Author Archives: Bron

Corset/Stays Making Day

I’m organising a Corset/Stays Making Day for our new local costume group, on Saturday 28th October. (See the Facebook event for more details. Download the ‘What to bring‘ guide.) Corsets or stays are the critical underpinnings of women’s historical and … Continue reading

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Muslin round gown and open robe

I cut out the muslin gown months ago, but ran out of time to finish it before JAFA in April. I’ve used the same adaptation of the Sense and Sensibility drawstring dress that I summarised here, and which I also … Continue reading

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JAFA 2017 – finally!

We went. We had a great, flat-out, full-on time. We didn’t take many photos – and yes, it’s taken me almost 6 months to blog about it! Life just gets in the way of costuming . . . and it … Continue reading

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Counting down

It’s only a week until the Jane Austen Festival Australia starts. I’ve been flat out with another project for the past few months and only squeezing in JAFA sewing for a few hours here and there, but I’ve (mostly) cleared this next … Continue reading

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JAFA 2017 Planning

With the Jane Austen Festival Australia now less than four months away, it’s time for some serious planning! Dresses from previous years I can wear again: Muslin front-opening dress and Blue damask open robe Light aqua cotton sari dress Navy/teal … Continue reading

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HSM10 – Heroes: Linen Apron

The Historical Sew Monthly Challenge for October is to make a garment inspired by our historical hero, or our historical costuming hero. I have so, so many heroes in historical costuming; from the very first Janet Arnold book I bought in the 1980s, through … Continue reading

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HSM8 – Pattern: Hand-sewn day dress

This is somewhat late for the Historical Sew Monthly August challenge, but I did have good intentions of getting it done in time! Challenge details are below. I didn’t exactly start out to hand-sew an entire dress. This was supposed … Continue reading

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Open robe and muslin gown

I’ve been slow in blogging about this outfit as I don’t have good photos, but I’ll go with what I have and maybe get to do better photos later! The muslin dress was very loosely inspired by this Danish wedding dress. … Continue reading

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Drop-front dress

I made this drop-front dress for Lauren, for a photo-shoot for potential cover-images for a novella I’m writing. As I had to make most of it without fitting her – we live 800km apart – I used the S&S Elegant … Continue reading

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Welcome to Lauren

I’m not the world’s most regular blogger . . . and my wonderful niece, Lauren is preparing for JAFA 2016 as well but doesn’t have a blog to record her sewing adventures. She’s definitely being adventurous this year (menswear!), so … Continue reading

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