Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pattern Draping on YouTube

Our FWLHA conference featured a seminar on pattern draping for the advanced seamstresses among us.  Sara has found a link on creating princess line seaming similar to what we were doing.  Check out
Along with this one, there are other pattern draping demonstrations you can check out, as well.
Isn't amazing what is available online?
This wonderful set of links was submited by Sara and Florence.  They have given us links to some amazing BBC videos on Victorian England. 

Subject: BBC Victorian/Edwardian Documentaries

HIP HIP HUZZAH! There are THREE new BBC living-history documentaries!
Found them on youtube, but can't find them on disc yet. Since these were uploaded in 15 min. increments, I'm including the link for part one of each episode so that, if it works the way it should, the next video in the list will be part two.

Victorian Pharmacy:
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Victorian Farm:
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And one just for fun!

Life in a Cottage Garden:
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More Great Links from ARNie This is the link to the Texas Woman's University collection of gowns that were worn by Texas First Ladies.
TWU- in Denton, has an extensive textiles museum and collection. I've never been to the exhibit, but my sister has told me wonderful things about it... when she was attending school there. and while I was digging around in the site, I found this: Womans' Collection Research- that I didn't even know was there. From what I can see at the site, you can visit the archives on the Campus, and you can order copies of materials... for a price. For those who are looking for more history on their era, this could be a gold mine of information. Again, I've never seen the archives, but only know the university from my sister.

I realize that all universities will have historical books and documents, but Texas Womans' University centralize the materials specific to our interests: the history of Women in our area.

Maybe that could be a Field Trip for our Association, or maybe we try having our yearly conference there one year? I don't think we'd have time this year to get a second conference organized, but it is something for our members to discuss at the various events at the Forts. Keep in mind, that both of these collections are available only on Weekdays. However, the university might be open to private viewings, if this is part of an entire conference. What do y'all think? Would this be something you'd want to try to do?

Owner and Designer of
Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Links

I was looking around the web and found this one full of probably hundreds of Victorian Portraits and photographs from a British Professional Photographers' collection. There are some amazing photos for ideas and validations on costuming.

This is another one of my favorite sites for loads of costuming help. Free patterns, photos, fashion plates... it is a wealth of information.

And finally, I found this short history on Buttons (from the BBC) enlightening.

I appreciate the work you do on the blog. I do go there and read through the articles. I love the vids from the NM museum. 

Owner and Designer of
Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet

Saturday, March 19, 2011

7th Annual Frontier Women's Living History Association Conference

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

March 11, 2011 was a bright but windy West Texas day as ladies gathered from near and far to improve their living history skills and learn new things.  Arnie, our crochet expert, assisted those arriving early in getting started on creating a pair of new crochet mitts for their dresses.  Later that evening, we stepped into movie land and watched an old western called Westward the Women which was accompanied by pizza and sparkling punch.  Ladies then retired to their residences for the weekend, either the boarding house or historic building on the fort. 
Saturday, March 12th was also a typical sunny day as we gathered for breakfast and then broke into groups for sewing seminars.  Robin led the advanced seamstress in a pattern draping workshop that would provide them with a basic pattern that could be modified for most dress styles from 1850-1880.  Jane from Ft. Griffin instructed the group of Girl Scouts and other ladies on basic hand sewing techniques and helped them get started on creating a period appropriate skirt.  We broke for a delicious lunch and then returned to the seminars.  Many ladies brought items to exchange and sell.  Items ranged from period clothing, shawls, purses, bonnets, gloves, crochet hooks, jewelry and just about anything else a frontier lady might need.  At 4:00 we began to prepare for a formal tea in one of the fort building.  A couple of visitors passing by were kind enough to take pictures of the ladies as they gathered.  Inside the tables were beautiful and lovely music was provided by a string trio of young living historians, Cheryl M's three daughters.  Thanks so much to Sara and Cheryl who organized the lovely tea.  Conversation was lively and various ladies shared their living history memories.  Following the tea, we adjourned to go to supper and return to our quarters. 

Sunday was another sunny day as we gathered at Officer's Quarters 8 again.  Our friend from Louisiana, Joan, This time we choose a buckram hat base to begin designing a hat for our outfits.  The time periods of the bases ranged from 1850-1890.  Out came enough feathers, lace, trims and other fluffy things to rival a milliner's shop.  Hat making continued after lunch until about three o'clock when ladies prepared to travel back to their homes.  Heartfelt thanks to the Sharon for organizing this grand time, to Jane, Arnie and Robin for their expert instruction and to Sara, Cheryl and her daughters for the lovely tea. 

How to Make a Hat Base

There is a great tutorial on making a hat base found on the web link below that could serve as a base for any 1870s or 1880s hat .   The hats in these period illustrations could be built on a foundation similar to the on created on this page.  Check it out.  --Ann

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hstoric Calvert, TX Victorian Gala Sept. 30-31

Victorian Gala - Tea & Ball
Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1, 2011

Friday Evening - Welcome Reception & Hayride
Saturday Morning - Explore Calvert
Katy Hamman-Stricker Women’s Heritage Center
Calvert Historic District
Main Street Shops

Saturday Afternoon - Afternoon Tea $35
Tea Sandwiches, Scones & Sweets
Croquet on the Lawn
Ladies Hat Contest

Saturday Evening - Gala Ball $65
Hors d’oeuvres
Music & Dancing
Costume Contest

Combined Tea and Gala Ball Ticket - $90/person
Victorian Attire is Encouraged but not Required
Call Susan (512) 468-8317 for more information

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Victorian E-books

I chanced again on the Victoriana website ( which I have enjoyed before.  While there, I found the following links for ebooks and other Victorian living items that I thought you might enjoy.  If you have children who reenact with you, check out the Paper dolls and Victorian House Play books for an activity for your youngsters. Enjoy!
--Ann Dixon

Paper Dolls

Print and Frame 1808

Cloak Catalog

Family Memory

Baby Scrapbook page

Victorian House Play book

1850 Stationary design

Christmas Ornament e-book

Victorian Valentine