Researching historical costume: Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

I really don’t know what it is about historic dress that fascinates me, but it really does do just that, fascinates me. I can spend ages staring at the line of a dress, the embroidery of a sleeve and the shape of a heel.

Ladies Ride Aside – A history of riding side saddle – Helen Hollick guest post

We’ve all seen ladies riding side-saddle in various movies and TV dramas (Downton Abbey as an example.) The correct term is Riding Aside. My daughter rides, competes and jumps aside. (Yes, that is what I said: jumps.) Contrary to belief riding side-saddle, at least with a modern (post Victorian) saddle, is safer than riding astride!

Inspirational Scrapbooking – 18th century Georgian style!

Since late last year I decided that I wanted to start scrapbooking. Previously I have kept a memories scrapbook which is notoriously fat with everything I’ve kept (I’m a bit of a sentimental hoarder), stuck in with any adhesive I could find. If a notebook could look like it was going to explode, this oneContinue reading “Inspirational Scrapbooking – 18th century Georgian style!”

Dressing a Regency Gentleman

This is shocking! This post was meant to be a follow-up to my Dressing a Regency Woman post and I completely forgot to post it – that was 2 years ago! SHOCKING. Worse than that, I updated it (sorting out those pesky typos – I hope) and then something went wrong and I lost theContinue reading “Dressing a Regency Gentleman”

Dressing a Regency Woman

This blog post aims to give you a brief outline of how a Regency woman would be dressed. The thing is, so many authors assume their readers know what a spencer jacket is, what a shift is, what stays are, and if you don’t you feel rather silly asking! I myself will admit, for theContinue reading “Dressing a Regency Woman”