19th century seashell pincushions

A few weeks ago I was looking through Pinterest because I was looking for an idea what to pack in a ‘secret santa’-Covid-19 edition package. I already had the main gift finished but I wanted to pack a little extra. This had me going down the rabbit hole of pinterest and it’s many ideas, pictures […]

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1860s ball bodice – extant garment

Today I have something special for you: My newest addition to my very small original garments collection!A few weeks ago I bought a beautiful bodice in vienna. The seller, she owns a vintage shop here, had many beautiful garments but most of them had horrible mending done like fusible interfacing to hide rips in the […]

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A trip to Klosterneuburg

A few weeks ago when my good friend Franziska (@missparlic) and her boyfriend from germany visited vienna to attend the ‘Zeitentanz’ ball. At the ball we decided to make a trip to Klosterneuburg near vienna the next day.And so we did! It’s a very old and also very big monastery which is still operating today […]

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Eliza Actons superlative mincemeat – 1845

It’s christmas time! My favourite season of the year. I love when it’s dark and cold and can stay in my PJs all day, drink tea and read new books. And just think of all the christmas decorations in the city, the smell of cinnamon, cloves and freshly baked cookies and steaming hot tea! There […]

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horizontal corset ~1860s to 1870s – pattern (Part 1)

A few days ago I was shown this pinterest pin of a corset which has horizontal seams instead of vertical ones like most 19th century corsets do. There are some corsets from the 19th century with horizontal seams like the ‘pretty housemaid corset’ you can find in Corsets from Jill Salen and also this 1860s […]

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Cinnamon Loaf – Recipe from 1856

Autumn is finally here and this also marks the beginning of my favourite months of the year! I love when it’s as cold, dark and rainy as it currrently is in Vienna. The city feels so mystical and when you wander around the first district in the rain you start to feel the spirits of […]

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Sommerfrische ball: Luise of Prussia dress + Nehelenia Patterns review

Today I want to talk a little bit about the dress I wore to our Sommerfrische-ball. I have a love&hate-relationship with this dress because of the bad experience I had with the pattern and Nehelenia itself but I still love the look of the dress. But let’s start from the beginning. A while ago I […]

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Historic Steam Train Adventure: ‚Kuckucksbähnel‘ in germany

On my this years trip to germany I was in Hanover and also, like every year at my aunts house near Mannheim. (This is also where I stayed last year when I had an internship at the Nationaltheater Mannheim – a very big theatre in Mannheim). Since Nicole, a fellow costumer, lives in the same […]

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18th & 19th century hair powders

Hair powders. They are extremley important for styling 18th century hair and still was important in the 19th century. If you want to make historical accurate hairstyles you start with using pomade to make your hair thicker (A series on pomades is in the making!). But If you use only pomade your hair will be […]

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