Wyatt Earp Days is celebrated during Memorial Day weekend in Tombstone, and we’ve teamed up with some great Old West Artists to create a great Old West Shopping Experience! That’s right, an Old West Pop-Up on Toughnut and 4th Streets, so look for the old timey tent with all the fun people to shop and visit! Special orders are cheerfully taken, but we’ll all have lots of stock and specialty items ready for purchase and take away. Need a gorgeous Lily Absinthe ensemble? We can dress you from hat to pleated hem!
I‘m getting ready to pack up the Old West Pavilion, all the new gowns and hats for sale, and leaving Wednesday with Angus for some time at our #11. If I didn’t love it out there, it would just be another set of house chores but I tend to have love affairs with my houses…especially when they’re 120 years old.
One of the questions that we are asked is: “What pattern did you use?” It’s a tricky question from our perspective, because we are designers and not teachers. Our answer is that we pattern them ourselves, I prefer to carefully “lift” them from original garments; Adam loves original pattern sheets and old diagrams with apportioning scales. It’s how we roll, it’s what we also do for fun.
Long story short: Check out the beautiful copper silk gown in the above picture, it’s a beautifully made antique garment that must have been worn only once or twice. I fell in love with the bodice shape and carefully lifted a pattern, then scaled it up to a “modern” 12, then my own size as well. The violet plaid gown is the size 12, and yet it retains the same shape (except I “shallow v’d” the neck and pointed the tails) as the original bodice.