The Unmentionables

Hello! I hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday! I’m having a relaxed morning at home, got up and made some scones when I woke up (they turned out so so) and ate them in bed with a cup of English Breakfast tea and a light and easy to read chick-lit.  I’m alone home for the weekend so might go out and meet up with a friend this afternoon.m

This week at school has been busy, we’re working on skirt supports (aka hoops, panniers, bustles etc.) right now and one thing I can say for sure, they are big and cumbersome!

I thought I would share some pictures of the things I’ve made so far at school, but I’ll split it up into a few posts and start from the beginning with the first items I made (even though I don’t think they are the most exciting ones). So first out for us to do was the “unmentionables”; underwear.

As I said before with this year we are going to be making one complete women’s outfit and one complete men’s one, so we had to decide on what time period we want to do for our outfits and we could choos any point between 1500 and 1912. For my women’s outfit I have decided to go for the latest possible, 1912, and for my men’s one I am doing a ca 1790s. But even so a lot of the time we are asked to do two things for each stage, like one early and one later. Which is why for this one I decided to do one early 1900s combination and one early 1700s shift.

The combination (which for those not familiar with the garment is a combined shift and bloomers sort of) I wanted to do lots of details on, because excisting ecamples from back them usually had that. So I used lots of old lace I had in my stash and made lots of pleats and tucks all over it.

Full front view

Back details (and yes, I can see that it needs a proper iron..)

Pleats on the shoulder

Lace, lace, lace…

I’m not 100% pleased with it I can’t say. I thought the pleats would be a nicer effect than I thought they were in the end. It’s alright but next time I’m definitely going easier on the pleats 😛 The lace however I love!

The second garmet as I said is an early 1700s shift (though to be fair it could pass for quite a long period as this garment didn’t really change that much so quickly). The reason that I chose to do this period was because Andrew and I have been talking about getting into some early 18th century re-enactments here in Sweden, the Caroleans to be more precise (he is actually off right now to an event in Estonia for this, but I’ll tell you more about that later). So I thought since I was making something anyway I might as well do something I could have some use of and that I might actually need.

 By itself it isn’t much to look at. Rather plain really. But it’s a beautiful linnen material and most of it is done by hand, you know, just because I wanted to 😛

Sleeve detail. I’m so happy I had all this old lace that I could use! I mean if you want to buy lace today it’s really hard to find anything nice and delicate looking which isn’t very plasticy.. 🙁

And this is what it is like with the stays I made on top. I’ll show the stay and my corset in the next post I write 🙂

Since I last talked to you…

First of all let me thank you for your comments that made me feel very welcome back into blogging! It is so nice to know people are still reading this! 🙂

So let me give you a short update on what has been going on in my life these months when I’ve been all quiet on here.
As you know my boyfriend moved over here from New Zealand a year ago and having him here is of course amazing. Moving to a new country the way he has though requires quite a bit of paperwork and permits and registratering and other exciting things (though we are very fortunate in that regard compared to a lot of countries where it is even harder I am aware). We should *fingers crossed* be done with that part soon though as the final step for recidency should hopefully be completed.

This winter I took job working extra at the local kindergartens. It was only meant to be a little now and then at the different places but very quickly I got a full time position in place of a lady who was on long term sick leave. That was good of course from an economical point of view, I worked there all winter, spring and most of summer, but in other ways it was very hard for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, I did and the kids were wonderful most of the time, but it was all a bit too much at the time, I felt overwhelmed and overworked by everything that was happening. So this I think was the main reason things got so quiet on here for so long. I didn’t have the energy to write.

During the spring I decided, after A LOT of debating with myself, to send in an application to a school for a course I had come across and that I liked the sound of. The school was Tillskärarakademing (I honestly don’t know exactly how to translate that word, Sewing Academy will have to do) in Göteborg (Gothenburg to you Englishspeakers 😉 ). There are three schools like this in Sweden, one in Stockholm, one in Göteborg and one in Malmö and they are the big sewing schools we have and anyone who is in the textile/fashion world here has at some point gone to one of these three schools. The course I found was a 2 year course on the subject “Costume for the Stage and Historical Dress”. I don’t think anyone here will be surprised that I liked the sound of that course! haha

One view of our beautiful new home town

Anyway so I applied for this course (which was only available at the school in Göteborg and only took on a few people every second year) and amazingly enough I got in! 🙂 So all of a sudden I had a plan of what I was going to do for the next two years, something I haven’t had in many many years, if ever! And all of a sudden life was full of preparations that needed to be made, the biggest one being finding somewhere to stay in Göteborg, which is NOT easy as it is a big student town with not nearly enough aparmtents for the amount of people who want them! We found something temporary at least where we are until Christmas but after that we still haven’t got anywhere yet. We are looking, but if anyone knows of anything or know anyone who might know please let me know!!

