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Monday, October 21, 2013

Creating A Complete 18th Century Ensemble On A Budget

UPDATE: Links to all tutorials will be added to the bottom of this post as they become available.

Over the summer I worked on sewing several different patterns (top, blouse, skirt) to prepare myself for a personal goal~ to create two complete 18th century costumes using period appropriate fabrics, trims and sewing techniques. 

Guess What? I did it. And on an amazing budget to boot.

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On Wednesday I will take you step by step on outfitting the Duke of D├ęcor for less than $6.00. Yes, $6.00!

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Thursday and Friday posts will cover the personal accessories used by 18th century Fashionistas. Get ready to transform vintage pillow cases and much more.

Three more posts will lead up to Halloween in all its glory. We graciously extend an invitation for you to join us on this festive frolic.

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Future posts will be in glorious technicolor.

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A good day to all,


Making An 18th Century Dress for Under $30

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18th Century Shoes on a Budget

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 Creating an 18th Century Hat and Dormeuse Caps

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Create 18th Century Lace Sleeve Ruffles or Engageantes

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 Colonial Pockets and Bum Rolls

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Creating An 18th Century Gentleman’s Costume for Under $6

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Linking to:

 Between Naps On The Porch , A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, Savvy Southern Style, Ivy & ElephantsDIY By Design, The Style Sisters, Posed Perfection, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Katherine’s Corner, From My Front Porch To Yours, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground , The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Under The Table and Dreaming, Creative Home Expressions


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh these look fabulous!! Can't wait to hear more!!!!

Rita C. said...

Wow, Laura! You really outdid yourself! Can't wait to read about it!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura I hope that your handsome husband knows how extremely talented you are; I am in awe!

2013 Designer & Artists Series

Dawna Motz said...

Wow! You guys look fabulous! And you are one talented seamstress. Love it!

Abby said...

Oh my goodness, those outfits are amazing! You are so talented! I'm coming back for sure to see everything you did for these. Thanks so much for stopping by chapter37 and for your kind comment!

April Dunlap said...

I have three girls asking for Georgian gowns …I will be watching expectantly to see how you managed! :)

Lady of the Woods said...

wow. I have no idea what's going on but I have found myself on this blog about 8 times in the past week alone and this is NOT from your posts but from google images and various searches! Today I find myself here from my blog roll and I am impressed because I ADORE Renaissance Faires and dressing and these costumes are amazing....for $6.00??? unreal, can't wait.... :D:D:D

Amy Jo said...

That is so awesome! I love the outfits.

Amy Jo

Redhead Sadie said...

I am really excited to see and hear what you did, Miss!! Looks pretty amazing! :-)

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness! You look fabulous! Can't wait to see the how to's.:)

openid said...

What a wonderful job you did outfitting the Duke and Duchess of Decor! I am looking forward to your next posts!
Your Friend,

Vel Criste said...

OMG, can't believe these costumes were on a budget! Simply marvelous Laura!

Lorrie said...

You're amazing! What a great job. Looking forward to seeing the COLOR SHOTS!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

How you got your hubby to do BEYOND me!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Wow this looks amazing! Can't wait to see it in color!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I just cannot even believe you, this is totally amazing. So be sure to link up to my Inspire Me party. I want to feature this next week. Your outfits are gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Laura you are awesome! I love that you did it on a budget - I'd have left it go till the last minute and spent way too much getting all the right stuff!

sarah said...

Oh my goodness do you ever sleep

Christine Graves said...

Too cute!

Can't wait to see how you did it :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are soooooooooooooo talented. xo

Auntie Em said...

You, my dear, really can do anything you set your mind to, can't you? What amazing costumes. And what an awesome hubby to be willing to wear the lovely outfit you made for him. You two are such a pair of sweethearts!
Thanks for sharing :)

Christina Paul said...

What fabulous costumes! Can't wait to see how they're done!

The Boston Lady said...

Finally catching up!Can't wait to see the rest -Ann

Carol said...

The costumes are amazing, Laura! My big question is "How did you get your hubby to participate?"

Dawna Motz said...

I just noticed your shoes!! They are adorable!! WOW you really got all the details just right!

Katherines Corner said...

Wow, you did such an amazing job. You both look wonderful. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Hugs!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

WOW can you ever sew ! :) Stunning!

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

So very pretty!

Lisa Lynn said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop!

I'd love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Harvest Hop!

Alison Bayne said...

You just got featured at Mumtopia! What an incredible talent you have. Thanks for sharing it with us at
Do come by and grab your "I was featured" button.

Laura Turner said...

You did a fantastic job with these costumes, Laura, esp. with all the yardage and detailing on yours! I love the shoes! You both look stunningly authentic!