22 March 2013

Happy (Belated) Blog Birthday

Two years ago yesterday today I started this blog--and I'm so glad I did! It has not only helped me strengthen my living history research it has helped me connect with some wonderful people in the costume community. I wanted to share observations about what you all have been most interested to read about...
  • Over the last two years, the most commonly Googled phrase that linked to this site was "Pudding Cap" and the fifth most commonly Googled phrase was "Pudding caps". (Who would wear more than one at once?) 
  • The second most commonly Googled phrase that linked resuled in web traffic was "French Sack Gown". I have not yet made a "Robe Francaise" (though I hope to in the coming year) so I'm not sure why this linked to my site since I'm not researching it...and I've always thought "sack" was spelled "saque" when referring to this style gown. C'est la vie, n'est pas?
The top twelve most popular posts are...
  1. The Pudding Cap - research
  2. Pick Pocketing - research
  3. Pseudo Swaddling Band - research, sewing
  4. V&A fabric - shopping
  5. One, Two I Need a Buckle for my Shoe - research
  6. The Adventures in Crewel Embroidering Continue - embroidery
  7. Blue Chintz Gown
  8. A Fan For All Seasons - research
  9. Stays - sewing
  10. Block Printed Cotton - shopping
  11. More Adventures in Crewel Embroidering - embroidery
  12. Apron strings - research
What do these stats suggest? Y'all are interested in research. When it comes to sewing people are less intrigued to read about constructing gowns, but quite interested in embroidery and, naturally, shopping for unique fabric. And there's undoubtedly a deep curiosity regarding the differences of 18th century children's clothing--specifically the pudding cap. 


  1. Happy belated Birthday to your blog :) Looking forward to reading many more posts on research and sewing!


  2. It's totally possible that you didn't turn on comments for your most recent research entry because you didn't want this sort of thing, but I wanted to offer a few caveats and couldn't find a way to email you privately. Those two images of Lady Carteret and the Countess of Coventry are almost definitely costumes, either worn by sitters or imagined. With buttonholes rather than eyelets, I suspect that 51.20/1 might have been buttoned to a stomacher rather than laced. The images of Miss Wilkinson and Elizabeth Sandby could show gowns that lace in front, but could also show gowns with stomachers that are meant to give that impression.

    I don't want to ruin your fun! Just to help in your research.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Cassidy! I didn't realize the comments were disabled for that post. I just added a blurb about your feedback. I must admit that I'm a bit stumped by the idea of front lacing 18th century gowns! :)


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