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18th Century Stays Update – Changes are inevitable

The one major thing I’ve learned throughout my years of historical costuming (or any sewing, really) is that no project goes precisely as expected. Some stick close to the original plans, and others end up diverging widely (or wildly, as the case may be). 1,068 more words

The never-ending 18th century stays

Yeesh, these things just keep going. My 1780s-90s stays are I’d say about 75-80 percent done. All the boning is in, all the eyelets are sewn, and I’m in the process of attaching the back panels to the side panels. 325 more words

1780s-1790s Stays: progress report

For my Chemise a la Reine/a la Oberkampf, I’m making a pair of late 18th century stays from Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh. It’s the 1790s stay pattern on page 44. 1,100 more words

Chemise a la Reine ensemble: the undergarments

Because I like to procrastinate while I gather more information than I could ever possibly use for a project so that I feel like an informed person before I start, I decided to hold off on mocking up the 1790s stays. 1,320 more words

Elizabethan Costuming


Researching into Elizabethan theatre costume, I found that there could be no shortcuts really if you wanted it to actually look Elizabethan!  As the period year in the play was 1588, I decided that the bumroll was the way to go to get the silhouette. 134 more words


50 shades of toast

The Fabric Room is happy to announce the introduction of 50 shades of “Toast” (Well 67 to be exact!).

And we’re not talking breakfast, we’re talking beautiful, supple Italian jersey, a unique knit #1300 named ‘Toast’ by one of Europe’s finest mills. 126 more words


Modern underwear

In 2015 most women would turn their noses up at the suggestion of wearing firm vintage inspired foundations. There are many reasons for this; such firm foundations are no longer seen as necessary, they are seen as outdated and unfashionable garments, modern fashions don’t always require the sculpting qualities of shapewear, many women are attracted to comfort, it’s not expected of women to wear foundations, the list goes on. 1,328 more words