Dressing Alexia ~ From the Corset Up (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

I thought you might like a glimpse, Fashionable Reader, into some of the things that Alexia might wear underneath one of those amazing dresses of hers in the Parasol Protectorate series. But first… BUSTLES!  1872 Ball Gown  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bustle 1873, Austrian, Made of cotton and horsehair OK, […]

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The Changing & Evolving Fashions of Late 1860s Victorian Dresses (Poison or Protect Special Extras)

Poison or Protect follows the exploits of one lady assassin with a penchant for poison, one gentle soldier with a white knight complex, a house party, a ghost, and… The changing fashions of 1867. No really, the diminishing nature of full skirts is a plot point. I roll like that. Even so, I can’t go […]

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Dear Lord Akeldama: On Beginnings, Cats & Hats

Once more into the breaches dear friends! Lord Akeldama is back to dispense wit, wisdom, and insults in equal measure. He’s being very brief and short with you today, Gentle Reader. Dear Lord Akeldama… What was the Queen like at the time of your transformation? Which queen? Me, mine or someone else’s? How did it […]

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All Finished Young Ladies Have Chatelaines the Carte de Bal (Finishing School Special Extras)

One of the tools Sophronia and her friends often wear in my Finishing School series is the chatelaine, Fashionable Reader. I used it as a kind of Swiss Army knife for my delightfully deadly young ladies. (Much as I do with the parasol in the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series.) Chatelain artemis2apollo-tumblr edwardian-time-machine-tumblr Silver […]

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