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Laura Frantz | Dressing Your Historical Heroine ~ and Yourself

The Lacemaker
Laura Frantz




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January 2018
On Sale: January 2, 2018
Featuring: Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson; Noble Rynallt
416 pages
ISBN: 0800726634
EAN: 9780800726638
Kindle: B0741F5SGH
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Also by Laura Frantz:
The Lacemaker, January 2018
A Moonbow Night, January 2017
The Mistress of Tall Acre, September 2015
Love's Fortune, September 2014


When I first began writing historical fiction as a young girl, I was a blank slate about petticoats, bum rolls, stays, jumps, busks, stockings and garters, and whatnot. Fast forward many years and nine published novels later, and I'm still learning with each novel I write, and have discovered that the best way to dress my heroine is to dress myself.

I don't want to create heroines who dress in fashions and underpinnings I know little about. The best way to authenticate a character is to dress like she would, for a day, an hour, or whatever time and event inspires you. Historical dressing is surprising and delightful and educational! And I have a confession. I love stays, the 18th-century equivalent of the 19th-century corset. Stays provide a lovely silhouette and improve my posture, plus they are excellent back support. The stay naysayers, I think, may never have been laced up in them. I highly recommend them and gladly dress my heroines in them!

During the recent holidays, I was made merry with the acquisition of a striped petticoat from Fort Boonesborough, and a lovely pair of clocked stockings and straw hat with paper flowers from Fashions Revisited, a beautiful and most excellent site. In my small collection I'm happy to have a linen shift, bum roll, stays, fan, petticoats, pocket hoops, stockings, garters, fichu, and a beautiful 18th-century styled gown of silk taffeta with lace trim that is a century old as well as a matching hat.

For shoes, I'm smitten with anything by American Duchess, complete with beautiful buckles. Pick your style and even paint them red or blue to match your attire if you choose. I'm very fond of my lovely powdered wig with those lovely spiraling curls popular in that era. Jewelry from such gifted artists as K. Walters at Sign of the Gray Horse completes your costume. Colonial Williamsburg also has a wealth of shops and products to help you dress historically.

In my just released novel, THE LACEMAKER, set in Colonial Williamsburg, I had an inspiring time dressing the heroine, Lady Elisabeth, since she is on the cusp of fashion as an earl's daughter as well as being the confidante of Lady Dunmore, the fashion-savvy wife of Virginia's royal governor. And I was delighted when my publisher, Revell, designed a cover focusing on the sleeve and lace trim of a stunning blue gown from a museum collection, once worn by a woman of that era.

Dressing like a historical heroine is truly a blast from the past, pun intended!

THE LACEMAKER by Laura Frantz

On the eve of her wedding, Lady Elisabeth Lawson's world is shattered, as surely as the fine glass windows of her colonial Williamsburg home. In a town seething with Patriots ready for rebellion, her protection comes from an unlikely source--now if she could only protect her heart.

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

Inspirational Romance | Inspirational Historical | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: January 2, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800726638 / eISBN: 9781493412501]

About Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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What is your favorite piece of historical garb? Tell us below and you could win a copy of THE LACEMAKER!




13 comments posted.

Re: Laura Frantz | Dressing Your Historical Heroine ~ and Yourself

My favorite historical outfit is a riding outfit.
(Sharon Berger 11:06am January 12)

I wear a long skirt, an apron and mob cap while serving tea
at a Victorian Tea that benefits the Historical Museum.
(Alyson Widen 9:28pm January 13)

I love seeing the outfits though I don't like to wear
complicated clothing myself.
(Nancy Luebke 4:44pm Sunday)

I have not worn historical clothing but I enjoy the fancy many layered dresses I see in historical movies.
(Melanie Rosen 6:58pm Sunday)

I love going to Renaissance Fairs. I have a costume that I always wear that I call my wench dress. It's really fun to wear but uncomfortable in hot weather.
(Nancy Marcho 7:19pm Sunday)

(Karthik Reddy 4:51am Monday)

I've never worn any special historical garb, but I enjoyed
your descriptions and I've always loved going to
Renaissance Fairs to see all the costumes! I look forward
to reading your book. Thanks for the post!
(Amy Sheets 6:02am Monday)

I'm glad you love dressing up if it influences your writing. I recently retired and am so delighted to wear yoga pants and a tee nearly every day. The idea of stays is bone chilling to me!!
(Lorena Keech 5:04pm Monday)

I love some of the fashion. I do not know about the corsets. That is too
much pain for beauty.
(Sonnetta Jones 8:53pm Monday)

I am not much for fashion historical or not. I am glad that
I didn't have to wear much of the binding and uncomfortable
fashions of the past.
(Carrie Edmunds 5:19am Tuesday)

The dresses are lovely, but I'm fascinated by the fans used by the ladies and the way they are used to create a mood.
(Anna Speed 12:10pm Tuesday)

Since I was a little girl I have loved hooped skirts, as
impractical as they are. They seem so feminine!
(LaRonda Atchison 11:41pm Tuesday)

I enjoy the fashions and dresses from the Revolutionary War
period of history.
(Maryann Skaritka 4:23pm Thursday)

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