Living History

A Letter from Lucy

Living History

In Character Part VI: Shoes and Accessories

Any costumer will tell you that the devil--or your character--can be found in the details. Especially when playing the role of a more upper class character (like Lucy) the right accessories can make all the difference. Lucy's accessories are still a work in progress. There are many pieces I'm still tweaking, but here are the… Continue reading In Character Part VI: Shoes and Accessories

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In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup

We have a saying at the Village: "Ladies pinch, whores rouge." When it comes to 19th century costuming, less is more in the cosmetics department. That's not to say that they didn't have them, or that no one used them. Cosmetics have been around for millenia, but when you are talking American Civil War, it… Continue reading In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup

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In Character Part IV: Undergarments

Okay, I confess! I cheat just a little when it comes to period undergarments, just because no one is going to see them (well, unless I blog about them....) The photo to the left shows me in my winter undergarments, right before Dickens of a Christmas. This involves a lot of time outside in the… Continue reading In Character Part IV: Undergarments

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In Character Part II: The Blouse

  The irony of this blouse is that it's the only piece I used a pattern for, and it was still the hardest to make with the worst fit. I'm still not happy with it. I've remade it twice, and it's still not what I want. Alas, it looks like this will be our last… Continue reading In Character Part II: The Blouse

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In Character Part II: The Skirt

The skirt, it could be argued, is where this all began. In December, 2013 I started volunteering in the village. It began with Dickens of a Christmas, and an hour spent combing the wardrobe for something that would fit. I finally wound up safety pinning myself into a black skirt that was two inches too… Continue reading In Character Part II: The Skirt

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In Character Part I: Meet Lucy

Part 1 in my series about developing and sewing for a living history character. Other parts can be found here. Before I could start designing for my character, I had make certain decisions about her: where she was from, what class of society she fell into, her religious and political beliefs, and what type of… Continue reading In Character Part I: Meet Lucy

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In Character: Dressing for Living History (Intro)

It occurred to me recently that I've never shared a photo of my costume for the Ohio Village with you lovely people! This was in part because I didn't have a picture, but I finally got a snapshot over Christmas while I was working at Dickens. My costume is set for 1864-1865, and is a… Continue reading In Character: Dressing for Living History (Intro)