Foundations Revealed 2021 Contest Entry

Entirely handsewn (needle & thread in hand- no machine!) ca 1910 style day dress

The Harvester

The Foundations Revealed 2021 Contest theme is “Once Upon a Time”. Entrants made costume pieces or entire outfits based upon a piece of literature.

Being keen on period costume and especially 19th and early 20th Century dress, I found a novel which was published in 1911. The Harvester, set in 1910, allowed much scope for costume design. I made an outfit for the character of Ruth Langston, a.k.a “The Girl”. I already had made a period-appropriate pair of combinations underwear (for the Martha Corinne Walton project I’m working on) and so that was one piece down, and 4 to go. All of my work was entirely hand-sewn: combinations, a princess (a.k.a full-length) petticoat, day dress, and a lined, reversible cloak. I also made a crochet applique for the dress (I didn’t have enough time for the insertion lace I had planned), and soutache from silk ribbon. I didn’t make a corset, because, firstly, I didn’t have time. But also because it was a bit of a transitional time for undergarments. Too, Ruth had been ill for awhile and may have gotten used to being dressed less formally. Also, becoming more comfortable in Nature, she may, too, have become more free spirited. ie. Reform Dress movement. My sister took care of the necklace, making an earthy pendant with wirework. Our collaborative entry can currently be viewed here: https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/competitions/the-harvester/

Having found out about the contest rather late in the game, I had very little time to get any photos of the ensemble before I needed to submit. Submission was due February 3. As such, I’ve since decided to wear the dress on Valentine’s Day and get more photos. My sister made the heart you see me wearing (essentially “on my sleeve” 😉 ) for Valentine’s and I thought it would make a lovely accessory. I’ll post photos of the process and the result in a gallery below. Videos documenting the work are also available on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDsLp9AK4JCxWRGe-hUiiDQ

If you’d like to help support my work, financially, I accept Ko-fi donations here: https://ko-fi.com/magicalaurie

The book can be read or downloaded at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/349/349-h/349-h.htm

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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