We’re proud to once again be participating in the Tombstone’s Holiday Tour of Homes for the second year running. We’ve made some changes at No. 11 since last year to include some newly re-upholstered furniture and a different floor plan designed to show off No. 11 at it’s best. “The Dressmaker’s Cottage at #11” will be fully decorated for Christmas and will have extra surprises of antique machines, part of our antique clothing museum, and a few sparkly things. If you’re in the area (or plan to be) this Saturday, please enjoy this event, it’s for charity and there are so many wonderful homes and places of interest to see. ❤
Miss Molly Approves!
When it comes to the fashions of the late 19th Century, it’s fairly obvious that there’s a lot of detail involved in these creations. In recreating the fashions of this era, the job of getting the details right can be a daunting one but the rewards in the end are priceless. Below are just a few examples from the atelier:
Pleats can be worked with in a variety of ways plus they can stand alone or work as part of a decorative arrangement.
A demi-train (or short train). Ruffles and pleats are some of the key ingredients that make dresses of the era stand out. However, fabric flowers are also used as can be seen below:
Flowers were formed from fabric in various combinations and were often painted and/or gilded for an additional three-dimension effect. It’s couture details like these that puts our designs ahead of the rest. 🙂
Some girls wanted to be a nurse, a ballet dancer, or teacher when they grew up. Um…I wanted to be a saloon girl! (my parents laughed) There’s never enough ruffles or corsets in our world.
Well, once again it’s time to load up the car and head back to LA. It was a short and busy weekend for us- not only did we have concern ourselves with ball gowns and such, but we also were involved in preparing Schieffelin Hall for the Third Territorial Days Ball. The spray paint sprayed freely this weekend…. 🙂
Well, we’re off to our next adventure…We’ll have more soon! 🙂
Rolled into Tombstone after the usual nine-hour drive and now there’s work to be done getting Schieffelin Hall ready for the Tombstone Territorial Days, scheduled for Saturday, September 16. 🙂
And here’s my best friend and creative consultant Molly- she goes everywhere with us and she even has her own travel cup. See you all soon!