Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Victorian Blouse Inspiration

I found these directions on making a plain button down shirt into a Victorian blouse.  Keep the trim and fabric true to the era (1870-1890) and you can eliminate the tedium of basic sewing.
"Lace and gauze can turn the plainest shirt into pure Victorian femininity. Use this technique to add some interest to any button-down shirt you have hanging in your closet. . . .  You can also switch out the original buttons for some with filigree.
Make it simple with minimum trim and you can replicate this dress from the Civil War.

You can also use a white shirt and modify it to make a corset cover.

Other examples...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

School of the Victorian Lady Conference, March 8, 2014, Fort Concho in San Angelo, Tx

The Frontier Women Living History Association March 2014 conference was a great success.  This was the 10th annual conference that included learning about the women who were part of making Texas the state it is.  The speakers, Ann Dixon, Donna Hector and Stella Gonzalez  talked of women important in this area of Texas.  Julia Putman gave a presentation on Camp Cooper while Margaret Hoogstra told about the Texas Forts Trail book.  Larry Garrett taught and assisted the ladies in making market baskets.  Arnie assisted ladies with crochet and knitting projects, while Sharon taught collar and cuff embroidery.  Mitch Baird talked about the world events during the 1850-1870s that affected the US.  As usual, it was a very fun event with time to visit with old friends and make new ones.

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