To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We Wear History Celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday!

*Photo Heavy Post*

(Because the models look Faaaaabulous!!!)

Photos by C.W. Photography

So, last Saturday We Wear History put on a fashion show at the Boise Public Library as part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Celebration.  Laura was born in 1867 and died in 1957, so I thought it would be cool to highlight the fashion that was worn during the "7" years during her lifetime.  Since I hadn't made a little girls dress for 1867, we started in 1877 and went through to 1957.  It was super fun, the models did a more than incredible job, they looked so beautiful, and the audience loved it!  It is always fun to watch young ladies and gentlemen interact with the ladies after the programs and to watch the ladies as the young ladies call them "princesses"!  Oh how I love these fashion shows!!

Photos during the Fashion Show

Molly wearing an 1877 day dress.

Aubrielle wearing an 1887 Seaside Dress.

Laura wearing an 1897 Walking Dress.

Jackie wearing a 1907 Skating Suit.

Adalea wearing a 1917 Winter Outfit.

Carolita wearing a 1927 Picnic Frock.

Moi wearing a 1937 Fall Suit.

Marilyn wearing a 1947 Velvet Dinner Dress and Cruly Lambs Coat.

Sarah wearing a 1957 Patriotic Dress.

The Fashion Show Lineup!

Photo Shoot on the Bridge

All lined up by era!

L to R:

1957, 1947, 1937, 1927, 1917, 1907, 1897, 1887, and 1877!

So totally fun!!

Having a fun time chatting!

Molly represented a young lady and therefore her skirts were shorter than if she would have been her 2017 age of 16!

Aubrielle was thrilled to be wearing the Sailor Dress!

Laura and the big sleeves of the 1890s.  She is wearing a cameo that belonged to her Grandmother!

This was Jackie's first fashion show! She did a great job!

Adalea thought wearing this era's dress was super fun!

Carolita thought the 1920s parasol was super fun and was delighted that she could open it in the building!

Me.  Wearing 1930s.  Oh, such a different experience!

Marilyn totally rocked the 1940s look!  Her hair and that beret!

Sarah loved wearing the 1950s, she has several dresses from this era in her closet!

Sarah (L) and Laura (M) are sisters.  Molly (R) is Laura's daughter!

Mother and Daughter!

Adalea and Molly, best of friends!

Aubrielle and Marilyn, mother and daughter!

Me with my adopted big sister and niece!!  Love these two!

The "Breakfast Club", (L to R) Carolita, Aubrielle, Jackie and Marilyn.

And now we come to my favorite picture of the day!  My sweet Colton and me!  Thank you my son for taking these wonderful pictures of such a fun day and helping with the moving of the dresses and things!  You are such a trooper and I appreciate you so!!

Well, there you have it!  Images of our fun fashion show day!  Can't wait for the next one!!

Blessings to you all!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Finally! The 1930s Fall Suit is Worn!

Good Monday to you all!  I hope you had a marvelous weekend!!

This past Saturday, We Wear History did a fashion show for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Celebration at the Boise Public Library.  (Photos of that fashion show will be posted in my next blog entry...the ladies looked fabulous!!!)  Because we wore dresses that were representations of the fashion that was worn during Laura's lifetime, a dress from the "7th" year in the decade was worn (Laura was born in 1867 and died in 1957).  I chose to wear my 1930s Fall Suit that I made clear back in November of 2015!  The only time I have worn it outside my house was to attend a friend's wedding, but didn't wear the hat, gloves or wear 1930s make-up, so this was its first "official" wearing and I am not 100% sure that it makes me abundantly my Victorian-1920s dresses make me happy.

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I'm used to being really trussed up when I wear my Victorian-1920s outfits with a corset and all, but the wearing of this 1930s fashion just didn't look right to me.  It could have something to do with the fact that the silhouette of this era was a long rectangle as well, something I am just not used to.  Or maybe it was the weird fit of the jacket, I just don't know.  I think I am going to have to make a couple more 30s era outfits just to make sure!  Oh, and I do need make some appropriate underthings, like whatever they used for the corset...corselette?  girdle?  And of course that era's brassiere.  Oh darn.  I have to make underwear?  I'm so upset!  aaaaahahahahaha!!! 

