Sunday, July 31, 2011

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1920s Fun at the Ehrman Mansion, Sugarpine Point, Lake Tahoe

On Saturday, four Great Basin Costumers "invaded," as we do, the Sugarpine Living History Day, a mildly 1900-1930s event held at the old Ehrman Mansion on West Shore at Tahoe.

We went in 1920s to 30s attire, toured the house, enjoyed a picnic on the front porch, and admired the grounds.

More photos.......

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Friday, July 29, 2011

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Pretty New Vintage Things to Admire ...

Two new items for your consideration, now available in my Etsy shop:

A beautiful, handmade Edwardian reticule.
The first is an Edwardian reticule.  This little purse is truly amazing, and in absolutely pristine condition - no shattering, no staining.  It's a beautiful bag for Edwardian costuming, into the 1920s, but would also pair perfectly with a vintage-inspired wedding gown, or even Regency to 1830s gowns.  See more photos and info in the Etsy shop.

Crownford Fine Bone China, Made in England.  Lovely.
Next is a new old teacup.  It's Crownford bone china, a company originally founded in 1891, although this teacup is not that old.  It's lovely and quaint, though, and reminds me of an English garden.  If you are a taker of the teas, this may be a new cup for your collection :-).  More info and photos in the Etsy shop - click here.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Devonshire and Georgiana Size Chart Updates


I know I'm hitting you guys over the head with shoes lately, but we've been eating, sleeping, and breathing shoes here, and I feel obliged to keep you informed.

The Georgianas I currently have in stock are now all listed as "WIDE" on the website (http://www.american-duchess.com/shoe-shop/costume-shoes/georgiana-18th-century-shoe) .  If you have wide feet, these are the shoes for you, but don't wait to order - I have only about 25 pairs left, and am already out of 6s, 7s, 7.5s, and 8s.

Both the new leather Devonshires and the revised, regular-width Georgianas are going on pre-sale this coming Monday, August 1st, and will be available to order through August 10.  Be sure to double-check the new sizing charts; you may wear a different size in these than your normal shoe size:


US Size
UK Size
Euro Size
Inches
CM
6
4
36-37
8.875
22.5
6.5
4.5
37
9.0625
23
7
5
37-38
9.25
23.5
7.5
5.5
38
9.375
23.8
8
6
38-39
9.5
24.1
8.5
6.5
39
9.6875
24.6
9
7
39-40
9.875
25.1
9.5
7.5
40
10
25.4
10
8
40-41
10.1875
25.9
10.5
8.5
41
10.3125
26.2
11
9
41-42
10.5
26.7
11.5
9.5
42
10.6875
27.1
12
10
42-43
10.875
27.6


Once again, we must achieve at least 100 orders for Devonshires or Georgianas to make the run.  If we don't reach that goal, I must refund everyone who did buy their shoes and cancel the order.  So please tweet, share, re-post, and spread the news to your friends that August 1st is the day.

Of course, when you order between August 1 and 10, you get the reduced price ($100 instead of $120).  You can order as many shoes as you like, whichever sizes you need.  Delivery will be in October, just around the corner, and in time for Halloween, holiday events, and well in preparation for next year's Summer season.

So mark your calendars: AUGUST 1, and go to www.american-duchess.com to have a look at the goodies.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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A Revolutionary Ice Cream Social

This past Sunday a small group of Great Basin Costumers got together to play dress up and eat ice cream.  The theme was 18th century,  roughly the time between the American Revolution and the French Revolution.

It was wonderful to see what everyone put together, from Lady Carolyn and myself representing the 1780s, to Liza showing off her beautiful new 1790s-1800, and Dana having a laugh at all of us in her patriotic "Betsy Ross" dress.

More photos under the cut ...

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Addressing Width Issues in the Georgiana 18th c. Shoes


Hi Ladies (and Gents),
   I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I'm working out what happened with the width of the Georgies.  Most of you have noticed the Georgianas to be quite wide, almost a C width.  While my sample pair was small, about a 1/2 size smaller than my own usual size (I used myself as a gauge, with very average size 7.5 feet), the production run came in just ridonculously huge.

Apparently "Americans have huge feet."  I'm not kidding, this was my response from my manufacturing agent oversees, and width was added to the lasts without my knowledge.  I've told the manufacturer to remove any additional width that was added, and only use standard US sized lasts from now on.  ... oh... and to never ever ever make changes to the lasts without telling me.

As you can imagine, what a huge mess this has made, but not to worry.  The goal here is to get everyone their shoes, and if you need to return or exchange your Georgies for a smaller size, just send them on back with a note in the box for which size you need.

Meanwhile, I carefully measured the insoles of every size, and here's a revised sizing chart that reflects the actual, physical shoes in my shop:


US SizeUK SizeEuro SizeInchesCM
6436-379”22.9
6.54.5379.25”23.5
7537-389.5”24.1
7.55.5389.75”24.8
8638-399.875”25.1
8.56.53910”25.4
9739-4010.25”26
9.57.54010.5”26.7
10840-4110.75”27.3
10.58.54110.875”27.6
11941-4210.9”27.7
11.59.54211”27.9
121042-4311.5”29.2


Some of you may need a half size smaller, and some maybe a whole size smaller.

Now to answer the main question: what does this mean for the fit of the Devonshires and future runs of Georgianas?
The sizes will run true-to-size, the length being the same, but the width will be back to normal.  As is the nature of buying footwear online, if you still need to exchange future orders for smaller or larger sizes, it's easy as pie, just send them back to the return address on the box they came in, and you're good to go.

I do have some bad news, though.  Because of the massive, crazy confusion with the factory, about the widths, I will not be able to run wide widths for future styles.  However, if you have wide feet and did not order Georgianas this time because you thought they'd be too narrow, now's the time to order, before I run out of stock of this first run (e-mail me - lauren@american-duchess.com - if your size is out of stock because it's very likely a pair will be coming back soon, for an exchange, and you can nab it!)

As always, thank you so much for understanding and supporting this whole idea.  Without you wonderful ladies and gentlemen, none of this could have happened, and I greatly appreciate your patience while I work out the kinks!

Sincerely,

Lauren R
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