I am currently in the process of making two new outfits for events that We Wear History will be attending in July. I don't think I have ever tackled two projects at once as it tends to stress me out, but I am waiting for items that I ordered a while ago for a 1920s basketball outfit to get here and can't go any further until they do, so have switched to the other project until those items arrive.
One of the events is called the Capitol Comes To Life and the ladies of We Wear History have been asked to represent famous women from Idaho's history. I have chosen Clara L. Campell, Idaho's first woman to be elected to the Idaho House of Representatives! I will be sharing more of what I discovered during my research later, but she was a representative in 1899!! Whoot Whoot Idaho!!!!
I have chosen to portray her after she was in office, more during 1905-1906. Why? Because I want to make and wear a "Votes For Women" sash. Yes, I have an affinity for sashes and in my research, I found out that Clara was a suffragist and in my imagination, she wore a sash. We are free to have a bit of artistic license.... And who doesn't LOVE a sash!!!???
I wanted to have Clara wear an Edwardian lawn bodice and linen skirt. My mom gave me the left over sheer dotted swiss fabric from when she made her Edwardian outfit. I turned to Pinterest to see if there were dotted swiss Edwardian bodices, and wouldn't you know it! There were, and quite a many!! Huzzah!!!! One in particular was a great inspiration and so I set to work making mine!!!
Completed bodice awaiting it's dusty pink linen skirt!
The inspiration for my bodice. This one was found on eBay. LOVE the yoke and all the pin tucks!!!
The fabulous pattern I used. The pin tucking was a pain in the neck....literally....but I think it was totally worth it! I modified the yoke to have insertion lace and more pin tucks. I know....crazy!!! But the inspiration bodice demanded that I do it!!
Wonderful pouter pigeon breast!! I will probably make the frilled corset cover from Truly Victorian to fill that front out and keep it pouting!!!
Yes, as I am a sucker for punishment, I modified the back yoke as well....
Close up of the tucks and lace! Pretty pretty lace....
I adore antique lace! It makes me so happy!!
So this morning, I decided that I didn't like the lace only collar, so I re-did it using the pattern. Of course I had to alter it and make it different from the pattern....But I like the altered collar better!
Well, I may or may not start on the skirt tomorrow. It depends on how my back and neck are feeling!!
Be blessed my friends!!