Author Archives: Bron

JAFA 2016 Planning

Very little sewing occurred in the last few months of 2015. A difficult book and a book deadline, and about two months spent in Canberra with my mother’s illness and death definitely pushed sewing well down the priority list. But … Continue reading

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Cotton Sari Gown

This is another catch-up post – a dress I made and wore at the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra in April. Fabric: a ‘vintage’ cotton blend sari, with trailing machine-embroidered flowers, that I purchased on eBay for the grand sum … Continue reading

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Blue wrap dress redo

I actually did this back in March, but things were frantic before the Jane Austen Festival, and illness and other distractions have meant I haven’t caught up with blogging! I made the dress last year, for the workshop Beverley Eikli and … Continue reading

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HSM Challenge 1 – Frankenstays Addendum

Back in my post on 1st Feb I reported on my latest failure in stay-making. I am now happy to say that I have some much better-fitting stays! The problems I’ve had with stay-making include: I’m nowhere near a standard … Continue reading

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HSM Challenge 3 – Regency cap from stash

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 Challenge for March is Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash. I’m still working on my blue satin spencer for February’s Challenge (Blue), but I have managed to … Continue reading

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ARRC Fashion Parade

At the recent Australian Romance Readers Convention in Canberra, a few of us who are interested in Regency costume – plus some friends we dragged in! – put on a short fashion parade. Jennifer KLoester, who has written a fantastic … Continue reading

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Historical Sew Monthly Challenge 1: Foundations

In which Bron finds the challenge in ‘challenge’ . . . When the Historical Sew Monthly Challenge 2015, hosted by Leimomi aka The Dreamstress, was announced in December, I was very pleased to see that Challenge 1 is Foundations. I’ve … Continue reading

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A Chemisette and an afternoon tea

I actually finished this chemisette a few weeks ago, and was able to show it when I invited some of my friends who are also planning to go to the Jane Austen Festival over for an afternoon tea. The chemisette … Continue reading

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1815 Promenade dress and ruff

I’ve decided on my first outfit for the Jane Austen Festival in April. I’ll be basing most of my wardrobe on fashion plates from 1815 – although I may also do a late Georgian gown for the Friday night Georgian … Continue reading

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A (hurried) linen cap

Because I had a humungous book deadline just before the RWA presentation in August, I didn’t have a lot of spare time to sew, so I was madly finishing off the costume at the conference – sewing on a borrowed machine … Continue reading

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