This version may be more suitable to some... Our main character seems to take on a new fiery temper in this version. Although the hair styles and frocks have not been improved, it is equally dramatic and fun to watch!
Fashions were changing by the season, but during the later part of the eighties some trends stood out. The year 1785 saw some styles take off:
Dark, dark, dark! Dresses in shades dark blue were very popular, dark violet and purple hues as well. Skin-tone could improve in these deep shades. A color that was perhaps most popular was called Pitch Green. It was (you guessed it!) a blackish-green.
High fashion was not to be mistaken with mourning clothing. To offset the dark frocks, details of lightweight cotton lace and frill were added, and light ornaments such as buttons. A popular color for buttons in 1785 was yellow!
To finish the ensemble, pair with white waistcoat or a white accessory. Like wise ribbons in yellow were very 'in'. If nail polish was available they would be wearing Gold Lamé, Black Velvet and an overcoat of Illusion D'Or.
I was going through some fabulous postcards I have collected over the years and decided they should be displayed...but don't ask me the best way to display them. This is the reason they have occupied a Nike shoebox forever! Allie (@HistFicChick) had the great idea of finding some cheap second hand frames and using ribbons to hang and accent them on the wall. Very cool. Another idea I came across was to use 'scrapbook' photo corner inserts and 3M tape to pop them on the wall. Anyone have any other ideas?
On my quest it seemed other people were also in the creative mood. I have been itching to sew a frock lately (haven't done so in two years!) and it seems other people I talk to have been thinking the same thing. So for all of you who are inspired enough to do so, I found this really interesting website all about making period stays (18th century corsetry anyone?) The site includes the following chapters:
* Chapter 1: Materials
* Chapter 2: The pattern
* Chapter 3: The technique
* Chapter 4: Wear and care
* Chapter 5: Fully-boned stays
Has anyone ever successfully crafted stays? Would love to hear your experiences! I have always been told it is tricky business. Which is why I am so very drawn to haberdashery...