The gaulle I had plan to make didn't happen. Sigh. However, I pulled out a chemise dress, ironed and starched it and accessorized it with black. A friend of mine figured out how to use a crownless straw hat to make a Lunardi hat. So, I made one and trimmed it in black and white. Here it is:
Also the wig turned out great for me. It was lightweight and easy to wear and blend with my hair - (see previous blog post). Uh, yes those are headstones behind me. We have a lovely cemetry that makes a perfect - unpublic - picnic site for our group. California doesn't really have 18th century sites to 'play' in but we try to find places that give us a nice back drop to enjoy ourselves.
It was a lovely day. Our weather has been wet and cold but this weekend we had fabulously warm weather with a mild breeze that kept us cool along with the champagne!
We also made an effort to have period food. We had a chicken galantine, fruit, pickled carrots and green beans and I made a peach pudding from Mrs. Randolph's cook book from 18th century Williamsburg, Virginia.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Here are the samples. Top picture is the sheer self-striped fabric that will go over the aqua. It is really thin. I pre-washed it and lost a bit of the crispness. Not sure how to get that back - any suggestions? The aqua fabric is just a plain top-weight or blouse weight cotton. The middle picture is the ivory over the aqua - sweet, eh? The last picture includes my boy who had to put in his paw-sense. The yellow is a sample color for the sashing. What do you all think?
Hair - The wig I have on in the last post I put together at Costume College 2009 through a workshop. I like it but it is very formal. So, I have been on the look-out for a wig that has more of the look Ms. Knightley had in The Duchess:
Friday, June 18, 2010
Phew! The school year ended and although I am still working the schedule is not so hectic. So, I have turned my eye onto several projects. One is a summer weight Gaul for an 18th century Picnic (in two weeks - Yikes!) and then preparing for an Art Deco event on the Queen Mary - a full weekend of dressing deco!