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The history of the black patch [07 Feb 2013|06:48pm]

(Cross-posted to own journal and 18thcentury)

I have been writing a post on the use of black patches, but with pictures and refrences it became much too long to post on LJ. But if you are interested in this small, but visible, beauty product, please go here:

The history of the black patch
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A new style of Underpinnings of the 18th Century available!! [11 Aug 2012|06:56pm]


A new style of underpinnings are availble at La Rose Couture!
Pocket hoops can now be found on the website and orderd, see here a link in Dutch:

And in English:

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On 18th century cosmetics [13 May 2012|01:53pm]

Perhaps I can interest those of you who are interested in 18th century beauty with a little project of mine. I have had a special interest for the subject for many years and hold a lecture on it from time to time. But reading up on a subject is one thing; it is not quite the same as trying your hand on it. So I have slowly started to go through beauty recipes from the period, analyzing the ingredients and making those recipes that is possible to make. For example, white face paint was made by a number of different white pigments, with different result. It is also easy to see that not all 18th century beauty products were harmful. Apart from some very dangerous pigments made of lead and mercury, most ingredients are not only safe, but often used in modern cosmetics.

If you are interested you can follow my experiments on isiswardrobe or at blogger: http://madameisistoilette.blogspot.se/. In my LJ those posts are mixed up with costume posts and on blogger you only get the beauty posts.

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A plea for powdered hair [26 Apr 2012|02:40pm]

Crossposted to my own journal.

To change the colour of the hair with the help of powder wasn’t something invented inthe 18th century, but it was then it reached heights never seen before. The shiny fancy dress white wigs that many connect with the 18th century is an invention of the 19th century and when the silent movie came along, they adopted it. White wigs looks so much better in black and white than a real powdered hair would. Because a powdered hair doesn’t really look stark white. White powder on coloured hair gets various shades of grey.

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The new website has aired!!! [20 Apr 2012|04:59pm]

The new La Rose Couture website has aired!!
Availble in Dutch as well as English, change by clicking on the flag.

I offer clothing for Ladies and Gentlemen in the following styles:
-Bridal and Groom wear

I also have a Dutch webshop and for the other countries a DaWanda and Etsy shop!

Feel free to use the contactform or mail me directly at info@larosecouture.com for your questions and order!

www.LaRoseCouture.com, spread the word ;)

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Justeaucorps [13 Nov 2011|03:16pm]

[ mood | proud ]

katexxxxxx and I recently made a couple of Justeaucorps, inspired by Diderot, as sample garments.  We used a quality upholstery brocade for one, and a lovely Navy wool doeskin with a great drape for the other.  We are rather proud of them.  We showed them off at an IC Fashion shoot at Maelstrom LARP.  Thanks to the wonderful Al of www.rockphotography.co.uk for the action shot.

Another coat and a weskit under the cut....Collapse )
They are available in our Etsy shop along with various reticules and acessories which would make great Xmas pressies.

If you want to see more 18th Centruy eyecandy we did a big fashion shoot featuring various 18th Centuyry gowns, including my dress inspired by the Blue Madame De Pompadour dress on our  website.  We currently have one bespoke slot open before Xmas.

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Men's Suit [20 Feb 2011|07:02pm]

This is light-weight navy blue wool (sorry for the flash making everything too light), lining is natural white cotton, raw wool inside some parts for stiffening (for buttonholes, pockets etc.) Buttons are metal in the coat and breeches, for the waistcoat they are coated plastic ones. Button holes are all hand sewn. The inside seams are machine sewn, but over stitching is done by hand. Machine thread was polyester, but cotton for the buttonholes..

Made with this Finnish dress in mind, which is very close to the Royal Navy Midshipman 1748-1758 pattern

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Pineapple/Ananas masquerade gown [11 Feb 2011|08:16pm]

While ago - last year - I asked your advice for bumrolls... I am very grateful of your advice and hope you like the results :)
Here's the reason why I needed one: Pineapple gown for 18th Century masquerade ball!


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pattern for an 18th-century court gown [12 Jan 2011|07:15pm]

I've decided this may be the year that I finally go as the ghost of Marie Antoinette for Halloween. I'm starting to look around for a court gown pattern & know the people on here will have some leads. So far, the best-looking prospect I've found is the sacque gown from Reconstructing History with the sides expanded to fit the Royal Court Hoopskirts from Cinderella's Closet, which measure 45 inches across. I'm no great tailor, & I'll be going more for drama than for authenticity, so I consider the mainline patterns- Butterick's & Simplicity & such- but their patterns seem like they require more fiddling to expand to the proper hip width. Any tips?
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Costume for a masked ball [06 Jan 2011|08:01pm]

I attended an 18th century masked ball yesterday and had had great fun making a deer costume. Or rather, making a deer costume in a way than an 18th century lady may have done it. I must confess that I'm quite pleased with the result.

