Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dressing the American Civil War Lady to the "Nine's"


A demonstration on the porch of the Dressmaker Shop at our recent 
American Civil War Muster, 





Starting with the under pining's, Ellen and I are dressing our dress form,
Count the layer's with me................


1. Panteletts, Bloomers, or Pantaloon's, 2.  Chemise, 3. Corset, 



4. Modesty petticoat, 5. Corset cover,
If you are dressing in a "Day Dress", you may have a, 6. "Chemisett"  also,



7. Cage Crinoline, 8. Crinoline Petticoat, we put on just one crinoline petticoat, however
sometimes we put on 2 or 3, which would be the 9th or 10th layer !


Final layer the Ballgown,  number 10 or 11, 



How many layers of under pining's and final layer did you count?
Usually around 9 layers, and can be up to 20 pounds or more of weight,

Now you know where the Term "Dressing to the Nine's" comes from !
Also why these poor women fainted with a tight corset and so much weight on 
their bodies,

I haven't even touched on all  of the accouterments that go along with dressing for the 
occasion, such as, gloves, shawl, reticule, parasol, basket, bonnet, hat or day cap, 
I will save all the accessories for another post ! 



We have come a "long way baby" !

Sharing, Simple and Sweet Friday's with,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Feeling like Fall

Fall breezes and flowers are here at 
Victorian Tailor, 
Time to create beautiful cotton and linen
clothing, 


Victorian Sweet Susan Dress Tunic



Antique Cotton Lawn Fabric, 


http://www.victoriantailor.com/

Monday, July 25, 2016

Gypsy's Invade Maple Street !!!!

To Gypsy Teri's Camp we did travel, 
For our annual Gypsy Gathering with our 
Hostess the Beautiful Gypsy Teri,  

Fortunes told through the beaded curtain Grotto, 

Daisy was sure to be the 
first in line at the curtain, 

Gypsy Nancy and Gypsy Brooke

Gypsy Teri and Gypsy Sally,
spinning their fortunes, 

                                     
           Splashing fun on a 92 degree evening, 

Gypsy's Sally,  Gail, Angela, Cynthia

Beautiful Gypsy Brandy 

Beautiful Gypsy Bella,

Beautiful Gypsy Jen, 

Time to vote for the Gypsy Princess,
Our winner this year, 
Adorable Gypsy Leila,
 (yes,her name is really Leila)
so........., presenting 
Gypsy Princess Leila  !!!
                                           
         And Our Gypsy Queen,
            Beautiful Gypsy Queen Nancy !!!
                                            
What every true Gypsy loves,
White Elephant Garden  Gifts and Trinkets!!!!
                           
           The Magick of evening is here, 
Candles lit, 
 
Lights glowing, 
All of our Beautiful Gypsy Sisters !!!!!
Wonderful women, coming together,
for fun and fellowship!!!

Until next Year !!!