Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Historical Sew Monthly: Brown - 18th C silk garters

Historical Sew Monthly: Brown -I had hoped to finish something else for this challenge but life's been busy and my focus costume-wise is all on my Duchess of Devonshire 1784 Fox election ensemble.  So I abruptly switched gears and made these 18th Century garters to go with the Fox outfit.  Amongst the many slogans that you see with Georgiana in the political cartoons of her canvasing for Fox are "Love and Liberty" and "Fox Forever."   Given that there is some evidence that she may have had an affair with Fox I thought those were particularly apt.  And in at least a few of the political cartoons I've seen she is shown wearing garters with "Fox" so I thought it was plausible that she might have actually had garters similar to these.


The Challenge: Brown
Fabric: Tan silk taffeta
Pattern: None
Year: (the year the item represents, not the year you made it) 1784
Notions: Embroidery thread, silk ribbon, thread.
How historically accurate is it? Pretty accurate, accurate materials, hand-sewn embroidery but a wee bit of machine sewing on the sides of the silk.
Hours to complete: 2
First worn: today for pictures!
Total cost: $3.00 for the ribbon, the fabric was a scrap from the stash and the embroidery floss is from the stash.


8 comments:

  1. Such a glorious and inspiring project!! Any advice on how this style of garter is worn? Looking forward to seeing your complete project!

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    1. Thank you! Just wrapped around the calf below the knee and tied, pretty simple! :)

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  2. They are really hot! And I love the idea that you wear them to think of your love interest while impersonating her!

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    1. Thanks! I really love accessories, so it makes me happy to try to think of all the little bits needed for a costumes, even ones like these which were rarely seen.

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  3. Oh what fun! Seeing the garters you and Katherine have made totally makes me want to make some! These are fabulous!!
    Blessings!
    g

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    1. She's all to blame for my garter mania, lol! They are fast and simple and it's such fun to have ones to go with different costumes.

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  4. Ohh you made garters for "Brown", too. *high fives* ;) I really like how they came out.

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    1. Yup, I'm addicted to making garters! I know they look kind of yellow in the pic but they're actually tan.

      I love your garters! The flowers are so pretty!

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