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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grape Soda Dress Photo Shoot!

*Caution*
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 Accessories

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!




The Hair!!!!!

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!!!!

Er...I mean...

Thank you my sweet cascading, lovely auburn hair!  You make my heart so happy....

hahahahahahaha!!!!!

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!!


The People

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.  
Exccccccccccellent.....


The Silly!!!!!

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!!!


Mini Tutorial

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.  

Right?


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!!

g

30 comments:

  1. Gina every time you make a new gown I say "oh that's my favorite!" Well this time its really really true! I love this so much. And your hair is full of awesome. Xo

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I think this era is one of your favorites isn't it? I do love this era now as well!! I like "Hair is full of awesome." I'll have to remember that one!
      Blessings!
      g

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  2. Hi! This dress 'in action" is amazing! Time to praise you and your talent, and the purple fabric shining in the sunlight :) Lavish :D Have a good time whenever you will wear it in the future and may you sew loads of neat ensembles :) Have a nice weekend and nice weather :)

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    1. Hello again Melinda! It was super fun putting this dress into action! And it did indeed shine in the sunlight! Silk is so fabulous! Thank you for your lovely compliments and I hope you have fabulous weather as well!
      Blessings!
      g

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    1. Thank you so much Karen!
      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you so much Ruth!
      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you so much Siri!
      Blessings!
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  6. Amazingly wonderful!!! :-) Love the fence demonstration- hehe!

    I shall always admire that fabulous skirt.... sigh. And your hair- bravo! It definitely deserves some sort of reward for graciously bestowing such cooperation upon your endeavors! I think donuts or ice cream might be appropriate, given the circumstances. ;-)

    Wonderful as always! I know I rarely comment... but that's certainly not for lack of a reason! I'm looking forward to your 1840s dress.... maybe it'll give me a boost to start on my own. ;-)

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    1. Ha!! The fence photos were so fun, if not awkward!! Hahahahaha!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments! And yes, I think the hair does deserve an award!! It was on such good behavior Saturday! It is now back to being naughty...

      I finished the corset for the 1840s ensemble today! Huzzah!! I would love to see you in 1840s!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  7. Hello, Gina! I just wanted to let you know that, a few days ago, YOU were the subject of much discussion between a friend and me...
    We have decided that you are most definitely a ROCK STAR in the world of costume!!! And, that you have officially crossed the line from "costume" to HISTORICAL CLOTHING. (You're a "house hold" name!!) I'm also pretty sure that your new Grape Soda Dress confirms this...
    Seriously, how is it possible for one person to be so PERFECT?!? This is GORGEOUS!!! (And requires all capital letters). You are, without a doubt, an inspiration to us all!!
    Anneliese :)

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    1. Huzzah! Rock Star status! What fun! Thank you so much Anneliese...now if you would only convince my kids of this.... Thank you again for your lovely compliments! I just have a lot of fun doing what I do...the research (my favorite), the sewing (not my favorite), the wearing of the things (another favorite)!!! And you yourself is a total rock star with your fabulous outfits!!! Laaaaaaaa!!!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  8. These are wonderful! I love the picking blackberries one, you look so much like one of the beauties in a Tissot painting. And the hopping over the fence sequence is so funny.

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    1. Oh Laaaaaa!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tissot, so thank you so much for the comparisons!!! Mom and I had lots of laughs with the fence photos...I think she had me jump them for her entertainment!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  9. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!!! What a stunning accomplishment. You look like you stepped out of a portrait!

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    1. Whoot and Huzzah! That is exactly what I was going for with the photo session, so thank you so much!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  10. Oh. My. Goodness. You look absolutely gorgeous!! Every single aspect of your dress is so dreamy. And your hair?!!! Wow!!
    This dress is definitely one of my favorites of yours. The color and style suits you so perfectly!
    My mom and I loved seeing all the pictures! Such fun! Thanks for sharing them, Gina! I can't wait to see your 1840s.

    P.S. How do you store all your dresses? They must take up an amazing amount of room!

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  11. Thank you so much Esther! The hair so made me crazy happy!!!
    My fabulous husband made me a sewing/costume room in the garage and I store the dresses in there on a double sided, rolling clothing rack. I am getting very close to needing an other one!! ACK!!!!
    Blessings!
    g

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  12. Your hair looks great, Gina! There is such fluff on your dress... lovely, but perhaps not the most fun to sew... But of course the finished effect is stunning. Thanks for the photos!

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Thank you Quinn! Yes the dress was über fluffy and not so fun during the construction stage. I'm just so happy it's over!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  13. Wow! This dress is absolutely stunning. I've been dreaming for quite a while of sewing a late 70s/early80s dress with a train, balayeuse and all of the pleated trimmings like this but I haven't quite summoned up the courage or the time yet. Congratulations on your beautiful creation. The trimmings are very impressive and I love the touch of the matching across the back. Well done!

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    1. Oh La Belle, you should totally make one of these dresses! They do require a bit of time, but in the end they are so worth it! Thank you so much for your lovely compliments! This dress makes me truly happy!
      Blessings!
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  14. Ahh! Everything about this outfit for the top to the toe is just divine! I adore the colors in this ensemble and between Lily of Mode de Lis and yourself I keep wondering if I should have a stab and historical costuming, just so I can wear a awesome dress like this one!

    Seriously, you are such an inspiration! Your work is amazing. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Thank you so much for you lovely compliments Bonita! And I think you should totally take a stab at Historical costuming! You would look so marvelous!!
      Blessings!
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  15. Hahaha, how on Earth do you climb over a fence and still look as pretty as a (period) picture?XD I'm having a case of serious dress envy right now. And your hair was really smashing, great that it behaved:-)

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    1. Hahahaha!! I still laugh when I see the fence pictures! That was so fun. Thank you for your lovely compliments Rosa! And the hair...I am still impressed with how well it behaved! hahahaha!!
      Blessings!
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