Anyway, my sweet Colton was our photographer and he, as always, did a marvelous job!  It's also fun I think, that the pictures look like they were taken in the fall!  Which works perfectly with the outfit!!

A bit of cheek to end with!

Okey dokey, that's all for this week!  Next entry will be the fashion show and the beautiful models that I had the pleasure of working with!!

Be Blessed my friends!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1917 Envelope Chemise and Corset Cover Complete!

Greetings lovely readers!  How have you been since I last wrote?  I hope very, very well!  I am still struggling with getting my anxiety and stress under control, but it is getting better.  I decided this past week that instead of lying in bed and binge watching Netflix and Hulu, I would make myself arise and sew, do laundry, clean the house and get out in the sun when it shines.  Even if I don't feel like it, I need to get on with life until the normal, happy me comes back!  I know she will, she always does.  

I finished my 1910s Wearing History corset cover yesterday and decided to go ahead and do a photo shoot with that and the Wearing History 1917 combination underwear and chemise pattern on Emma Mark II.  I will wait until the petticoat is done and then do a photo shoot with the underwear on me.  

The inspiration for both the envelope chemise and corset cover came from This Image from witness2fashion (second model from the left).  I loved the tucks at the top of the chemise and since I didn't have any beading lace that was antique, I needed a way to pull together the top of both the chemise and corset cover.  I am really liking the tucks quite a bit and won't have to worry about old lace giving way when being pulled by ribbon!

I used a batiste fabric from Hobby Lobby and got quite irked when after washing in hot water and drying on high, the fabric still shrank under my high heat iron.  Might have something to do with the fact that it does contain polyester, but still...

Ok, the underwear!!

Envelope Chemise

Pretty antique lace that was part of a damaged, small petticoat flounce.  It took me about 6 hours to unpick all the small stitches....

The back of the chemise even has the tucks to draw up the neckline.

With Pretty Yellow Corset!

Corset Cover

This is where my frustration really came into being.  The shrinkage of the fabric caused the corset cover to become at least 1.5" shorter.  I ended up making a rather wide waistband, but since one of my extant corset covers has a wide waistband, I'm not too stressed.

I added small darts in the lace as it is a straight lace and stuck straight up when worn.  Hahahahah!  I looked like I was wearing a ruff!

Pretty lace at on the waistband.

I need to get to Hobby Lobby some time this week and get more incredible shrinking fabric and start on the petticoat.  Then on to the Brown Party Dress!!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Chocolate the Horse and My Riding Habit Photo Shoot!

*Caution, heavy photo post...because... a horse!!!!*

Good Monday to you all!  I hope your weekend was wonderful and that the beginning of your week is off to a fabulous start!

My week is off to a great start! Why?  Because today I got to do a photo shoot for my 1872 Riding Habit with the most incredible "prop" I have ever had the joy of having my historical costumes photo'd with!  And the prop?  Chocolate the black horse!  And what a gorgeous horse she was!  A while back when I first started working on the riding habit, a lovely blogger named Michaela Coy (who writes My Soul is Fed With Needle and Thread blog) offered to let me do the photo shoot with her horse!  Can you say HUZZAAAAAAH!!!!????  We had scheduled the shoot a couple of times, then we got a blizzard and then there was ice.  Finally, today was the day!  There was snow and it was crunchy.  Let me tell you what.  This photo shoot was the most exhausting one I have ever done!  The snow was about a foot deep and there was a nice, thick crust that made for hard walking.  Then there was the length of the skirt, which is long, because riding habit.  All in all, I think I burned about 10,000 calories in the 45 minutes we were there.  (Colton and Mom went with me.  Colton was my fabulous photographer!  Mom wanted to see the horse!)

Thank you so much Michaela for your generous offer, your time and your horse!  Chocolate is such a sweet heart!  It is interesting because the pictures I'm sharing look as though Chocolate and I have known each other for a long time.  We haven't!  She was just that sweet!

Chocolate thought a roll in the snow was in order after being worked out!

That's the lovely Michaela!  I look forward to getting to know her better!!

Brrrrrr...the combination of being cold, tired, and worrying that perhaps Chocolate wanted to be done resulted in a short video.  But you get to see Chocolate and Michaela!

What a fun day and photo shoot!  It was so fun being around a horse again.  It has been years since I have been this close to one and she was so beautiful!!

Be blessed my friends!!