Not so Elusive, afterall!

Watch for video about the walking stick that greeted me at the Antiques, Etc. door! I thought I’d have difficulty finding a local match for Martha Corinne’s cane, but found one easily, and inexpensively, too! About $17.00 CAD. Video should be on my channel this weekend. 🙂

Visiting Day :)

Under time pressure, I filmed some get ready video for the Martha Corinne Walton costume interpretation & recreation project. I didn’t end up using it by the deadline. The characterization wasn’t as there as I would have liked. But, I’ve decided since, that there was some usable footage, and there is value in its minimalist qualities, I think. It’s a prequel. 🙂 Watch for its sequel, the official reveal video featuring the remaining costume prop portions of the outfit. On location! My sister and I are purchasing a property, which we will take possession of on October 29. Built probably around 1920, with great antique, period, original features, and the coolest little barn I think I’ve ever seen! Our mother will be joining us for the move. I will be filming there in costume ASAP. 🙂 For now, check out my youtube channel, if you haven’t already, for plenty of footage of this costume project. Here’s the link to the get ready: https://youtu.be/jNjMzb_g0io

Titanic Era-Inspired

This skirt was a pair of pants. Came with the “jacket” as a set. Linen. I think the pants were too small, or otherwise not to my liking, so I decided to convert or “upcycle” them into a titanic era inspired skirt. I like the silhouette heading from Edwardian into the 1910s and eventually into the dropped waist twenties. Watch for a video on this upcycle/thrift flip/completed UFO (unfinished object) coming soon to my YouTube channel. Thanks to my sister, Tracey, for the photo.

Goose feathers

Martha Corinne

I’m almost done with the mock-up of the dress for the Martha Corinne Walton costume recreation project that’s been in progress for a while. Just need some cuffs and a collar.

Sleeves and collar are done.
An o.k. start with finished, wearable (ie. I’ll keep it and wear it 🙂 )mockup, I think.
Stopping to smell the flowers. Lilac in the air.

Next: start on the plaid fabric version of the dress. Combinations and full length petticoat are done. Also need a brown bonnet, boots, cane, and brooch replica.

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. 🙂

Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 6

Just got back from Arnprior Public Library’s “Share the Stage” open mic, where I played “Hey Girl”, and a couple others.

Here’s the link to vote for “Hey Girl”, if you would, daily thru Feb. 13: https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

Thank you again, for your support. I appreciate it. #Searchlight2020

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