Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Little Bit of Shine

One last progress post about my 1830s ensemble. I realized pretty early on that I wasn't going to get my act together on a sash like my inspiration painting, because at the point where the dress is real silk I want an actual silk tartan for the sash. And real silk tartan is hard to find over here! So I decided to pause until I could get exactly what I wanted, and in the meantime I am making a velvet belt with a buckle to wear for the ball. It will also give me some options for future wearings, because options are great.

Belt inspiration:

1832, Countess Julie von Woyna by Friedrich von Amerling
1826, Eugenie Hortense Auguste Napoleon de Beauharnais by Joseph Karl Stieler
1820s, FIDM
1832, Le Journal Des Dames et Des Modes
I did some internet searching, and found a lovely antique belt buckle on Etsy that was a good, sort-of-rectangular shape. It was super cheap, probably because it was so tarnished it was basically black! So after ensuring it was actual brass (and not just brass plated), I did some scrubbing with lemon juice and baking soda. What a difference!

upon arrival--it looks shinier here than it did in person

while polishing-I used a toothbrush and paper towel to alternate circular wiping motions and attacking the tiny crevices

good as new!
It's amazing what a difference accessories make. It really brings the ensemble together!


  1. That buckle is gorgeous!! Great job in making it shiny and happy again!!

    1. Thanks, Gina! It is so satisfying bringing old things back to life :)

  2. Jesus, that's wonderful!!! I can't wait to see it in an ensemble! What a find<3<3<3