I will be making a blue skirt for another dress…as yet unnamed…and a purple skirt for the Lilac Dream dress from the same pattern so I think I will go into assembly line mode and make them both at the same time.
The Costume Museum of Canada, where I volunteer, has been sorting through boxes of hundreds of shoes. Some times random things-non shoe things-end up in the boxes and I have the fun of finding them. In one pair of man’s button boots I found this.
Cool. I had seen them in photographs and from a distance in museums. I’ve seen replicas up close. This is the first one I have ever held in my hot little gloved hands! Well those button boots happened to be unbuttoned and so for the sake of preservation of those shoes I buttoned them with the hook. Had a blast. Learned the hard way it is best to button from the bottom up and not top down. I can be a hands on learner for sure!
Later on, I found two lumps wrapped in tissue that were not shoe shaped. I thought they were books.
If I were to guess, I’d think that scissors would be missing. The second case seemed to be missing several items as well.
It seems to be missing a pair of scissors, a button hook and 3 other items.
It was National Squirrel Appreciation day on the 21st and at the nursing home, we did a trivia event for the occasion. I dressed as a grey squirrel. A really, really big grey squirrel. Those sweat pants do nothing for me!
The tail was made out of brushed out wool tied to a braided strip of wool. The ears were cut from a strip off of an old fur coat. The face make up was a grey pallet of eye shadow that I bought myself but ended up not liking on my eyes. The teeth, which are hidden in the shadows are my own 🙂
My blog is on automatic pilot now as I am currently flying to Mexico. (Hope the plane isn’t on automatic pilot.) Any time now I will be squinting into the glare of that long forgotten sky-thing which, if memory serves, is called the sun. Perhaps you’d care for some glare too.
Ackk! My eyes. I swear that photograph of a photograph didn’t look that bad on the screen of my camera! If you put on your sunglasses, you can see a nice BIG family of 4 children, a mom and a dad with a killer ‘stash! My guess is early 1900’s as she has a bit of a Gibson girl hair style but smaller, more fitted sleeves.
I was looking at some lovely button boots from the 1910’s and thinking, “wouldn’t it be nice if I could buy a pair and put them on”. I won’t bother stating the obvious about the narrowness of the Victorian foot compared to a modern foot. We walk around bare foot. We like comfortable runners and sandles. Our feet haven’t been squished every moment of our waking day so they are WIDE. But did you know that our ankles are likely an issue as well. Apparently they are for me at least!
I got a ton of hand sewing done this past weekend! Bodice is all done except for the sleeves. The faux shirt had to be hand sewn in and all the buttons-16-in all needed to be put on. Kept me busy for a couple of movies.
What am I gonna call this dress? 1872 Lilac…um…Lovely Lilac….no….Lily’s Lilac….no….ah….Lilac Bush….GADS NO! 1872 Lilac Dream. Sure why not Lilac Dream it is.