The Forgotten Era

Mood: Mildly frantic Audio: Birds flocking to the hedge Snack: N/A Drink: Yerba Mate Hibiscus and Lime tea So, I was digging through my box of commercial patterns today on a hunch that I had a pattern for combination underwear that I could use as a jumping off point for an upcoming project, when I […]

Drafting Woes

Mood: Semi-frustrated Audio: Co-Optional Podcast #51 Drink: Iced Apple Cider Chai w/ honey whiskey [because it has been that kind of day.] Snack: N / A Designing/drafting this ‘modernized’ stay pattern has proved to be the more difficult than I anticipated. The Problems? How to make way for hips. The way the Victorians got over […]

Eyelets Conquered! Bodice Complete!

Mood: Content Song: This is Love by Utada / Seasons by Ayumi Hamasaki Drink: Hot tea (orange pekoe) Snack: N / A After a stern look I finally worked on the eyelets. You may be wondering… Why the hold up? Answer: I dislike them. A lot. Why? Answer: I can never get them even let […]

It’s Pink!

As in ‘Congratulations It’s A Girl’ pink. Or ‘nausea, heart burn, indigestion, upset stomach…’ pink: It’s definitely not the deep vermillion I had intended it to be. The colour is the product of two consecutive dyeing sessions in my washing machine which leads me to believe that the fabric I used to make this underskirt […]

Progress! (Kinda)

Mood: Ready for a nap Song: Sexy, Free, & Single by Super Junior [The Kpop obsession continues!] Drink: A certain lemon-lime soda Snack: N/A I have officially become a 5 year old again. It’s been a relatively hilarious time standing in my bathroom and draping various fabrics over my face to test visibility, drape, and […]

After A Not-So-Quick Trip to the Post Office…

Mood: Feelin’ Kinda Gross [thank you lean cuisine meatloaf @.@] Song: Eat Your Kimchi’s interview with Eric Nam [Can you say Ageyo!!!!! squee!!!] Drink: Orange Juice Snack: Pulp? MY BEADS ARE HERE! Well most of them anyway along with a few other things. As I guessed the 4mm czech glass round beads (dark red) were […]

The Underskirt

Unlike the camicia post I don’t have a large historic schpeel about the underskirt’s role in the Italian woman’s every day – or special occassion – routine. There are no extant examples of underskirts and there are no separate skirts to be spotted anywhere in any painting that I have seen. This probably discredits this […]

The Camicia

The camicia [also known as a smock, shift, or chemise depending on where you hail from] is the basic undergarment for women of this time period and afterwards. Since washing techniques during these times were harsh and only suitable for hard-wearing fabrics, it was absolutely necessary to have some sort of barrier to keep that […]