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Hello and welcome to my journal!  Here are some things that may be of interest to you:
My Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/healormor/
  This is often my first stop for posting new things.  It is mostly sewing oriented, but there are other crafts too.

My deviantArt gallery: http://healormor.deviantart.com/
  I try to only post finished projects there, but there are some in-progress photos as well.  Consider it a very condensed version of my Flickr gallery.

My LiveJournal is currently just an update source for my posts on MorganDonner.com.  I try to post my projects in an easy to read, dress diary type format.  When I first started learning to sew historical outfits, I found dress diaries to be the most helpful learning tools.  I want to contribute my projects in the hopes that they will prove just as useful for others.

Jun. 30th, 2014


The Case of the Curiously Shaped Purse

Yay for quick projects! I started writing notes and cutting the base on Thursday, glued it that night, did most of the velvet covering on Friday, and the gold trim on Saturday. I like it's smallness, makes it very cute to hold and look at. I took lots of pictures as I went, so check them out at Morgandonner.com.

Jun. 2nd, 2014


Originally I started this Ascension Day project just for the apron. But once I got the apron done, I figured I might as well have the rest of the outfit that goes with it!

If you are unfamiliar with the project so far, I am recreating an outfit based on an image in Degli Habiti antichi et moderni di diverse parti del mondo. This was a famous fashion book written and illustrated by Cesare Vecellio... Continue reading at MorganDonner.com!

Ascension Day Outfit

Pianelle: Outdoor Overshoes


My inside shoes for the Ascension Day project are done, but they need over-shoes for protection!

Outdoor Overshoe

Venetian Festival Shoes


Continuing my Ascension Day outfit adventures, I find myself in need of shoes! Two pairs in fact, because the description says that she is wearing “…. socks worked with white shoes worked, and then the pianelle (similar to pattens) over…”

First let’s start with the white shoes. I believe that these would be what Olaf Goubitz, Author of Stepping Through Time, calls “Indoor” shoes. Starting in the early 16th century... Continue reading on MorganDonner.com!

White indoor slipper

My First Lasted Shoe


I have made a few pairs of simple turn shoes before, simple and clumsy things that were not very pretty, but worked well for medieval fashions.  When I started wear 16th century styles more, the turn shoes I had made did not go very well with my outfits, and were starting to fall apart anyways since I did not have a good understanding of how to make them well.

Flash forward a few years.  A few of my current projects require shoes that are not available as ready-made options (which has expanded greatly in the past few years, so I cannot just buy them.  The two above are good examples: low-medium height chopine, an over shoe with a slight wedge shaped heel, called a pianelle by the Vecellio, and a white slipper shoe, likely of a .... continue reading at MorganDonner.com.


Lasted 16th century shoe

Antwerpen Dress


Whenever I am thinking of making a new dress, my first step is always to search out as many similar dresses as I can and study them. I look for things that are universal or common to most of the paintings. Things like common colors, hem lengths, where the neckline goes, where the shoulder strap rests, accessories, hairstyles, and so on.  In Antwerp, between 1550-1575, we have tons and tons of paintings of women in the market place.... Continue reading on my new website!

PicMonkey Collage

Ascension Day Dress and Apron


I have been working on a new outfit based on this image by Cesare Vecellio (colored by me, the original is a black and white print):



So far I have gotten the paneled apron done and posted here.


Ascension Day Dress

And the green dress is mostly done (minus the shoulder rolls) and posted here.

Green Ascension Day Dress

I am still getting all the little accessories in order, but once I do and get a final picture mimicking the original print, I'll post here again.

Finished Red Outfits!


Full View

The red outfits I posted about in December are all done! We slapped a bunch of black trim all over, and added some sleeves, for a lovely pair of red outfits (or orange under indoor event lighting!). I separated the outfits into two posts, one for him, and one for her.

Feb. 7th, 2014


I wrote up a post on how I do my hair for mid-late 16th century Italian outfits. In case you were ever curious :D


Pincurling

I also wrote about starching and ironing wrist ruffs. Ruffly cuffs are so pretty!

Ruffles!