Monday, March 18, 2013

Titanic exhibit

Finally finished and wore my 1913 outfit! I went to the Titanic exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philly yesterday with a group of friends - of course we had to wear our 19-teens outfits! It was a very well-put together exhibit; if it's ever in your town I highly recommend it!

Photography wasn't allowed in the exhibit, so there aren't many pictures, but I did make sure to get a couple of my new outfit!

And the coat and hat I finished in January:
(That coat's been dubbed The Teens Pimp Coat, by the way. Details on Silly Hat and Pimp Coat in this post if you want them!)

(This photo & the following courtesy of Kat Stelzer)
Details!
 - The dress is based on this fashion plate/pattern from the marqise.de website - she has several 1913 patterns on her site, but I really liked this one! I did some switching of what closed where, but it's still pretty closely based on the original pattern pieces - which I didn't try to draft up, just draped and got as close to the original shapes as I could.
 - The dress is made of red wool suiting, with the collar and sash of a coordinating red silk. It's lined in pink polished cotton and plain white cotton muslin, and closes with about a thousand snaps and hooks & eyes. The fitted lining has boning at the front darts and sides:

- Worn over combinations, my 1911 Corsets & Crinolines corset, and, um, my 18thc shift, since I haven't gotten around to making a petticoat yet! Sewing on all those snaps took longer than anticipated...

It's actually quite a simple dress, once you get past the closures, and surprisingly comfortable to wear, once you've got used to the long-line corset and the 45" hem circumference! I had very good posture all day Sunday...and took very small brisk steps. Walking through the city was amusing - lots of tottering down the sidewalks and hopping up and down curbs!

7 comments:

  1. Its a sassy sashy dress with a pimp hat and coat! Truly lovely! I only wish I had been there to see it in person!!!!! You look devine!

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    1. Thank you! Well, I'm sure I'll have an opportunity to wear it again, so you'll get to see it! :)

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  2. That is so lovely! I love the color!

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    1. Thank you! It's currently one of my favorites, I admit. :D

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  3. Beautiful! And I love the coat and hat! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award: http://asartorialstatement.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-first-blog-award.html

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  4. Please don't feel obligated to do this, but I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger award!

    http://costumersguide.blogspot.com/2013/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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  5. I've nominated you too!

    http://learningtocostume.blogspot.com/2013/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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