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During the Regency era: "The spencer was worn as a cardigan, or as a short, fitted jacket cut to just above waist level, or, in Empire style, to the bust line, and tailored on identical lines to the dress.

The use of the term spencer continued well into the 19th century...

During the French revolution the fashion for all things Neoclassical dramatically changed the way the female form was dressed. Extreme corsetry, panniers and silk brocade dresses were cast aside to be replaced by almost transparent Grecian styled light cotton gowns. Fo...

The Regency era was the last period in which buttons were hand-made. From 1850 machine-made buttons took over, coming from factories in the developing industries of Birmingham and other growing cities.

These two images show beautiful detailing including wonderful Regen...

A pelisse was originally a short fur lined or fur trimmed military jacket. In the early 19th century the name became applied also to a fashionable style of woman's coat.

The origins of the pelisse:

"...The style of uniform incorporating the pelisse originated with the Hu...

Quite enthralled to shoes I've devised this timeline for reference as I begin to consider completing The Glittering Wings collection of single shoes (left shoes) which will have two Regency era pieces at its heart and culminate in the 21st century high heel Halcyon Nig...

Last Wednesday I heard I'd been awarded an Arts Council grant. After a year of preparation and proposals and a few very tense few weeks waiting, I have the say so to begin. Thanks is also due to The Textile Society who have awarded me a Professional development award r...

Rolledpaper work, filigree work, or as it is now known, quilling, was a popular pastime for accomplished young ladies in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. The first known forms of this type of decoration, which is made by decorating items with many, many rolled and p...

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