Sense & Sensibility Patterns – Winsome Clothing with an Old-Fashioned Appeal

Sense & Sensibility PatternsWinsome Clothing with an Old-Fashioned Appeal.

 

 

just found out about this charming-looking purveyor and am terribly excited to try their georgian portrait gown (as well as everything else). my! how elegant and decorous they look.

 

 

 

 

1929,fishtail evening gowns, gorgeous

 

 

 

 

 

1929,fishtail evening gowns, gorgeous | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

fall makes me want to do a Perle Von Mauren shoot. (of course, so does spring). but it *is* Halloween time, so i’ve got that excuse as well.
these gowns are just about right as far as lines go. just needs to be black satin.  perhaps with one of the little draped-brim -style cloches that became popular around the time of Black Friday:

 

perhaps with one of those filmy circular short veils they used to drape over the stranger-brimmed hats, since it’s explicitly stated she’s veiled – but it *is* a little more contemporary a note than i imagine would be worn by an extremely refined lady predator who’s been in enforced seclusion since the close of WWI.

i just don’t want to go with the early 20’s; the streamlined look doesn’t sit well on me.

this lady has a lot of antique pattern images on her flickr set, as an aside, if you have a little time to kill:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/marelnasatingirlieuk/sets/72157601808000489/

and the second one does every imaginable kind of vintage fashion. s/he’s the sort of collector i only wish i had the time to be and her collection is absolutely marvellous. organized by designer, model, era, label, and style. comprehensive and an awesome resource. check it out if you have A LOT of time to kill.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53035820@N02/sets/

Fort mit dir, Johann!

Infamous Women Paper Dolls

Dear Internet,

if you loved me,

you would buy me this.

 

 

 

 

 


Infamous Women Paper Dolls
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things to make yourself

i like the Frenzy ladies – i met them both at Anomnomcon – but this is ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

 

it’s not that it’s a dumb idea – i’ve got two i made myself, and they *are* warm if you add a little more coverage front and back – but as i recall, mine couldn’t possibly have taken more than around five or six dollars in supplies, and it’s the kind of thing you can crochet while you’re watching tv in an evening.
not to mention that there have to be hundreds of free patterns available for similar things on the internet, many of them highly adaptable if you want to recreate this exact item; many of them are better to start with (i like that last one, myself). use a slender-gauge yarn if you don’t like the chunkiness factor, or combine two yarns for the variegated effect. use different buttons, or more buttons, or some other kind of closure like knot toggles.

but, Miss N, you squeal. I cannot crochet or knit!
never fear, reader, go to Hancock’s and get yourself half a yard of polar fleece. it probably takes a quarter yard to make one of these, double-thick and topstitched. how much does that and thirty minutes at the sewing machine cost you?

i wish *i* could get paid $45 an hour, don’t you?

Frenzy Universe. Victorian Scarflet Ruffle Neck Warmer – Pink and Pearl.

Mantua Maker

i’ll take one of  these

and one of these

and one of these

oh, so dangerous.

Artistic Dress, wisconsin-style

authentic nineteenth-century patterns based on authentic garments from the state historical society of Wisconsin’s historical garment collection. might be nice for a late fall piece, perhaps with a Mucha-esque headdress. oh, Rossetti!

in other news, still working on a looksheet for my summer ensemble and trying not to get distracted by Le Pacte des Loups.

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