One of my favorite things about the 1820s is the amazing range of absolutely bonkers printed fabrics available! This is a random selection from an 1825 sample book via archive.org, and isn't it wild? I plan to talk about fabric choices for Josefina's outfits in a future blog post, so stay tuned! #lavidajosefina #americangirl #americangirljosefina #josefinamontoya #historicalsewing #primarysources #sewing #costuming #historicalcostume
Aren't they incredible? I knew right away when I started this journey that I wanted to use reproduction prints. By and large the original historical AG outfits are pretty decent in terms of historical accuracy, but the Christmas outfit in this collection in particular just didn't quite mesh with what I know of period prints. In addition, I just don't have the graphics or artistic skills to design my own custom print for Spoonflower, so repro was definitely the right path for me!
I like to think I'm pretty good at internet searching, but sometimes you comb the entire internet and find that what you want just plain does not exist. Particularly when you're trying to recreate a specific object, it can be really easy to come up dry. It can be really frustrating! Fortunately that is NOT the case with this project and I am absolutely thrilled with the prints I was able to find.
|Marcus Fabrics Heritage Reds by Paula Barnes|
|Moda Fabrics Sarah's Story by Betsy Chutchian "Bridle Path" in the color Butter|
|Via AG Wiki|
Someday, I'd love to do the dress from Josefina Saves the Day, which is another beautifully done empire style with hem ruffles and short puffed sleeves--and the print on that particular dress looks quite period to me. So maybe for that, I'll have to collaborate with an artist to design a print, or maybe stretch my skills and see what I can come up with myself. But in the meantime I have two gorgeous fabrics on their way to me and I'd better start coming up with some undies so I'm ready to put them to use when they arrive!