The truth is, I’m not a particularly skilled captain. Navigation is foreign to me. I have no gift for politics. So what am I good at? This is going to sound absurd, but I make the men feel better about themselves.
George Washington didn’t know
dinosaurs existed, but he probably
thought giants were real. America’s
first president died in 1799, and
science didn’t prove the existence
of dinosaurs until 1841. Before then,
fossilized dino bones were often
thought to belong to an extinct
race of giant humans. SourceSource 2
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!
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.