Yeah, so that’s where we are now. Me and Andrew are living in a new city and I’m going to school here. It’s been a lot to get used to, big changes. I’ve always traveled a lot but this is actually my first proper move away from home, so that’s something tog et used to as well. But it’s fun too! And so is school. We are 11 in my class and this first year we are focusing mainly on historical clothes and we will be making a complete woman’s and a complete man’s outfit by the end of this year working our way in through all the layers. We’ve done shifts/underdresses, corsets and shirts so far and are now on to skirt supporters. It’s fun 🙂

I might post some photos of the things I’ve made so far in school, but for fear of making this post too long now I will finish off here and instead write soon again! So until then my dears! 🙂

Hey hello!!

Hello everyone!

I don’t know if any of my readers are still out there, following this  sadly neglected blog, but if you are I am now back and I am so sorry for how long it has been!!!

Things have been busy and there has been some big changes in my life this last year which has at times had me feeling a little overwhelmed, and that is why I fell behind with this blog. But I have missed it and now feel I am in a place where I am ready to take it back up again, and of course once I had made that decision then my blog had crashed in some way and I wasn’t able to log in. Only just now have I, with the help of my dad, been able to solve that problem and we are back in business!!

I’m going to write a longer update about what exciting changes have been going on since last time I talked to you all, but for now I just wanted to say that I’m back and I can’t wait to talk to you all again!!!

Much love,


Anno 1790

For me being Swedish it is sometimes nice to watch, or read, something which is about Swedish history, something set in Sweden. Problem is, there aren’t many things like films for example about this. I find this really annoying, we have an amazing and rich history and many stories and events that are worth telling about. I could come up with at least 20 different ideas off the top of my head right this minute, stories and events that would make awesome films. But sadly hardly any have been made. Which is one reason I was quite excited first time I heard of a series by the name “Anno 1790”. This is a series made by SVT (i guess it would be our Swedish equivalent of BBC) set, as the name suggests, in 1790 Stockholm! Something Swedish AND historic!!

It was a few years ago when it first came out, but I didn’t have the chance to watch it when it was first on TV, and then it didn’t prove the easiest to get hold off. So it wasn’t until this winter when I finally came around to watching it. And, it was good!

Actually it’s a murder series. I haven’t often been one for watching murder series, but this one of course was historic and set in a 18th century Stockholm! I have often wished I could see Stockholm back then, what it might have been like, tired to picture it. And here this was filmed in streets that I am so familiar with, after all the old town of Stockholm isn’t massive. I found that very exciting!

The story is about a army doctor by the name of Dåådh who is full of ideals and a strong desire to help and try to turn the world into a better place. At a time when much was happening in Europe, when revolution was in full swing in France it could be dangerous to have to strong revolutionary ideals in a country still under royal rule. Dåådh assists an injured man who works as a tutor for the chief of police’s children, he begs him to bring him back to that place, and while he is there he becomes involved in trying to help the police solve a murder. As he does so well he is offered to stay on, to become district police in the area. For someone who doesn’t believe in the way the country is run it is not easy to accept such a position, to be working for those he sees as repressing the people. But the idea that he can do much good in that position persuades him to stay.

So he starts work there solving crimes and murders, dining with fine folk, but still never loosing sight of his true ideals. He works hard to be fair and act for justice, and for everyone to be treated with fairly, no matter what their position is in society. Of course this kind of behaviour makes him both friends and enemies.

It is a good and well-made series I think, the murders and crime part of it adds suspence and some excitement I admit, and it’s not too scary. So I very much enjoyed this series. And so did Andrew. We both loved it.

