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. 🙂
Most of our Lily Absinthe Bridal designs tend to be ethereal and soft…this is our “Josephine”, a soft blue corset with an even softer sheer skirt, embroidered with lace and flower petals, worn over a pretty pale blue soft petticoat with oodles of ruffles. Her chapeau is designed and made by the talented Shurie Southcott of Lady Bird’s Hatberdashery. ♡
Fall is here we’re definitely feeling here in Southern California. So what’s on? Work continues on our line of ready-to-wear Day Lilies collection as well as a line of corsets available in a variety of colors and constructed from fabrics sourced on our travels through Europe. 🙂 Later, in early November we’ll be heading out to Paris to enjoy a more “proper” Fall but first, it’s to work. 🙂
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.
And we’re back! After braving the horrible traffic coming back from Arizona, we’re happy to have arrived back in LA and ready to move on with some new projects. Overall, Tombstone was a good experience although we were rapidly reminded why we gave up selling at outdoor events ( tents and high winds are no fun). For this event, we brought out our pavilion tent and we were able to set up quite nicely, along with some friends of ours who were also selling various items. Here are a few views of our set-up:
We brought out a selection from our Day Lily line along with corsets, hats, and umbrellas/parasols.
And, of course, we couldn’t leave Angus out of the action and he enjoyed all the new smells and meeting lots of people.
In spite of the challenges from the elements, we had a good time and we met a lot of nice people. Even better was finally being able to meet people in person who have been following us on social media. 🙂 We hope to do this again in the future but in the meantime, if you see a Day Lily dress or something else that you’re interested in, do not hesitate to contact us. See you down the trail! 🙂