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Tuesday Truth 5/12/15


The chemise! The neck is adjustable by tying the ribbon tighter or looser.

No teaser this week! I had a minor surgery in the ENT’s office on Friday and the time I’d planned to spend writing I spent sleeping and sewing instead. Would you like to see what I’ve been sewing?


I’ll be holding a historical fashion show at Lori Foster’s Annual Reader & Author Get Together next month. Most of the costumes are ones I made years ago. But there is one that I’ll be making from scratch, and it is the most elaborate and tricky thing I’ve ever made: a Victorian bustle dress from the skin out. Chemise, drawers, corset, petticoat, bustle, polonaise, skirt and hat all have to be completed within the month. It’s a challenge, but I’ll do it.  So far I’ve completed the chemise and split crotch drawers, and the under skirt. Next up is the bustle and petticoat.

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Chemise and drawers (nowadays we call them bloomers)




I actually broke down and had the corset made for me by a Facebook friend, Minx. I  simply don’t have enough time to make it myself. You can find her work in her Etsy

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I love this pretty corset! I just wish I had a waist.

Shop. She does marvelous work, with great attention to detail, out of quality materials.  The corset in the pics  below is the one she made me.

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And here is the yellow underskirt that will go over the bustle and under the polonaise.



I can’t wait for this to be finished! It will be elegant and beautiful, and just my size. Will you be going to RAGT15? I need models for the costumes! Contact me if you might be interested in being a model!



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