I haven’t been to Dalnavert House in quite some time. I don’t know why. I just haven’t managed to make it a priority. (I really should.)
I was looking through some old photos I have taken when there. (Trying to get my Victorian mojo back) and I saw this lovely pieces of lace they had on display in one of the rooms. Wouldn’t I love to own these!
One is a collar.
A close up of one of the medallions shows the amazing detail.
The other is a jabot with equally amazing detail.
Hope you enjoy!
For New Years, I carried over a few goals from last year. They were valid goals, that are not yet achieved but showed signs of working.
1) Do not buy more wool. I have a hoard that rivals a dragons treasure trove both in size in monetary value.
2) Make this a stash busting/ UFO pile shrinking year.
This year I will amend goal 1 to include fabric. I was given a lot of high quality fabric last year so there is absolutely no need for me to buy more.
Goal 2 was not as successful as it could have been because I allowed myself to get into the time vortex also known as phone video games. So this year I have added a third goal…
3) Delete all games that do not have a built in way to restrict play. In other words, no games that do not have a set number of lives that end the play time once they are used up.
And I have added a forth goal.
4) Use the new found time to work on goal 2 as well as time doing other hobbies I have left behind and to connect more with family, friends and myself. No point in becoming a boring, shallow hermit!
I am happy to say, I see progress! I have finally finished decorating the bodice of the dress I have been working on (ignoring) for over a year!
The inspiration is this dress from the Met…
There are 4 more tassels to be added but I think those will wait until further along in the sewing process. The two on the points at the bottom of the bodice need to go on once the hem is done and the two on the stomach of the bodice may or may not go on. I need the dress to be further along before I can decide if I like them or not.
I am pleased to say that having more time has also meant my sewing room is looking a little less like ruins after a bombing. Actually want to be in there again!
I haven’t been able to get to the Costume Museum lately. Because of parking and other issues, the volunteer sessions I loved to attend got moved to a less regular schedule with many of them being held when I am working. But through a Facebook friend, I did get to see one dress I have not seen from the collection.
Don’t you wish we still dress like that! Look at those details!
One of the dresses on display for the Costume Museum’s homage to the 1919 strike is this little number! Super cute!
I don’t know what job this striker would have had but she would have been stylin’! May be she was upper class with a bent towards helping the down trodden.
I adore the flower pattern and the necklace chosen to accent it is pretty nice too!
I don’t know if the hat is a set with the dress but it is a perfect pairing!
The color scheme reminds me of these photos taken over my house a few days ago. The plan is to move in the next year or two and I shall miss this little lake out my kitchen window!
In other related views from my window…
Now that he is named, he has become my “outdoor pet”.
Stay tuned for my next post! Victorian at Heart will be starting its costume season today! It is the perfect day for it I think! Sunny but not too hot! Yeah!
Basic white shirt and black skirt.
The white shirt is stunning up close.
I love, love, LOVE the cap on the sleeve!
The skirt has little details that make it more than just a black skirt.
Edwardian fashion is starting to grow on me.
I spent some time with my costuming group this past weekend and Lottie, who had recently spent some time in Colonial Williamsburg, brought wonderful gifts! Shirley and I both got some amazing smelling soaps (I can’t decide if I will use it or keep it in mint condition). Then Lottie gave Shirley an antique monogramed hanky and I got a fabulous cabinet card.
Except for the big bow at the back of the neck, I like this outfit. I think the floral bit is supposed to look like a full shirtwaist under a jacket but is probably a fake one.
It reminds me of an Edwardian dress I saw in a house museum this past weekend. It had a similar effect.
Basically, the shoulder detail sewn on top of a fake shirtwaist.
The poor thing is in rough shape-especially the collar- and there are a few mistakes with how it is displayed (sitting in direct sunlight with a 1950’s hat on top). I couldn’t tell without pulling at it if the collar as displayed incorrectly (laying flat on the shoulder instead of wrapped around an imaginary neck) because of incorrect display or because it was in such sad shape. It was light grey silk (Looks like a short man’s tie) and it had started to shatter.
I could see what it was supposed to look like and I think it was quite pretty in it’s day. I like the shades of grey and the layered effect very much.
I used to do a feature I called Tuesday’s treasures. I would volunteer at the Costume Museum on Tuesdays and I’d share something I saw. Then, for two years I couldn’t volunteer so the feature died. I’m back at it now so let’s see if I can resurrect this old feature.
This past Tuesday the museum was setting up a new pop up exhibit in our work space. It is ladies undies and PJ’s through the ages. I didn’t take photos of everything…just the stuff I’m interested in or that I worked on.
I wasn’t too wildly excited about all that white cotton and linen but the travelling case they are displayed in is pretty awesome.
My main job was setting up the display drawers with fans, stockings and jewelry. My work mate and I decided not to go with consistent dates in each drawer but more along the lines of color and pattern.
The black lace drawer.
The swirl in the middle is a hair necklace and just above that is a hair brooch.
The white drawer.
The carved fan on the bottom middle is lovely!
This drawer is a bit of a mish mash. They would have suited other drawers but there was already to many other items in them. Lets call it the overflow drawer!
There are two chainmail purses in this drawer. If you look at the fan in the top/middle…just to left of it is a small coin purse and just below the fan is a slightly larger one with finer links.
This drawer featured painted fans. I adore the bag in the middle!
The pink and mauve drawer.
The fan on the bottom middle has a cool little metal lever in the slot. Moving the lever up and down will open and close the fan!
The beads and feathers drawer.
The two little pins on the bottom are pictures of birds made with tiny little feathers.
The paper drawer. The fans are mostly made of paper.
Guess which one is my favorite!
My latest foray into the Edwardian era has me interested in these undies. I don’t need more junk in my trunk but the corset cover could be useful.
I started volunteering at Dalnavert last weekend. The goal is to one day soon, start guiding guests through the house. The secondary goal is to get up close and personal to some of the things in the house. When touring a museum, you don’t always have the time to study individual items and often you don’t notice them…they dissolve and become part of the ambiance. When volunteering at a museum, you see things over and over and you become more aware of them. You can also get closer to them and study them. A Few of My Favorite Things will become a regular feature here…I think. We shall see.
First stop, the sewing room.
Sweet wall paper. Not gloomy like we often associate with Victorian homes.
The museum is not entirely sure about the original purpose for this room. It is two steps down from the family part of the house so it was the domain of the servants. Because of a vent in the ceiling, which is similar to vents in the family bathrooms, it is theorized that it was the servants’ bathroom. Visitors don’t need to see more than one bathroom so they decided to make it into a sewing room.
The first “up close and personal” item isn’t one of those small things you don’t notice. This thing was the focal point of the sewing room.
I think it is a night gown. It is quite pretty with tiny little pleats and lace inserts.
As a volunteer, I got to go past the gate and check out the back of this gown. The pleats and inserts continued in the back but there was less lace. Also, in the back, there is evidence of shattering and conservation repairs made to the gown.
I came across a pair of boots at the Costume Museum (possibly for the second time) and I just had to blog about them (possibly for the second time). They are just so DANG cute!
I see little shoes like these and I want to pinch the baby’s cheeks. But that little baby is long gone. Even if it lived to a ripe old age, it is long gone by now. I don’t know the year. If I were to guess…1890’s because I’ve seen similar (but larger) ones in the collection that were dated 1890’s.