Well, I got to go back to Michigan for the Greenfield Village event (where Mike and I got engaged two years ago) because we got a nice tax return AND Tim Eriksen was playing! How could I pass that up? It was lovely to see so many friends, like Katie. She kindly took pictures for me, because my stinkin' camera is still missing... It has all of the construction detail shots of my riding habit and a new cap... *grump* I had a really fabulous time visiting everyone, and even got to spend time with my in-laws.
Naturally, I wanted a new dress, and since I spent the last year doing so much mourning research, I felt a half-mourning ensemble would be enjoyable to put together. Since it's 2014/1864 I wanted to choose specific elements that would place the dress and bonnet in that year, for example the slim coat sleeves and wide box pleated skirt. The contrast-colored vest bodice absolutely abounds in fashion plates from this year, and you can look through the ones I posted on my Pinterest page.
I also covered and decorated a soft crown bonnet frame from Timely Tresses, after an 1864 fashion plate (bottom lefthand corner bonnet).
My antique veil and lace shawl (that I shared pics of aaaaages ago) got to come out to play, and I bought yet another parasol! But it's a tilting marquis parasol, and I don't have one of those! Plus, I promised Michael that I would sell one of mine. So if you are interested in an 1850s parasol that needs recovering, message me. :)
However... As excited as I was to make this, I rushed near the end (I only had 2.5 weeks, with a bum wrist--De Quervain's tendonitis) and I am unhappy with the result...
1) The skirt is too short
2) The underbodice is too big
3) The double points are too far apart
4) The pinked trim frayed miserably
Those are things that for the most part I can fix... But I don't know when that will happen. I have SO much to do for Costume College. *sigh*
So I half-heartedly share these pictures with you. At least I have killer accessories, right? :-/
Ken Giorlando snagged this picture of me in the flower-laying ceremony on Memorial Day.
A nice shot by Lee Cagle, who works at Greenfield Village.
Me and Tim Eriksen. He signed my shape note hymnal!