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rock the frock-Alexandra Fedorovna COurt gown

While looking for WIP photos I’m also finding inspiration photos and now I am really inspired by a few pearled garments. Finding the original source of this is proving very difficult (the photo owner is in there but where she posted it is not) but there is a great interactive exhibit! Huge photos definitely worth …

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correct shape or trick of the eye?

I am also finding it hard to trust all staged images, as there is a tendency to pouff out draped fabrics when they should fold inwards. I wonder how many people remember the infamous natural form pattern? The Simplicity 4244 pattern with the paniers turned out and padded? The original has the area padded out …

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seeing double- are these both worth?

Philadelphia Museum of Art Left & right: Woman’s Evening Dress: Bodice and Skirt (1978-2-1a,b and 1978-2-2a,b) Left vs right: Worth vs Artist/maker unknown, American. Left & vs right: Worn by Mrs. Ernest Fenollosa These are much too closely matched to be coincidence and were worn by the same woman. Nearly identical in cut, the brocade gown …

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19thc doppelganger…

Never realised but yeah. Virginia Oldoini, Comtesse de Castiglione… I think this Queen of Hearts one is the one to do.. I knew of it from one of the hand tinted versions but they idealise her to be blander.   Anyway. Pointy nose, pointy chin, eyes that can be unfocused then too focused… and also …

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ooooh sunburst beading

So obviously one uses silver lined glass beads and the other uses pearls. Of note, fake pearls. Which is very exciting. Beacuse I have vintage fake glass pearls so I suspect they are made the same way- I think it’s an enamel paint over glass. Anyway notice the other big thing. The pearls do not …

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beaded tablier the hunt and the context

    Contemporary style: I did find a few more examples of a the tablier style covered in beads. But I need to explain what a tablier is. It means apron. But it is important to understand what an apron in fashion in the natural form and sencond bustle era looked like. It was plain …

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CF Worth disposition gowns

Help. Obsessed. There may have been a Pinterest board created and it may be strictly properly sourced and maybe just updated with a gown that is included in one of the few Lafayette photos to have lots of close views. Such bliss. I know a lot of people have been inspired by RedThreaded’s Worth gown, …

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another dress making book

How to dress well on a shilling a day: a ladies’guide to home dressmaking and millinery.   Highly recommended for the text as it describes the order of sewing and how to. That paragraph on the “bulgarian fold” is really amazing! At least for coming out and stating that the “peacock” style train is impossible …

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myras threepenny journal

MYRA’S THREEPENNY JOURNAL (1882) I had only read of this by the term “Myra’s” so finding a copy at all has been fun. This again mainly has plates with front and back views but a few plates stand out, again I love the use of folds and pleats 😉  

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oh no!

I still believe one of my beaded skirt obsessions was from a tiny book on costume, probably wedding dresses and is almost certainly gone (the library probably has removed the book from even stack.) But I think I may also have totally forgotten that one of my favourite costumes from film has a very heavily …

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