With our upcoming trip to Bath, England, we’ve been doing a little research on what to see et al. Naturally, museums are at the top of our list and in particular, the Fashion Museum Bath. One of the more interesting items in their collection is an evening dress that was originally made by Worth in 1902 – 1903 for Lady Mary Curzon, who was the Vicereine of India at the time. As the wife of the Viceroy of India, Lady Curzon was in a high profile position that required her to look her best at all times and this dress was just one of a large wardrobe that she had:
Worth, Evening Dress, c. 1902; Fashion Museum Bath
We’re looking forward to seeing this, along with the rest of the collection, when we visit Bath in April. 🙂
We’ve been focusing a bit on color lately and while it may seem a bit excessive, we believe that color is one of the most critical elements in design and thus worthy of constant consideration. In a previous post, we used an example drawn on Spring colors and as a contrast, we’re now presenting some Fall colors as with my 1897 day dress:
For color, we have the following palette:
Here we see a palette with deep color shades of red, brown, and green combined with two neutral colors, black and white.
As for the outfit I’m wearing, it’s late 1890s suit, constructed from a pattern originally published in an 1897 issue of the Delineator. The bodice/jacket is characterized by a short-rise lower profile sleeve cap and narrow lower sleeves. The skirt is a gently curved skirt, constructed with narrow gores. The skirt fabric is an 1890s vintage, new-old stock, silk-wool blend and is almost as light as air (trust me, it’s not heavy at all!).
Here are some more views inside our No. 11 (note the newly upholstered couch in a bright blue jewel tone 🙂 ):
And just for fun, here’s a color palette based on the above picture:
As you can see, color is an important element and it’s always foremost when we create our designs.
Finally it’s on! After working late into the night setting things up and dealing with all manner of last-minute complications, we ready, set, and it’s a go! Believe it or not, Tombstone isn’t just a city with a famous gunfight, it’s also known for it’s wonderful Holiday Tour of Homes! This year will be the second year that our No. 11 is included in this lovely event. Once again, “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, some new period furniture pieces and a few sparkly things.
All ready for the holidays- don’t mind the modern trash can… 😉
So, let’s a take a look inside…
And two new furniture pieces just recently re-upholstered.
Once of our fabulous ball gown/wedding dress creations c. 1878 – 1881. Yes, wedding dresses came in colors other than white!
And Miss Molly presiding over everything…
As we process pictures, we’ll have more for your viewing pleasure, so stay tuned! ❤
No snow this year and the temperature was quite mild but we thought we’d include this anyway since it is the Christmas season.
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!
With Thanksgiving well behind us, it’s time to look forward to returning to Tombstone to prepare the house for the 4th Annual Tombstone Tour of Homes scheduled for December 2, 2017. Sponsored by Tombstone Forward, a group dedicated to marketing and promoting Tombstone as a destination and the home tour is just one example. We’ve re-arranging furniture and have acquired some “new” pieces (or rather, re-upholstered some old ones 🙂 Stay tuned for more! 🙂