Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Men's 18th century outfit

That's my first experience of making 18th century men's outfit and men's outfit in general. So that was really a challenge!

As for women's outfit I used guidance from:

136 hours of work for shirt, cravat, stockings, breeches, waistcoat and coat (justaucorps).

And as for women's outfit I'm really proud of the result:)

18th century stays and robe à la française

That's my first and the only for the moment 18th century dress. I used guidance from:

That was very long (about 135 hours for stays, chemise, under-petticoat, visible petticoat, stomacher and the robe itself) and expensive project, and totally unknown for me period. I'm really proud of the result:)

Rococo photoshoot

I want to share beautiful rococo photoshoot that was made last August.


Costumes for me and my husband I made myself. More costume details you can find here:

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

1950s spirit: Two-sided reversible coat

I want to share this two-sided reversible coat which I made in March and which was inspired by 1950s fashion and Dior look.


Monday, June 1, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #5: Divided riding skirt/ Cross-saddle riding skirt with apron front

Here is my challenge for May.

What the item is (and what practical things you can do in it): Divided riding skirt/ Cross-saddle riding skirt with apron front

Lovely Irina in her skirt

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #4: 1860s Mourning dress and bonnet

The Challenge for April is War & Peace.

What the item is (and how it is a product of war or a lengthy period of peace): 1860s Mourning dress and bonnet.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #3: handbag from the stash

The Historical sewing challenge for March is Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.

I have great amount of stashed fabric (I wish this challenge will be repeated each year:), but there was not enough time for anything considerable this month. So I decided to make handbag matching to my spencer that I made in 2012.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Some photos of the kilt which I made in February: pleated to the sett, knife pleating.

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #2: Blue corset (1864)

I'm extremely late with my February Historical sewing challenge which is Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #1: men corset/ body belt

This year I've decided to participate in The Historical Sew Monthly 2015. You can read about it here:

And probably it's time to start blogging about my sewing experiments, historical and not only.

The challenge for January is Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.

I decided to make men corset/ body belt for my husband for the first half of the 19th century. I've found very few sources about this period men corsets, some of them very dubious, but there are two which seem rather true-to-fact to me:

I used pattern from the second source: body belt from which belonged to Thomas John Chew (1825-1830), USS Constitution Museum Collection. Museum item:

This is the result: