Shoes, Let’s get um.

My friend Lauren is up to no good again and has designed yet another pair of shoes! SHOES! Must have them! Oh wait sorry, I am getting ahead of myself. If you haven’t seen them here is a photo she provided:

The Devonshires are a leather 18th century shoe based on museum examples from the 1760s through 1780s. They’re made of top-grade dyable leather, with a beautiful, smooth Italian leather sole for dancing, and are hard-wearing, water- and mud-proof, for even the toughest of outdoor re-enactments.

Pre-Order the Devonshires through August 10, and get the special $100 price. We’re only making 200 of these shoes, so don’t miss the chance to own one of only a couple hundred pair on the planet! Visit American Duchess to order.

I own a pair of her silk Georgiana’s and they are beautiful and so far comfortable. The leather version probably will be even more so as they can “break in” nicely to the shape of your foot I imagine. Anyway, go check out her site if you are interested.

Estella’s bonnet: new ribbon, added decoration, & new shawl

I picked up this new-to-me shawl that I thought fabulously clashed with Miss Estella’s dress. The beautiful cravat that didn’t sell coordinated so well I had to sacrifice it for her bonnet.

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Paternosters: loop prayer beads w/ gauds

Here are two paternosters (aka historical rosaries or prayer beads) I’ve made for use at Renaissance faire:

One is bone with coral marker beads decorated with gold and a terracotta tassel.
The other is coral with pearl makers beads and a black tassel.

*The two different batches of coral & the pearls were purchased in Maui, Hawai’i. I have doubts about the authenticity of the coral but I don’t know much about buying coral. The bone was purchased in northern california along with the gold colored bead ends.

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Lil’ Hat

Every once in a while, I find I don’t have the correct costuming for an event in my mammoth closet (s) [hallways, garage, or extra racks around the house]. I had an evening where a bustle dress was preferred because larger Victorian hoops would not be accommodated by the dining room .Thus I borrowed a beautiful navy and white striped bustle dress from Ladykalessia. She packed up her gown along with a straw hat & bunches of silk flowers instructing me to make a hat and have it perch tipping forward on a head of big hair.

Here is the cute hat that came together from striped scraps from the gown, a piece of blue taffeta floating around my workroom and the flowers:

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