Selfridge inspired

I went on a Netflix binge of Mr. Selfridge this past few weeks.  I liked Paradise better but this wasn’t bad…especially the first season.  I keep saying I have to make myself one Edwardian outfit….

With that in mind, I will share an Edwardian outfit from The Costume Museum of Canada.

A 1906 suit.

A 1906 suit.

A lovely detail on the skirt.

A lovely detail on the skirt.


Could a’ used a Big Mac

I have a carte de visit of a woman with really odd arms.  I’d guess she has very thin arms and a very rigid corset on an already thin frame.  The pose sort of adds to the disproportion doesn’t it.  One could almost wonder if the odd pose is hiding frames to keep her frail or dead body in place.
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It reads: “A sister of G. Gram.  Mrs. Abramson and her husband.  Taken around 1860.”

My guess is G. Gram means Great Grandma.  The 1860’s looks right for hair and dress.  To bad the faces are so washed out.  I’d love to see what they really looked like.  (And see if she is really alive.)  But, all collectors hope they have a postmortem photo….

1875 cap

One thing I have been neglecting is the use of a cap by Victorian ladies.  As a middle-aged woman, I should actually be wearing one under bonnets through several Victorian decades. It was common for middle-aged women to wear caps under bonnets long after the younger girls gave them up for everything but working about the house and bed. If I was transported back in time to the year my dress was intended, I suspect I’d come across as dressing a little “young” but conservative.  (Hopefully, I wouldn’t come across as a total freak.)

I think one day, I’d like to make a copy of the cap I saw at the Costume Museum of Canada.


1875 cap at the Costume Museum of Canada

1875 cap at the Costume Museum of Canada

There are two ruffles around the face.1875 cap CMC b

The ruffles are attached to a band that goes around the head.  1875 cap CMC e

It seems to be hand-made with a light cotton…I didn’t do a burn test…fairly sure the museum would not approve!  The back of the cap is poofy and attached to the band.1875 cap CMC c

The nape of the neck is covered with a gathered piece.

1875 cap CMC d

I should have check closer but I think the gathered piece at the back is actually a continuation of the top ruffle around the face.

It is pretty though.  I think I will copy this one when I finally get around to making one.

My technology! Part devil part angel!

Frustrating few days with technology.  My new computer for work was supposed to save me some work and stop me from using my personal one.  Nope.  It is a piece of crap and my son and I have been attempting to cobble together enough downloads to make it usable.  Hours of labor to no avail at this point.

Our home internet keeps conking out-likely router trouble.  Is the problem too many devices riding on it…including the work computer?  Frustrating!

Icing on the cake?  We had a major storm that knocked out the power for most of the day.  Internet and useless computers are no longer a problem when you don’t have power.  I spent the day wandering around trying to find things to do in the near dark that does not require electricity.  For example, I dragged a table next to the window and did a jigsaw puzzle.  I couldn’t knit next to the window…no Netflix.  I tried reading but the book I’m really into is on my phone and the battery died.  Did I mention we had no power…grrrrrr.

A sure sign that I function mainly by habit is muttering about no power on the way to the bathroom and then standing there stunned when the lights don’t go on.  Peeing in the dark is so very rustic don’t you think?

At last the power is back and I’m going to end this post so I can knit and watch Netflix…just so long as the internet stays on.

Lovely embroidery

If you asked me a couple of days ago if I found Inuit clothing interesting I’d have a pretty mediocre response.  I didn’t know how pretty it really was!  I was helping to pack up some donated Inuit clothing at the costume museum this past week and was very impressed by the embroidery.  The colors are warm and happy.

This coat has two layers: this plainer outer blue layer and an inner embroidered layer.

This coat has two layers: this plainer outer blue layer and an inner embroidered layer.

Here is one of the details on the inner layer :

A walrus.

A walrus.

There were a couple of pull over style jackets that seemed to be for less chilly weather.  One was tan in color and the other was blue.  This picture is blurry but gives you the idea of the general shape.Inuit over coat 1

There is embroidery on the front pocket…Inuit over coat 2A walrus…Inuit over coat 3…and a boat full of people.Inuit over coat 4One sleeve has a bird on what looks like a pile of stones…perhaps an inukshuk.Inuit over coat 6One the other sleeve there is a hunter with his catch.Inuit over coat 5

The beige jacket has a line of bird people who appear to be hunting/fishing on its pocket .Inuit over coat 8On the one sleeve there is this bird person who looks like he is dancing.  I don’t know the meaning of these creatures.  Are they part of the Inuit lore?  Are they the part of the artists imagination?  Inuit over coat 7The other sleeve has this image.Inuit over coat 9I’m afraid my white city slicker eyes see a shopper!

I also packed up a few vests.  This was my favorite.Inuit vest 1It has a narwhal.  Who doesn’t love a yellow narwhal?Inuit vest 2I just adore the colors in this person.  I kept going back to look at it again and again.  Inuit vest 3It was this character that caused me to look closely and appreciate the skill and beauty in this embroidery and to get my camera out and take photographs.

So now I can say I appreciate the beauty and skill of Inuit clothing.  And these people live in horrid cold temperatures and survive so I can also appreciate the practicality of them as well!

From my motherland-Scotland

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Love the pin stripes on the lady to the right.

These two ladies had their photo done in Edinburgh Scotland at the Parisian Photo Co.  I found possible dates for this studio (1887-93) here at this site.

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Nice jewelry on this lady.

The dresses do not appear to have bustles of the late bustle period (1883-89)…

but do have larger sleeves of the Belle Epoche so I think this would be in the 90’s range for this photo.  If this studio lasted until ’93 then this photo is ’90-93.