My motto for this website and all my dress-up endeavors has long been, “We’re born naked, everything else is a costume,” which is a paraphrase of RuPaul’s “We’re born naked, everything else is drag.” Because Mama Ru and I have the same philosophy that all the clothes / makeup / hairstyle / etc. we garb
It’s easier than you might think Have you ever dreamed of waking up in a canopied bed, throwing open the curtains to look out over rolling green hills, then dressing in your finest period costume to stroll about those hills with your best friends? Do you fantasize about candlelit dinners in wood-paneled rooms with you
A little something my husband cooked up while we were in France!
It was freakishly hot the night of the party, so these are not the best pix o’ me, as wearing a wig makes me pour gallons o’ sweat (I’m *such* a lady). But halfway thru the night, I went to the restroom and saw myself in the mirror and realized, damn, this looks good! Totally
This has got to be my favorite costume I made for the Chateau de Pys trip — the black silk francaise that I hand-sewed 75% of (not necessarily by choice). That amount of hand-sewing is a first for me, and hopefully a last. But it looks good and didn’t fall apart on first or second
We purposefully designed Thomas’ 18th-century wardrobe to be mix-and-match. His new suit coordinates with his old suit, and he can wear any of his waistcoats with either of his suits (very useful during our two weeks at Chateau de Pys). I’m still not entirely pleased with the collar on the coat, and I may go
I haven’t really blogged this outfit because I made it up pretty fast and out-of-my-head. It’s a basic kimono shape that I free-handed, using old bamboo/cotton mix sheets for the lining and silk taffeta for the outer. This proved to be an incredibly comfortable and stylish combo. The trim is some metallic stuff from Jo-Ann’s,
This waistcoat was inspired by my husband’s love for all things Hawaiian and tropical. While he’s content to wear most any costume I make for him, I thought he’d enjoy something that combined one of his interests with the historical era we were all wearing at Chateau de Pys. So I designed him the equivalent
Pictured here at Chateau de Pys in 2013, this redingote is made of a striped rayon/mystery fabric, fitted out with velvet batwing collar and cuffs painstakingly hand-edged in silk ribbon. It’s paired with the same black silk petticoat I wear with a lot of my 18th-century outfits. I added a simple black fichu to fill
First worn at Chateau de Pys in the south of France, 2013. Made of silk-cotton border print fabric lined in cotton. Accessorized with a silk organza cap I made from my own pattern (about half hand-sewn), a silhouette pendant given to me by Kendra some years ago, and a silver bat brooch I bought in
Well, I wore the gown in England at our 16th-century feast at Blo Norton, a moated Tudor manor house. And I was much more pleased with the effect this time! I bought a gold choker necklace with black and red faux gems and pearls that coordinated nicely, and I did my hair up in big,
While the sewing is on hold, the research continues! I just returned from the U.K. where I finally got to see both portraits in person — and, wow, they are totally different! It’s not merely a difference in image reproduction. The originals may show the same person in the same pose and gown, but the
Everything worked out in the end, and Thomas looked awfully handsome at our 16th-century feast in Blo Norton, England! He added some bling from his renfaire days and wore black creepers because he’s just that cool.
Photos from Venice, Italy, in February 2009 during Carnivale, taken by either my mother or Thomas. Also, here’s a costume video shoot of me, filmed and edited as a birthday gift by my dear husband, Thomas. It features my mother and step-father, plus Thomas himself, all at Campo San Zaccaria. Click the image below to