For her Blog Birthday, the lovely Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D’Auvergne ran a giveaway – I was one of the lucky winners (remember, I said I had my lucky streaks!) and today I got home to find this fabulous prize waiting for me:
I’ve had a quick look through and it’s wonderful – lots of lovely photos, including some full-length pictures of garments I’ve seen parts of in Costume in Detail: yum! I have some 18th century books and a little bit on the 17th century, but nothing on any other eras, so this book fills in those gaps and indulges my love of 1950s dresses and some Victorian bits and pieces – even better. Thanks a lot, Comtesse!
But, before I can sit down and read it properly, I had a few things I had to do (both while watching season 2 of Daria!):
The start of a quick and dirty harem pant toile (complete with awesome photography!), using this belly-dance-tastic tutorial.
And tracing one of my Gent’s waistcoats to form a basis of my first foray into man-clothes – one of his Christmas presents (yep, it’s that late!) was an IOU for a home-made waistcoat and it’s also going to be one of the key pieces of his outfit for my masquerade Birthday party. I’m a bit over-excited – he’s going for steampunk! How amazing is that going to be??
So, I’ve done those two bits and now I get to snuggle down with my new book – and relax, aaaaah.