Coupon code for May – Etsy shop

Opened up the etsy shop again, but not taking custom orders at the moment

merineiti.etsy.com

I was going to put most to ebay with smaller starting bids, but felt too exhausted… instead, here’s a -20% discount coupon code for merineiti.etsy.com : HEYMAY
Valid NOW until 15th June…
Just use HEYMAY at checkout… Also, shipping promotion – no handling or additional fees with shipping, just what the post office charges – pay for one shipping no matter how many things you order.  Registered/tracking code included.

I will post updates if I do transfer some things to ebay later on.
Also, all p&ps are now for registered mail, as it’s the only way I can guarantee full refund if something gets lost in the mail. Which I’ve read has happened a lot especially with USPS lately… I really want to make people feel safe they will get what they ordered
Here’s a few examples,  ´-20% discount with coupon HEYMAY

18th century dress for sale historical clothing and corsets on etsy

18th century dress historical clothing and corsets on etsy

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How to dress up in 18th Century clothes

18th century gown 'pet-en l'air

18th century gown ‘pet-en l’air” a.ka short french robe by merineiti

Should have made a dress up guide years ago, but glad others have beat me to it 🙂 Here’s is a couple of great youtube dressing ups by cazonetta, and some other links to help you on how to actually put on the 18th century dresses, and which is the right order to put on all those layers:

1740-1770 – the court style, with a lots of petticoats 🙂

The late 18th century, with slimmer figure – see how she is pinning the jacket shut. People new to 18thcentury/ colonial may at first think it’s a weird way of closing your garments, and often makes their first gowns with hooks and eyes and even with velcro or hidden zippers, but personally I’ve found pinning with quality sewing pins to be the best! You might poke yourself the first times, but soon learn the best way to do it and also how many and in which places to pin yourself into your clothes.

An Easy18th Century petticoat site also has good pictures on how to make an 18th century petticoat, and how to dress it.

Also, can not talk about 18th Century clothing without mentioning Marquise.de:

This was one of the first sites I ever come across when starting to make rococo clothes back in 2008. It is still one of the best basic sites, and here’s the link to their dressing up guide: http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/howto/frauen/18anziehen.shtml

If you’re interested in making 18th century stuff yourself, that is also the link where to start. You’ll find patterns to basic clothing, as well as tips and tutorials on hair, makeup and men’s gear.

And any questions, feel free to ask!

Forgotten projects 18th century stays – with a twist

I can’t believe I still haven’t finished this! I started it so long ago, wanted to make a truly18th century pink corset, but ended up adding a twist. The center piece IS pink on the other side to make it more “historically accurate” if you wish, but I just love being a little… out of time and this “midnight pastoral” toile with skeletons in early 18th century setting is just too whimsical.

18th Century Stays 07

All that is left to do is to hand stitch the binding to the tabs… it’s like… 90% done, but I just dislike hand sewing that much (I’ve actually machine sewn tabs on renaissance corsets, as they’re slightly bigger tabs but still a task others think insane to do by machine)

And yes, as much as I hate hand sewing, I still enjoy embroidery. Which is, umm, a sort of fancy hand sewing?

hand embroidered 18th century pocket with sailing shipa frigate

18th century pocket with hand embroidered tall ship

Oh well, tomorrow I have a 2 hour train trip (and an hour by bus) so I might as well take this corset with me to finish. 

Low maintenance horse! But you’re just banging two coconut halves together.

Okay, I only need one horse to ride myself, so I’m selling some stallions from my stables for cheap:

Low Maintenance Horse! available in my etsy shop.

low maintenance horse two coconut halves

low maintenance horse two coconut halves

If you wonder what does coconuts have to do with horses, do watch this video, it explains it all. Well, all but how did coconuts get to Britain:

Loki inspired 18th century corset dark green yellow accents stays

Loki inspired 18th century corset dark green yellow accents stays

Now this is back in my etsy shop, for sale price : https://www.etsy.com/listing/187574685/18th-century-corset-green-with-golden?

I know ebay gets more views, but I fear their bug of not showing international sellers items (when you click “see sellers items” you get nothing! But in the profile page it shows a few of them!) is unfortunate. I’ll still mostly use etsy for handcrafted items, maybe ebay gets some of old star wars memorabilia… if I can part with them

http://www.ebay.com/usr/merineiti

Rococoo… goth and one wip

I got a few items up to etsy… like this 18th century gown, that definately has a pre 1750 look to it… almost 17th century, because of the fabric colors.

…and this modern corset top. I am in love with Alexander henry fabrics 🙂

coming soon, at etsy near you... https://www.etsy.com/shop/merineiti

coming soon, at etsy near you… https://www.etsy.com/shop/merineiti

This is not in Etsy yet, but I just had to share!!! I found *real* silk ribbon in my stash (did a fire test to it, and now the room smells of burnt hair) and lace that matches! I haven’t yet decided will I add sleeve ruffles, or a strip of fabric to trim the sleeves, as while the lace is perfect in color, it is not very wide… Would be shame to hide it behind really big ruffles. Now I wish I’d made this to my current size… or maybe I’m glad now I decided to use one of the older patterns that don’t fit me anymore,  or I wouldn’t be able to sell it.

Sneak peeks at 18th century gowns coming soon

Just quick pics on some gowns I’m working on. They’re both at the point when all you need is some hand sewing and trims, and even though I do enjoy embroidery, I do not enjoy the ordinary, simple hand sewing… So, these would be done today, if I were the least inspired. Anyway, they will be available at etsy when done, or ebay if I dare to start using that one. Green around size M/L and cream xs/s.

curtains didn't fit the new apartment

curtains didn’t fit the new apartment, became gown

Elizabeth Swann inspired gown

Elizabeth Swann inspired gown… looks like a vintage wedding gown at the moment… it needs cuff ruffles and maybe lilac belt/sash?

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I got the fabric having Elizabeth Swann s gown in Pirates of the Caribbean in mind, but I see cream is way too white for this…  and the fabric not as stiff as the look here. So the gown I made will be different, towards end of 18th century and will be available at etsy 

Oh, and this completely different thing I did today (not coming to etsy, but maybe tutorial will)…
Pink fabric and metallic/glitter fabric paints. Just because.

These will become bedsheets for dolls... couldn't resist pink batman...

These will become bedsheets for dolls… couldn’t resist pink batman…