Martha Corinne Progress

The outfit is finished and I’m happy with the components I managed to come up with in time for its feature in Costube Symposium 2021. I would like to acquire a pair of historically accurate boots and will be on the lookout for those. Today, however, I visited one of our local antique stores for the first time in quite awhile and immediately upon entering I was faced with the accessory I expected to have some difficulty acquiring locally. On the contrary, it fairly greeted me at the door! I’ll be uploading a video about it as soon as possible. 🙂

I purchased a couple of antique brooches from Etsy- including the one pictured. It is shown more thoroughly in the photo on my Contact page. There will be video about those, as well, on the Martha Corinne Walton playlist on my YouTube channel.

I picked up some very cool souvenir spoons at Antiques, Etcetera, also. More about them to follow, too. 🙂 Now that I’m nearly done with the Martha Corinne project, I’m going to get back to work on my close-up magic wildlife set. I discuss that a little in part 4 of the Martha Corinne dress video series, which will be uploaded sometime in the next week.

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

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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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. 🙂