Some days it is hard to blog. ALS touched my extended family a little over a year ago and it sucks. Some days it sucks lots and lots. ‘nough said.
The woman on the left is in an apron that makes me think she is puttering around the house. And yet she looks so stylish. She has great Gibson Girl hair and her shirtwaist is perfect! The other woman seems younger to me-perhaps it is the shorter hem line.
In my mind I have created a story. The older sister has headed off to the big city and has become very stylish while there. She comes home to visit and while home, she dons her old apron to help her sister around the house. Dad pulls out his new camera and asks his girls to head outside so he can capture the visit.
I am in love…It is a 1878 Tea Gown in the FIDM collection and was featured in their latest blog post.Lovely….
Here is a better look at the back of the bodice.But I’m still lovin’ that trim on the front.A piece of it separated from the bodice.This allowed me to see the front and the back so I can try to repeat the process.
The hair is 1880’s and the skirt seems to be natural form so I would place this in the early 1880’s.
There are pin tucks on the upper sleeve and braiding or soutache on the body and cuffs of it. Very nice. Well fitted too.
For years, I wore a corset everyday. I had back pain and the corset helped wonderfully (not to mention made me look 30 pounds lighter). But in the past year, two things happened to change that. 1) The back pain improved. I don’t know why but it got better. I wouldn’t say I’m cured but it is better. 2) Menopause. I am in the early stages of that glorious time of life and I randomly get really, really hot. The corset became just another THICK layer holding all that heat in. (I am not a fan of me in a bathing suit but there have been times I questioned why they wont let me wear one at work.)
I saw this the other day and thought this would be the answer to the heat problem.
The theory would be you’d still get the support of the boning without all the heat retaining fabric. I envisioned trying to make one of these. Doable. Then I envisioned trying to wear one. This is what came to mind….only much, much worse.
One thin little chemise is not going to keep me from looking like a giant Playdough Fun Factory.
I completed my hat. I think. It could be another entry into the HSF accessory challenge but I feel lukewarm about it. It may need some tweaking. Perhaps, once the bodice is done I will know what needs to be done, if anything. I may also scan some museum samples for inspiration. But, here it is for now.
I don’t mind the left side. The tuft of tulle in the front hides the fact that the brim isn’t stiff enough and wants to buckle. The wire and buckram that is easily available to me tends to be flimsy. I usually double up on them but I didn’t this time. Lesson learned.
I don’t mind the back either. Except I will have to go back and figure out what that weird little bunching on the left side is caused by. I only noticed it in the above photo.
The tulle that is hiding the weird buckling of the brim seems odd. I like the way it is thin in some spots, showing the blue, and solid white in others. But, it sticks up oddly on the left side of the photo.But the part that sticks up on the face side of the photo, looks okay at this angle. Sigh. But at this angle the tail of the tulle seems to be too much. And the little bow gathering the tulle isn’t enough.
Perhaps it would look better if I hadn’t used a cotton as the base fabric. A velvet would have been better. But the cotton was in my stash.
What do you do when you feel “meh” about a project? My usual treatment is to walk away from it for a bit. If it sits in the back ground of my life for a bit (meaning: I see it as I walk by it but I don’t study or play with it) I either grow to like it or I get the inspiration I need to fix it.
A wonderful reason to get a new family photograph!We have Dad, a son, mom and baby. I think the toddler is a boy because of the side parts.The older boy looks like mom doesn’t he? It is a bit hard to tell on the baby as the lighting is off (my camera’s fault) but I think it is a boy as well. The style of moms hair and bodice says 1880’s to me. I love the chevron pattern in the bodice and the bar pin is nice as well.