To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Sunday, September 24, 2017

1830s Wedding Dress

Good Sunday to you all!  I hope that your week is going wonderfully!  Mine has been great so far!

The last post I wrote was about the "Dressing The Historical Bride" fashion show and tea, highlighting 5 unique silhouettes from 5 different clothing eras.  Today I want to share with you the 1836 wedding dress that I made and the Augusta Auctions Dress that I used as inspiration!  I emailed Augusta Auctions and Karen Augusta gave me permission to use the photos of the phenomenal, incredible, over-the-top dress found on her website:  Augusta Auctions.  Thank you so much for allowing me to use this fantastic dress and the images in the making of my own 1830s dress!!

I have for quite some time wanted to make a crazy, ridiculous, huge sleeved 1830s dress.  I also knew that I wanted a fabric with a texture on it and not just a plain satin fabric.  While mom and I were visiting my brother and his family in Spokane Valley, I stopped by a JoAnn's and low and behold this incredibly beautiful brocade jumped off the shelves and wrestled me to the ground screaming for me to buy the bolt and take it home.  I agreed with the crazy, customer attacking fabric and purchased it...oh, and I could use my 60% off coupon!  Huzzaaaaaah!!!  It made my magpie heart happy.  Now all I needed was the perfect dress to copy!  After hours and hours of searching Pinterest, my eyes beheld the most gorgeous 1830s wedding dress I had ever seen!  First of all.....PLEATS!!!  Secondly, although I had never given oak tree leaves any thought other than thinking they were super cool, this dress had two huge oak leaves framing the pleating on the bodice.  The more I looked at the dress, the more my eyes dilated, the more I salivated, the more I got excited, the more I HAD to make it!!!  The fussiness of the whole thing just really captured my crazy fashion loving heart!

Here she is in all her 1830s glory!!!  Don't know when I'll get the chance to wear it myself, but I hope that day is soon!!!

Some construction images...

I foolishly thought that this dress would be a super quick make.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!
That was the most hilarious thing I had talked myself into believing for a very, very long time.  I don't know how long it took, but I can say that during the making of the three dresses that I needed to round out the program (1836, 1856, 1920's), I finished all 10 seasons of "CSI: Miami".  That would be 232 episodes that averaged 43 minutes a piece for a total 9,976 minutes or 166 hours.  Throw in the random "Cranford", some "Call the Midwife", "Manoa", and I started "CSI:Crime Scene Investigation".  All I know is that making the whole dress was a colossal consumer of time.

The pleating was particularly a pain in the rear.  The panel was too wide to use my perfect pleater, so I had so measure, mark and pleat each individual pleat, one at a time.  

I did have to cheat a little and serge the edges of the oak leaves because the fabric was wretchedly ravvely.  Ravelly....It unraveled a whole lot!!! 

This is why I haven't ever made a set of 1770s stays.  Hand sewing the binding around the edges and the inside curves was a pain!!!  Each long oak leaf and the bow took a day each to sew!  ACK!!!!!

Soooooooo many pins!!!!

I ended up cutting a whole bunch of the painstakingly pleated panel off on the sides....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.........


I then had to hand sew along both sided of the piping that was down the center of the oak leaves to make sure they didn't shift.  That was fun....


Ready to sew onto the dress!!!

Well, I can now say that I have an 1830s wedding dress in my costuming collection and for some reason that makes me giddy with delight!

I hope you all have a wonderful last week of September!  I can't believe how fast time is flying by!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The "Dressing The Historical Bride Program"!!!

Warning: Picture heavy post!

Hello everyone!!!  I hope that this post finds you all more than well!!

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe that it has been over 2 months since I have written a blog post!  EEEEEK!!!  So much has happened in these past two months, so I think I'll forgive myself this sore neglect of blog posting...

I'll write more on that maybe in the future, but for now, I'd like to share with you the "Dressing The Historical Bride" program that We Wear History and The House of Whyte put on two Saturdays ago!  We Wear History and Something Special Antique Store in Meridian, Idaho, do a High Tea/Fashion Show yearly in September and this year's theme was Dressing the Historical Bride.  Not only was it an underwear education program, but also a fun historical walk through bridal wear from 5 fashion eras.  Those eras that were showcased were the 1830s, the 1850s, the 1890s, 1914 and the 1920s!  I had such a fun time researching all the dresses, veils and accessories for this program, but need to schedule my sewing time a lot more carefully!  There were days that I was sewing more that 12 hours a day.  Lately my creative mind has been writing checks that my body and the whole space time continuum thing simply cannot cash!  So, there will be lots of work going on in that arena in the future!

  We had so much fun this year as the ladies are so delightful, elegant, fun, funny and just a true blessing to work with!  We added two new ladies to our "family" this year, Michaela Coy from My Soul is Fed With Needle and Thread and Connie Smith all the way from Texas!!! (Connie is my bestie from Texas, Josie Smith of Josephine Gypsy)

Photos were taken by the talented Colton White (my boy!) and the floral arrangements from 1850s, 1914 and 1920s, were made by my sweet Mama who couldn't be there as she had scheduled knee replacement surgery two days before...(due to some horrid unforseen events, she doesn't have a new knee but does have in and on her tibia 2 plates, 19 screws, 4 wires and 148 staples...yaaaaaaa...more on that later!)

Sooooooo...without further ado, here are the historical brides in their finery!


Miss Molly Palm


Miss Brianna Walker


Miss Mikayla Walker


Miss Aubrielle Holly


Miss Adalea Sparks

My Lovely Brides and Their Dressers!

What is an underwear/bridal fashion show without those lovely ladies who dress the brides?  Here are the fabulous dressers with the brides they were tasked with making ready for the walk down the aisle!

Miss Molly Palm and her real life Mama Mrs. Laura Palm!

Miss Brianna Walker with Mrs. Sarah Mace (who is also Miss Molly's real life aunt and Laura's sister!)

Miss Mikayla Walker (who is Miss Brianna's identical twin sister!) and Mrs. Connie Smith!

Miss Aubrielle Holly with her real life Mama, Mrs. Marilyn Holly!

Miss Adalea Sparks with Miss Michaela Coy!

I may be a bit partial and prejudiced, but I think that these lovely ladies were just stunning!  (They are stunning out of costume as well!)  It was such a thrill seeing them all dressed up!!!

 Every Bride needs an escort to walk them down the aisle!

I have the most fabulous men in my life!  My husband, Greg and my sons, Cody and Colton were so accommodating and agreed to act as tea pot fillers and escorts for the brides during the show!  I was so proud of them!  They also helped to deliver ALL the everything to the venue and take everything home.  I am so blessed!!

(these next 5 pictures were taken by my long time bestie Kay Dyer!)

Miss Molly with Mr. Greg White

Miss Brianna with Mr. Colton White

Miss Mikayla with Mr. Dakota White

Miss Aubrielle with Mr. Greg White

 Miss Adalea with Mr. Colton White

To end with, here are some behind the scenes images of the day.  

I hope that you have enjoyed these photos as much as I do!  They make me so happy!!!  I'll be writing three posts on the newest bridal dresses I made along with posts on the underwear that was made for them in the future...hopefully NOT two months not away!  hahahahah!!!

Be blessed my friends!