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" !



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Somewhere in Time, Here We Go Again !

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary of the Civil War Muster,
at the Jackson Michigan Cascades Park, August 22 and 23, 2014
Host Unit the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. B



Behind the scenes, setting up the "Dressmaker Shop"






Facade finally up, now we can get in and arrange items for display,  










Last minute fitting for the Military Ball, 


Beautiful Customers to the shop, 


Sweet faces, trying on the latest fashion bonnet, 






Ellyn and I on the porch, 


Young ladies hand in hand enjoying the day, 

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Meanwhile I need to get back to packing the car
Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Shabby Room

Living in a 100 year old Victorian Queen Anne as always meant to me
Red, Gold,  Black, Tapestry's, Paisley, Woven Carpets, 
I have managed to re-decorate some rooms in Shabby White's, which I also love,



Before, 


After,
Here is my Shabby Summer  look for the living room,,

A new wool rug in pastels that I purchased from a fellow vendor at the 
antique mall I have my shop in, muslin, linen, antique lace for slip covers,
window treatment, book shelves, table cloths, wherever I want to have 
the Shabbyness!


I made the slip cover for the couch in the top picture, 
Using linen, muslin, heavy duck cloth, whatever I had that I thought would be 
a good mix and match of neutral colors and textures.


I have boxes and yards of fabric and trims,
The window curtain is muslin with lace behind, 
In the middle of the curtain rod I pushed back the muslin and 
draped an antique linen towel over the rod, 


The top of the window is gathered toole with some roses I dried
some time ago, the white roses turned to a beige and the pink
just faded a little,


Antique Linen Towel, the lace is so pretty,



Antique lace draped on the archway, 









I had just enough of the tapestry for the arms and front of the cushion,
I think I have had this piece in my tapestry box for about 20 years!





This heavy canvas bag makes a perfect pillow,
all I had to do was button it up!



This pillow is made with an old linen dish towel, 
nice accent to the blue/aqua in the rug,



Memories, pictures, antique books, 
I need to paint this bookshelf white, meanwhile I cover 
with antique lace, 


TV cabinet, I stenciled the screen on the top,
bought this piece already white, I just stenciled on the Fluer de Les, 



Little wicker bookcase, antique hat box, shabby lamp,
I made the cover for the table, 
My sister brought home the sweet lace gloves from Paris, when 
she traveled to France with her French class from high school. 
What a sweet memorie now.

I glued antique lace and trims on this lampshade,



This is one of the original porch posts to my front porch,
I have 4 others in other rooms, I tied on cording and more antique lace, 


I love my heavy wire lady, however she is not practical for displaying clothes,
so brought her home, she opens up and I have a candle inside


This hutch top actually goes in my shop for display,
I brought it home for a while, have antique lace in it and on top,
The lamp is crystal and silver, my father bought this at a garage sale.
Knowing him he probably only paid 50 cents to 1.00 for it, and it stayed in 
his hunting cabin for 30 years, unpolished! When he passed away and we had to 
sell the property I brought it home,


This is all silver inlay, so beautiful, sorry the silver shine does not show up very well, 




Some of my favorite silver pieces, just thought the little pumpkin
is so cute, 


The oval oak table is from our home when I was growing up,
my mother gave it to me when I moved to this house,


These pine chairs I found at garage sales, first I found 3 chairs for 1.00 each,
then about 10 years later found the green one to match, I  once saw a 6 piece set of 
these at a antique show all refinished for about 65.00 each!
I decided to just put doilies and lace on them for now instead of painting them. 

I love the way everything turned out for this room, it is so relaxing on a hot 
summer day! Next year I hope to have the chairs and bookcase painted. 
One thing at a time, lots of patience, 

Hope you all like it too!

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