My practice run with my hair style went well and the real run also went well. It held up perfectly and my hat stuck like glue! Here are some highlights.
Time for some silliness!
I saw an article from an 1871 magazine (don’t recall which one now) that had a hair style I liked. I photographed the pages so I could try to copy it. I hoped to wear it on my outing today so yesterday, I did a test run. The title was “hair dressing for young ladies 1871” and is a style for long hair.
The top/front section is to be crimped. I don’t have a crimping iron so I didn’t for the test run. For the real run I thought I would braid this section wet and when it is dry it will look crimped. Later, you will see why decided not to do this step.
Moving along…. The top/front/crimped section gets pulled back and the bottom/front section is lifted up over the crimped section like in drawing (a).You will have to do some clipping and pinning to get it to stay there.Note: I have done to the right side of my head what the original drawings show on the left (and vise versa)…I blame that on the mirror effect.
Leave the pins in but take out the clip and twist the two strands together for about an inch.
Gather the rest of the two strands up together with the back section of hair and braid it. The braid should start low at the nape of the neck. (For ladies with thinner hair, you may need to work in sections of fake hair to make the braid thicker.)Repeat the same steps for the front section on the other side. You will not need to do the twisting part. We are ready for the rest of the instructions.Instead of braiding the hair low at the nape of the neck, you need to pull it up higher, closer to the pins for the front piece.Use a string or elastic to hold it in place. Braid.
Once the braid is finished, remove the elastic near the scalp.
This is where I changed up the instructions a bit. It seemed from the way my hair was behaving that it would be easier to get every thing in place and laying nicely if I reversed the order the braids were pinned down. I started with the braid that is set higher on the head. It goes across the top like a head band.The braid is pinned in place with the end hidden in the layers of the front section on the opposite side. In the photo below, the very top left corner shows the braid with the braid-end hidden. The other braid is still hanging down my back.The lower braid is wrapped along the nape of the neck and pinned with the ends hidden in the folds of hair on the opposite side.Keep pinning for security and to make sure things look tidy. With the weight of my hair, I prefer the pins that look like a coil. Most folks should manage okay with regular bobby pins.The above picture still looked a bit messy so I tucked and pinned until I was happy.Not bad. The next thing to do was try the hair with the hat. Lord knows how many times I have had to redo a hair style because it made my hat sit funny. The back of the crown sits nicely over and up against the braid at the top of my head and the braid will provide the perfect anchor for the hat pin.
The front of the hair is not visible under the hat and this is why I decided to skip the crimping step for now. If I go somewhere where the hat will be removed, I will crimp/wet braid.I wore the hair style all day. It held up while I helped Hubby clean carpet and upholstery and while I cut out my next project.I actually kinda like the look of it and may consider it for modern wear. I need my hair up at work because it is too hot there to wear my hair down. This may give me a different “look” without looking completely freakish.
During a particularly nasty rain storm, the hubby was out barbecuing. I suggested he take the umbrella from the patio furniture to protect himself and keep the barbecue from cooling off. Then I suggested that it was a parasol and he should strike a pose….
Good sport eh?
I thought my readers might enjoy this.
One day I was downtown. I got in my car and was about to drive off when I happened to glance up. I forget sometimes that many of the modern store fronts and doorways are actually on older buildings that have some pretty details.
Looks like glass ice cream…or worse…cow poop. I dare you to un-see the poop now…
This past Sunday, Victorian at Heart had its first official outing. We headed off to the newly reopened Dalnavert Museum.
Dalnavert is my favorite house museum and last year I had a little cry-fest when it was announced that it wasn’t doing well and would be converted to office space (horrors!) Enough people rose up and it was saved with a new plan to try to salvage it. I for one, will be doing my bit and going a few times this year.
Shirley and I had the joy of meeting our newest member in person for the first time. We had met through the internet but had not yet met her in person yet. This is our new friend Lottie Lovett trying out my stereoscope.
Lottie is an excellent seamstress who made her lovely 1880’s bustle dress!After our little snack and get to know you session, we toured the house. We started in the kitchen. From there, we went to the dining room.
Then the main hallway where I left my calling card.
Pattern: cartwheel and basic weave
Year: they were commonly used between 1622 and 1850. I will likely use them for later periods claiming the middle aged persons love of the old and familiar.
Notions: rings and crochet thread
How historically accurate is it? The rings I used were modern plastic. The thread was cotton but wool and linen would be more accurate. The patterns are good. I give it about 50%.
Hours to complete: 14
First worn: n/a
Total cost: The thread was in my stash…left overs from another project. The rings were less than $3.
Some Saturday plans fell through so the hubby and I decided to hit a favorite antique shop. I have been eyeing a stereoscope for over a year. They aren’t exactly the same price as a loaf of bread so I’ve been putting it off. But, if I still want something for that long then I can safely assume it isn’t an impulse buy that will be regretted! It was worth the wait. The store owners dropped the ticketed price by $15 and threw in 6 cards to use with it. Momma has a new collection to indulge in!
The unexpected surprise came on the drive to the store….there was a fair called Swords and Sabers that is a mix of vendors and displays for steampunk, goth, pirates, Victorian, vikings, Dr Who….you name it. I had been once before and it is a pleasant Saturday afternoon walk.