A hair catcher from 1900.Sweet lid isn’t it.
Sewing kit. How do I know it is a sewing kit? Lift the lid and you find little packets of needles.
Lift the next lid and you find…
…a space to put other things. Perhaps there was a few cards of thread for emergency mends. Or may be there was a tiny pair of scissors.
The underside of the kit. The photo is too blurry to read the stamp. I wish I had noticed it that day and took note of the words on the stamp.
Both of these items are tarnished. I wanted to polish them and see what they might have looked like “back in the day”. I often wonder about the owners of such items. Did they love the item or was it just something they needed? What were they like? What were they thinking about when they used it. I wish things could talk.
My last pattern has arrived and I now have everything I need to get sewing my latest dress…I even have a sewing room to work in! I just have to finish my card weaving project and get it off the table so I can start to work on the dress. That is my goal this weekend!
Isn’t this freaking divine! Here is the side view.
I have to get me some serious ostrich feathers for a hat like this!
I really want to make this! May be in a blue or purple! Or red!
The part that has caught my eye is the wool and bead netting on the skirt and the strip that goes around the edges of the bodice! I love it!I think it would make a wonderful sound as you walk!
I have nowhere to wear a train like that so I think I’d pull it back some. And all those pleats. I’m going to have to take the plunge one day and make some pleats like that.
But here is a dress that would be hard to wash. You risk loosing all the pleats and the wool trim could shrink and tangle. The skirt part would have to be a separate so it could be washed separately (and give the wearer the option of not wearing it.) With all these cleaning issues, it could not be in pale colors for me. I’m always eating spaghetti when I wear white!
Last month, I learned about something new…Victorian charm strings-I may make one of these one day. I read about it on the Costume Museum of Canada’s blog. I wont re-write what is a fantastic explanation on the link about charm strings. Basically, it is a button collection that has been added to a string and it was a hobby done by young women. This appealed to me because as a child, I used to love to play with my grandmothers button jar. I loved to sort by size or color. I liked to find ones that had several matching mates but the one-offs were the best. They were usually kept all by their lonesome because of some remarkable trait or beauty!
I still like buttons. (Remember me telling you about wanting to sink my arms into the barrel of buttons?)
Anyway, the next time I was at the museum, I asked about the charms and got to see them first hand. I took some photos of my favorites for your pleasure. This first one is like the cut steel ones I got given to me a couple of months back.
This next one is just a pretty color.
There is a leaf pattern in this one.
The picture doesn’t do this justice…it was shiny…oooo, so shiny.
Again, a nice colored one.
More cut steel with a star pattern in it.
Hey! The anchor pattern is still being made today! I think I used it for one of my outfits!
A dog button…I want one!
The god Bacchus.
There were some many others but I did have to stop and get some work done!
What glorious item did I find during my volunteer work yesterday? Lets see….I’d have to say it is the 1860-70 head-dress. It is a bit dingy and rumpled now but I bet in its day it was very pretty!
If ever I make a ball gown, I will make a head-piece like this. Sigh.
Tons of lace and stuff in the back. With the purple and black I wonder if it was a late mourning accessory.
I’ve been thinking that if Historical Sew Fortnightly should happen again next year, I will have to rethink my efforts. I have a closet full of gowns now. I’m going to be hard pressed to jam any more in there.
I think next year, my focus should change. I think I should focus on projects like the one I am posting about today. I will make trims and laces and then I will add them to existing dresses. Much of the Victorian era was about detail and my dresses are pretty sedate compared to some.
This plan could also be stash busting (and money saving). I have a lot of left over material from previous projects. They could be made into ruffles, bows, piping…excetra that could be added to the dresses and hats I already have.
This isn’t to say I WONT make new dresses (I can’t walk away from pretty fabric that is on sale…no, no, no, I can’t). I just want to limit it to one or two. Really, I’m reaching the point that I have more dresses than events to wear them to in a year. I may have to start hocking some of them.
Anyway, on to the current challenge….
The Challenge: 17 Yellow
What it is: 2 meters of needle tatted trim
Pattern: found on line
Year: early 1900’s
Notions: cotton crochet thread with metallic strands mixed in
How historically accurate is it? I don’t know if the metallic part of the thread is correct but the cotton is plausible and the technique is correct. So I will guess 90%. I’ll probably reduce accuracy of one of my dresses by adding this to it. (1870’s dress with 1900’s style trim LOL)
Hours to complete: @15
First worn: not yet
Total cost: $6 for the thread
Last weekend, Shirley and I took our mourning gowns out to St. Andrews Church. This church building was finished in 1849 which is old by our reckoning. I realize there are far older churches in Europe but Canada is still a young country so an 1840’s church seems old to me. If I ever go and see Europe I might curl up in a little ball trying to fathom such age!
We did some high drama acting near the old gravestones.
This is my favorite photo of Shirley…very dramatic looking towards the river!
Shirley thought of a parasol. I did not. It was cloudy when I left the house so I didn’t think I’d need one-I don’t have a black one anyway. Shirley let me borrow hers for a few photos. I wore my 1900 gown.
I like the hat but the edge might need to be wired because the flipped up edge isn’t staying that way. I’ll also need to cover the under brim as the straw is not holding the paint very well.
I think I nailed the hair though!
This is my favorite photo of the two of us, taken by Shirley’s daughter who came in modern clothes so no photos of her. Awesome bustle Shirley!
I like this photo because I totally upstaged Shirley and covered her face with my hat and nearly took her eye out with it! Once a diva always a diva!
After we were done fake sobbing, we headed off to Maple Grove Tea Room in Kennedy House. They had a nice photo op right outside the door.I absolutely loved Shirley’s hair!
Once inside, we of course had tea!
Then we used some of the rooms in Kennedy House for photo ops.
Isn’t Shirley’s hat yummy!?
I think this is one of my favorite photos of myself…if were just a little less blurry…well maybe the blurry helps!
Here are a couple of pretties that still held their lovely scent…even after all these years. I don’t recall the years but they are late 1800’s early 1900’s I believe.
The ring on the second one slips over the finger. Was it worn like that? Was it hung from a chatelaine? I’m going with the second option. A quick search on line suggests the chatelaine option was the correct one.