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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cancer and Regency, why they mix.

As some of you may know, recently, my mother has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, above and beyond the Lukemia that she has been fighting for the last 11 years.

One of my dear friends, and Patroness, Mrs. Roll is the rock for her husband, who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for 11 years. She does Regency happiness to help her maintain her sanity, and really, in our busy lives, I bet that is the case with many people. I have had the pleasure of making a huge portion of her regency wardrobe, in the continued hope that it brings her the joy she so needs.

Recently, Mr. Roll has taken a turn for the worse. I believe that there are many different options for them, which includes a procedure that will make it impossible for her to attend our Regency Retreat. I am so sad, but I understand entirely. Mr. Roll and his health comes first.

So, on that note, in honor of the fight that Mari and Phil are going through now, I am happy to take Regency commissions for Bath, or Nola or any event you will be attending, and I will donate 10% of all commissions from now until 2015 to The Cancer Society in the name of Mari and Phil Roll.

Please see my facebook page, for pictures of the things I have done. Send me pictures of things that make you happy, and let me make something inspired by those pictures.

My mother unfortunately, has decided not to fight her cancer, as she has been fighting for a decade and she can't fight two cancers and win. The depth of my sorrow, no words can describe. But, it's comforting to know that my love of sewing and my ability to do it is because of her. She is my favorite person on the planet and a part of her will live on in each Regency gown I create, since my talents came from her.

I leave you with a picture of better times. This is my mother and I, Circa 2000. I was 21, she was 45.

Yours,

Mrs. Azevedo, Modiste and A Baronet's Daughter

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Changes in the world of A Baronets Daughter

As many of you may know, Thursday, without warning, my contract was ended at my "day job". What that means for me is that now, I have more time available to take commissions and make beautiful things. What this means for you, is the same. I have more time to make pretty things custom. I have updated my etsy shop, there are ten things on there, but I will be adding more, please check my shop out: BaronetsDaughterDesigns

Some upcoming events that I have time to create for are including, but not limited too:

The 7th annual Jane Austen Festival Louisville is coming July 18th, 19th and 20th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Pittock Mansion Picnic The last Sunday in July in Portland, Oregon
The Regency Retreat, September the 18th through 21st at the Chateau at the Oregon Caves
A Regency Musical Evening August 16th in Colonial Park, Virginia
A Autumn Jaunt to Montplier September 27th in Orange, Virginia
as well as the  Trafalgar Ball October 4th in Wakefield, Virginia


Other events that I would love to create things for include, but not limited to Gear Con 2014 on Sunday, July 4th, and the  Edwardian Picnic in the Park on August 3rd at the Laurelhurt Park in Portland Oregon.

I have all summer, or until I find another Day Job, to make beautiful things for you. In fact, I would rather make beautiful things for my customers than go back to a day job.

Send me your requests, your desires and your creative ideas and I can and will put them to reality.

email me at abaronetsdaughter@gmail.com or ladiesregent@gmail.com

Fill my calendar up, I'd love it.

And now I will leave you with a photo of my patroness in her purple gown for the ball at the Top Sails and Tea Weekend which was so much hard work and so much fun! Can't wait to do it again.



Yours affectionately,

Mrs. Nora Azevedo, Modiste and A Baronets Daughter

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

the 4 hours gown.

So, most of those who know me, know that I'm a chatty Kathy. I like to keep my brain going on both sides, and I tend to focus better at what I am doing if I can chat while I do it. I tend to get side tracked if I'm not multitasking.


This leads me to my current project from yesterday. A gown, in four hours. I can do it alone, when I have a couple of favorite movies I can talk along with and plenty of coffee, but I don't like to do it that fast. This was an exception. I am swamped with orders for the upcoming Top Sails and Tea event, and I love it, but, for two of our newest members, this would be a debut of sorts, and while Miss Jessica had me make her under garments, she didn't have a gown. OH NO!! I offered to make her a Little White Dress and as payment, she needed to come sit with me and chat, to keep me focused. Five hours, with an hour for lunch later, I have taken some lovely spotted cotton with flower embroidery that has been in my stash for years and made a basic white cross over gown that can be worn the whole weekend with different ribbon for different looks.

So, here are the pictures, of a very happy lady for the first time in a proper Regency Gown. She's ready now, and as of a week from tomorrow, so will the rest of my clients. :)

That smile, that joy, that feeling like a lady and enjoying it, ...that is a big part of why I do this.
Enjoy. I'm going to sleep. 







Thank you for the look, and I promise, once I have more pictures of more items on my clients, from Top Sails, I will post them.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Azevedo, Modiste, and A Baronets Daughter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Regency dressing questions answered!

I would like to preface this blog post with the statement that I am by far NOT the end all be all authority on the dressing traditions and rotations of a regency lady, but I like to think that as in our world, there was guidelines that were adhered to in varying degrees.

So, at the request of a lady friend, Mrs. Dean, here we go.

A ladies day was full of many things, and based on your social status, your dressing schedule was marked by the times of day.

Morning dress.

