Afternoon Tea…

It’s always magical when an period costume event happens and everything comes together just right. This picture is from an event that I participated in a few years ago.


A special afternoon tea in San Marino spent with a group of beautifully bustle’d ladies, we then retired to the Japanese Garden for pictures. Some days are magic.

And For A Little More…

And to follow up from yesterday’s post… 🙂


Her shatter-y insides do not detract from her beauty. There’s no evidence of a petersham with a designer’s stamp, but all her stays are present. The embroidery and net are in delightfully great shape, but only if they are separated from that damaged silk. I have a new design in mind…

And for just for an idea of what I’m going for…

Art Nouveau styling in early celluloid palettes come to life when laid across some violet silk:

 

Something New…

She’s from Paris circa 1898 (ish), perhaps only worn a few times before coming to live with me. Did she dine at Maxim’s, or drink champagne at the Moulin Rouge? There’s got to be a story behind all the sparkle! The skirt’s lining is lost, and her bodice insides are a bit shatter-y. I have restoration plans in store for her, with perhaps a few changes. 🙂

Adventures In Restoration: The 1896 Dress Restoration & Recreation Project (The Parasol)

Why did I choose a pale shade of silk to recover that amazing parasol? Because this is how the colors look when the sunlight shows through…the usual heavy black is so unflattering. The de-accessioned museum chapeau I restored and re-dressed as well, all those trimmings are from our antique collection. If you’re wondering “where is the lace on wire hat from earlier?” …good call…I decided to use this hat instead.