Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A-Z Blogging Challenge

From tomorrow I'm taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I aim is to post every day using a new letter each day an the topic of your choice. I'm doing recipes from the 1800 & early 1900.

This is the first time I've taken part in this challenge so it will be interesting to see how I go. If I get my act together I can schedule each post for the week on the Sundays. That's the plan at this stage.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fashion Month ~ La Belle Assemblee ~ June 1818

Because I found it near impossible to transcribe the second fashion plate information I am only showing one from this month.


EVENING DRESS:- Round dress of embossed gauze over white satin, with coriage of peach-coloured satin, elegantly ornamented with rouleau medallions and palm leaves of white satin. Mary queen of Scots hat, ornamented with pearls, and surmounted by a full plume of white feathers. Negligé necklace of fine pearls, and gold chain beneath, with an eyeglass suspended. White satin shoes, and white kid gloves.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fashion Month ~ La Belle Assemblee ~ May 1818

Well here it is Sunday and I'm doing my first post since last week. I don't think I will say when I'll be posting each week as it never works out how I plan.

PLEASE NOTE: All spelling used in this post is as written in the magazine.

MORNING DRESS:- Dishabille round dress, finished at the border with open vandykes and embossments of rich embroidery, over which are three rows of narrow tucks, two tucks in each row. Full sleeves à-î- Estqus, finished at the wrist with a double ruffle of lace; the gown made partially low, and trimmed with lace next the bust; plain fichu of fine French lawn worn underneath. Village cornette of fine lace, ornamented simply with a broad satin ribband, of celestial blue. Kid slippers of Modena red.

WALKING DRESS:- Bridal morning robe of fine cambric, richly embroidered, and trimmed with puckered muslin round the border and down the front, which folds over à-la-Sultane. Elizabeth spenser and bonnet of etherial blue; the spenser elegantly ornamented in a novel style with white satin, &c. The bonnet of blue satin and fine net, crowned with a superb bouquet of full-blown white roses; a Brussels lace cornette is worn with this elegant bonnet. Cachemire shawl drapl, with a rich variegated border: triple ruff of broad Brussels lace. Half-boots of etherial blue kid, the upper part of fine cachemire coloured cloth.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fashion Month ~ La Belle Assemblee ~ April 1818

Well I had all good intentions to start posting way back in January, but fell on its butt. So let's see how I go starting from today. I'll be posting three times a week as doing one each day just eats into my writing time too much, plus I'm doing a Book in a month from today. I've pledged to write 10,000 words but hope to achieve a lot more.

Please Note: This is true to text of the magazine.


No 1. - Evening Dress

Castillian robe of pearl grey sarsnet, elegantly trimmed with pink satin, interspersed with crape and velvet: the petticoat worn under the dress is finished by a border of fine lace, which just appears below the robe: the sleeves are of fine figured net, with serpentine waves of rolled pink satin, continued close to the wrist, from whence depend two broad frills of blond made to fall over the knuckles. A fichn of the finest net, left open in front, and surmounted by a deep Spanish ruff, standing up à-l' Elizabeth. Crown turban of white satin, net, and pearls, with tassels of the latter material, and crowned near the summit with a wreath of pink fancy flowers. Pearl earrings, white crape fan, and white satin shoes.


No 2. - French Court Dress

White satin petticoat, trimmed round the border with a chevauz-de-frieze of crape, over which is a rich ornament of full blows roses; the sleeves full, and reaching near the elbow, terminating by two full rows of lace: the body made to display the bust, very low behind, and ornamented with crape en chevauz-de-frieze. Train of royal purple or Prussian blue satin, superbly trimmed with fine broad lace, and lined throughout with white satin. The hair dressed round the face in ringlets à-la-Ninon, and entirely divided from the forehead; the hair on the summit of the head raised in two rows of separate braids twisted round with pearls; between these braids is a tiara of gold and pearls, to which are fastened the court lappets of the finest Brussels lace. Earrings and chain necklace of pearls, white satin shoes, and white kid gloves, ornamented at the top with a rich embossment of white satin.