Monday, November 30, 2009

Civil War Evening Hairstyles

As I was scrolling through a file of old reenacting photos I noticed that I have made a lot of 1860s evening headdresses in my day and thought that you might enjoy pictures of them to inspire you to try your hand at making your own. I'd always love to take custom orders for headdresses as well. Please inquire for prices. These were one of the first items that I reproduced for customers and they're one of my favorite items to make. My mother is an excellent floral arranger and some of my earliest memories (aside from banging pots and pans with my brother) include watching her make flower arrangements and wreaths for our home. I'd love to answer your questions about how these were made, as well. So, without further adeau...
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  1. Where do you get the wire for the headdresses, And what is it called. Thanks!

  2. I usually use millinery wire. You should be able to get it from Timely Tresses here:

    I have used other heavy wire in the past (when making headdresses for myself) and just made several rows of it until I was happy with the thickness. I just used whatever I had around.