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How to Embellish Shoes by Frolicking Frocks

The ever lively Natalie from Britex Fabrics and the costuming blog Frolicking Frocks, presents a wee tutorial on how to embellish shoes with paint and other crafty supplies. This is the American Duchess “Pemberley” shoe, which is the perfect accessory for ladies’ costumes of the 1790s through 1810. Natalie used Britex Fabrics’ imported petersham grosgrain ribbon  and imported 30wt silk thread in the process of gussying up her dancing shoes. She plans on wearing these striped numbers to the upcoming Jane Austen Ball; we predict exuberant dancing and modest carousing.

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Free 1790s Men’s Coat Pattern

The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s coat. Originally made in France of silk and cotton plain weave and silk satin stripes (c. 1790-95), we crave this in rich purple matte iridescent silk satin fabric….marvelous for a starry late night riverside tea party. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

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Make an 18th Century Petticoat for Spring!

Lauren of American Duchess fame, created this tutorial on crafting an 18th century petticoat…..and who doesn’t need a new petticoat for spring? She says, “The cool thing about 18th c. petticoats is that they have a special and awesome way of being both adjustable to the wearer, and including secret pocket-slits so you can access your secret hanging pockets. Petticoats can be worn as underskirts, just on their own, or you can pile them up to create extra-huge puffy skirts. They can also be worn for other big-skirted centuries.” We love the knife pleating details. A poufy petticoat would be whimsically perfect to wear while swinging to and fro under a weeping willow tree, cloud watching, and day dreaming. Then afterwards, a wee tea-time picnic would be marvelous!

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