A New Hat and Image Gallery Updates

18th century bergère hatJust a quick update to let you know that I’ve added a new page to the costume gallery — my first attempt at trimming a hat.

Also, in order to get some photos to post, we decided to take a trip to a small garden in the area.  It was a very hot day, even though we were there just after dawn.  We had a blast, and I have a lot of those images up in the image gallery.  There are even two photos of me using the knotting shuttle.

The knotting shuttle was the other reason we went to the garden.  I wanted to get some video of me using it and knotting thread.  It was at the end of the photo session, so I didn’t get as much footage as I’d hoped, but I’m sure I’ll be able to use it somewhere.

I still intend to make those knotting videos — my husband and I have just been very busy, and I’m new to the editing software. I’m also testing out a few other things involving the knotting and embroidery before I finish all of the videos.

I hope everyone is staying cool and having fun sewing. Best wishes!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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8 Responses to A New Hat and Image Gallery Updates

  1. I love all the photos, but the shot of you faraway watching the koi swim is my favorite!

    It was definitely a warm morning, and I can’t imagine what it was like in all those layers when I was warm in shorts and a t-shirt, but it was a great start to the day 🙂

  2. Kaycee says:

    fabulous! We need to get together for a full group photoshoot!

  3. Nuranar says:

    Great photos! I like the makeup a lot; it really adds to the look.

  4. jen thompson says:

    You look gorgeous!!! Well done, lady!

  5. Annabelle says:

    What beautiful photos! Reminds me of some of the French painters like Fragonard! I always think no matter the lady, everyone looks so sophisticated and lovely in 18th century clothing. Even if it’s hard to feel sophisticated with sweat beads starting at your neck and running allll the way down to your ankle (the last event I went to was 105 in the shade, ick, so I sympathize).

  6. Mary says:

    Love the striped gown fabric! I make all my own hats for reenacting. You did a grand job!
    Oh! we have been to many events here in New England when it was almost 100 degrees too, and all our many layers are soaking wet, and all we ladies can think about is getting out of our stays!

  7. Mary says:

    Gorgeous photos! My husband does photos shoots of me in 18thc. attire as well—so much fun!



  8. Thanks so much for all the wonderful replies, everyone! I apologize for my slow reply to you all — I’ve been feeling under the weather (it’s also keeping me from working on projects lately… sewing or website-related).

    @Christopher: Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to take photos for me! I hope you have a full costume or two to wear for some fun photos in the near future. I think you’ll really enjoy it. I only hope you at least get a break and don’t have to wear it in 100+ weather 😉

    @Kaycee: I think it would be a blast to have some group photos like that! This garden apparently has rules about photography (I would have to look them up to make sure), but I know if they’d seen us using my iPhone, Flip video camera, and really old point-and-shoot digital camera, they’d know we weren’t professionals. It really was nice to get some photos with as much of a non-modern background as possible (I wonder if there are any faux 18th century buildings in the area?). It’s a nice way to celebrate the finish of an outfit and have a little fun. I’m looking forward to picnics as well!

    @Nuranar: Thanks so much! I was nervous the makeup would have been too off looking, but I’m hoping it’s subtle enough while still giving the feel. It certainly helped put me in the right mood to feel the part so to speak.

    @Jen: Thank you! I’m looking forward to having an 18th century event with you, as well as seeing some of your more recent projects!

    @Annabelle: Thanks! I was really worried I had white makeup streaking down my neck and clothes, but fortunately it doesn’t look like I was that hot in the photos. Whew! I think we left just in time, though. Haha!

    @Mary: Thank you very much! You have very lovely outfits and photos as well, and you are very lucky to have the location you are in, too! As far as the heat, my shift is cotton (someday I will have some in linen), but since it was right next to my skin it helped. The neck tucker wasn’t so great (the fabric was all I could find at the time) and my neck was very hot. My legs seem to get the hottest, funny enough — since I don’t have the wet fabric right up against me to help keep me cool like I do around my mid-section. It gets the hottest with all those petticoat layers and I’m hot natured normally anyway. It was still worth it, and I’m sure a great 18th century event with lots of other people makes it easy to forget about a little sweat as well.

    Best wishes, everyone!

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