keskiviikko 10. elokuuta 2016

Gustavian Day picnic - 2nd edition

Rococo Atelier: So, should we have the Gustavian Day picnic this year as well?
Me: Sure, why not.

The Museum of Old Vaasa: Yay, come on over, we'll throw in a free entry day just because! And guided tours in two languages! And we'll write a press release with pictures and publish it in the local paper!

This really is how it went. The weather was worse than the last time (fairly rainy throughout the day) but we had our picnic indoors and still managed to do a bit of croqueting and graces and dancing in between the showers of rain. So many of our reenactor friends travelled over from Tampere and even accross the water from Sweden(!!)  and we had a jolly old time.

Some pictures here, taken by Sanna of Rococo Atelier and Mia of Oh Gloomy Sundays

The house

If you decide to have a picnic but then it rains and you have to move the picnic indoors and eat at a table is it still a picnic?


The ground floor of the house has this spectacular vaulted cellar.

Croquet with style

Mia in her pretty pink jacket and petticoat

There was a little dancing too.

Sanna borrowed my new blue hat and chemisette.

Pretending to play an antique clavier (the maker's engraving says it was built in 1797 in St. Petersburg).


Regency wedgies

A group photo of all of the properly attired people


lauantai 30. heinäkuuta 2016


I just finished a new Regency dress because apparently that's all I do. It's sheer cotton which I dyed blue; the original colour was a drab mousy grey. Dyeing it with the ocean blue colourway made it nice Prussian blue which is so right for Regency and I really like the tone, so win!

I used the same bodice pattern as with the white fern dress, but I left of the neckline borders and made the neckline gathered instead. The sleeves are 3/4 length and I used my 18th century pattern for them. The dress closes with 4 hooks and thread loops, a tape tie underbust and a gathering ribbon on the neckline. Simple as you please.

I might embroider the dress later, but it works as it is. I like the lightness of it and I'm going to wear it to the Gustavian Day picnic we're having in my town next Saturday.

Here are some photos of the dress with all my fabulous hats :)

I made a separate post of this hat and the chemisette earlier.

I can't wear this hat with a straight face.

torstai 16. kesäkuuta 2016

A new hat!

I've sewed something! Hooray!

I just put finishing stitches on a new Regency hat!

Ever since I saw Lucy Steele's square-top hat in the 1996 Sense and Sensibility (that movie is bursting with the loveliest hats), I've been fascinated by the style. First (long before my costuming hobby) I thought that the hat looked silly, rather like an upside down flower pot, but it's grown on me over the years.

I found out that this square top business was a military thing, like many other fashion fads in the 18th and 19th century. Apparently, the Polish lancers' uniforms included a really rather strange-looking shako-type hat with a square top, here are some examples:

Polish Lancer by Jean Babtiste Detaille, early 19th c. source:

Polish Lancer Trumpeter, source:

Charles Horace Vernet, 1813, source:
So, I took the idea and ran with it. Luckily I had already made a concave crown bonnet for the Vernet Project last year, so I had some idea of how to make the shape work. A quick paper mock-up, a bit of tweaking and I was good to go. I noticed that to spread the side piece in order to create the concave shape with a square top it was better to cut openings on the side piece where the corners of the top would go and one more opening on each side of that and leave the sides otherwise uncut. I used the same brim pattern as before but cut it slightly narrower.

The hat base is needlepoint canvas, double layers on the brim and square top, with wires sewn on the edges. The whole thing is covered with cerulean velvet, lined with cotton and taffeta and trimmed with assorted ribbons and feathers I had in stash. I'm fairly pleased with it :)

These are all just headshots, I didn't have time to dress up in kit.