Author Archives: Bron

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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Short stays and chemise

I used the Regency Underthings pattern from Sense and Sensibility to make a linen chemise and short stays for the RWA presentation in August. The chemise pattern was very good, with detailed instructions for hand-sewing flat-felled seams. I thoroughly enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Making historical costumes

Welcome to my new website. I’ve had a long interest in historical textiles and costumes but other than an Honours thesis on 18th century British worsted textiles, I haven’t pursued my interests in a concerted way. Much of my time … Continue reading

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