Goin’ out Edwardian style

I had my first event in Edwardian Fashions.  I finished the Trumpet Skirt I was working on and paired it with my shirtwaist made from a table cloth and wore it to the Urban Gallery display at the Museum of Man and Nature.  Lottie was also in Edwardian fashions and Shirley came in modern clothes and played “photographer”.  Here are some of the highlights…

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You can almost see the authentic Edwardian belt buckle in this photo.  You can’t see the pin stripes in the skirt at all!

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In a lot of my photos, my shirtwaist was riding up under my left arm and my hat had slipped WAAAAY back.  Sigh.  And I looked in the mirror before we started!

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The dummy behind the counter had a similar shirtwaist on as the dummy in front of the counter!

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Lookin’ for the laudanum and found the laxatives instead.

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Lottie’s hat is the best! She took apart 3 hats to make this baby!

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Time to play the harlot!

Then it was time to go home and play with the photographs.

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Weekend joy

This past weekend is how I envision my dream life.  My retired life?  It was fun and productivity in things I enjoy doing.

I had visits with my two children…always a plus for me!

I had a costume event with Shirley.  We went to Dalnavert Museum where they hosted a Dracula theme exploration of the house.  I don’t have pictures because the house was darkened and photographs were not permitted (because it would ruin the experience of the others at the event) but I did get one of us at the coat check/bar.

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Shirley went 1890’s which suits the house and I went 1880’s because the color suited the Dracula theme.

 

Sunday, I bought new fabric because the fabric I planned to use for my next project was insufficient.  Love excuses to amass more stuff for my hoard. And unusually, this time I am starting a new project because I finished one.  I have a corset cover now.  I had to adapt a pattern that I borrowed from Shirley as it simply would not contain the girls.

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I am pleased with the result.  My mannequin, Trudy, is wearing a blood red corset and you can not see it.

I really needed the corset cover because of my Edwardian shirtwaist.  To much skin would show…even by modern standards!  And the cover does the trick.

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All in all, a productive and fun weekend!

PS I did not kill my dog.  I was training my son on how to give her insulin and was so busy talking I could not remember actually measuring, checking and rechecking that I had the right amount in the needle.  Tense night as I worried that I had over dosed her!  Turns out I did fine.  I just didn’t remember doing it!

Costume connections

I have to say that I have yet to meet a costumer that I can’t get along with.  Most are open and friendly and very excited to hear what you are up to and to share what they are creating.  When I went to Costume College ALONE I found I wasn’t alone unless I wanted to be.  I just had to walk in a room and half the time I was approached within a few short minutes.  The rest of the time I approached others and they were instantly open to talk with me.  I know that many long distance friendships have started this way.

So with this in mind, when one of my readers let me know she would be in my city for a few short days and asked if we could meet, I instantly agreed.  When I told my son I was essentially meeting a stranger I met on-line he looked at me in horror and concern and firmly warned me that this was not a safe practice. Hahaha! (When did that happen?  When did we switch roles!)

Anyway, I met LJ and her husband at their hotel and we instantly hit it off.  No awkward silences!  We launched into discussions of fabric choices, pattern preferences, options we each had for wearing our costumes, costume philosophy…and it was great.  Her hubby was a patient fellow.  He endured the buzzy conversations of two costume geeks for an hour and a half while likely silently wishing he had brought his TV from his hotel room down!

Thanks LJ for a wonderful morning and I hope you got to see Dalnavert!12047031_724634884307031_4718055864402869449_n

If you get here again, I hope it is during a time that you have more free time.  You could bring a costume and we could make it an event!

Pop exhibit: My favorites

The exhibit was grouped together in sets.  The first set was coats.

My favorite was the leopard skin coat.  It has leather frog closures and sable trim.

Actually, I was uncomfortable with this one.  My main feeling was “poor kitty” but in a small corner of my brain, I could not deny this 1950’s coat was stunning.  I’d wear a faux fur version of this for sure!

The second set compared 1850’s to 1950’s.  Both were silk.   And I liked both.  First up 1950’s.  Could easily wear that today.  16

1850’s bodice with attached overskirt.  The under skirt is missing and the mannequin made the modern hoops sit funny.  The hoops could have used a petticoat or two as well.

I must have a fabric in this color!

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The lace the dressers put at the collar is lovely!  And I like the broach as well.10

The third set was edging in around the turn of the century.  And my favorite was the 1897 Charles Worth Gown designed for Emily Ashford Countess of Warwick. 20

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I once held this dress in my hot little hands.  I could have sworn I blogged about it but can’t find it now.  Gosh I was happy!

Also in this turn of the century set, was a dress I have blogged about before.  A black lace dress from 1900.26

It was displayed with wonderful accessories.

The next set was a 20’s theme.  Not my favorite era but I can appreciate the work in some of these dresses.  Notably in the bead work.  From 1922.

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From 1923.

Accented with a nice beaded bag.

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The next set was two dresses, one from the 20’s and one from the 50’s in mauve.

I liked the 1957 dress.

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The final set looked at more modern dresses from the 60’s-2000’s.

Notable to me was the Paco Rabanne metal dress.  One must assume some sort of slip was worn under it.

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Any of you costume convention folks interested in how this thing went on, here is a back view.  Clever idea!

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There was a 60’s dress that seemed to be a nod towards 20’s styles. How many beads went into the making of this!

And finally, there was a dress I noticed because it wasn’t crazy.  It was from a designer that I think was crazy. Scassi!

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Costume Museum of Canada pop up exhibit

I haven’t been able to do much volunteering at the Costume Museum since I started my current job so I was more than pleased when an opportunity came up to volunteer this past Saturday.  Let me show you a general over view of the show today and tomorrow, I will focus on my favorite pieces.

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2005 women wool coat 1950’s Christian Dior 1937 men’s coat

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1950 silk and 1850’s silk

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1900 gown, 1909 gown, 1910 frock coat, 1897 WORTH gown (gasp!)

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1922-24 dress, 1923 flapper dress, 1922 gown, 1929 tux, 1926 dress

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1957 cocktail dress with 50’s fur, 1926 French gown

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1980’s (not my favorite era….)

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1960’s beaded dress, 1968 Paco Rabanne metal and feather dress, 1980 Scassi dress

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2007 silk gown, 1960 tux, 1968 Paco Rabanne mini dress

 

Out and about…at least my body was!

Victorian at Heart went to the old fort for our end of summer outing.

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Shirley wore 1850’s, Lottie wore early 1860’s, I wore early 1870’s (which I ran around telling everyone was late 1860’s) but, look at  the expression on my face…. I was quite clearly strung out from the excessive heat.  I forgot the icepacks I usually wear under my hats to keep my brain functional.

In spite of the heat, it was a pleasant afternoon wandering around looking at things.  The big house, which is the highlight of the place, was shut down for renovations which was too bad. But the smaller houses were charming as were the workers.IMG_20170827_141541415

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Here are a few of the better shots.  Please excuse all the crazed, uptight expressions I am sporting.

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