Ladies of the ton, or the upper ten thousand were the ladies of leisure and dressed accordingly. Upon waking, you would have your morning wrapper over your night rail with your mob cap covering you hair that was still in rag curls from the evening before. This is what you would take your morning chocolate and toast in your room with your maid.

After you had some time to collect your thoughts and plan your wardrobe for the day, you would dress in your morning gown and go down to breakfast, which was usually at 10, or when ever you, as the lady of the house stipulated the breakfast sideboard to be layed out. There were various ways to
dress, here are some examples.





 The Afternoon gown is so varied.  Depending on whether you are in an afternoon gown waiting for callers with your mob cap and your long skirt, or taking a ride on your stallion in your riding habit, the fit is different.  A riding habit would be masculine, military and include a long train to hide your legs while riding side saddle. A walking gown would be long, just above your feet so that you could stroll and walk at a sedate but comfortable pace, with 3/4 or full length sleeves under a Spencer or Pelisse with your gloves and your hat and appropriate walking shoes. Boots for the country, sturdy but fashionable shoes for the fashionable hour at Hyde Park. Your Carriage dress could be a full pelisse, or a riding habit. The regency lady would better be able to answer the little nuances between a walking gown, an afternoon gown and a visiting ensemble. Here are a couple of my favorite examples




Evening gowns have to be the iconic Regency gown and most popular for the introduction to regency dressing. It is really simple, ankle length skirt for dancing ease, short sleeves, not necessarily puffy and a low cut bodice. The amount of decoration, or "fru-fru" as some call it, is dependent upon taste. I personally like a longer skirt to hold while I'm dancing, and a non-puffy sleeve with elegant decoration. Here are a few of my favorites:




The whole point is to feel pretty, and love what you are wearing. Take these as guidelines, loose guidelines to make your complete wardrobe.

Your servant
Mrs. Nora Azevedo, Modiste
and A Baronets' Daughter
  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All sorts of new things....UPDATE

So, what has been going on in the Pacific Northwest? So many things! As many of you may know, being on the Leadership Board of the ORS means that there is planning and events going on all the time. I have been fortunate enough to be one the planners of the Annual Regency Retreat!! I have to say, above and beyond the whole idea, the location and the fact that so many new people will be there, I'm pretty proud of how our whole leadership team has gotten this coordinated, planned and we are a fantastic team! As a part of our website, we have a new page on the website, the "Who's who" of the leadership team, and we had very special photos taken. We had a professional to take our pictures in our finest gowns. Thanks to Mrs. Johanesen, our photos look like oil paintings. Including of our newest leader, our only Junior leader Miss Lilyan . Yes, you can squee:




 She is really about 40 in the body of a 12 year old and she is great at google-ing event sites and has lots to include. I'm pretty proud.

I also got my photos taken too. My Favorites being the one with Lily..cause, well..its silly






So, believe it or not, the white gown is all handmade, and has gold trimming. I felt very grecian in it, which leads me to the other awesome thing...which is under it!  Originally I had my "push them to the sky" stays, which of course have a time and place, but I wanted to wear my more comfortable rose stays and COULDN'T FIND THEM ANY WHERE so, what did I do? Yup, I made new ones. :) I wont bore you with construction details (but will gladly answer any questions you may have). I decided to go with front closers. Its easier to get in and than the "to busk or not to busk" question is moot. The pattern was altered from an altered pattern from Mrs. Johanesen loosely based on the Sense and Sensibility pattern. I quilted them, I made what felt like ridiculously too spread open gussets and spiral lacing and replaceable silk ribbon straps. No, as you can see above, I had no sitting problems, and the ladies dont make you feel or look like stuffed sausage. Plus size ladies deserve to look this beautiful.





Now, Im thinking I need new chemise and petticoats. I used to think of them as just blah things no one needs to see, but I have come to a place in my sewing, where the details matter. It took some time, but I finally finished a velvet Spencer jacket for my Patroness. It took months of picking it up, putting it down, taking it apart, swapping the sleeves...but now...its done.


 


 I  have been a little busy. Can you tell?

So my parting words are this: I love to sew. I would love to sew for you. Or have tea. My studio is always open.

As always, your servant
Mrs. Azevedo,
Modiste and A Baronets' Daughter.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

An Anglophile Janite has a Francophile cousin????


So, as some as you may have guessed, I'm a Janite and Anglophile through and though. How could I ever be related to a Francophile???Well, its true, and I'm not ashamed. Brittany is one of only three girls born to my fathers' family. So, its important to me that she get to reach her goal of going to France. Im hoping one day to get her into regency/empire goodness, but now she is too busy working and going to school, including college classes. So, instead of a shameless plug for me, Im shamelessly plugging my cousin.

Please click here and help send Brittany to France.

Thanks.
As always, your servant
Mrs, Azevedo, A Baronets Daughter

Saturday, January 25, 2014

YAY! Its time again for the 2nd Annual Jane Austen Faire! And I have been asked to be a vendor again!!

I am open to any and all ideas for things that you would like to see on my table. Any and all comments are appreciated!!!