Tag Archives: Victorian

Il Muto Ballet Costume

Several years ago, I embarked on a journey to create doll-sized replicas of all the major costumes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. This is the sewing diary for one I just completed: the mint-green and pink … Continue reading

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Improving Theatrical Costumes

Are you in charge of the costumes for an amateur play or musical production? It’s a daunting challenge for anyone! In this three-part series of articles, we’ll discuss all manner of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your theatrical … Continue reading

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What to Wear: Rules for Victorian Dressing

Do you know the difference between a Victorian morning dress, afternoon dress, and evening gown? What about a dinner dress vs a ballgown? Do you know what’s appropriate to wear while swimming, skating, playing croquet, or cycling? In this two-part article, we’ll … Continue reading

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Silk Habotai

Saturday’s Stash: Silk Habotai   Silk habotai (also known as China silk) is an extremely lightweight silk. It’s often used for linings, but it can also work for floaty summer skirts, thin blouses, and evening wear, provided you line it … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Opera Costume Exhibit

When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera came to town, it brought a traveling exhibit of costumes! In this two-part article, we’ll examine six gorgeous costumes designed by Maria Bjornson: the Footman’s livery, a Hannibal slavegirl ballet outfit, Piangi’s Hannibal armor, … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Opera in Miniature—Masquerade

Sunday’s Someday Projects: The Phantom of the Opera in Miniature—Masquerade As you know, I’ve been sewing miniature versions of the costumes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Phantom of the Opera. These costumes are for Gene Marshall, a 15.5″ … Continue reading

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1831 Archery Outfits

Friday’s Fashion Plates: Archery Outfits, 1831 Today we have two outfits designed for archery from La Belle Assemblée magazine. (Click any image to view it full-size.) In 1831, the Romantic Era was just beginning. Waistlines dropped to a more natural … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Undergarments: Bloomers, Pantaloons, or Drawers?

Monday’s Mish-Mash: Ladies’ Undergarments: Bloomers, Pantaloons, or Drawers? Women’s drawers have frequently been misidentified. All it takes is a quick search of eBay and you’ll find plenty of Victorian drawers that have been mislabeled. So, what’s the difference between bloomers, … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Opera in Miniature: Hannibal Ballet Costume

This new sewing diary chronicles the making of the Hannibal Ballet Costume, one in a series of doll-sized costumes inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Sewing Diary—The Phantom of the Opera in Miniature: Hannibal Ballet … Continue reading

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Victorian Fashion and Costumes From Harper’s Bazar: 1867-1898

Thursday’s Book Review: Victorian Fashion and Costumes From Harper’s Bazar: 1867-1898, by Stella Blum Rating 5 = Shiny!

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