Fêtes Galantes

After vacationing in the Loire valley, we made our way from Lerné to Versailles. A pit stop at Château Chambord was a must. For Sarah and I, this would be our last stop before departing for the states. Though its namesake is well known, the city of Versailles is, at this moment, most definitely a [...]

The Button Search Continues…NYC

I love the fall...The crisp air, leaves changing color, sweaters, PSLs...It really is my favorite time of the year. Mid-September through the New Year. I do look forward to decorating the house for Halloweentime! That being said, it has been a crazy, hectic travel time as well. After Australia, I’ve been to Minneapolis, MIT in [...]

Searching for Buttons Down Under

I’ve mentioned that my job requires much travel and a lot of the times, it is to pretty exciting places (Sydney Harbor upon my arrival - above). That is, if one finds the time to take in the sites. Because I travel so much, I don’t often add any extra time onto trips simply because [...]

The Mad Hatter!

OK - I know...I was supposed to make a hooped petticoat next, but what I’ve realized in doing some more research is that if I use the right boning in the pocket hoops, I won’t need anymore than just that. So, why isn’t my next post on the making the shift or the petticoat? Well, [...]

Constructing the Foundational Undergarments Part 1: Pocket Panniers

As I mentioned in my last post, for the undergarments, I selected a 3 oz. weight white Irish linen. I purchased 10 yards off of EBay for $9/yd. It’s a 60” wide fabric and should be enough to complete the shift (under dress), the hoop petticote and my undershirt/undershorts. For the pocket panniers (pocket hoops), [...]

Fabric Selection and a great trip to Vancouver, B.C.

At the beginning of June after I had established my timeline for constructing these garments, I immediate visited the Pinterest board my close friend, Joyce and I created to captured all ideas and looks for Fetes Galantes. Looking back at it now, it was obviously the color pallete to draw from. Inspirational color palette Our [...]