Monday, May 18, 2015

Period Impressions Polonaise Pattern Bodice Fitting

This weekend I learned about a very big, very fancy event to which I desperately want to go--an 18th century costume ball at the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The only problem is that I do not have a ready 18th century ensemble to wear. While I waited for a fairy godmother to show up, I started thinking about what costume pieces I have already made and how I could make them work for this event. I already have a shift, stays, bumroll, and petticoat intended to be worn under a robe a l'anglaise. Then I remembered I have a bodice started years ago for the Festive Attyre "Curtain Along." 

The Waverly fabric is a bit too casual for the event, but if I could dismantle it and treat the bodice as a muslin, I might be able to very quickly copy it in a fancier fabric. 

The pattern calls for a drawstring to be run along the neckline, and that has not yet been inserted. Also, the straps on my stays are way too wide, which is part of the reason they're creeping in like that. I've since cut them down as much as possible and I'm hoping that helps. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Train Supporting Bustle - Laughing Moon #112, View C

Here's my new bustle. It's the train-supporting bustle from Laughing Moon Mercantile (Pattern 112, View C). I've been wanting one of these for years and only just now got around to making one.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tutorial: How To Make An Easy DIY Wig Dryer

Back when I worked in theater, the wig shop had a giant, lovely machine called a wig oven that was used to dry wigs. As soon as a wig was washed or set, we could just slide it inside and in a few minutes the wig would be dry and ready to wear or pack away into storage. It was great, and there's no reason you can't have something as useful at home. Really, it takes five minutes and works like a charm.

Tutorial: How To Curl A Wig

I wrote out this tutorial a few years ago for Your Wardrobe Unlockd, but it seems like it might be useful, so here is a tutorial for a quick and dirty, super-easy way to curl a wig. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Haphazard Caprese Salad With Gold Tomatoes


It's way too hot to cook. Turning on the stove or oven makes the entire house unbearable, and who really wants to eat anything hot or heavy anyway? (That's a rhetorical question, Nick has been baking and braising as much as ever. I don't get it.)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Rigatoni al Filo di Fumo Recipe (Inspired by Topo Gigio's)


I've eaten the Rigatoni al Filo di Fumo at Topo Gigio probably once a month, on average, since I was eight years old. It was my favorite pasta then, and my tastes didn't change much as I matured (though the Farfalle ai Due Salmone and the black linguine with seafood tomato sauce are strong contenders).

But I don't live in Chicago anymore, so I can't get it. But is it possible to make something similar at home? Yes. Yes it is.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Peel Tomatoes Using the Freezer (No Boiling Required)


I posted earlier about how to peel tomatoes by boiling them for a fraction of a minute and then peeling the skins right off. It's easy, but in the middle of the summer it can be pretty annoying to have to boil a big pot of water. But there's another, more summer-friendly way to peel tomatoes using the freezer. No boiling required.