Thursday, March 27, 2014

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More Highlights from Williamsburg and Jamestown

I was quite terrible (and busy) and didn't take a lot of photos, but here are a few more from the trip...

Day 1...

Maggie and I arrived, dropped our stuff at Abby's house, and despite being bone tired, walked the mile-or-so to the historic district, and mosied around the DeWitt Museum for several hours, catching up with Lauren M. and admiring the beautiful artifacts.

Maggie and Lauren M at the DeWitt.
"Costumers Gone Wild." Lauren M relaxes after walking back and forth between the Historic Area four times
Day 2...

We were up-and-at-'em the next morning, on our way to Jamestown for the "Military Through Time" event. It was cold, wet, and grey, so we all dressed in our sortof-kindof-warmest apparel, and had a wonderful time seeing the different units and Jamestown itself.

Maggie helping me tie my little cravat - photo by Lauren Marks
Lauren M, Napoleon, Maggie, and me, at Military Through Time, in front of the Burnley & Trowbridge tent, which we thoroughly ravaged. - photo by Lauren Marks
I enjoyed this interpreter's demonstration of the match lock gun. He was actually a she - Mary - but performed as a man very convincingly. I would never have known has she not told us.
The match lock "match," a long piece of rope burning at both ends, held perpetually by the soldier. Can you imagine? Ooops, it's raining, no battle today guys, sorry, can't keep my matches lit...
That evening we attended the welcoming/opening of the Millinery Through Time conference, at the DeWitt, and the Millinery Shop's birthday party afterwards. It was a pleasure to see everyone in costume, see some old friends and make some new, and enjoy the incredible fondant hat cakes made for the occasion...

Beautiful cakes made to look like hats
The second gorgeous hat cake. These weren't eaten, of course!
Cynthia and Lauren M rockin' the late 1780s in 1790s, with their perfect hedgehog hair styles
I love this photo of Cynthia, looking so elegant
I wore my LACMA Sacque-ma and high hair, with about 10 lbs of powder in it.
Day 3 & 4...

The morning's talks were fascinating, particularly the re-creation of the 1780s cartoon "The Morning Ramble," which featured the Milliner's Apprentices, Abby and Sarah, the Blacksmith's Apprentice, Aislinn, and the Tailor's Apprentice, Mike, all dressed to the nines. You can see more pictures at Two Nerdy History Girls.

Mike, the Tailor's Apprentice, as the "coxcomb."
We tried to tour around the city a little, but the weather was quite awful. We suffered through it and toured the Governor's Palace...

The Governor's Palace, seen from the back
One of the beautiful guns in the entry of the Palace
 After the tour, we invaded the Millinery Shop and squeed over the pretties...it was also warm and dry in there.

Maggie went for warm an stylish in her Regency traveling attire, complete with the most badass shako ever, and an original Victorian paisley shawl, which was huge and warm and beautiful
Here we are representing tree different decades - 1780s, 1790s, and 1800s - at the Millinery Shop - photo by Lauren Marks
Lauren M trying on one of the calash bonnets. I think we've all decided most definitely that we need to make these and wear them and be awesome.
I was happy to wear my striped "Parisienne" Robe a l'Anglaise again - it doesn't get much love, but is my favorite 18th c. gown I've yet made. Photo by Maggie.
Day 5

At last, a gorgeous, sunny, warm day! We spent the morning at Jamestown, but the afternoon in costume in Williamsburg again, touring about the Historic Area.

Lauren M, me, and Maggie, our last day in CW, with nice weather
Can we talk about Maggie's bonnet? Black taffeta, perfectly made, I wanted to steal it off her head every time she wore it.
One of my highlights of the trip was meeting Mark Scheider, who portrays Lafayette and Napoleon (though not here). He intercepted us on our carriage ride, then followed us around for the rest of the ramble. Later, he showed us the stables and where all the carriage gubbins and tack are kept. What a treat!
I wore the red dress on our last day - my second-ever 18th c. gown, and still one of my favorites. I'd remodeled the neckline and adjusted the fit. The neckerchief was new, from B&T
That's it for my photos from CW, but soon I will show you the result of my photo shoot with Sammy, Maggie, and Lauren M., representing late Elizabethan, Directoire, and late Regeny, at Bacon's Castle.
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14 comments:

  1. Precioso blog, a mi también me encantan los vestidos de otras épocas. Tal vez les guste mi blog http://trajesepoca.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh, your trip looks wonderful and you met some of my favorite people ever!!!!! Mr. Schneider, is so incredibly awesome, and Mary your FABULOUS Jamestowne interpreter is a very dear and wonderful friend of mine, with so many incredible talents!

    Thank you for sharing some of your pictures, it looks like you had a gorgeously fun time, and your dresses, ah! They continue to take my breath away, some day I shall conquer the sacque back gown...someday, for now it still eludes me.
    Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it was a GREAT trip. Someday I'll conquer the sacque too, lol, this blue one was a MESS

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  3. Oh! Was Kate your carriage driver?

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    1. Gosh, I'm so bad with names, I can't remember, but she was lovely

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  4. What a fabulous weekend! I wish I would have known about the Millinery Conference, I would have loved to have been there.
    I'm glad to see the striped polonaise on an outing again, I've always loved that dress! :D

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  5. How fun! Looks like a great time had by all.

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  6. How does someone participate in the Millinery Conference? And I LOVE your riding habit. Stunning!

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  7. What a wonderful trip! I love the pictures of you all in the Millinery Shop, I can see why that outfit is your favorite, it's so pretty, like an aqua and cream cupcake.

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  8. So much eye candy! I especially love how you accessorized your striped dress.

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  9. Hoping this isn't a double post, original went poof!
    May I ask what type of fabric Maggie's orange gown was made of? What is that type of gown classified as? A caraco? It looks like a jacket and skirt with pinned front closure, but I could be very wrong. And that Bonnet. Did she make it and is there a pattern? Gorgeous.

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    1. Sure, Maggie's orange outfit is made from wool. She did make her bonnet and she has just come out with an ePattern for it, which is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/235598012/18th-century-bonnet-epattern-instant?ref=shop_home_active_1

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