My new obsession: Costume Provençal

A few months back, I asked on my Facebook page if any of you had references about the traditional costume worn in Provence. When I was a little girl, my mom brought back half a dozen dolls dressed in various traditional regional costumes of France. The Provençal costume wasn’t part of the bunch, but through…

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Regency gown and spencer

A lot of time has passed since my last blog post, ladies and gentlemen. I have a huge backlog of costumes ins & outs to share, but I decided to not dwell on the past and start fresh with my most recent creation. The backlog will be cleared eventually. I hope so. I was browsing…

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Posted it in my Instagram stories, but I might as well make a full post about it! This year, I only have two costumes on my wishlist: a robe à la française for myself and an embroidered suit for Efdee Cosplay. I have the fabrics, I just need to find time from now until end…

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A Pink Shepherdess

I made a major change to my website today: the blog has been officially moved to the front page! I have decided to go back to my original roots. I started blogging about sewing a long decade ago, but with the emergence of social media, I put blogging on the slow burn and focused on…

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“During the early 18th century there emerged a highly romanticised view of country life as being free of the rules and regulations that ruled the court, with the sheperds and sheperdesses, nymphs and fauns of ancient Greek legend as a model.” (read more here: http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/about17.shtml) A couple of weeks ago, I had my mind set…

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I just wanted to share the quick project I worked on this morning. This dress was made with the Sense & Sensibility “Elegant Lady’s Closet” pattern (drawstring bodice with elbow-length sleeves).  My fabric is a vintage cotton print “tissu provençal” (Provence fabric) that is traditional in the South of France. Surely not historically accurate at…

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I finished my chemise à la reine just in time for Castlefest! Can’t wait to take ‘real’ pictures next weekend! 😁 I wanted a light and airy costume for warm summer days. Or I was just looking for an excuse to make my version of Marie-Antoinette’s iconic look. This costume is a dream to wear,…

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As much as I loved the 18th c. costume I made a few weeks ago, I wanted to make a more undressed version. Same skirt & underpinnings, but with an apron, a sleeveless bodice & stomacher, a neckerchief (not finished yet, it needs decorative stitching all around), and the most adorable cap ever. I embroidered…

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