My Victorian Weekend part 2 of 3

After a fabulous breakfast and even more enjoyable conversation, Mr Victorian-not and I went for a walk in the neighborhood.  It wasn’t as impressive as the neighborhoods we saw in Victorian BC Canada but it was not bad considering that I had absolutely no idea that this street existed before! I will now share/plague/bore you with random photos of other people’s houses.


Just down the street from the B&B was a historic site.

Just down the street from the B&B was a historic site.

I really should try and find a book or two of his and give him a try.IMG_0132And if this is what you can buy with a writer’s pay, I should give it a whirl.  It is now being used by the University’s Women’s Club of Winnipeg.

Across the street from the B&B

Across the street from the B&B

These places are huge!  I wouldn’t want to do the house work!


This one reminds me a bit of a barn style house.

Just a post?

Just a post?

There are a few of these along the road.  They are all that is left of this old house.  Sigh.  I wish I hadn’t missed this one…..

This wasn't Harry's favorite but I liked it.  I think it was the red brick.  It could have used more landscaping.

This wasn’t Harry’s favorite but I liked it. I think it was the red brick. It could have used more landscaping.

I liked the little mosaic done in the chimney.IMG_0145Stay turned for part 3 on Wednesday.  Victorian at Heart was out gallivanting again.

My Victorian Weekend part 1 of 3

Friday evening Mr Victorian-not and I finally cashed in a prize I had won over a year ago for one of my gowns.  It was a stay in a bed and breakfast called the Beechmount.  It was built 1895 and went through several owners and several horrible “updates” before it was bought by the current owners, who carefully restored its Victorian charm while keeping its modern comforts.  I’ll share some of my photos with you.

Front of the house.

Front of the house.

Our room was the window on the second floor and the veranda on the second floor was just off of our bathroom and had it been warmer, would have been a nice spot to sit and read!

Me pretending I own the place.

Me pretending I own the place.

I'd need a gardener for all the plants.  If left up to me, they'd all die horrible deaths.

I’d need a gardener for all the plants. If left up to me, they’d all die horrible deaths.

Formal Dinning Room

Formal Dinning Room

We didn’t have our breakfast in here.  We had it in the conservatory (which used to be the summer kitchen).

Isn't it nice...

Isn’t it nice…

More plants for me to kill…

On the veranda, looking into the bathroom.

On the veranda, looking into the bathroom.

She got big butt and I can not lie

Sorry I missed last Wednesday’s post.  I was just too tired to come up with anything remotely worth writing about.

Today, I have a new cabinet card to share with you.  You might not think it is worth writing about but I’m pleased as can be with it.

It is a lady with a horses butt bustle and she is displaying it in all its glory! This bustle style was 1880’s and the black card stock puts it in the late 80’s.


Isn’t that bustle grand!  The fabric is cool too.  And look at how nicely her pleats on her bodice are laying.  I can’t make mine do what they are supposed to do.  I like her braided bun in the back and I have enough hair so  I could probably do that style.

The photographer is A & G Taylor, who advertised themselves as photographers to the queen.  SAM_1251

Sorry about the photo above.  The flash picked up the logo and address but not the name.  You will have to trust me on that one.  According to this site, the Taylor’s had their studio on Regent St. from 1877-1908, which fits with my dating.

Nice day of sewing

I’ve had a highly productive Saturday of sewing.  I’ve been working on an 1870’s skirt and  I just need to finish half the hem and sew on the hook and eye on the waistband. I haven’t decided on trim yet, but that will need to wait until the bodice is done so I can see if it needs trim and if I will have enough trim to do both the bodice and the skirt.


This photograph doesn’t show the color correctly.  According to Wikipedia, this color is artichoke green.


I think it is pretty.

Plans in the making

My mourning gown has moved to the back burner again.  I’ve got two things working against it.  One is trying to participate in the Historical Sew Fortnightly means that my mourning gown doesn’t always fit the current challenge…no matter how I creatively interpret it. But, its biggest handicap is working with a light sucking black is just a bit dull.  I will have to get it finished this summer though.  Victorian at Heart is planning a photo shoot in a cemetery.  Also, some fun ideas came up at our last outing.  I don’t know if these ideas will ever come to pass, but if one of them does, I will need a mourning gown.

Anyway, it is on the back burner as I work on the Separates challenge.  I will be making an 1870s dress that will have the bodice one color and the skirt another.  And the skirt is green so it will work for the Green challenge.  I should do the bodice first as it is needed for the earlier challenge but I do get set in my ways and I almost always start a project with the faster, easier part first-the skirt.

I hope to get a lot of sewing done this weekend as next weekend will be a bit of a rush.  I’m finally cashing in on a couple of prizes I’ve earned with my costuming hobby and the hubby and I will be dinning out at a fancy restaurant and then staying in a B&B which is in a Victorian house!  Woot! Woot! Then on the Saturday, some of Victorian at Heart will be riding the old train in costume again.  Gonna be a blast!

HSF Challenge: #15 White

This is a total cheat but I’m going to submit my bathing cap for this one. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to conserve time and avoid making something not on the to do list!


The Challenge: White

Fabric: cotton

Pattern: 253 Folkwear

Year: 1890s

Notions: thread

How historically accurate is it? Plausible fabric. Machine sewing was also possible. Pattern claims to be authentic. So 95%. It looses 5% for the fact that it was made by someone in the 21st century!

Hours to complete: I can’t remember. May be 2?

First worn: Just for the photos.

Total cost: $3?

HSF Challenge #14: Eastern Influence

Chinese Frogs that will likely end up on my mourning gown if I ever get that puppy done.



Fabric: cording

Pattern: I got it from here

Year: ?ancient?

Notions: cording and thread

How historically accurate is it?: The cording is a poly something or other. It is hand sewn. Not sure about the pattern but I imagine it is authentic. My guess is 80%.

Hours to complete: 30 minutes per set

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $3 for the cording

Another man’s junk….

I thank the Lord above when someone else decides to purge their stash and they bestow the goods on me.  Recently, I scored a HUGE bag full of laces and ribbons.  Oh, they are all poly something or others but most are good for small details on under things or hats.  Some are not blatantly poly and will do for trim on dresses.

SAM_1239They are all piled in a bag so you can’t really how much stuff there is!  It all has to be sorted in some fashion.  Length and color seem to be the logical system to me.  Dreamstress had a post where she used old greeting cards to wrap the ribbons and laces and she wrote the lengths on them so she’d know if she could use it for a project without unwinding it first.  I think I will do something like that.  Once it is sorted, I may bore you with a photo.

The biggest score is a roll of brown ribbon that is not desperately poly looking (at least to the untrained eye) and is not a wildly unusable color.SAM_1240Just look at all that ribbon!  I could trim miles of ruffles with all of that!