I am beyond excited, I started work in earnest on "The Domestic Lady's Dressmaker" today. I have great hopes and plans for this book, but mostly I want it to exist to help living historians to be able to re-create appropriate garments for daily wear/work. I am inspired by Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" books, Nancy Bradfield's "Costume in Detail" and the great "Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail" by Lucy Johnston, so I wanted to include all the things I always wished I had when recreating dresses. Each dress will have a pattern draft, a sketch with notes and photographs with more notes. This is my first go-around and I want to share it with you so feel free to download the file!
Pet peeve, Historically based movies with modern hair or costuming. Really, it drives Wicked quite batty! What is up with the side bangs here? It really disturbs the immersion in the time frame for me. Admittedly, this is from new version of Sherlock Holmes. But when you go to time and expense of giving the clothes the right look- why stop with the hair. Do you see ANY hairstyle remotely close to this here?
Does NO ONE do any RESEARCH any more? *sigh* Add this to fishnet stockings on saloon girls in old west movies (check it out for yourself , they are strictly turn of the century- not 1880's) and it makes it very hard for Wicked's family to watch movies with her. (You should see her at a reenactments dealing with polyester lace.) What it boils down to is that so many people/kids in this time and age may only bother to get their history through multi-media forms. We DON"T do research, we want the quick and easy gratification. We want to be entertained. So is there anything wrong with being entertained so we actually receive some good info? My momma told me anything worth doing was worth doing well. I'll continue my fight to present a correct historical image. I can only hope I inspire at least one more person to do their research.
WickedStepmother spends most of her time in her castle, and trying to control her minions, to little avail.