Monday, January 26, 2015

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Late 1860s at the P.E.O Sisterhood's Founder's Day Luncheon


This past weekend I attended a lovely event where a few members of our local costuming group, Great Basin Costume Society, were invited to dress in 1860s costume to represent the founders of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a national philanthropic organization that supports women's education.

The sisterhood was founded in 1869, but the closest I could get was my recent Purple People Eater day dress with the gored skirt. I finished the elliptical hoop and a dedicated petticoat (not shown) the night before the event, and am pleased that it's done its job, and saved me from the dreaded "lampshade hoop."


I hope you enjoy these few snaps of the whole ensemble put together - photos courtesy of my Mom <3
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11 comments:

  1. I just love this dress!! It's such a beautiful color and the design is stunning. The new hoops look wonderful! I've not yet ventured into hoop-land, but someday I suppose I'll have to. Getting in the car sounds so painful though!!! It's bad enough just with petticoats! ;)

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    1. Hahaha, I wouldn't recommend driving in hoops, but a few of us did it that day, one of us even in a stick shift! It's possible, but tricky - skirts and petticoats fly everywhere!

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  2. Just wanted to say how lovely this dress is. I am not a costume maker, but I do sew and always love seeing what you've created. Have family in Sparks and hope to be in town visiting sometime when you have an event.

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  3. You got the proportions so right, especially the higher 1860s waist. And no wrinkles and creases in the bodice - very impressive!

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    1. Thanks! I need to revisit the corset for this dress, with the lower 1860s bustpoint, but otherwise I'm happy with the overall effect

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  4. This turned out beautifully! I do love it. You're inspiring me to do eliptical!

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    1. Thank you! It's an interesting period, as all transitional periods are - a little "weird," which is what I like :-)

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  5. The dress is exquisite! I don't care for the hat, but then few fashions are loved by everybody.

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  6. What a beautiful dress. I really love the smooth lines of the gored skirt and the fabric is stunning. So far I have only made a Walking Cage and a bustle but seeing your pictures makes me wish I had an elliptical cage too! I may have to come up with a new storage solution for cumbersome steel contraptions first though!

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  7. I don't know if its possible with elliptically, but I've been able to store my Elizabethan hoops collapsed flat and hung against the wall.
    Auntie Nan

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