There is one sure way to make my morning a good one. A rare but welcome post in my RSS feed from Before the Automobile.

This amateur costumier (she calls herself an amateur but I don’t agree) has made some of the most wonderful historical reconstructions I have ever seen.  the posts are full of photos of details and construction which I find fascinating.

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I think the reason they are so perfect is that she uses lovely fabrics and is able to get an incredible fit. She also recreates all the layers of the underwear to perfection, giving the perfect shape to work with.

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Every time I see a new post it makes my heart ache for the chance to go to a proper ball, or at least a lovely picnic.



by Kathleen Brewster

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