I’ve just arrived in London (well, arrived yesterday, but was about as active and with it as mashed potato after the 9hr flight, being up 24hrs by time I arrived, and fighting to not fall asleep early so I could actually start getting back to normal). Tomorrow I start l my internship/research of 18th century garment construction at the Museum of London – wheeeee!!!!! Ironically, being here will afford me more time to work on this blog and get it going (and hopefully interesting) than I had at home in boring Edmonton – go figure!
My immediate plans for the blog are to break-down the reproduction components into the separate garments and do a post for each on their individual histories and construction. I will include as many yummy and useful photos as I can scrounge up. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can use photos I take of Museum of London photos. I have received permission to use them in my exhibition next spring, but I think the internet is asking too much.
I am also thinking of adding a section that explains and demonstrates the types of stitches I will be using to construct my reproductions, and where in the garments they are found. For example, while backstitches are the strongest, they are also quite time consuming. Therefore, quick running stitches appear to have been the technique of choice for long, stress-free seams like skirt panel. Backstitching appears to have been mostly reserved for seams that experienced significant tension…mostly.
I have brought some linen fabric with me to practice my hand-sewing while here, and will likely have some comments about that as well in the future. Probably something along the lines of: ohhhhh…..this takes so much longer than I’d anticipated, I am so not getting any sleep this fall.
p.s. I went to the V&A for a bit today (yay for free admission!!), and saw this georgeous green brocade woman’s banyan dated 1750-70. So now I am, of course, thinking of adding one to my project….’cause you know, I don’t have enough to do already. I’ll try and get a better shot of it with my spiffy new digital SLR sometime soon!