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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 you...my 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]
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
So cute! I love that the red of the skirt matches so well with the jacket :)
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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.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
This photo was featured here: [link] :)
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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!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
You're welcome! :D
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Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
It looks beautiful. I love the fabric you used for the jacket!
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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!
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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
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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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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Where'bout be ye?

True. Reenacting is an expensive hobby, but depends upon your portrayal. Men portraying soldiers is perhaps the most expensive due to the weapons, uniform and other upkeep.

Depending upon where ye be, might be able to do an event or attend a gathering for little or no cost. ;) Depends upon who you know at times, too. :)

Well worth it. And VERY addictive. ;) Beware! LOL


~Lady B
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in Southern Ohio, way out in the country.
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Oh! Well, yo'r not all THAT far away. :)
Hmmm... shall have to fwd you some events upcoming from piracy to rev war. I know one more Rev War event will be happening closer to around the Louisville, Kentucky area around the end of this month. This weekend will be the massive Feast of the Hunter's Moon in West Lafayette, Indiana. A couple weekends ago, there was a piratey event on the Santa Maria in Columbus, Ohio, a good number of historially accurate pirates attempt to take over the spanish vessel at least twice a year. :)
Always plenty of events around. :)
Shall have to keep watch for this event you took this picture at.


~Lady B
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that sounds like a lot of fun! If you really wouldn't mind, I'd love to get all that information.

Actually, this picture was taken in my front yard, lol.
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
:)
Northwest Territory Alliance website: [link]
Great group to be with.

Living History Worldwide: [link]
A website community for living historians/reenactors of all ages and eras.

Reenactor Fest: [link]
SOOO worthwhile and, again, a whole lot of fun! Where else can you dance with Caesar and General Grant doing the Macarena or nearly all eras on the dance floor doing the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show! LOL. INCREDIBLE shopping, too.


~Lady B
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks!

When I get more free time (curse you, college!) I'll have to check those out.
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PirateLady-Lizzy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
This is the most re-create gown of this king with soo wonderfull final effect !
You did a really great job !! :)
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! Your comment means a lot to me!
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cutiejingles024 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so beautiful! I love historical costumes and this one is magnificent! :heart:
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you love it!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Lovely clothing! (I love the 18th century) I wish I could have at laest one this kind of a like dress but no, I don't have any good dresses :/ But maybe in the future I hope :)
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
This is great. What pattern/book did the Jacket and what time period are you aiming for with this outfit? Mid 18th C? Second half?

You said something about hand stitching, how much of this was done by hand?
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't recall the name of the book the jacket came from (it's at home and I'm at college), but the pattern does close in the front instead of calling for a stomacher. I imagine this outfit to be reminiscent of the 1760s in Colonial America.

All the visible seams are hand-stitched.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
ah, ok, that sounds right. was it Janet Arnold's book pattern of fashio per chance? that's what it looks like to me...
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I don't remember which volume, but it was very much by Janet Arnold, lol.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah.. I think I know which jacket it is then. There is a blue and white jacket some where in my gallery wich is based off of a few of the jackets in her book.
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MultiCultureFruit Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Photographer
:wave: I enjoyed your beautiful craft very much!
I included it here too [link]

If you favorite the article perhaps more people will see the Artisan Crafts :D and like that I hope that many more people can enjoy the Artisan Crafts gallery :nod:.


Keep up the lovely work :clap:
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as you did.

And thank you for including my outfit in that article. It's an honor to be among such beautiful crafts and talented artists.
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ladyrose04 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very pretty. Which pattern did you use for the stays? What weight(s) of wool did you use for the petticoats?
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The pattern for the stays is actually based off a real stays found in Williamsburg and is included in Linda Baumgarten's book, Costume Close-Up. I swear, she is my hero just for all the effort she put into that book and all of her other books. I highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in that time period of clothing.

The under petticoat is made of a light wool (there's a certain name for it, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it is...I'll let you know when I remember!) that's very soft and smooth and brown, haha. The outer petticoat is the one you see in the picture and is a raw silk which is also very light. Both are very comfortable to wear, even together.

Thanks again!
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
The pattern is cotume close-up is great. It's what I used.
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NM-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Beautifully made! Will you post more detail later?
Hand stitching. . ouch!
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LadyotRings Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I think it's rather gorgeous as well, ;)

I don't have any pics of the details right now, but if I get a hold of them or take more (without my webcam since that thing is really grainy) then I will be sure to post them.

Yeah, the hand-stitching was really painful, but I actually ended up liking it better than machine stitching. I swear, those sewing machines always mess up on me and are out to get me, haha!

Thanks again!
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NM-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
YAY!

hehe! I just started using a sewing machine - I know what you mean!

You're welcome! :D
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