Journey to Judge: Researching Ona Judge

Lately, I have been doing some research and development for a program I am going to be in this fall: I will be portraying Ona Judge, the enslaved girl who successfully ran away from George and Martha Washington in 1796. 

Here's a little bit of a background on Ona Judge. Ona was born on June 1773 at Mount Vernon, Virginia to Betty (an enslaved seamstress to Martha Washington), and Andrew Judge (a welsh Indentured servant and tailor to George Washington). When Ona was old enough to start her duties she was appointed as Martha Washington's personal maid and traveled with her during her years as the 1st Lady to the north such as New York and Philadelphia. However since Philadelphia was more progressive and even had a law that stated that any enslaved person in bondage under 6 months were immediately manumitted. The Washington's were afraid of losing their slaves to this law and would send Ona and the other slaves back to Mount Vernon by the end of their 5th month to start the…

Movie Review: Tulip Fever

Last night, a friend of mine highly suggested that I watch this movie on Netflix called Tulip Fever. While the book with the same title was in stores long before the movie came out, I wanted to watch the movie when it came out in theaters back in '15; I had simply forgotten about it when other movies grabbed my attention. So I figured why not, let's see what this movie is about and how it holds up.
...I was not disappointed. 
I haven't done a movie review in ages, but I felt that this movie definitely deserved to be talked about. Tulip Fever takes place in 17th century Amsterdam during the tulip boom that had the country putting serious investments and spending a fortune on exotic Tulips that came from the East; the most rare being a white tulip with a red stripe called a "breaker", was the most coveted and most expensive; On the other side of the spectrum, a young woman marries a well-to-do merchant and they have a portrait painted them by a painter. Immediatel…

Black History Month: Fashion Through the Ages

Hey Readers, I know I am SO late in making a post about Black History Month (please forgive me, but better late than never right?) Anyway in deciding on what to do my subject on for BHM, I thought about it really hard. What would be the best topic to talk about? That's when it finally hit me! This is a historical fashion blog right? So why not do a sort of "fashion show" of Black fashion through the ages. From my previous research and knowledge on what was worn from Western Europe, and America (Africa has a LOT of different types of fashion that I would have to research the entire spectrum of what the fashion was for each country and the time periods in which what was trending and what was cultural, and Eastern European fashion was a bit harder for me to come across) there was a lot of ground to cover-so I narrowed it down to just a few photos and in  centuries dating as far back as the Medieval times to the the 1960's. 

Medieval/ Renaissance Era

Georgian / Rococo (…

"Blossom" 1780's Gown: Powerpuff Girl cosplay

Hey Readers just a quick update: 
Katsucon 18' is this weekend and I have been very busy with digging out and mending cosplays, helping my husband with his panel, doing the laundry, packing up suitcases and sewing....Oh God! And working! I forgot that too! 
While this seems like a bit much and is :P

With that said, I decided to pull out one of my gowns that I made back in december and debut it for the convention. Only problem was, the trim I had used to decorate the gown was made from some poly-synethetic material that melts when you touch it with an iron. Can only imagine the shock on my face when I found that out. Thinking quickly, I painstakingly took the trim off and started decorating from scratch. Thankfully with some help from some reenactors and dressmakers on FB I was able to fashion a tucker out of some twill tape and two tiers of lace I had laying around, and throw a black sash around the stomach...that's when an idea came to me. . . 

As I worked o…

Avocado print flannel pajamas

It's finally February! Meaning ... 6 weeks of more winter and bitter cold.
 Anyway, now that I'm fully recovered from the previous project, I figured why not jump right onto the next thing on my list. Well, sort of... 
While doing some shopping at JoAnns, I came across this really cute avocado print flannel fabric that just screamed potential for a new pair of pajama pants. Not only am I compelled to do a write up of this cozy project, but heck I'll even do a small tutorial on how to make a pair of these  your yourself <3 

I have had this really quick and easy pattern in my stash for a while. I highly recommend Simplicity 8022A because not only is it easy to follow but after making your 2nd or 3rd pair of pajama pants, you won't need to use the instructions as much; trust me. Also as far as yardage is concerned, you would roughly need 2 1/2 yards maybe 3 just in case you are taller than 6 feet. For children, just 1 to 1 1/2 yard would do. 


Winter Immersion Weekend Report

Disclaimer: Due to the nature of this blog entry, I do warn that there will be some  uncomfortable and delicate content included in this post pertaining to slavery in the 18th century. 

This past weekend, I spent all of Saturday and Sunday in early the 1770's  fully immersed in the lifestyle of what it was like to live  and work in the mid 18th century Maryland. I was expecting the weather to be frigid like the polar storm we had not too long ago, but it seemed like the weather was more favorable (in fact, it felt like an early spring). The participants of the big event were close friends and new acquaintances and the visitors who came really enjoyed talking with everyone and learning second-hand what we all experienced first hand such as sleeping outside in wooden cabins with nothing but the fireplace and bodies of people you either just met or have known for years to keep you warm. We experienced eating authentic 18th century foods, learning how to write, how to do needlework, t…