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A Revolutionary Dream... by LadyotRings A Revolutionary Dream... by LadyotRings
If I lived in the mid-18th century, I imagine I'd look a little something like this.

I made this during the summer of 2004 after vacation to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. This is almost 100% historically accurate, with the only alterations being that unseen seams are machine-stitched and my shoes are actually 19th century brogans instead of straight-last. But all visible seams are hand-stitched, and let me tell fingers were incredibly calloused after I finished.

Materials used were:
Under petticoat: Wool
Outer petticoat *as seen above*: Raw silk
Shift, cap, and kerchief: Linen
Jacket: Cotton
Apron: Homespun linen
Stay/Corset: Thicker linen with plastic boning (whale bone is a bit illegal in this day and age)

I didn't make the stay on my own, it was a family project, but it was hand-stitched and now we know why men made them and women bought them. I also didn't make the first under petticoat (I borrowed it from my mom who used to reenact) the straw flat hat (bought at Williamsburg, but decorated by my mom and I), and the stockings (borrowed from a friend's mom).
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Once again, this was featured also here: [link]
ilithyahime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
So cute! I love that the red of the skirt matches so well with the jacket :)
LadyotRings Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I also love that, too. When I went fabric hunting, I was originally going to go with more of a blue theme, but we found the jacket material and went from there. And then the red silk of the petticoat just matched so perfectly that we couldn't pass it up.
SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
This photo was featured here: [link] :)
LadyotRings Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow, that's a beautiful collection. I'm honored to be a part of it! Thank you very much!
SannaMaK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
You're welcome! :D
Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
It looks beautiful. I love the fabric you used for the jacket!
LadyotRings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm very partial to that fabric, too. I originally wanted to go with a more blue tone, but my mom and I found that material and decided to go more red. As you can see, that was a success!
theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Ye be more than close enough to accurate, m'dear. :)
Nicely done and very impressed! Kudos!
Have you gotten involved in 18th century reenacting/living history?
And none to worry about the shoes, as long as they are close enough and COMFORTABLE, most places don't mind... heheheh, as long as you are not wearing sandles or tennis shoes. :)
Again, ye look fabulous. Kudos. A fine outfit ye have there.

~Lady B
LadyotRings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

I would love to get involved in reenacting, but I don't live nearby to anything that really does that and I don't have that much money to invest hardcore in that kind of hobby, unfortunately. But yeah, I would love it, I'm sure!

Thanks again!
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