The crew that I often do costumed outings with got very into BBC’s Versailles not too long ago, and I found myself making a Louis XIV outfit to go with Ann and Francesca’s Phillipe D’Orleans and the Chevalier de Lorraine, respectively. Kati, another friend, wanted to join us as Liselotte, and so naturally she asked me for patterning help on the dress.
Recently I binged the first season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The Japanese title can be roughly translated as “Demon Destroying Blade”, so for those who are familiar with anime genres, this is obviously a shonen, or boys’ series. (Beware of spoilers for the first half of season 1.) Continue reading
An international war generally is said to begin when one country declares war on another. For instance, the Seven Years’ War, known in the US as the French and Indian War, began when France and its colonies declared war on England and its colonies in 1756. But their rationale for doing so was that two years earlier, a young hotheaded lieutenant colonel with the English provincial forces had attacked a French diplomatic party in disputed territory– in effect, the English had committed an act of war, and the French declaration was merely a formal recognition of the two years of fighting that had preceeded it. So do we say that the war began in 1756 with the formal declaration, or in 1754, with the act that began the conflict? When would a Frenchman of the 1750s or ’60s have said the war began? Would an Englishman of the same period give the same answer? Continue reading
(This article also appeared in issue 3 of Transvestia.)
This is not a scholarly article. It was supposed to be– most things I write are. But my background on this particular subject is less scholarly and more philosophical. I know less of the hard facts of the case, and more of the inner emotional workings, of the need for a certain interpretation.
I am speaking of gender, and specifically gender within Judaism. An ethnoreligion with a strong attachment to rules, categories, and organization, it stands to reason that we would have more than two categories in our tradition to reflect the variety of humanity, and we do, but they don’t quite mesh with the modern understanding of sex and gender diversity. Continue reading
I have a mild obsession with efficiency. Everything I do has to be done in the manner that best balances speed, convenience, resource economy, and effectiveness. Continue reading
In the year and change since I wrote part 1, I’ve refined my method of pattern derivation, and learned a lot about the ways that fabric, torsos, and boning can interact. I’ve also spent untold hours pouring over my scans and images of these and other stays to find any details that might have been missed, and had other people look at them as well (many thanks to the 18th century sewing groups on FB). I now think there’s a decent chance that the Christina stays were worn by a man. Continue reading