This weekend I went to a concert by Concerto Melante (who are some, members of the Berlin Philharmoniker and others, part of different groups who play early music with original period instruments). AND IT WAS AWESOME.

I just love this trend of playing more and more music in an historically accurate way.

They played only Bach and Telemann and the concert was held in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (maybe you can tell with the photo of the famous Tiffany’s stained glass curtain based in the art by Dr. Atl).

Sorry for my poor photography abilities XD

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Eliza Schuyler Gown: Getting Dressed! 

My goal with this project was to create the original gown from the show using period-correct methods.  After studying extant gowns, I decided to make a robe a l'anglaise/round gown with a quarter-back. To get the right silhouette, I also had to make several pieces of underwear: a shift, stays, bumroll, and a petticoat.  (Plus an embroidered pocket, just for fun!) Besides a few of the long seams in the petticoat and shift, everything is hand-sewn with cotton thread and vintage silk thread.

Because of all those layers, getting in and out of this costume is fairly complicated. After practicing several times, though, I’ve got it down to around 15 minutes! Here’s how it works! 


Check out my Facebook page ( Two Rivers Cosplay ) for more pictures/construction details! 

(Pics were taken after I’d worn the outfit twice at SDCC…the gown definitely needs a good pressing!) 

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I finished another thing! This is a dress made from a pattern by Norah Waugh - it’s called a round robe and based on a gown from the 1790s. It was kind of challenging to put together and I don’t love how it looks from the front, but I’m fond of the silhouette and like how light and summery it is.

It’s made from a striped pale yellow cotton, with a front panel that was formerly a curtain. The bodice is lined with muslin and closes at the front with hooks. The skirt closes with a drawstring - also at the front.

It’s paired with pearls and a straw hat that I altered. 

More photos and construction notes are posted here

When Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony, he was being a poser. The British wrote the song ‘Yankee Doodle’ to ridicule Americans’ lack of class. The term 'macaroni’ described those sophisticated, worldly, and upper-class people with a stylish sense of fashion, so when that Yankee simpleton (doodle) put some random feather on his hat and called it classy (macaroni), it was just a failed attempt at trying to look cool. Source