Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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V130: Catalina Island, 1940

First off, this...


Now, got that out of the way...

I'm currently on a cruise with Lady Carolyn, going up the West Coast of America, into Canada.  Carolyn is an "onboard speaker," and presents interesting talks on the history of wherever the ship is going next - so yesterday's was "The Phantom City of San Francisco," all about the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, and the next is on Astoria, Oregon, the oldest town west of the Rockies.

We've been in costume the whole time, wearing 1940s, 1930s, and 1912/15 all day long.  It's made quite an impression on the passengers on board, most of whom are of the older set and are quite tickled by our costumery.


Our first port of call was Catalina Island.  We wore 1940s, went ashore and did some watercolor paintings, before scootin' around the island top-speed on a golf cart (Carolyn was driving), what seems to be the only mode of gas-powered transportation on the island, except for the vintage tour buses.

What a beautiful place! Here are some photos from the day...








A pink Victorian hotel called the "Hotel St. Lauren" !!!

There are more photos to come as we make our way north. :-)




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10 comments:

  1. Your pants are super super cute! Have fun on your vacation!

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  2. ADORABLE!! You both look great!

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  3. Fun look! A costumed cruise sounds like a great idea.

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    1. It's SO fun! We're the only two ladies on board wearing costumes, but lots of people stop and ask us about what we're wearing. It's only a matter of time before they come to the Dark Side :-)

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  4. Oh! How fun is that??
    I'd love to do costumes on a cruise some time... Hmm...

    And LOVE those pants!!

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  5. I WANTA ZOES PANTS. NAO. I am so sorry I didn't send you that pelisse in time..It needed so much work and now its taken apart but not finished in time : (. pls dont freeze!

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    1. No worries - I made that Spencer as a backup - and it turns out we were inside the whole day anyway, due to RIDICULOUSLY HIGH SEAS AND TERROR. So I was toasty warm, if not sea sick, lol. Fine now, though.

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  6. You looked fabulous every day of your trip! But this ensemble is one of my favorites: those pants are Amazing!! What pattern did you use?

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    1. American DuchessMay 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Moxie, thanks so much! I used Burda 8488 for the pants, and raised the waist a couple inches.

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