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Costume Diva
18 June 2013 @ 02:56 pm


Hey All,

I'm moving again and cleaning out outfits that no longer fit.  I have 11 items up for auction on eBay including reproduction corsets, stays, a Civil War day dress, 2 18th century silk gown reproductions, and a lot more.  I hope to find them all a good home, and I know someone will get lots of enjoyment out of them.



Costume Diva
26 August 2012 @ 04:56 pm

Hey everyone!  Hubby and I relocated (again) this year.  We finally have more square footage and a small back yard, but for some reason we still feel like we have less room than ever.  I think our 'stuff' decided to reproduce while we had it locked away in storage for the past two years.  It's time to sell off some old favorites to make way for the new.  Head over to my eBay  listings and check out see if there is anything that might interest you.  Check back next week...I think I might have some more costumes and corsets that I'm ready to part with.

Up for sale is a Museum Replica Arwen costume, a cut of silk suiting fabric, a set of civil war bloomers, Edwardian undergarments, and a few other Muggle items that might be of interest.
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Costume Diva
04 June 2012 @ 08:34 pm

Just back home from Dress U.  My Mom and I had a wonderful time, and it was so much fun seeing some of my costuming friends again.  It's been too long.  I've uploaded some of the highlight photos from the conference to flicker (user name LadyInoui).  I'm not sure how my friends list is doing...if you attended the conference with me and would like to suggest that I follow a few other costumers on livejournal, please let me know!  I wasn't good about carrying cards or writing down people's livejournal names.
Costume Diva
22 June 2011 @ 07:17 pm
Hey All!  Hope to see you at Under the Redcoat.  I figured out that my chemise dress might work so maybe I'll be in costume after all!  It's only a few decades off.  :)  Are there any events/meetups scheduled?  Would anyone like to do dinner one night?
Costume Diva
15 June 2011 @ 10:27 pm
Check out my blog for the latest progress report on my 18th century stays.

Costume Diva
25 April 2011 @ 10:16 pm

I have grand plans for this summer! I'm hoping to attend Under the Red Coat in Williamsburg and the Gettysburg reenactment. I have plans for the costumes I'd like to make, but I feel like posting my intentions and project plans would jinx getting them completed in time. Since none of my costumes are currently fitting, this means I need to start from the inside out. So first up: a new civil war corset.

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Costume Diva
21 April 2011 @ 06:54 pm
Wigs (or 18th century hair, if you're blessed with hair long enough) has always fascinated me. I remember reading about La Belle Poule (the ship-in-the-hair style) when I was a kid and marveling at how silly it was. Now, of course, I'm obsessed enough with the 18th century that I'd actually give it a try. :) I can't remember where I came across this 18th century illustration of hair styles, but I love that each one has its own name:
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Costume Diva
18 April 2011 @ 08:10 pm

Today I'm going to review my Calash bonnet project from the Burnley & Trowbridge workshop. These somewhat goofy looking bonnets served a fairly practical purpose - to protect a lady's hairstyle from the elements. I found a few period illustrations of a Calash showing enormous examples, most likely from the 1770's:
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Costume Diva
13 April 2011 @ 07:37 pm
Next up from my weekend in Williamsburg: mitts!! I've always wanted a very pretty pair of mitts, but I could only find wool/linen mitts that were cut too big or too small. This way, I got to make a fancy set of mitts fit to me.
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Costume Diva
08 April 2011 @ 10:38 am
Ah...muffs. What an elegant accessory! I can't imagine why they fell out of style. Especially the very clever 19th century muffs that had hidden pockets inside. Apparently 18th century muffs did not commonly have pockets.

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