More pictures can be found in my own journal
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Opionions Please! [04 Jan 2011|02:17pm]

Hello everyone!
After a stint in the land of Regency I have returned with a new Project.
I am making a gown out of a striped 20% cotton % 80 Linen blend. I made the petticoats already and last night I got a really strong urge to work on the gown. I did a lot of the pattern alterations (I am reusing my jp polonaise pattern) and cut out everything but the skirt and sleeves. Right now I am really undecided on sleeves, but thankfully I can do that last. A bigger problem, and something I have to decide before I progress is the skirt. I know I want the back to be en fourreau, and the front to lace over a stomacher. I played with a few style options as well as lengths in some sketches under the CUTCollapse )

I am also about 1/4 done embroidering myself a pair of pockets:
I finished all of the plants, french knots and started on the flowers. This was the first time I have ever made french knots, I find them frustrating...
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[10 Nov 2010|09:52pm]


Recently we went on holiday to the Loire Vally in France. I wore some of my gowns to the beautiful castles there. First is my autumn anglaise, which I wore to Chateau Valencay.


More pictures here.

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Calash and Fabric for sale! [10 Oct 2010|08:01pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Hello everyone!
I am posting because I have decided to sell my calash that I made. I am also selling some fabric that I originally purchased for a gown I have decided not to make.


The Calash is made from Black silk dupioni, lined in off black louis vuitton print cotton. There are black satin ties that fasten around the neck, as well as a smaller satin ribbon for pulling the calash up and down. The neckband is padded and covered with satin for extra comport.The back features a pleated Bevolet (or curtian) and is decoratively gathered and accented with braided buttons with beaded details. I am asking $220+ shipping.

The fabric is 7.75 yards Copper floral Dupioni 54" wide. This is 100% Silk, the flowers are painted on, and slightly pearlized. I am asking $90+ shipping.

Calash Listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/58636435/18th-century-silk-calash-louis-vuitton

Fabric: http://izodiea.livejournal.com/23723.html (I am selling more fabric on this page than what is pictured, but only the Dupioni is 18th c. appropriate.

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Thank You [14 Sep 2010|04:10pm]

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post, helping me understand this Marie Antoinette's portrait:

Here's what I made of it:

Thank you all! =) The buyer loved her!
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My 18th century summer [03 Sep 2010|08:49am]

Summer is drawing to its close and I have had a very nice one, with lots of the 18th century. The Society of Gustafs Skål attended the Bellman weeks at Skansen in Stockholm and a market day at the gardens of Linné in Uppsala.

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False Rumps? [01 Sep 2010|12:05pm]

Help needed with false rumps!

I am trying to opt for a soft, round - well almost balloon like - look for an 18th Century dress. Polonaise would most describe what I'm looking after.
Something like this, only a bit more subtle, I would like to avoid that sharp "teatray" on the back to a more softer curve .

I have made one bumroll (similar to this) but the outcome is bit too sharp, especially when I do have a bum on my own and the roll doesn't seem to sit right. Any tips on shaping the pattern?
What would make a good filling?
How could the rump be expanded to the sides too, or is that completely another thing? Pocket hoops are again too angular.

Or should I just forget about the rump and plaid incredible amount of fabric to the underskirt? Incredible amount of over-skirt fabric is out of question for my budget.
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New books! [31 Aug 2010|11:10pm]

I just spotted these new clothing-related books on Amazon, and thought you might like to read about them, too:

Fashioning Fashion is coming out -- well, today (September 1), by the time a lot of you see this message -- 100 Dresses comes out on October 26, and Underwear comes out on November 1.

British Textiles: 1700 to the Present (also from the V&A) is scheduled for next March.

There's also High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which came out in June, and includes "historical costumes from the 1760s to the 1890s" among the 200+ examples drawn from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

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[27 Aug 2010|02:42pm]

This is another robe a l'anglaise I made recently. I call it my peacock gown because it's made from a gorgeous blue/green silk taffeta. Although in the pictures the gown seems blue and the green shimmer is hard to see. I wore it to Schloss Linderhof on our recent holiday. Unfortunately the weather was really bad, but we managed to take some pictures anyway. At least I had the time to do my hair properly (the time I didn't have when wearing my hot pink anglaise, I had to settle for some curls that day).


Here are a few more pictures.

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new sewing patterns [26 Aug 2010|07:21am]

We released some new sewing patterns over at Nehelenia Patterns that might be of interest to you:

a cute 1790s jacket based on the popular KCI garment,

also the very much anticipated 1790s Redingote 
and an early Regency dress, based on the wardrobe of Queen Luise of Prussia (and available in a set with a cute pair of earrings, too)     
please click the pictures for more information!   
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Purple Madame de Lamballe Bridal gown [20 Aug 2010|06:40pm]

 This Bridal outfit is made for  lady in love with purple and pearls!

 More pictures and info!!Collapse )
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