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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Port Townsend Victorian Festival: Friday

This past weekend, my Mama and I found ourselves in Port Townsend, Washington for their annual Victorian Festival.  We had a great, if not wind blown time.  Mom and I planned on wearing our Sailor Dresses (Seaside dresses) for the weekend, as hello!!!  Sea Port!!!  Interestingly enough, the theme for the weekend was Nautical!  Perfect!  We had a great time there and got to visit with friends that I hadn't seen since Coco in August.  Val LaBore of Time Traveling in Costume, Rebecca Maiten of The Lady Rebecca LJ and Vanessa Wood were there in their beautiful creations!

I have decided to break the blog posts about the weekend into the days that we were there so as to not blow up this blog with pictures...

Day One:  Friday
1912

Ok, so Friday was seriously windy....like so windy that I was afraid Mom's hat would take flight while she was wearing it!  It was only the night before, while sitting on my bed in the hotel room, that I decided to sew the huge white composite wings to the hat.  For a long time, they were just pinned on because I wanted to be able to use them on other hats.  I am so happy that I did sew them on, because on Friday there were times when the hat, while pinned to her wig with HUGE hat pins, literally lifted off Mom's head!  I am not even kidding!  It was quite impressive!

Needless to say, we didn't get any pictures of us in our seaside dresses along the seaside.  There's no telling what would have happened if we had been out in the open with our large 1912 era hats on!  The Flying Nun comes to mind....


I wisely took my hat off...Mom had to hold her hat down...


My collar performing its pre-flight check!
  
Wing flaps:  check
Landing gear:  check
Fuel gauges:  check
Cabin lights:  check


Oh ya...it was windy.  Sometimes it literally stole my breath away!  Oh! And it was a bit on the cold side!!



My Sassy face.


I was pretty happy with my hair on this day!


I thought I could get away from the wind if I was low to the ground.  Nope!!!


Mom's hat going through its pre-flight check...


I love this picture!  It shows the force of the wind!!!  Look at that dress billow!!


My Mama is so fabulously adorable!!



I think this would pass for a very good antique photo if we weren't smiling...but we both look stoned when we look serious!  So smile it is!!!

I hope you are all having a most fabulous Thursday my friends!!  Next up...Saturday Day, Bustle Day!!

Blessings!

g

16 comments:

  1. You ladies look perfect! I love your mom :) Gina what pattern(s) did you use for your outfit?

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    1. Thank you Cindy!! Ya..my Mom is pretty fabulous! Ok, so for the skirt I modified Butterick 4092. The bodice was a severely modified TVE41 1903 Plain Blousewaist.
      Blessings!
      g

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  2. My goodness, is there anything you and your mum don't look amazingly fabulous in?? So looking forward to the next posts! :D

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    1. Oh thank you so much Crystal! That is truly a wonderful compliment!! I would have to say we probably don't look too hot in yoga pants....hahahahaha!
      Blessings!
      g

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  3. I miss living on a coast- I always enjoyed the constant wind. It does make taking photos a real Olympic sport though! Well played!

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    1. Oh...my...word YES!!! Totally an Olympic sport and a true exercise in patience!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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    1. Thank you so very much Theresa!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  5. You two look gorgeous!! I love that you and your mom both dress enjoy sewing and dressing in "period" outfits! My mom and I do too, and it's so much fun!!
    I just adore your nautical-inspired dress! I recently shared some pages out of a 1911 magazine, and one of the pages featured a blouse that looked very similar to your dress bodice! I just love early 1900s fashions!
    Lovely job, Gina!! :)

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    1. Hello Esther! I really love going to events and dressing up with my mom. We have such a good time. A lot of the time we end up getting lost on our trip and laughing until we can't breathe, so it is a most enjoyable time!
      I love finding inspiration in antique magazines. The dress I'm wearing is actually a reproduction of an extant tennis dress of all things! I'd love to see your pages from the magazine!
      Blessings!
      g

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  6. The dresses are fabulous! The picture looks original even with the smiles :D early 1900's were a tad more forgiving ;) lol

    Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much Ruth! You know, you are so right about the early 1900s...I saw quite a many smiling faces in the photographs I looked at on Pinterest! Soooooo...Smile on!!
      Blessings!
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  7. Your sepia photos are wonderful. And how can you not have such lovely photos in such a lovely town?
    Val

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    1. Thank you Val! Yes, this town has some truly beautiful scenery and the houses???? Le Sigh!!!
      Blessings!
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  8. You both look fabulous. I really think that sailor suit is my favourite of all your costumes - so far!

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    1. Oh what fun! Thank you so much BT!!!
      Blessings!
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