Lovely Lottie gives gifts!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday’s treasures: a new exhibit

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.

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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.

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The black lace drawer.

The swirl in the middle is a hair necklace and just above that is a hair brooch.

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The white drawer.

The carved fan on the bottom middle is lovely!

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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.

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This drawer featured painted fans.  I adore the bag in the middle!

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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!

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The beads and feathers drawer.

The two little pins on the bottom are pictures of birds made with tiny little feathers.

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The paper drawer. The fans are mostly made of paper.

Guess which one is my favorite!

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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.

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A few of my favorite things: Dalnavert things

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.

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Sweet wall paper.  Not gloomy like we often associate with Victorian homes.

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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.

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I think it is a night gown. It is quite pretty with tiny little pleats and lace inserts.

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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.

 

Cute!

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!IMG_20180710_184815942

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.

Blue turn of the century suit

The last item from the last Costume Museum of Canada display in May that I will be showing is a turn of the century blue suit.

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The detail on it is wonderful!

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The chevron pattern is repeated on the back.

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there is green velvet trim on the collar…

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…and sleeve.

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The buttons are blue velvet.

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I wouldn’t put blue and green velvet together on one suit so I wonder if the buttons had been replaced at some point or there was some sort of weird fading on the collar and sleeve.  Still a nice suit.  For the display, it was paired up with a little bag.  And a broach was used to hide moth holes.

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Edwardian bike riding skirt

The Costume Museum displayed several items attributed to Eaton’s department store at Dalnavert House Museum during Doors Open.  In previous posts I shared a turn of the century coat and an Edwardian skirt and jacket outfit.  This is how they looked on display.

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This post will be about a bicycle riding skirt.

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The front of the skirt has two rows of buttons, one running down each side.  The buttons on the right side of the picture (left side of the skirt) function as the closure for the skirt and as the means of holding the front panel shut when walking.

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When wanting to ride a bike, the front panel was unbuttoned from the left side of the skirt and re buttoned onto the right side, thus “revealing” the split skirt.

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There was not much “revealing” of the split because the legs were very baggy so that they hung much like a skirt.  In fact the back of the skirt looks like a…well…a skirt!

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You really have to pull the legs apart to see that they are actually “pant legs” and not a skirt.

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The skirt was paired up with a little white shirt with delicate lace.

Some very cute boots and a hat were added to complete the look.

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Early 1900’s coat

We all know that I’m a fan of the Victorian era fashions but some of the Edwardian fashions appeal to me for modern wear.  The coat I will show you today is just such a thing.IMG_20180508_193048938_HDR

It is part of the Costume Museum of Canada and will be going on display at the end of the month.

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It is attributed to the Eaton’s store.

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I love the detail on the lapel and sleeves.

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Would you wear this today?