Getting Ready For Helldorado…

We’ve had a busy year, so I may…or may not be able to finish my new blue gown for “Helldorado” weekend in Tombstone. I’ve been busy with corset orders, and making new samples, then you may have heard that there were fires in the LA area this week. Sigh…busy. Last year for Helldorado, we had one of the heaviest hail and lightning storms on record for the area! Is it Old West Climate Change…or is Tombstone truly a haunted place? It sure feels like it sometimes…See you on Allen Street, as we go East…to be in The West. 🙂

Putting Fabric To Work…

I decided to use some of the magnificent yardage we’ve acquired on our trips to Europe to work and so here’s a shirt that I made utilizing an interesting cotton shirting that I found in London last year. This is a standard men’s shirt, circa 1880s-early 1900 that I just finished. Time to make a fashion statement the next time I’m in Tombstone!

First, the shirt (the camera really makes the colors pop)…

And the original fabric…

Another Dress Off To A Good Home…

She’s “just a cotton frock”, but it was fun to see where I could take this design. This Lily Absinthe gown is off to her new home and will look even better with a little Old West dust on that pleated hem! n the mid 1880s, there was a fad for cottons with swirly, busy paisley and floral mixed prints for fancy day dresses. I finished this sweet little project and combined it with vintage plush silk ribbon and softened it with my client’s old taupe edged lace, patterned from one of our antique bodices…I miss her already!

Yes, She’s just a cotton frock, but the fun is in the finishing…three kinds of pleating in her skirt, bobbinette shirring and ruching, and pretty silk covered buttons just for some mid 1880s style. I’ve found this style in so many extant images, especially those from the American Old West, so I couldn’t resist making this for a client.