Dames Dandies and Dominion Day

Victorian at Heart celebrated Dominion Day (Canada Day) today at Dalnavert Museum.  Here are a few of the photos.  Unfortunately, they were all done with my camera and my camera had a fluffy on something on the lens.  But, you get the idea.

I wore my 1895 Summer Ensemble.


Mr McLeod was there as well.


Shirley wore her new 1895 suit.


The museum didn’t get the crowd it was hoping for but we had a lovely afternoon sitting on a Victorian porch, wearing Victorian clothes and having a relaxing visit.  There was also a horse and carriage ride, just like last year.  More photos pending.


A nice white dress

From the last Costume Museum of Canada event that Shirley and I helped with, I have another dress to show you.  It is from 1912 and is covered in lovely lace!

1912 a

The lace makes this simple dress quite pretty!  I wish I could make lace like this!

1912 b


For some odd reason, the under dress is the original with the big red flowers and all.  I guess they were meant to peek through, giving just hints of color.  I don’t care for that detail myself.  It kind of looks like a mistake and it takes away from the lace.

1912 c


I like the little dingle balls.  I’ve seen some cars, back in the day, done with these….


Hey Frankie!

Today I have a cabinet card that I believe to be from the 1880s.  Let us explore it together and see if I can prove I am right.SAM_1165

The lady’s hair style is classic 1880s.  The sleeves are a bit big so I’d guess it is the later 1880s.  Her dress is a bit plain but seems to fit her well.  I like the faux vest detail on the dress.  Her lace collar seems too big for my tastes but I do like the big lace on the sleeve.  Her husband seems a lot older than her doesn’t he.

I tried a google search on the photographer because sometimes the photographer and his address can help to date the card. That was no help.  The card itself has a scalloped edge with gold along the edge and the placement of the photographers name may tell me something.  When we google “dating cabinet cards” we can find some info, the most important is that beveled edges were popular from 1885-92.  This fits with my dates.

Lets flip the card over.  The first thing I see is the hand writing.SAM_1166

I’m reading that as saying Frankie Odgen and wife. I tried googling the name Frank Ogden, Frankie Ogden and Franklin Ogden with no luck.  There were “hits” but the ages or some other detail seemed off.

With out any other firm clues, I’m going to have to stick to my firm “guess” of the card being from the late 1880s.

Do you want to see the “ghost” in the photo?SAM_1167The card must have been stacked with other cards and the color from another bled onto the back of this one.  Faintly, I see a womans head with some sort of stripes on the shoulders of her bodice.  She seems to be an older woman to me.  I wonder if Frankie and his wife is related to her.

HSF: Challenge #13-Lace and lacings.

My submission for this challenge is the lace collar I crocheted for my Copper Penny Dress.


I don’t know why I took the photo from the back of the dress.  But you get the idea.

The Challenge: 13 lace and lacings

Fabric: cotton thread

Pattern: from a vintage pattern book

Year: The pattern would be 1950s or 1960s

Notions: none

How historically accurate is it? I would say 80-100%.  They did use lace collars, it was lady like to crochet-even in the upper classes, the thread is cotton.  The only thing I’m iffy on is if the pattern is too modern.  I think it is plausible.  There was nothing to wild as far as stitches go.

Hours to complete: @10

First worn: the Mother’s Day fashion show at work

Total cost: I got the thread at a thrift store and I didn’t use it all…may be $1?

Hmmmmm, what to do, what to do.

It seems I have run out of free storage space for photos on my WordPress account.  Now I must decide if I cough up the cash and get an upgrade or do I go back to odd posts and delete the photos there, thus freeing up space….. No posts with photos until I make up my mind!  Oh, and those ads tacked onto my posts…not my doing!  I’ll have to try and figure out how to stop those!

1880s Tin Type

It has been a busy time lately.  My poor puppy had some semi minor surgury and is laying at my feet in a somewhat drugged state.  I’ve taken the day off work to be with her but it wont be a resting day off.  I’ve got mountains of laundry to catch up and the broom and dust rag really should get into my hands at some point.  I also need to sit down and learn some of the old hymns as I lead services at work and my seniors are probably getting tired of the 10 hymns that I do know.

My Victorian fix for the day will be this little tin type that I think is from the 1880s.  I took two photos.  One with a flash and one with out.  The one with as a glaring flash but shows the details better.  The other doesn’t have the glare but is less distinct.  I didn’t know which one you’d appreciate more so I give you both.  Enjoy.SAM_1162