Friday, June 29, 2012

Finished Tidens Toj Gown

I happily finished my round gown this afternoon and took some pictures. Enjoy!

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Next I will be working on a few open robes, a ball gown, and another chintz round gown. So, stay tuned :)

Love Lauren

Tidens Toj Round Gown

Hi All,

   Guess what?!?! I’m finally sewing again :) I decided it was time to do my own version of the Tidens Toj Round Gown. I didn’t follow the pattern, but I used it as inspiration and drafted/ draped my own version. I also decided not to do the massive amounts of embroidery on the hem line. Here are a few pics of the progress, enjoy!

Tiden Toj Back

The original gown.



The back of my version. I draped a piece of fabric onto the lining, pleated and sewed the pleats down. Then I trimmed away the excess


The finished back with the pleats sewn down to the lining.


The front.


A few from the side. It won’t give the most slimming line, because if the high back, but I still love it :)

I should have it completed sometime this weekend. Have a lovely day!

Love Lauren

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tea with the Ladies

Monday Lady Devereaux, Mrs. Cartwright, and I had high tea at a local tea house in Portland. It was a quiet, lovely afternoon. Here are a couple of pics. Enjoy!


Mrs. Cartwright is wearing her lovely Robe a la Turque.


The always lovely Lady Devereaux


And me :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sewing Again

Well, as you all know, my sewing has significantly dropped this year. My personal life has been extremely busy and, as I said in a previous post, my sewing was the only thing that I could take a break from. Things have finally calmed down a bit and I am ready to start sewing some new things. Many of you also know that the Oregon Regency Society is having their 2nd Annual Retreat this summer and I plan to attend. This, of course, means that I will need some new things to wear. I have a very full wardrobe, but one cannot have too many gowns :) So, here are a few plates and images for inspiration. Enjoy!


I have a printed muslin that would make a lovely open robe, similar to this one.


I have another printed muslin that would work well for this style. However, I’m planning to make the sleeves 3/4 length because the retreat is in August :)


The robe on the left would be quite lovely in the red silk that currently sits in my stash.


And of course, it’s time to make a new chemise gown for the season. I typically make at least one a year, due to wear and tear.

Have a lovely weekend! I should hopefully have some progress photos for you in the next few days.

Love Lauren

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sea Bathing 18th Century Style

This summer, we have an event coming up that involves creating sea bathing attire. Now, here comes the problem…. Most of the research I’m finding shows people in the 1790’s, which is my particular era, sea bathing nude. I have found a few examples of women bathing in chemise-like garments, but not many. Here are a few pics for inspiration and I will post more as I find out more on the subject. 0ad7ded3e42b1d0f953c44257552

Here you can see why bathing machines were so important. They offered privacy for taking the waters :)



1813 Sea Bathing… This time, the women are actually clothed.


And more nudes in the water :/

So, have any of you come across examples of interesting sea bathing clothing from the Regency???

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Gratuitous Vacation Photos

Hi All,

   I returned home from my wonderful, wonderful trip late Friday night. I can’t believe how many amazing places we saw and the history that surrounded us. We started in Chicago, then made our way to Dearborn, Michigan to the Dearborn Inn and the Henry Ford Museum. Then we went to Dayton, Ohio to visit family, followed by a stop to Morehead, Kentucky to see where my relatives are buried. Finally, we went back to Chicago and explored the downtown area. It was a blast, but I am happy to be home. My mom took a number of pictures, but here are just a few to hold you over till I get all of them loaded. Enjoy!


Part of the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanical Gardens


Mrs. Cartwright and I in the Botanical Gardens


The Henry Ford Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. This place was AMAZING and had some lovely Georgian buildings all over the property.


One of the Georgian outbuildings on the hotel property.



Henry Ford’s estate




The massive lawn at the Henry Ford Estate


Me in my 1910’s gharb at the Titanic Exhibit. It’s a proof photo, but you get the idea. My blouse is an original from around 1912. I wore my Astorias all day, and I LOVE THEM!!!

Grand Staircase

This is a replica of Titanic’s Grand Staircase. It was absolutely amazing!!!


Percherons plowing the fields at the Greenfield Village in the Henry Ford Museum


One of the many cemeteries where my ancestors are laid to rest in Morehead, Kentucky.


This is the cemetery by our old house. We used to make snowmen, sled, and play here when I was very young.


Morehead Lake. My grandparents used to play here as children and my dad and I used to walk here when I was a wee one :)


Beautiful Downtown Chicago. This city blew me away. The architecture, the food, the sites were all amazingly beautiful!



The 96th floor of the John Hancock Building


The INCREDIBLE ballroom in our hotel. The pictures do not begin to capture it’s beauty.



The Grand Staircase in our hotel. Jaw dropping!


And finally, Beluga Whales at the Chicago Aquarium!!! They were so cute and playful :)

I owe a huge thank you to my wonderful parents for taking Mrs. Cartwright and me on this amazing trip!!! They are such amazing and generous people! Love you guys!!!

Well folks, that’s all I have for now. I will have some more pics of Mrs. Cartwright and I at the Henry Ford Museum in the near future. God Bless!!!

Love Lauren