Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wooly Orange Pumpkins


I managed to save 6 original stems from some of my 
pumpkins last year, they dried over the winter, 



So then I was able to secure them into my wooly pumpkins
for this years season, 
So fun and so cute!







Tied on raffia, ready to sell,


These "Wooly's" with  browns, grey's and green tones in them
also have antique buttons sewn onto them,


Please take a look at these fun links:



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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" !