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Yeah, so I haven't posted my pics yet, I'm a bad girl. But then you knew that! Anyway, it's only been a week! We had a fab time, even though it was very very cold in the house, I was so glad I was able to wear my jumps (the bodice of my dress only just did up!) they kept 'my me' (my insides!) nice and warm :) After the trip everyone came back to our house for tea and cake, and I warmed up very very quickly! First the dress, then the petticoats, then the jumps came off, leaving me in stays and modesty petti for the rest of the evening!

We weren't allowed to take photos inside, and it was too cold for many outside, so

I don't have any photos of my dress, I made it for Under the Redcoat last year, so it's old as far as I'm concerned!


I was very glad of my mits too! And my cloak and new muff (more on the muff later!)

Mummy wasn't quite so warm ;)


The only warm room in the house was the entrance hall where we waited for our tour to start. They had a roaring fire at one end, and mummy took the time to warm her bottom!


Like I said, it was too cold to take many photos, so I took a quick snap once we got home, classic 18thC gent pose :)


She's wearing her comfy dress up shoes, AKA modern ladies' slippers!

Because I didn't get any proper pictures of me I didn't get any of my muff, so here it is, modelled by the floozy in her undies ;)


Black and white silk check, with black silk satin ribbon. Using an idea from the Mantuamakers in Williamsburg, I made a linen muff, stuffed with wool batting, and a seperate drawstring cover of silk.


This way I can make as many covers as I like, and won't have to make and find homes for that many puffy cushions!

The next day we went to a reenactors fair that we found out was happening not very far away. Normally I wouldn't be very interested in them, but a friend had said a very good fabric seller would be there, so we thought it would be worth it, since it was only an hour or so away.

There was another incentive. Reenactors fairs over here have very little later than Tudor and Elizabethan on offer, (Apart from fabrics and trims and things) so not very much to interest me, usually ;) But there has been a costuming development, and I needed ideas!

Some members of the dance group are planning a trip to Tolethorp in the summer. It's a country house with an open air theatre in the grounds, that has a Shakespeare season each summer, we're going to see 'A Winter's Tale' in August, and wll be dressing accordingly for a picnic in the grounds, with maybe some dancing, before watching the performance.

Naturally I've been obsessing about late Elizabethan costume ever since! Mummy doesn't want to go to an outdoor play, so I'm only costuming myself (at the moment ...) and I have decided to make a high necked, long sleeved shift, with frills/ruffles at neck and cuffs, maybe with black work? (probably machined) A boned kirtle (going to try boning with reed, eek!! bought at the fair) hopefully reversable, made of cinamon brown linen and raspbery wool, guarded with dark brown, the brown linen will be visible for the first outfit. Over the kirtle will be a powder blue cotton velveteen jacket trimmed with black on the seam lines. I've been heavily influenced by the goreous jackets the costuming superstars have made over the last few years ;) And will use the patterns in The Tudor Tailor and Patterns of Fashion. Anyway, here are my fabrics:


With a scrap of black lace on the velvet to represent the black trim.

I'm very excited for this new project, I can't think about anything else at the moment! I really need to though, because the Bath Ball is coming up soon!! Unfortunately we're not going to the Marie Anntoinette Tea Party tomorrow after all, I found out on Thursday morning, so haven't done any sewing since. All I had left to do for the Tea Party was buttons and button holes on both Mummy's coat and her secret waistcoat (which I put together on Wednesday, and she now knows about and loves!) I made my breast knot and frilly neck thingy, and only had the mits and new muff cover to do, so my outfit for the next 18thC trip is pretty much done, whenever it may be :) I may make the muff cover tomorrow, I'm feeling inspired, but I also want to bake, so maybe not ...


Date: 2011-03-06 01:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Love the pictures, and the muff!! I want to try my own muff someday too (hopefully sooner rather than later). How did you make your linen batted muff? I follow the Mantuamakers in Williamsburg via Facebook, and have seen the pictures of the amazing muff they made. I haven't figured it out yet though. Maybe it's time to play? Do you have any suggestions or tips for me when I try to make mine? I like your idea of the separate cover too!


Date: 2011-03-06 01:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The above comment (about the pictures and the muff questions) are from me, Megan equest2005(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com!!

Date: 2011-03-06 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All lovely of course. And the suit turned out wonderfully!

And your muff! I've really wanted to make one since seeing that one in Williamsburg :)

And I find it amusing that your icon was from a day too hot to take many pictures, and it was too cold for many there :)

Date: 2011-03-07 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!
You need a muff too, you know you do ;) I'm halfway through trimming my second cover, and have ideas for at least three more!
Oh boy was it hot! And that picture was taken in the evening too! But soooo much fun! Maybe I'll make it again some time, I'm beginning to forget how hot it was, although, now I remember, it was completely unbearable wasn't it?!!!!!?

Date: 2011-03-06 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looks great! And a new time period to experiment in is always fun! :)

Date: 2011-03-07 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! It is fun to branch out isn't it? A little daunting, but fun none the less :)

Date: 2011-03-06 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the idea of the muff with many covers. I think I'm going to have to steal that. :)

Date: 2011-03-07 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is such a clever idea isn't it? All down to the CW Mantuamakers :)

Date: 2011-03-06 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the frock coat you made for your mother
really succesfull.

Date: 2011-03-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you Bjarne!

Date: 2011-03-06 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, I'm taking the muff workshop at Williamsburg during the Costume Accessories Symposium. I'll have to remember your idea!
Everything you make all sounds so lovely.

Date: 2011-03-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You'll probably get to see the original muff that inspired me ;)
Thank you!

Date: 2011-03-07 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You both look great! And how adorable is that muff!?!

Date: 2011-03-07 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I know, I was cuddling and petting it all day ;)

Date: 2011-03-08 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Such a good idea with the muff! Everything you do is lovely, but I'm excited to see what you'll do with a new era, the plans sound pretty!


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