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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Beauty recipes: Liquid rouge

I already mentioned in my American Duchess – Beauty review, that there are many rouge recipes out there and since I personally cannot recommend the recipe they shared in the book, I wanted to share an alternative with you. All of the ingredients I used are safe to use on your face but the recipe […]

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Sommerfrische – Laxenburg

On the second day of this years Sommerfrische we visited the park in Laxenburg near Vienna. The park is very very old but in the 18th and 19th century many things were buildt and changed and gave it the look it now has. Maria Theresia started with changing the canals in Laxenburg and Emperor Franz […]

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