Doors Open a la COVID

Doors Open Winnipeg is usually held in May but COVID messed that up a bit. But we did have it in September with some major alterations to our usual procedures.

I helped out at the jail again. Only instead of playing a role of a person connected to the jail, I ended up being the hand sanitizer and list keeper (for contact tracing).

I wore a mish-mash of costume pieces.

1909 Olive’s hat, 1895 Walking suit shirtwaist, 1900 Widows Weeds cape, 1903 trumpet skirt, and modern mask. We made the masks work by pretending it was during the Spanish flu.

We even made the news.

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Finally! A costume event!

Various issues, both personal and global, (COVID being the biggest one) have kept my little group from meeting up in costume and touring the local sites and taking photos.  Therefore, I’ve had nothing Victorian to write about.

But, last week, Dalnavert put out a call for volunteers to come in costume to be photographed for future ad campaigns.  To keep the rules, the group was kept small and most of the photos were out doors.  I confess, we weren’t always good about keeping 6 feet apart but our city has done very well with the virus.  (Something like 30 active cases and 7 deaths total) so it has been hard to remember to be vigilant!

Here are some photos I had taken with my phone of the event.

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I have always wanted to have enough of a wardrobe that I could mix and match pieces for completely different looks.  I used the hat from my Olive dress, the shirtwaist from my walking suit, the skirt and reticule from my summer ensemble and the belt from my senora dress.  I think it looks pretty good together!

Most of the official photos were taken outdoors in the gardens but after the shoot, we models wanted some indoor photos with our phones so we headed to the solarium.  There was an absolutely gorgeous tea set in there that I had never seen before!

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This model is one of the biggest assets the house has-very knowledgeable.  We shall call her the lady of the house.

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We had a gentleman model.  Very dashing in his tails!

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Then there is the lovely Mrs. M!

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It was a lovely time!  So good to get back into costume!  I look forward to seeing what photos they end up using in their future ads!

Year in Review: outings

This hasn’t been the greatest year for outings.  A lot has been happening in my little groups’ lives: work, school, health, family…and that has definitely slowed us down.

But we did get out a little bit. And I did my best to wear things that didn’t get used in the past while.

In May we got out to the old fort.

And I helped out at the old Jail.

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In July, Lottie and I made it out for some tea.

Then nothing until October.  Lottie and I took our annual train ride.

And I was Queen Victoria for Halloween.

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And finally, the girls and I got together for a Christmas party.

Perhaps after our winter break, things will pick up again.  I sure hope so!  But even though our outings were few and far between, they were still quite fun!

Year in Review: Dresses worn this year

When you make these dresses, you sure hope you get some use out of them.  Because of some cancelled outings, I didn’t wear as many as I would have liked but some did get used.

In May, my 1861 Senora dress went to the old fort.16

And 1845 Atessa went to Kildonan Cemetary and Church.

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My 1903 skirt and blousewaist went to Dalnavert Museum at the end of May.

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In July, my medieval costume was worn at the Cook’s Creek Medieval Festival.

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1909 Olive made an appearance as a movie extra in August.

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And the last outing was in October for the annual train robbery.  I wore an 1895 walking outfit.4

6 out of 20 worn this year.  Hopefully, next year, there wont be so many cancelled trips so more of my children can get out and play.

 

Last years goals

Last year I posted my non-resolution goals.  I use the word non-resolution because New Year’s Resolutions have a negative connotation to me…things that cause me stress and then later disappointment.  Goals are things to strive for.  If you achieve them-GREAT, if not, oh well, try again next year.  Even a slight amount of progress towards a goal is a win.  Slight progress on a resolution feels like a loss to me.  Yes, yes, semantics….tomato-tomahto.

Anyway one goal was to reduce the stuff in my house because the amount is overwhelming.  I have been pretty good about ditching old clothes that don’t fit or I don’t like any more.  In terms of my blog topics, I have reduced my UFO pile.  My Olive dress is the best example of that!

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I had hoped to start/finish the corset and pink and blue dress but that is a no.  But I did at least decide on what the purple fabric Lottie picked up for me in the States would be.

In terms of my knitting hoard, I have managed to finish a few projects and I did unravel one that I have no desire to finish.  The unraveling started in the past few weeks. Two things happened. My last born moved out so now I have a holding ground (his old room) for things that I have gone through and want to keep but need to store until I clean out their new storage place.  The second thing is my hours at work got cut in half. I have been starting to reduce stuff during this new spare time.  (It doesn’t take effect until January but I have to use up some vacation time first.)

So not a blazing success but progress and that is a win.

Now as I look around at some of my Christmas crap that I have put up, I realize there are some that I just don’t love any more and I think they are hitting a box for donation…perhaps today.

Where was I?

In my last post I shared the photos of my completed Olive Dress.  What I didn’t tell you was where I was when those photos were taken.  I was actually an unpaid extra in a movie about the 1919 General strike in Winnipeg that became a very prominent event in the history of Canada. 30 thousand workers from many classes and ethnic groups came together and marched and basically shut down the whole city.  The strike was so effective that the Canadian government (for fear that there would be sympathetic strikes across the country) became involved and the leaders were arrested.

The scenes I and the other extras were involved in were the street marches and the rush of deputized RCMP’s on horseback who were sent in to break up the strike. This resulted in several injuries and one death.

Three perks to the event…

  1. New life experience to add to my memories.  Not a bucket list thing but pretty cool non the less.  I wonder if this film will ever move beyond film festivals to a venue I might actually see it.39976357_2194916177204057_72800769409024000_o
  2. I found a person that might actually buy some of my costumes off of me.  I have about 3 that I’m not really in love with anymore and if I made something that I liked better, I’d be happy to part with them.
  3. I actually got offered a job.  It is to work as a casual seamstress in the costume department.  The deal is that if a production requires more costumes than the costume department can crank out, they will call on casuals to step in an help out.  The money could be quite good, and according the person I spoke to, they always need help.  Since I’ve never sewed for other people, this is a daunting thought!  I’m curious enough to want to ask more questions but scared enough to believe that I wont go for it.39953553_2194288170600191_7851649054055333888_n

I wish I had some more photos to share with you but something went screwy with my camera and I lost all my photos.

Done!

Nothing like a dead line to get a UFO to the finish line.  1909 Olive dress is done.  Finally.  I only conceived of the idea and bought the fabric 2 years ago!  It had its first trip out last Thursday.  There are a couple of things I hope to tweek eventually but for now it is done and wearable.

 

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One of the things I want to fix on this dress is the decorative buttons on the bodice.  They need to move up a bit.  I have to remember to smooth down the bodice over the “girls” after I lift my arms.  Other than that, I am happy with how it turned out. It was pretty comfy.

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Motivation has found me

I’m back to working on my dress, Olive.  There was a lengthy lull in the progress but in the past two weeks I got the Dorset buttons done, the sleeves are on, the undersleeves are made, the closure is started and one sleeve is fully decorated.  I feel good about this.  At this rate, I may get it done on time to wear next month!

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Dorset buttons take two. 

I am still having computer issues so this is being done on my phone. In order to avoid aggravating my carpel tunnel, I am going to make this short and sweet. 

I wanted Dorset buttons for my Edwardian dress but couldn’t find rings in the size I wanted. I settled for huge ones and made several buttons. Of course I have since found a different size. A better size so I am making these up instead. What to do with the huge ones? Here they are side by side.