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IMG_6741Our trip to Vizille, with Heileen, Lady Darkstone (who was in a 100%-not-historical mood), and the kids was on Sunday. We were lucky to have reasonable weather (i.e. not too TOO hot). Despite a massive hair disaster, we managed to get there in time to say hi to our friend Antonia, have a picnic in the (gorgeous !) park, then went bakc home so that the kids could take their nap under the Home Geek's supervision (turns out they didn't want to nap that day, oh well...), went back to see the end of the battle and tour the museum some. It was fa-bu-lous. In fact, we had such a great time we didn't take that many pictures.

Only picture I have of Antonia's gorgeous Directoire gown...

The theme this year was 1792, so Heileen and I went with Directoire fashions. I re-wore the printed cotton I had made last year and focused on making new stuff for the kids. I just added a last minute cockade and changed the turban arrangement. I intended to add feathers but didn't have the energy in the morning, and decided I didn't want to brave the wind int he afternoon, so the feathers stayed in the car. Heileen wore her fabulous pleated back Ikea-sheets Directoire gown, that I had not seen in person yet.

Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français, 32e.
Cahier de Costumes Français, 25e
Suite d'Habillemens à la mode en 1780 -

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

Heimlich has outgrown last year's skeleton suit, so he got a new one. I just changed the lapels' color form the original plate to make it more patriotic. I made him a new chemisette out of linen and cotton scraps, the jacket and trousers are of plain Ikea cotton with buttons I found on eBay ages ago (labelled as ex-DDR buttons); the scarf is a simple tube from a remnant of my han bok project. Yay for a 100% from stash project ! I didn't ahe the time to hunt down correct shoes nor make a new hat, so he wore the same non-period hat as last year (which he loves loves loves. When I dug it out on Saturday he had to wear it to breakfast !) and his usual shoes.

IMG_6745My fabrics for Toad being very fine and transparent, I made her an underdress to go under the "chemisete" sic), a simple green cotton chemise-style dress fitted with two drawstrings around the neckline and chest ( a few detail shots, including growth tucks, here). The white chemise dress is put together out of rectangles and triangular underarm gores, with just one drawstring at the neckline. The fabric is a fake eyelet lace (the "embroidered" parts are actually some kind of printed puff paint... yeah, I know, puff paint... *giggles*). The cap was a last minute addition, from cutting diagrams from the Kannik's Korner infant pattern. I only had to buy the ribbon for the ties, everything else came form the stash as well. In fact, except the white fabric, everything came from the scraps bin.
All of my pictures are on FlickR, Heileen's are there as well.

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Now, I obviously need to print and start carrying business cards around, especially when I'm in costume. We had one lady come up to us with stars in her eyes "Did you make that ?" "Can I touch it !" "Oooooh the back is beaaaaautiful..." I gave her my mobile phone number, but I felt like such a fool for not having the cards ready.
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I had striked them out of the agenda, but it seems the Revolution feasts in Vizille in July could be doable. as in : they start on Thursday, and we'd be leaving Grenoble on Saturday only. The HG is on vacation at that date anyway, so kids would not be a problem - Heimlich could probably come along fine anyway. The only possible issue would be having a costume I fit into by that date. I'm not so sure about wearing the quilted ensemble in summer (but who knows, it might be exceptionnally cold) - this one would certainly fit and be ready. The Pierrot I mrobably wouldn't fit back into, as it's a little tight, and 5 weeks is not a lot to get back to your usual shape. The Plummy Jacket could probably fit with minimal tweaking. The redingote could certainly work too, probably with a new or altered stomacher. Redoing the hat would be a good idea as well.
Hmmm Heileen, I guess you'll be babysitting at that time ? *sad panda face*
Or I could do something new... wait, no. Strike that. Not by the end of July. Buuuut I still need a new empire gown for August. I have the fabric. Yup, I scanned it - with the magazine underneath to give you an idea of the scale.
Tissu empire
I love the fabric, it's light and summery, I grabbed it as it was cheap and it "spoke" to me, but now I'm a bit at a loss at what to do with it. Something like this ? Or a late 1790s cross-over front dress (haven't seen those in darker print, though) ? Or a late 1810s/early 1820s dress with puffy sleeves (I have the right undies for one of those, AND the chemisette) ? I just can't decide, so please, LJ-hive mind, if you have any suggestion, shoot ahead !
I also have ten millions meters of white fabric for a more classical empire look, but I don't feel the love for a white dress right now. As for Heimlich, the skeleton suit would be pretty much okay-ish for both the revolution and the empire outing.


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