Dressed for Travelling, Hiking, and a Visit to the Opera

Dressed for Travelling, Hiking, and a Visit to the Opera

Packing for the trip through Germany I really dread packing. My suitcase always seems too small and my clothes inevitably weigh too much. And then I throw in things that I might need and would regret if I hadn’t brought along. The luggage scale is my enemy. Packing for our trip in Germany was a different challenge. We would be travelling by train and there […]

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The Irish Gloves

The Irish Gloves

During Augusta’s time, women in her circles would have worn gloves. Men also wore gloves – all the time. There were lots of etiquette rules about when you could take them off, how to take them off, and what to do with them when eating. Fashion dictated the length, material, and color of the gloves. And then there were fingerless gloves. Fingerless gloves were often […]

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The Travel Wardrobe

The Travel Wardrobe

When Kerstin and I started Augusta’s Journey, we decided that in order to get into character of a wealthy 1840s girl (or to be honest, her mother), we should construct garments based on historical records and wear them when we follow in Augusta’s footsteps. We would need a travel wardrobe! For our first leg of this journey, the cruise on Göta Canal, we made 3 different […]

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Exactly a month until we travel in Germany

Exactly a month until we travel in Germany

In exactly a month, on the 28th of September, Kerstin and I will be boarding an early morning train at Stockholm Central station to trace Augusta’s journey though Germany. Obviously, there will be no steam engines and no hustle and bustle on the platform; no carriers of large trunks and no women in elegant Victorian attire – except for us! We will be there, dressed […]

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French Kashmir shawl from the 1830s

French Kashmir shawl from the 1830s

In July, I wrote about my antique “paisley shawl” that I bought in Edinburgh. I was trying to figure out when and where it was made? I had spent time in the library and read all I could find, and I had narrowed it down to a European-made shawl from the early 1800s. Who could shed some light on it? Any “paisley shawl” experts? I […]

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