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Fashion Feature

Fashion Feature: Crochet

Okay, I’m kind of taking the easy way out on this fashion feature because if there is one thing I don’t have to research or look for pictures for it’s crocheted clothing and accessories. There is really nothing I like better, and one of my favorite things to do is crochet. The dresses and other clothing you’re about to see? Basically my dream wardrobe.

Sadly, it can be difficult to find dress patterns in English. Crochet dress making seems to be more of thing for Japanese and Russian designers, although sometimes you can find a chart for the dress you’re eyeing, then of course you have to translate the symbols. But none of the dresses here had links to patterns so these are just to look at, there are some patterns at the bottom of the page for little touches of crochet.

So, no one is quite sure how crochet got it’s start, there are several different theories and all of them are worth a read if you’re interested in textile history. Historic pieces of crochet do exist but I won’t be sharing any today, for this one I’m sticking with some modern day examples of gorgeousness 🙂

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If you’re looking for a more subtle touch of crochet in your own wardrobe you might be interested in some of these ideas:

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Fashion Feature: Unusual Suspects

For this Fashion Feature I want to take a look at some really unique and interesting clothing creations, ones that aren’t made out of the normal fabrics and such. No, these are made from things like real live flowers, candy wrappers, and teacups! Gracious, I can’t even imagine the design process on some of these, not to mention actually making them! Or wearing them for that matter, although some of these may not have been made to wear, on the other hand some of them obviously were.

I found quite a few unique, weird, pretty, and artistic dresses while I was researching this blog post. It was an odd rabbit hole to fall into but I’m kind of hooked 🙂

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Fashion Feature Part Three: 1500s

Examples of dress from the 1500s:

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Part One Here


Part Two Here

There is a lot more I could explore throughout these eras, I mean I don’t even consider this scratching the surface! So definitely expect more history and pictures in a future Fashion Feature.

Fashion Feature Part Two: 1300s and 1400s

Not a lot of real examples here, paintings and reproductions are the order of the day when we’re going so far back in time.

Examples of dress from the 1300s:

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Examples of dress from the 1400s:

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Part One Here


Part Three Here

Fashion Feature: 1300s, 1400s and 1500s

Bit of a broad scope here with three hundred years of fashion, but I was doing some research and ran into an old friend; also known as Sumptuary Laws, these pesky little laws were meant to impede the extravagance of dress so as to restrict lavishness and to make clear the distinctions between levels of society (sumptuary laws weren’t just about clothing either, they included such things as food and furniture but we won’t get into that here). Sumptuary laws are very popular throughout history and date back to ancient Rome, for some reason the ones from the 1300s through the 1500s are my favorites to read about.  For more about Elizabethan sumptuary laws involving clothing (as well as horses and swords), including links to the statutes with updated language and punctuation, you can check out this page at Although sumptuary laws are actually really fun to read about, I’d definitely rebel if anyone tried to pass them into law now. Anyway, I got so lost in sumptuary laws that I ended up getting a bit far away from my original topic of 1400s and 1500s by going too far into the 1300s so I just decided to throw the 1300s in here too, mostly because I fully plan to expand on these eras in future posts so I’m using this post as a bit of a starting point.

Getting Dressed: Not an easy thing when you have so much to put on. Here are we have a couple of ladies showing us just how fun this can be (well depending on your definition of “fun” I think I’d probably enjoy it, until I had to do it every single day). On the left we have a Renaissance dress and on the right we have a Tudor dress. And just below are illustrations of both men’s and women’s dress in early Tudor costume and late Tudor costume.


Early Tudor Costume

Early Tudor

Late Tudor Costume

Late Tudor

Because this post was getting pretty picture heavy, I’m splitting it into a total of three parts. For more see:

Part Two Here


Part Three Here

New Feature: Fashion

Blogging 101 Task: Creating a Feature

I was shopping the other day and looking through a rack of dresses, and gracious they were so plain and boring! I was seriously wishing I could just make all my own clothes because that’s the only way I’m going to be able to dress the way I truly want to. Sadly it’s just as, if not more, expensive to sew your own clothes as it is to buy them ready-made (unless you get a good deal on fabric, which is totally possible) but the idea of having a wardrobe of clothes I really love is tempting enough to make me consider that it might be worth the price.

Anyway, the blogging 101 task today is to create a feature, in other words to choose something to blog about once a week, once a month, however often you want. I’ve been thinking about this for a bit and I’d really love to share some of my favorite fashions from the past and present as well as costumes and accessories. I have tons of material already so I’m thinking once a week.

Although I guess this week is mostly an introduction, I’m going to share a picture of one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s from Chotronette which is a design duo based in Romania, you can order off their website but they only deliver to countries of the European Union (so I’m out of luck, not that I can afford them anyway. But seriously, check out their website! These are some talented designers).


 Gorgeous isn’t it?

I’m really looking forward to this feature! My fingers are already itching to type up my next post. Speaking of next posts, next up is fashion from the 1400s and 1500s.

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