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The Empire Style and Court Clothing

The Empire Style and Court Clothing

1802, Musee Carnavalet, Paris. The Empire Style and Court Clothing

The Empire Style and Court Clothing

During the first chaotic revolutionary period a dramatic change occurred in women’s fashion. The chemise dress, so named because of its resemblance to a chemise undergarment, became the dominant fashion. Undergarments such as the corset and pannier, which had been necessary to form the exaggerated shape of women’s rococo costumes in the previous century, were abandoned. Women preferred to wear thin, almost transparent white cotton dresses with few or no undergarments instead.

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Women’s costume 1900-1930

Women’s costume 1900-1930

Woolen muslin afternoon dress, 1903

Women’s costume 1900-1930

Further publications have been devoted to particular periods from the 18th century to 1900. With this number, the sixth of the series originally envisaged, the account of the development of English Costume as illustrated in the collection at Platt Hall is brought up to 1930, not 1940 as was intended, it having been found more convenient to limit its scope, pending the completion of thd series at a later date.

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Sunset Rose Clutch Purse Pattern

Sunset Rose Clutch Purse Pattern

Sunset Rose Clutch Purse Pattern

Sunset Rose Clutch Purse Pattern bead project

Materials

11/0 seed beads:
26 lustered pale yellow
26 lustered pale tangerine
39 lustered peach
58 lustered orchid
82 lustered blue-purple
78 lustered It. blue
120 lustered dark red
250 lustered cream
350 lustered med. rose color-lined
450 lustered pale pink
350 lustered white
120 transparent dark green 220 transparent med. green rainbow 105 lustered It. green 504 gold metallic (optional for border)
6″ x 7″ piece of #14 interlock needlepoint canvas 7″ x 16″ piece of gold metallic leather 7″ x 16″ piece of fabric for lining 16″ length of 3i6″-diameter gold metallic twisted cord Neutral gray thread for beading Gold thread for finishing Iron

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All about beads

All about beads

Large glass beads. All about beads

All about beads
It’s no wonder we use more glass beads than any other kind; there are so many available that it is nearly impossible to catalog them all.
Glass beads are either molded or hand-blown. Molded beads are readily available and can be made in a/most any color of glass; you might find thirty colors of round glass beads available in just one bead store on any given day. Affordability is rarely a problem when buying molded glass beads; your biggest problem will be deciding what you want, since the choices are so numerous.
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The gallery of english costume

The gallery of english costume

Brocade silk dress 1770-80

The gallery of english costume

In July 1947 Platt Hall was re-opened as a Gallery of English Costume—the first institution in this country to be solely concerned with the history of that art.

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The use of olives

The use of olives

The use of olives

The use of olives
If you don’t like olives, you may have never tried the really good kind from the Mediterranean. I don’t mean those green, pimiento-stuffed “Spanish” olives (really from California) that are better off in somebody’s martini. I mean small French picholines or niçoise olives, plump kalamata olives from Greece, Spanish Arbequina olives, salt-cured olives from North Africa . . . and that’s just the beginning. Olives have such an intense flavor that you only need a few to feel like you’ve really tasted something. Fortunately, most grocery store delis offer a variety of good Mediterranean olives.
The best way to get to know olives is to try them. Pick up a jar of assorted olives the next time you are at the market, or get several small containers of different kinds. Be careful of the pits! Most Mediterranean olives still have them, but they are easy to remove. Just whack the olive with the flat side of a chef’s knife, then pop out the pit with your fingers. Each type of olive has its unique taste, texture, and color. Learn to appreciate olives, and you’ll have a new ingredient to incorporate into your cooking. You’ll also have a quick snack to wake up your palate.
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Spicy Walnuts

Spicy Walnuts

Spicy Walnuts

Spicy Walnuts
Makes 1 pound
These spicy walnuts really wake up the palate. You don’t need too many, but a handful of nuts each day has been linked to good heart health. Exercising Mediterranean restraint, enjoy a few of these meaty, spicy nuts as a prelude to your family dinner or when you have hunger pangs between meals.

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