Today, Mom and I did a "Pantaloons to Parasol" underwear show for a local ladies group and I decided that I needed to do a dress rehearsal of the Clara L. Campbell outfit. I am happy to say that this outfit is now my most favorite outfit!! Well, except the 1886 sailor dress. BUT after that, this one is it!! It is so utterly ridiculous that I adore it whole heartedly!!!
First off is the HUGE hat of fluffiness. For this outfit, I wanted one of the large, ridiculous, wire framed hats of confectionery goodness. A bit of research and I found a hat that screamed "MAKE ME MORTAL!!!" As always, I obeyed my muse and the following is what came to be!
The hat is super hard to photograph as the white likes to wreak havoc. It isn't white white like my tucked blouse, but a very muted off white. I had some large, antique, off white ostrich plumes that I washed (Ohmygosh, talk about having a heart attack while watching the fluffy goodness be reduced to a mass of sad wetness.....). They had to be washed, as they were exceedingly dirty and smelled like the dump. Gross. Anyhoo, they recovered nicely and after being dried and then steamed , they fluffed back up to their happy glory! The lace is antique bobbin lace and the fluted chiffon lace is antique as well. The flowers are a combination of vintage and antique silk and velvet! The ivory and pink bows are silk.
Inspiration hat. Can you hear it screaming to me!? It was so loud and clear it was quite scary!!!
Fashion plate from 1902.
Source: A Victorian Passage. The description from the magazine is wonderful!
I didn't have enough of the small pink flowers to sew all the way round the underside of the brim, so had to settle with just the little bit I had.
Love the crazy, off kilter, tilt of this hat!
Huzzah! Shock of all shocks I finished the inside of the hat!!!
The Corset Cover
The blouse of my outfit needed assistance with keeping itself inflated, so I was "forced" to make a ruffled corset cover from Truly Victorian TVE02. Can I just say that this corset cover fills my geeky heart with such joy? It is fluffy and huge and utterly ridiculous! I LOVE that sort of thing! It does its job wonderfully and keeps the front of my blouse inflated and all pouter looking!
I used antique lace for the edges of the ruffles and decided to close it with hooks and bars. Sometimes my sewing machine throws a fit while making button holes and I didn't want the head ache!
Look at that fluff!!! To quote Agnes from Despicable Me "It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!!!"
Yes, exactly Agnes!!!
Now that is some fluff!!
Filling out the front of that blouse quite nicely!!!
Mom took a few pictures of me in the dress after the program, but the light and the white were so not cooperating. I am going to have some pictures taken at the capitol building on Monday where the light will be more diffused and will more than likely make for better pictures! But here is one for now!!
Hopefully I can get a suffragist sash made before Monday....that's one thing on the "to do next" list!!
Be blessed my friends!!