Photo Heavy Post!
Why? Because the dress posing, the dress in action, the accessories, the people and the silly!!!
The fashion show at Something Special Antiques that We Wear Idaho History put on was last Saturday, but I just now had the opportunity to have my fabulous photographer Mom take pictures for me. I wanted to do it earlier this week, but it decided that it wanted to rain here in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. Huzzah for rain...boooooooo for picture taking!! Anyhoo, the rain let up, the grass dried out, the hair cooperated, and Mom was game. So off to her house I went!! My sweet niece Lizzie was with Mom so she hung out with us as we snapped away!!
The Dress Posing
Here she is! I really am quite happy with how this dress turned out and how it wears. It is seriously one of the most comfortable dresses I have made!
There is a lovely common area right by Mom and Dad's house and in that common area is a lovely waterfall. Mom wanted to take some of the pictures by said waterfall and so that is what we did!
Take a cup of tea on the rocks by the common area? Why of course!!! Doesn't everyone?
The Dress in Action!
Ha! Hahahahaha!!! Ok, so the dress in action, in grass.... most entertaining! I kept tripping over the skirt and the mowers don't bag the grass clippings, so as I walked, I collected quite the large amount of grass! Hahahahaha! It was most entertaining indeed.
I did love how the pleats rippled as I walked, and the train stayed out nicely behind me without bunching up or folding over on itself!
Note to self: Lift skirt as you walk in the grass so you don't trip and face plant!
Blackberry picking! Unfortunately, only one was ripe....
This is what happens when your skirt gets caught in a blackberry bramble! It does however make for a lovely picture!
Lizzie helped me out! She disengaged the blackberry cane from my skirt!
Gracefully get as much distance from dress and blackberry bramble as possible!
The antique tea cup and saucer is a set of 8 that I have had for quite a while. I actually use them every day as I take tea!! They are lovely fine bone china with a sweet Sweet Violet motif! The cameo bracelet was given to Mom and me by my cousin Linda years ago to go with our Victorian dresses! It is beautiful. I purchased earrings to go with it. Antique kid leather gloves in a champagne color worked perfectly with the dress. Then of course I have my re-fashioned straw hat!
Very rarely does my hair do what I wish it to do. Ever. Especially when doing anything Period. So when the hair decided to bestow upon me the gift of behavior today, I was over the moon, pleased as punch, blow my skirt up thrilled!!! Aaaaaaaaaand....it ONLY took me 1.5 hours! Ha! Take that hair!!!!
Thank you my sweet cascading, lovely auburn hair! You make my heart so happy....
Whatever, the reason, the hair decided to do this....
Oh! Oh! Oh!!!! You can see my mad matchy-matchy skills of the bamboo embroidery on the back of the bodice. Bwahahahahaha.... I had totally forgotten I did that! Fun! Actually matching prints, stripes, dots and spots makes my brain hurt as I always have to remember to add in the extra seam allowance!
I added a lovely hair comb with a faux amethyst to my hair, but you can't see it very well in the picture....
Ya. I was kinda happy with it!!
Had to get some pictures with some of the most important people in my life! My fabulously sweet Mama and my wonderful niece Lizzie!
My beautiful Mama!!! She is the delight of my heart!
My sweet Lizzie! One of my "IE" sisters! She is so fun. We like to eat at nice restaurants in Downtown Boise, and I am introducing her to antique shops!
Liz found two HUGE sticks and I thought we should have a stick fight! She thought I was crazy.
Yes. I did spin around and around and around and around and around.
Yes. I got very dizzy.
Yes. I had fun!
This is me trying not to fall over after spinning around and around and around!!!
The following is a tutorial on how to gracefully climb over a fence and cross the street in a first era bustle dress!
Could be helpful to someone.
Gather your skirts up OVER your knees so you don't go face first over the fence.
While holding on to the fence, find a place on a rung to firmly plant your left foot.
Swing your right foot quickly, but confidently over the fence.
While holding firmly to the fence, place your right foot on the ground, and....
Swing your left foot over the fence.
Gather up your skirts so they don't drag on the dirty road....
Look both ways before crossing the street....
Aaaaaand off you go!!!
Scandalous I know, but what's a lady to do when no gentlemen or gate in the fence is around?
And that's it for the Grape Soda Dress Photo shoot!!!
I have decided to wait until snow falls to do a photo shoot of the 1916 Wearing History Jacket and dress. The jacket is wool and the accessories are black fur....ergo. Snow!!!
Here is the link to the Fashion Through the Ages fashion show that We Wear Idaho History put on:
Ok! Up next? 1840s mourning dress and appropriate underwear!
Be Blessed my friends!!