More new old photos

Here are some new photos for my collection.

Isn’t this Edwardian Lady stunning!
This 1880’s lady has quite the pendant/watch around her neck!

This is the back of the photo.

This older woman has some foxing on her photograph.

Not a hairstyle I’d be happy with.

This is the back.

New family photos!

I bought myself some new photos for my collection. Hope you enjoy.

Looks like a nice little family photo!

Any thoughts on what that ball on a post thing is between the two reclining men?

Here is another nice family photo.

I like the ruffles on the skirt.

Here is the back of this photo.

Hope you enjoyed.

A little costume alteration

I don’t sew for others. I have too much anxiety about botching the job in terms of fit or the other person’s vision or the other person’s vision goes against my taste. Example: I want this gown and I want it in hot pink with neon green trim. Eww…

But I did go outside my comfort zone and altered an already existing costume. It was the uniform in this photo…

It no longer fit and so she wanted it enlarged. She had a pair of pants (that also no longer fit) so I was able to use those to enlarge the jacket.

Almost can’t see it!

It turned out well!

Completed project

I made a gift for a friend. I’m hoping to hang onto it till Christmas but I am so pleased with it, I might not be able to wait. Don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog so no spoilers.

I got the idea and instructions from this YouTube video: scrapbook ideas | how to make 7 different cards for scrapbook | diy scrapbook

I think it is so pretty!

Instead of filling it with photos, I filled it with quotes about friendship.

A recent Friday

A couple of weeks ago, I had a nice day. It was a quiet day at work that was topped off with taking a few of our residents out to the water fountain.

It was a nice day weather wise.

Then after work, I went to a fabric sale which was a fund raiser for the Canadian Costume Museum. I didn’t need more fabric so I was good and only bought one chunk.

I have no idea what I will do with it.

I wasn’t totally good though….

I bought…

scissor holder
Pin cushion
Thimble holder
Thread winder

All of these things will go together to make a seamstress chatelaine.

I bought a helper for my sewing table.

A sewing bird

I also bought a real antique. Any guesses what it is?

I’ll show you. You pull on the loop to pull out the insides.

The two dangly, blurry bits are crochet hooks.

Select the one you want and fold the other one back. Slide the chosen hook back into the handle and ta-da! A crochet hook.

These hooks are microscopic! Basically the thread would be sewing thread thickness. I don’t know if my old eyes will be able to manage this!

Good day, wasn’t it!

Doors Open a la COVID

Doors Open Winnipeg is usually held in May but COVID messed that up a bit. But we did have it in September with some major alterations to our usual procedures.

I helped out at the jail again. Only instead of playing a role of a person connected to the jail, I ended up being the hand sanitizer and list keeper (for contact tracing).

I wore a mish-mash of costume pieces.

1909 Olive’s hat, 1895 Walking suit shirtwaist, 1900 Widows Weeds cape, 1903 trumpet skirt, and modern mask. We made the masks work by pretending it was during the Spanish flu.

We even made the news.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/doors-open-winnipeg-finds-a-way-through-covid-19-1.5102907

More Masks

I send activity care packages, weekly, to my seniors in my club. (COVID has shut down the club I work in). This week, I decided to get them ready for the second wave. (Our first wave has been easy breezy…I think our luck will run out soon).

It is a nice place to sew! HUGE table. Lots of natural light. I wish it was my sewing room at home!

I hauled my machine to work and emptied out my stash a bit and got sewing.

Once they were all sewed up I got them ready for mailing.

I think they turned pretty well. There was some fun fabric that I hope will encourage them to use them when they are out on the town.

Stay safe folks.

Finally! A costume event!

Various issues, both personal and global, (COVID being the biggest one) have kept my little group from meeting up in costume and touring the local sites and taking photos.  Therefore, I’ve had nothing Victorian to write about.

But, last week, Dalnavert put out a call for volunteers to come in costume to be photographed for future ad campaigns.  To keep the rules, the group was kept small and most of the photos were out doors.  I confess, we weren’t always good about keeping 6 feet apart but our city has done very well with the virus.  (Something like 30 active cases and 7 deaths total) so it has been hard to remember to be vigilant!

Here are some photos I had taken with my phone of the event.

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I have always wanted to have enough of a wardrobe that I could mix and match pieces for completely different looks.  I used the hat from my Olive dress, the shirtwaist from my walking suit, the skirt and reticule from my summer ensemble and the belt from my senora dress.  I think it looks pretty good together!

Most of the official photos were taken outdoors in the gardens but after the shoot, we models wanted some indoor photos with our phones so we headed to the solarium.  There was an absolutely gorgeous tea set in there that I had never seen before!

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This model is one of the biggest assets the house has-very knowledgeable.  We shall call her the lady of the house.

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We had a gentleman model.  Very dashing in his tails!

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Then there is the lovely Mrs. M!

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It was a lovely time!  So good to get back into costume!  I look forward to seeing what photos they end up using in their future ads!