Thursday, 27 September 2012

More ladies in bowler hats

I am still on the hunt for images of victorian ladies wearing bowler hats. Even more so because of my recent plans to wear one with my 1885 bustle costume.

Here is one from 1880 out of  la Mode Illustree.
source: In the long run

source for both pictures: Corset & Crinolines

Awesome picture!
source: Grand Ladies

The young lady on the right is holding a bowler hat.
source: Ebay

Source: Ebay

And the search continues

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Anton Pieck Parade 2012

The Anton Pieck Parade will be held again this year in Haarlem on the 8 th of December. It is a victorian style event to honor the dutch artist Anton Pieck. Who lived in Haarlem. I just got the confirmation this week and I am delighted it will be held again. So many great events seized to exist lack of funds. The only downside is that my head immediately filled up with victorian costuming ideas. 

Although my purple Edwardian costume was great, especially the big Merry widow hat. It was a little bit to demure for my personality. I like to make a big impression.

I promised my husband to save time, money, space and stress by not making a whole new costume for this event again. So I have to do like the fashionable victorian ladies did back then. And change the look of my black and red bustle costume. By making some changes and adding new accessories. The idea right now is to wear a different style of overskirt and a new hat. My signature hat with this costume is a top hat. Absolutely fab but very recognizable. I also have a small late victorian hat but it's really not my thing. 

While looking for inspiration I found these pictures of Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holes: A Game of Shadows. 

The hat in the first picture look like this hat sold at Nehelenia Patterns.
The hats in the second and third pictures look like a bowler hat, maybe a little bit modified.
As my husband gave me a bowler hat this year for my birthday this will be my first option.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Blue dress update

This is the last version (6.0) of mock-up models for the bodice of the blue dress. The pattern I used is from Mrs Depew Vintage with some adjustments.Looks promising, doesn't it?
My hands are itching to make it out of the blue fabric. But this week I will be busy cleaning up stuff from the viking event and getting out the things I need for the medieval event. That we will be attending upcoming weekend. So I guess I'll have to be patient for a little bit longer.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Archeon Vikingmarket

It was a really great weekend. The weather was fine, sunny but not too hot. I didn't get round to do any viking whipcording like I had planned. When I wasn't chatting with my friends I was sewing my Frankish dress.

I even did some cooking!

My son had a new bow, his first real bow, not a toy. And if it had been up to him he would have practised with it all day. 

Here he is make dice out of bone. He's becoming quite a craftsman!

Unfortunately this lovely picture of my two men is out of focus, but I love it so much that I am sharing it anyway.