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 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.
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