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.

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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?

I would wear this today!

As I have mentioned before, I am back at the Costume Museum and we are preparing for an exhibit in a few weeks.  One of the items on display is an Edwardian jacket with lace inserts. I would wear this today.  May be not in white because I can’t keep anything white for long.  I’d no sooner put it on and I’d run afoul of a pot of tomato sauce.

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The buttons are also featured on the sleeves.

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In the side view, there is a small lace panel and button at the hip just under the sleeve.

Back view.

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The jacket was paired with a dark green skirt.  And this is what it looks like all steamed out.

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20’s wedding dress

The Costume Museum of Canada is putting on a display this month of things attributed to the Eaton’s store.  I steamed out a wedding dress from the 20’s that has an amazing amount of detail for a store bought item!

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It is a very fine fabric that would have been wonderfully cool for a summer wedding.

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The collar has embroidery and tiny little tucks.

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Those tiny little tucks are also on the back.

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There are little tucks and bigger pleats and two little panels that are like little pockets.

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The same tucks and pleats are on the back but minus the little pocket things.

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There is a sash that I didn’t know about so didn’t photograph.  I liked it better without the sash.

Man, it is good to be back in the museum!

 

 

The Olive dress has a hat

It has been awhile since I produced anything historical but today is the day!  And it has been a project that I amassed materials for a year and a half ago! ‘Bout time!

Yeah, I know.  The hat is made before the dress….sigh.

This is the inspiration:1909-dress-va-d

And this is my version:

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I was hoping for more of a sloping hill look.  And I thought I made it ridiculously huge but apparently not enough.

Some more smaller flowers may help…

The base isn’t quite right either.  This is what it looked like without flowers.