For today's Throw Back Thursday dress, I have decided to do my blue 1885 dress. I am feeling rather sad, down and "blue" so think it rather the perfect dress for the day. Most of the time when I am feeling off/down/sad/etc. it is because I have allowed outside factors to effect my emotions. I allow these things to dictate me and how I think about myself. Am I a fraud/dork/fool? Why do I do this thing called costuming? Why do I blog about it? Am I a good parent? Daughter? Wife? I seriously start to doubt myself and that drags me down even deeper into my sadness. Being tired, stressed, sick, too busy can also effect me as well. 99.8% of the time, I am a seriously happy and joyful person, but there are times when I am not. Thankfully, there is always a tomorrow and a chance to start anew!
Me on a happy day! Mom and I got dressed up in our blue Christmas dresses, I can't even remember how long ago it was, and headed to the Boise Capital to do a photo shoot.
The inspiration for this dress came from this fashion plate I have had in my collection for a while. I loved the monochromatic blue color of the dress. Happily in my stash, I had a dupioni silk that was the perfect match and JoAnn's had the perfect shade of a darker velvet to go with the silk!
The rabbit fur muff had been in my collection for quite a while.
I love the silhouette of the late bustle era! Such a fun shelf that the bustle makes!
The buttons were lovely carved shell ones found at JoAnn's...I think.... I have since sold this dress. Although I sold it to a very lovely friend, I sometimes wish it was still in my closet!
Blue Dupioni Silk
Bodice: TV463 1884 French Vest Bodice
Underskirt: TV261-R 1885 Four Gore Underskirt
Overskirt Apron: TV382 1886 Asymmetrical Drapery Add-on
Bustling: Me Made
Hat: Altered Lynn McMaster's 1600-1800 Tall Hat
What things make you doubt yourself? Do you also allow outside factors to dictate how you think about yourself? I am 44 and I still allow these things to affect me. Silly, I know. But, I am so much better that I was even from last year. I have learned that good sleep, prayer, and remembering that those I love and am important to are truly the ones whose opinions matter, help my emotional well being. Being well grounded and "plumb" or centered helps as well. I can't wait until I am feeling happy and joyful self again! It is a very good place to be!!
Be Blessed and full of joy my dear friends and readers!!