Taking a Turn Around Hjo, Redux

Our trip to Sweden gave me an opportunity really put my 1890s wardrobe through its paces and it was a total success. The weather and location were perfect and it all came together nicely.

Enjoying a twirl outside a gorgeous 1898 Swedish country house and hoping it doesn’t rain! I had fun today wearing (finally) my new 90s gown with all the restored extant embroidery. We come home to the US on Monday, then I can post the photos from the original museum gown before it was restored and answer questions like: “how did you get your sleeves to stay that big” and other fun thoughts one learns along the way. It’s fun to wear history when one can, but it’s a piece that will require gentle care. The hat is a deaccsession museum piece…another piece that requires gentle handling. The parasol I recovered in silk, then used one of my original lace covers.

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On Year Ago In Sweden…

One year ago we were spending our Labor Day weekend in Hjo, Sweden and the end of Summer there is definitely different from Southern California! 😉

Adjusting epaulets and hats turning into sails, Sweden’s Summer is not like what we have in LA…more hairpins, please!

Our First Trip To Bath…

It’s been three years since we first visited Bath and we’re looking at being able to do so in 2021, if all goes right. Our first time there was simply amazing and it was quite different than anything we had experienced here in the States. But just as fun as the actual ball was, the morning after at the Pump Room was also amazing and we’re looking forward to having breakfast here and taking the waters once again. 🙂

As a wonderful follow-on to the previous night’s ball at the Assembly Rooms, we were invited to breakfast at the Pump Room Restaurant by the ball’s organizer Izabela Pitcher. 🙂 We were extremely pleased by both the venue itself and the meal. The Pump Room is a restaurant that was originally built in the late 18th Century as part of a number of structures that were erected as part of developing the town of Bath as a resort destination for the rich. Here’s one view of the Pump Room in 1798:

And the front entrance today:

Also, the Pump Room was built as part of a complex that utilized the existing natural springs, to create the King’s and Queen’s Baths which were marketed as health spas; today, only the King’s Bath exists. Here we are arriving at the Pump Room:

Prior Attire Ball Bath Adam

Here I am wearing my wool sack suit- The weather in California is usually just not cold enough for this.

Prior Attire Ball Bath Karin

And here’s an interior shot:

Pump Room Bath

And yes, you can still “take the waters” of Bath…it’s really just warm cloudy water with the hint of various minerals… 🙂

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And here are a few more views:

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And an earlier view:

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Here’s a few more of us:

Prior Attire Ball Bath Adam Pump Room

And here I am pointing out the King’s Bath…

Prior Attire Ball Bath Karin

And finally, here’s one with our gracious hostess Izabela Pitcher: 🙂

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It was a wonderful culmination to our trip to Bath and it will always be a cherished memory for us.

The Fashion Show…

A few years ago, a good friend of our invited us to participated in a fashion show at Clockwork Alchemy, a steampunk-themed convention annually held in the Bay Area. Participating in a fashion show has got to be one of the most stressful, yet exhilarating experiences in the fashion world and this show was no exception. 🙂

After much hard work, staying up late many nights, and otherwise working out a host of logistical details both big and small, we’re happy to say that it’s all done and we are extremely happy! We presented two dresses, an evening dress and a day dress, both following an amethyst/violet color palette. Below are just a few pictures to whet the appetite, we’ll be providing a more detailed overview in future posts:


The evening dress on the left is our latest design, the “Lucy”, named after Lucy Westenra, the ill-fated companion of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s book Dracula and the subsequent Dracula movies. The dress on the right, the “Camille” is a lavender day dress in shades of lavender with amethyst accents. Both dresses are executed in the Mid-Bustle Era style (late 1870s/early 1880s) and represent some our most recent creations. In future posts, we’ll be providing more details so stay tuned. 🙂

Here are a couple of pictures taken post-show against a very interesting backdrop… 😉


And here are a couple of post-show views of the Lucy dress showing the train in all its glory:



And for a little post-show silliness…it’s been a long weekend. 🙂


We look forward to being able do this in the future! 🙂

Inspiration From Art…

More pictures coming, this dress was inspired by my love of Monet’s water lily paintings. Hand painted and gilded flowers and leaves, dyed to match English net, silk taffeta, and one of my antique suites of bridal lace…the bayleuse ( under petticoat train ruffles) are all in a gorgeous vintage watery satin. A good day.♡