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.

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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. 🙂

Costube!

I am now an official Costuber! Great community for sewists and costumers! Check out my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDsLp9AK4JCxWRGe-hUiiDQ

Along with Costube content, there’s music, magic, wildlife, and cats aplenty! Please like and subscribe if you enjoy. Thank you for your time, indeed!

Entirely handsewn (needle & thread in hand!) Combinations by magicalaurie https://youtu.be/vKAFmsaRq7g

1969 Cossack Suit Interpretation

This video was shot about 3 weeks after my Dad passed on in 2016. I was feeling extremely rattled, as you can imagine, and especially unsafe in my body. I came to the conclusion, though, that now was the time to embrace this form, or go insane and drive myself out of it.  White Pine Festival had announced a costume contest with a 50s and 60s theme, and I squeaked in with Elvis’ 1969 black Cossack/Herringbone suit. I had just a week to put this together and so, while unfinished- because I insist on handsewing- there was, in my opinion, an adequate representation here.

Organizers told us to make ourselves “seen”, so I went to the circle on the ball diamond and, ironically, revisited a lesson my class got in Performing Arts the year before. We had a guest instructor one day who told us to claim a space, keep our eyes to ourselves, and “dance like no one’s watching.”  So there’s more of me in the dancing, but a little Elvis, too, maybe.  At least there’s a move in there I’ve considered elaborating on, though I’m now ten years older than Elvis was when he performed it in 1970, so… we’ll see. 🙂

In keeping with my wanting to embrace this form, I began to be quite interested again in costume design and also in broadening my horizons in terms of clothing choices- ie. wear dresses while you can.  Dresses on me is very new. Any such occasions in the past were extremely rare. I’m very keen on Edwardian style, lace, and drop waist 1920s, and interest seems to be bleeding into the 30s. I like the 70s, because I grew up in them, and it’s also my favorite “Elvis decade” because we get to see the whole person, to the degree that’s possible for us. His musical style became more expansive, his voice matured, his hair grew longer! He loved music and his work in the 70s made that very clear, indeed.

The Cossack Suit, and the ’68 leather jumpsuit before it were the precursors for Elvis’ 70s style. The outfits went from black to white largely because of the heat of the stage lights, and the way Elvis worked. Gatorade wasn’t enough. 🙂

Celtfest 2018

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Interesting Location to busk… Naismith statue… one of my grade six/seven teachers, Mr. Naismith (of course), was related to Dr. Naismith, inventor of basketball.

 

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Ready to start…

 

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Decided to start with Tin Whistle. Look closely at this photo. 🙂

 

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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

 

After busking for a couple of hours, headed to Gemmill Park and checked out the vendors there. Some cool stuff, indeed… photo to follow later. 🙂

 

 

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Headliner, Heather Rankin(!), during soundcheck before her show started, asked her piano player if she had her clothespins. Yes, she said, “clothespins”, which drew my attention here. Please refer back to earlier photo with “Look closely… :)” included in the caption. 🙂 Great minds 😉

 

Heather has put together a great songlist for this show. One of my favourites is this “throwback” from “The Rankin Family” Bells

 

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Great musician, charming performer. Lovely show!
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Cool stuff, see? 🙂
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This guy’s name is Liam, but he plays Tin Whistle like Tommy. 😀