This won’t a wordy post. My computer is well and truly broken. Not even duck tape can help this message.
This past weekend Shirley and I went to the Medieval Festival. What fun!
I love the hat I bought. Hides the double chin.
A of photo app fun.
I’m back to working on my dress, Olive. There was a lengthy lull in the progress but in the past two weeks I got the Dorset buttons done, the sleeves are on, the undersleeves are made, the closure is started and one sleeve is fully decorated. I feel good about this. At this rate, I may get it done on time to wear next month!
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.
Whoa! Been awhile since I’ve done one of these. For those of you who don’t know/remember, I bought a carte de visite album some time ago and I have been sharing the book page by page.
The next set of pictures is of a man and a woman.
The gentleman kind of reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. Something about the face shape and the long legs.
Does anyone else see it or am I falling victim to binge watching Sherlock?
Tell me I’m not crazy!
Anyway, the doppelganger had the photo taken by Micklethwaite in Biggleswade which is frequently the photographer and location in this particular album so it is safe to assume the original owner of this album likely came from there.
My regular readers will know that I am typically more interested in the ladies and what they are wearing in these old photos so rather than waiting for the next blog post, I will talk about the young lady in these two pages of the book.
The hat! The jewelry! The pattern in the bodice fabric! The lace on the sleeve! All to die for!
Out of the album sleeve
She is also from England. Heckmondwike is about 150 miles north of Biggleswade. (What great names!) Perhaps these two people knew each other or are related.
Back of the photo
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.
It was a whirlwind weekend with lots of action that made it fly by. On Saturday I had an orientation so that I can start volunteering officially at Dalnavert Museum later on in the month. After that I went to a gathering for my nephews who have started a heavy metal band and were wanting to play in front of people. Though it sounded like noise to me, I did appreciate the skill required and could see how people who like that
crap music would like it. Then there was supper at an out door café. It was too hot for me (36 Celsius 98 Fahrenheit) and I couldn’t eat. All I could do was pray it would be over soon. Sunday was church, lunch at my sister-in-laws and then the kids and their significant others joined us for dinner and a games night. Whew! busy!
It all started off on Friday night when my costuming buds and I met at the costume museum’s button sale. As a volunteer, I was able to pre shop and I came home with quite the haul! Shirley, Lottie and I went for coffee afterwards and ooo’d and awed over each others scores. This is what I got…
Three large brass buttons
6 smaller matching buttons
8 metal buttons
1 Blurry close up.
16 matching metal buttons
Less blurry close up
A jar of bone buttons.
A tea cup full of buttons. In this case, I was more interested in the tea cup than the buttons.
For the find of the day….
A box of jet buttons.
Very few match.
But there is a few pairs.
And some are close enough that from far away, they’d be fine.
Some weren’t jet but I still liked them anyway!
I am still having computer issues so this is being done on my phone. In order to avoid aggravating my carpel tunnel, I am going to make this short and sweet.
I wanted Dorset buttons for my Edwardian dress but couldn’t find rings in the size I wanted. I settled for huge ones and made several buttons. Of course I have since found a different size. A better size so I am making these up instead. What to do with the huge ones? Here they are side by side.