So hey, You know how I said don’t let me make the Marie Antoinette gown….*

Yeah, so.. umm I have “claimed” Louisa Ulrika’s gown as seen in Blanche Payne’s History of Costume. There are at least three Big Ass Silver gowns in Sweden and I know of at least two in Russia so if anyone wants to do the gown specifically and is going to CoCo I’ll happily keep calling mine just the Big Ass Silver gown.

Mainly because this is a stash project. Huge pile of silly silver twill, not brocade sadly, which has been sitting waiting for a project!

Buuuut…. Any kiwis want to get in on the action? Register above and join in! I reckon if we had enough interest we could organise a Skype Time to party with the princesses overseas. I know it may mean being up at Awful O’Clock but that just means we need to arrange a meet up for those who can and stay up dressed up in the silly.



My “style”


A few years back there were discussions amongst us historic costuming people about what makes our work stylistically obviously us (well each of us). It turns out what was true then of me is still true and is true of all the recreations and original…

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This Hannibal costume is so me and yet not me at the same time 😉 I think that’s one of the reasons I didn’t do it for the ‘06 Auckland comp. Having done the sparkle and sing thing once I didn’t want to be seen as a one trick pony when it was actually not really in my groove zone. There were other reasons, but I do wish I’d done the Carlotta costume. Ummm.. same scene, same character but played by another character… (Christine and Carlotta both play Elissa but for some reason in the movie it doesn’t look like it at all…. darned Sisi gown…. which is another musical costume I want to do- original vs Takarazuka style, though I’m in love with their productions* )

I really would have loved to have wandered around with a plush doggie and fake crying everywhere. I still have the basics of the corset. I think I killed the pattern. And I have the orange feathers.

*Rose of Versaille and League of Galactic Heroes especially for the fantastically OTT Euro-Historic mix. Do not I repeat do not let me get ideas about that Marie Antoinette gown because a group would be insane. And it would have to be a group.

See? Really really want. Want want want want want.