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.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/doors-open-winnipeg-finds-a-way-through-covid-19-1.5102907

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!

The Christmas Tea

It’s been almost a week and I’m finally getting to the post about my costume groups Christmas get together!

 

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Setting the table for the gathering. I am wearing my favorite dress…a 1870’s pattern and using my 1940’s dishware that I’m trying to collect a descent set of.

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Lottie came dressed in 1700’s style. Not our usual Victorian theme…I told the girls to wear something comfortable and something they have been wanting to get more use out of.

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This hand made cap is so dainty!

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Shirley came in some festive 1860’s wear.

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After some tea and muffins we did the gift exchange.

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I got a bigger haul because it was a birthday/Christmas combo.

Time for the stitching.

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Shirley wound a skein of wool into a ball.

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Lottie added a few more rows to her Canadian Cloud.

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I worked on some trim for the bodice of my next dress...1858 Lottie (Named after Lottie who bought the fabric for me when she went to CoCo).

 

Annual train ride

Lottie and I took our annual ride on the Prairie Dog Central. (Unfortunately, Shirley wasn’t able to make it),

It was a bit later in the season than usual but this was a good thing…it gave us both a chance to wear things that we can’t wear in July.  We both wore 1880s in honor of the engine’s age.

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I played with my phone app a bit…

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There’s a bird sitting on my head!

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Next time, I will share some of the unique finds I saw in the display area at the end of the first segment of the ride.

Tea time Edwardian style

Lottie and I went out for tea this past weekend (we missed you Shirley!)  We went to MacDonald House in Stonewall.

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The house is an Edwardian house with the claim to fame of being the home of one of our war heroes.

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We had a lovely tea and quiche meal.

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After tea, we wandered around through the tea house’s gift shop.  We found a mirror where we could photograph ourselves together.

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After that we went across the street to a second hand store.  It was a pleasant day pretending to be ladies out for tea and shopping.

As promised, the first outing of the season

In honor of her majesty’s birthday, Shirley, Lottie and I headed out to Lower Fort Garry to enjoy the PERFECT costuming day!  The sun was out.  The sky was blue.  The air was warm and there was a slight breeze.  We missed the main rush of people so there was lots of room for photos.  PERFECT!

Lottie and I wore 1840’s and Shirley wore 1850’s.  Nothing new on either Lottie or myself but Shirley was sporting a knitted vest and a misers purse that she had made this past winter.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my camera and Shirley’s.

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Look at that sky!

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Not a bad shot for a camera phone!

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Shirley and I being patriotic!  I loved Shirley’s little basket of wool.

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We all wanted photos next to the old wagon wheel by the blacksmith’s shop.

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I loved how Lottie’s white dress contrasted with the grey wood.

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I loved this staff person’s dress.  I don’t think she will love how her eyes look in this photo!  Hahaha…Sorry about that!

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Practicing before the big lawn party!

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A game of trundling.

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Gretel, dear, could you do an old lady a favor and peek in the oven and see what is in there.  A little further dear, if you would be so kind.

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Me want it!

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There was a display marking some of the Fort’s other uses once it was no longer needed as a Fort.  A prison, insane asylum and auto enthusiasts club were its former uses.

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.

 

Annual Train Robbery

It is a bit late in the season, but my group and I finally had our annual train ride on the Prairie Dog Central train.  It was a colder day so I thought the jacket on my 1895 Walking Suit would be perfect.  Turns out, I could have used a shawl as well.  4

Lottie wore her lovely 1880’s outfit with the velvet jacket.  She too, was cold.  Shirley was a bit smarter and wore a coat over her ensemble.

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Shirley was also smart and brought something to help pass the time.

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We met the lawmen guarding the train.

But alas, they were of little help.  Because just over the horizon…

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Those dastardly villains were very frightening!

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Once we were relieved of our valuables (which were donated towards a cancer cause) we stopped for lunch and some more photo ops.

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They added a new feature for the train trip.  There is an old caboose that has been converted into a little nature museum.  It was full of dead stuffed things which I thought was a very Victorian interest spot.  I thought this would be a fun screen saver!

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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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