Thursday, October 9, 2014

American Duchess

American Duchess: A Penny Dreadful Review

            I do love sharing blogs. I’ve found another one that is quite lovely. This one is called American Duchess. You can find it at
            It has resources for those with sewing skills and resources for those with the means to purchase what they cannot make. If you wonder where to find those bits and bobs of historical detail, look no further. The American Duchess will know where to find what you need.
Here also is a resource for those of you (like me) quite interested in Clockpunk. “Clock what?” you ask. Clockpunk is Steampunk set before steam had quite taken over the world. Think Jane Austen or the Scarlet Pimpernel with intricate clockwork automatons. Most of the American Duchess tutorials focus on ladies’ costume of the late 18th century and early 19th, something that is rather difficult to locate on the Aethernet. There are, of course, tutorials belonging to other periods of costume, including one on the making of a proper bustle, which even one as sewing-challenged as I could be tempted to try out (please do not laugh at my results).
Best of all, this blog links to a store full of historical shoes. The blogger, Lauren, an avid costumer, became frustrated at her inability to find historical shoes (as I imagine you might be frustrated right this moment). Unwilling to simply shake her fist at the unfairness of it all, she decided to manufacture historical footwear and is doing quite well for herself.
            I give this blog five gears out of five. It is a quite comprehensive resource, and I believe it is one of a kind! Do investigate. And, should you require shoes, I cannot think of a more excellent place to find them.

Your Correspondent From The Aethernet,

Penny J. Merriweather

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