June 8, 2009
January 8, 2009
The day started slowly with the realization that a lot more was closed in Colonial Williamsburg than expected. Not a single tavern was open this winter. Winter programming started Jan. 1st. and a lot...
2008 Italy - Costume Colloquium / events
November 11, 2008
Nov. 7 We were able to take non-flash photographs at the Sibbert which I very much enjoyed. I’m going to put up a preview of a couple garments from the museum. I took up...
Our very Own Wedding oufits- TM
September 30, 2008
I’ll be slowly finding and putting up more construction photos of my wedding gown :) The en fourreau back is a time consuming but dramatic detail on this gown. The back section of the...
gowns / inprogress / Our very Own Wedding oufits- TM
July 23, 2008
The quilted petticoat I made for my wedding has a layer of blue silk, wool batting, and linen lining. I thought the linen side was too pretty not to show. Here it is all...
menswear / Our very Own Wedding oufits- TM
June 5, 2008
For the Wedding Suitcoat and waistcoat I decided to hand cover 18th century style wooden button molds. I had posted a picture of my hand sewing by candle/fire light when we were without power...
events / inprogress / menswear
I’ve started going through all the photos I took of the wedding garments in progress and decided some might be nice to share. Here is one showing how I cut out the shape of...
May 2, 2008
A few surprise overall hall costume awards were given out on Sunday, at Costume Con 26, while we waited for the historical masquerade judging. Here is a glimpse at one of the pamphlets showing...
February 1, 2008
Kendra Van Cleave of DÃ©modÃ©, consulted on my hairstyle and make-up for the big day. She has expressed an interest in seeing more of the hair so I decided to share here a quick...
January 30, 2008
We are still waiting from a few sets of photographs from friends and family but here is a bunch showing our wedding and reception: Wedding photos from Guests
January 21, 2008
the wedding coat is finished! Rene did a beautiful job of helping me construct the monster. We each put in 11 hours just today sewing in the lining and adding buttons. A lot of...
January 12, 2008
The purple stays are coming along. We’ve decided to close them at front with a busk overlaid with a decorative spiral lacing panel. The back will be set up for “x” lacing with loop....
January 9, 2008
Okay I give up, I need to show you guys some of the pretty: I’ve been holding secret all my sewing progress on the gown for 5 months now and I’m about to burst...
September 16, 2007
These conical pair of stays really accentuate all the positive attributes of the female form. Check them out for an example of my custom 18th century inspired designs:
September 14, 2007
Half way there:
September 13, 2007
I tried on the 18th century stays and they fit like a dream. I can’t wait to finish the front panel & stomacher so I can show you them on my body. I’m still...
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Hi, I'm Laurie Tavan. I create costuming and corsetry for fun. Stick around for a behind-the-scenes look into my workshop, photography, acting, and travel.