So, I've recently become a member of a new costuming group in town, the Great Basin Costume Society. So far as I've seen, they've mostly done period - with steampunk thrown in. I'm hoping, at some point, to do some fantastical stuff too, but we'll see.
I've never been too enamored with the 18th century - the ridiculousness of those huge hipped pannier dresses seeming so over the top (of course I used to think that about bustle dresses, too - oh what Steampunk has done to me!! [btw, I just added Steampunk to my compie's dictionary, because I got tired of it being red underlined with as often as I use the word, but I double digress]), but with new costume society, and one of it's illustrious founders - I've discovered a desire to go all 1700's.
I mean - lookit this - it's gorgeous:
Boy do I love me the polonaise - 18th and 19th century!
And what about this:
That "embroidery" all over the above gown? Pounded silver - like assuit - into silk. *girlie sigh*.
And then there's the corsetry/stays:
This is an amazing time for period costuming. All of the above images were grabbed from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute website.
To make it more amazing, you can ZOOM:
Oh, lookit that!!!
Admittedly, it's best to be able to see and get up close to construction - but this is just wonderful!
Add to that the massive amount of photos on flickr and similar sites, costuming blogs (like American Duchess) - the information is plentiful, detailed and often - free!
If only there weren't so much danged sewing and fitting I'm going to have to learn.
First step - new duct tape dress form that fits my body. My current one was created for my body in a corset. I've found not a single mass produced (read inexpensive enough for me to buy) adjustable dress form that will adjust to my measurements. If it's large enough in chest and waist, it's too large for my hips - and vice versa.
Anyway - sorry for the costuming ramble. There is just so much in my head that I want to get out, I figured I'd share it.