Here’s the recipe for the cake. Scroll down for the raspberry alterations in yellow!
Hello Thistledown Gang, welcome back (if you’ve already been here, if not, it’s absolutely lovely to have you here, I hope you’ll stay)!
Today I’m going to try something new, answering the 20 questions of SewLoud’s Costume Quarantine Questionaire – while baking a cake. It’s going to be a variation on my grandmother’s marble cake recipe, but with raspberries instead of chocolate for a more spring-like twist. For someone like me who is mortally afraid of processed fruit, that’s quite the step… but anyway, on to the questionnaire!
I don’t know about the first one anymore (okay, I do remember, but there aren’t any pictures), so I’ll just give you this here.
This was one of my early medieval market-ren fair type of projects, and I was really proud of it. It’s mostly made from linen, so that’s at least partially historically accurate, but it had metal grommets at the side lacing and a huge hood… I just liked hoods. I still do.
So here, have 19-year-old me, being really proud of her dress. I’m not completely ashamed to show this around the internet, really.
This doublet I made for a LARP character.
It’s not made after an extant garment, but the construction methods for both pattern and garment are fairly accurate. It’s also really flattering and aged really well.
Right now the first thing that springs to mind is an Edwardian lawn or lingerie dress, you know, those airy, lacy white things. I’m also dreaming of an Edwardian working wardrobe and an s-bend corset, and maybe some men’s clothing because I need more trousers, and an Edwardian walking skirt… and maybe, one day, I’ll find my Worth Gown. Admittedly, I haven’t started looking in earnest yet.
I really hate putting in zippers. Even with modern garments, if I have the choice to put in a zipper or make a row of buttonholes, I’d take the buttonholes.
And I love hand-sewing. It’s kind of relaxing. That’s actually how I catch up with YouTube, while hand-sewing.
I’d rather sew wool. It’s easier to handle, it doesn’t fray as much, it’s easier to clean and overall less of a little bitch.
I tend to see prompts as a welcome challenge, so I think I’d rather go to a themed event. I also love seeing what everyone else came up with, that’s why I love Inktober (and other drawing challenges and Instagram challenges and things like these in general) so much!
I’d rather go to a big ball. Outside Corona, I go to a historical dancing class, and I just adore dancing. I even went to dancing school for traditional modern ballroom dancing as a teenager for a few terms and absolutely loved it, so this is a no-brainer for me. It’s also easier to play over my shyness and introversion at big events, especially if there’s music.
Machine sewing might be really quick, but I can’t control it as well as my own fingers. Hand sewing might take longer but rarely (never) hits any technical roadblocks. I do like sewing with my hand-crank machine, so I think I’d go hand sewing – hand crank – electric machine, in that order.
Well, I kind of cut off my hair only a few weeks ago, so right now I kind of depend on wigs as a mohawk is hardly fitting for most feminine (or masculine, at that) historical styles. If I still had long hair I’d prefer that – if you go back in this blog a few years, I still have hair long enough for a lot of historical updos, but these days are long gone. Own hair is much less fuss, you don’t have to store it and it’s easier to detangle, and you don’t have to put it on first. But aside from my everyday Histopunk style – taking what I like from different eras and mashing them together – I do like long hair for historically inspired attire, so I already ordered (and received) a wig. I’m a bit anxious to try it out, I don’t have any experience with lace-fronts so far, but as I can’t change my own hair’s length at will, this is where we’re at.
Basically, all of my supply comes from the thrift store, and that doesn’t really count, so I’d like to refer you to the Costume Quarantine 20 Questions Playlist for suggestions about small businesses. Support them if you can!
Aside from the usual big ones that everybody knows there are dozens of wonderful smaller channels I’d wholeheartedly recommend, and here are but five of them (again, there are more in the playlist!):
Robin of SewLoud originally started this Questionaire. She does 1830s, which makes her instantly incredibly cool, and I love her personality.
Liza of LizCapism has by far not enough subscribers, and her 18th century stays video made me lose some of the anxiety I had about making stays myself sometime soon (-ish).
Cheyney of Not Your Momma’s History is a fantastic historical interpreter whose main topic is the more unsavoury parts of US history, and aside from this being a hugely important topic she presents it with such style and flair, I can’t but fangirl.
Kat of Cat’s Costumery got me with her historybounding wardrobe videos.
Amanda Halley of The Ultimate Fashion History is a lecturer at a fashion college in the US who her lectures to YouTube. About half of it is about contemporary fashion, but I don’t mind it – I really like listening to her while I hand-sew.
I’d go with dusty, rose pinks and golden mustard yellows, they always make me smile.
When I was fifteen I visited Bunratty Castle while travelling in Ireland with a youth group, and I’d really like to revisit the folk park with its turn-of-the-century village in costume, just to hang out there. I’d also like a costume trip with likeminded folks to Edinburgh – a trip I took when I was sixteen, and I’ve been wanting to return ever since.
I think I’ll go with piña colada and mojito because I’m really basic that way (and I have not much of an idea about cocktails in the first place).
All of them, because I just really like meeting kindred spirits.
Liza from LizCapism made a really good point: With plain fabric, you can see every tiny error. Patterned fabrics don’t have this problem as much, and I really do like patterns better, so patterned it is.
I have used patterns before, but only ones I had to enlarge by myself and then alter to fit me. I’ve never used a to-scale bought pattern so far, I still have to do that, and I’ve got to admit that the prospects frighten me a tiny little bit. I draft most of my patterns myself, so I’m going with that.
I enjoy making Renaissance and early modern period – Baroque, basically – things most, although I could not tell you why. Maybe because that is where I have the most experience so far? As for wearing I prefer Edwardian times, I like the look and the styles work quite well with my body type – I’m fairly hourglass-shaped and already have a big bosom and bum, and that’s kind of fortunate there.
Before I decided to go to uni I wanted to become a bookbinder. We had bookbinding classes at school and I really loved it, but in the end, I didn’t go through with it. It would have been quite hard to find a master with an open apprenticeship position who still did things the old-fashioned way, and I would have much more likely wound up in a large firm with a lot of modern machinery and not much soul, and I wasn’t there for that. But I did spend a lot of time in my school’s workshop, I just hung out there a lot and learned what I could (and I still enjoy making books when I have the chance).
I hope you enjoyed this questionnaire (may it be as a video or in writing and the cake, should you decide to make it. If you also answer these questions, let me know in the comments, I’d love to see your versions! ♥