I know it’s not the most common to find but it is available on Amazon, if anyone is interested in it. 🙂

Here is a trailer, to give you another glipmse of what the series is like. 🙂

Both me and Andrew have been getting into 18th century things lately, and this series was just what were in the mood for. I will show you pictures of the 18th century outfits I have made for us both soon. It is an exciting new style for me to try out. 🙂

I will talk to you all soon, and share some pictures of the sewing projects I mentioned. Until then stay well and happy!

Merry Christmas!!

Just checking in with you all to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season and get to spend it in the way you most want to.

Here are some pictures of a recent project of mine and Andrew’s, a Regency gingerbread house! A fun and challenging project that took a grand total of 8 hours to complete, but I think it  was worth it.


Obviously we had to dress appropriately for the photos!

Apart from the crack that makes it looks like the house has been through and earthquake it turned out really well we thought

Yes, I know, he IS handsome!

Finishing touches

Looking mighty proud of the result


Dreaming about a future in a real house like this perhaps…?

The final resting place

So, once again from me (and Andrew) a very Merry Christmas to you all!!!!

New sewing project; Regency fall-front trousers

As I said in the end of my last post I have a new sewing project to share! A pair of Regency gentleman’s fall-front trousers.
As I also said in my last post my boyfriend has just moved over here to Sweden and these trousers were for him. I haven’t really introduced him to you all before but I think it is time I do so, you will be seeing and hearing alot about him in the future on this blog. His name is Andrew and he is from New Zealand, hence the reason we haven’t met for a year before he came now. I am going to share the story of how we met at some point, it is very much connected to this blog and Jane Austen, but not right now. He is however a big fan of the Regency era, and I mean a very big fan of it! Does reenacting and collects uniforms and swords and everything else Napoleonic military related.

So anyway he has moved over here and wasn’t able to bring much of his collection of stuff with him so for his birthday one of the things I got him was a pattern for some Regency fall-front trousers, something which he had long been talking about needing. I got the pattern (pictured right) of Nehelenia Pattern’s website.

Regency trousers were often very tight-fitting so we wanted to find a fabric with some stretch to it, to make them as tight as we could. We found this fabric that was a synthetic material but had the right color we were after, so we decided to get it for making a test pair.

I have never attempted something like this before. Trousers is NOT something I have much experience of making, I have made a grand total of two pairs in my life, and that was with the assistance of my sewing teacher. So I had some apprehensive feelings beforehand.

I had some very frustrating moments making these trousers I will admit, I wasn’t completely happy with the way the pattern was made and the instructions. I found it very confusing at times. But after some ripping of seams and changing of pieces I got a shape that we were happy with.

They may look a little wrinkly lying on the floor like this, but those wrinkles do go away when they are put on

Regency trousers didn’t have a zipper or fly, they had a fall-front like this. We used some pewter buttons and some of the leftover buttons from my pelisse that worked very well for this 🙂

This is what it looks like with the flap down

In order to help achive the really tight stretched look a tie or band of some sort goes under the foot. I just used some elastic ribbon and that worked perfectly. 

There are a few things I would change for next pair, especially with trying to make the fit better (some of the pieces were quite baggy and I needed to take a lot of it in) but overall I’m actually quite pleased with them. And what is more important, Andrew is happy with them! 🙂 For being a first try I think they turned out alright. And the fabric, even though it is synthetic, was surprisingly good in the end! Good enough that they could actully be used, not just be a test.

After I had finished them we wanted to do a little photo shoot and since it was a lovely sunny Sunday we decided to both dress up and go across the lake (10 minute drive) and take some pictures by one of the big houses on that side, Julita gård. It was sunny and beautiful but nowhere near as warm as we had persuaded ourselves it was, so with the wind chilling us to the bones we ran around snapping some pictures before hurrying back to the car shivering with cold.
It was worth it though because I thought we got some really nice pictures. 🙂

Isn’t he handsome?! 😀

I’m really quite happy with the fit of them! Note the nice sword as well…

Taking a stroll through the gardens

Waiting for a ship to come in? I love this picture! My house is just across the lake from here

Took some pictures of me too even though I wasn’t really wearing anything new

Hide and seek in the garden?

I have more sewing projects coming up soon, and tomorrow we are off to the fabric store to see if we can get hold of some more material we need. He needs more trousers, capes, jackets…  Oh and I might need a thing or two as well! 😉

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