve gotten a few new inquiries about joining the 18th c. court gown project, so I’d like to weed out those who have dropped out from the list of “claimed” gowns, because I’ve gotten some “I’d like to play! Oh wait, someone else already claimed the gown I want.”
If you’re someone who claimed an 18th century gown: Are you okay with me letting “your” dress out into the wilds, or do you still want it claimed for you? There’s still no deadline, just, if you think you’re not really going to get to “your” dress, I’d like to de-claim it.
Don’t worry, I’ll assume your dress is still claimed unless you tell me to let it run free!
FYI, the list of claimed gowns is here.
The plan is to do the embroidery for the robe de cour using ribbon embroidery. I hit on the idea as I was thinking of ways to speed this project up, and after I found a few examples of 18th century ribbon embroidery. You all helped out, and with what you came up with, I’m convinced enough that this is a viable, historically accurate option.
I have two front pieces from a gown like the top one [my court dress inspiration image], which are embroidered with ribbons in different colours. They are ivory silk and are shaped. Do you want to e-mail me to discuss how I can share them with you? I also have some ribbons very like the originals.
Did I want to see them? DID I?