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So. Greenfield Village. Last year, this same event was my first-ever Civil War event and could probably be called the event that launched me full-force into reenacting. I also got horribly ill and only remember portions of the weekend...so as I told my mother, the bar for "rockin'" was set pretty low for this year! "As long as I remember everything, it can't be worse than last year."

I'm happy to report that not only do I remember the whole weekend, I had a great time, and I think everybody else did too. We didn't see too much of [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre and [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor, but Gwendolyn and I got to spend quite a bit of good quality time together, and I got a chance to see the crowd that works at Greenfield--including dear JJ, who looked very well. Actually, he looked damn good and I may have actually told him, "JJ, not gonna lie, I kinda wanna make out with you right now." He didn't go for it, but he laughed and was flattered anyway.

Anyway...you just want pictures, so here we go!

Welcome to our camp!

In roughly chronological order... )
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No epistle-like event summary; I'm too tired and apparently have the swine flu, so I'm just putting up pictures. [livejournal.com profile] lachwen put a little bit up about it, plus a couple pictures of both herself and Mike. These are all her photos--my camera fails at low-light situations. I just used peer pressure and common thievery to get her to put them online so fast, and to steal some for myself.

Ballgown Version 2. Complete success.

Don't worry, there are more. )
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Okay, folks. I'm exhausted and quickly approaching incoherency, but I had a great weekend of doing all sorts of fun stuff in costumes. I'm going to bed now, but I leave you a photo as evidence:

See? Doing stuff. In history clothes.

There will be more later, and although [livejournal.com profile] lachwen was also in attendance at the event in question, I'm going to let her put up her own photos* of her dress and such. I made no such promises to the gentleman with whom I am dancing*, so Mike gets a cameo this time.

*Until Monday evening, Gwendolyn. Then I'm putting up my favorite pictures, including the ones with you and your almost-new dress in them.
**Technically, we're standing around in promenade position, waiting for something to happen. But we danced shortly thereafter.
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So, I went to a Civil War reenactment (though I do use the term loosely) in Jackson this weekend. The site was...fine, but the shopping was quite good. Above are a couple of the buttons I bought for the slowly-progressing plaid day bodice.

And under the cut, more stuff! )


Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm
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Parchment crocuses from Spencer's Mercantile, purchased at Fort Erie.

The white ones will be used on the next incarnation of the Civil War ballgown. The colored ones were bought simply because they're a) maroon...sort-of, and b) pretty. I figured they'd probably go nicely on a hat. Maybe 18th century. More photos under the cut!

Speaking of hats... )

So yeah...yay, pictures, and please--thoughts on the hat ribbons! I'm undecided.

Oh, and as a bonus, the crocuses were photographed sitting on the flounces of that petticoat I was talking about, since I had it laid out in the work area already (aka, the living room).

Uh. I lied.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 11:26 pm
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So, I know I said I was trying to use up fabric I already had, but I got back from training in Spring Arbor this afternoon and didn't want to just go home, so I went swatch shopping instead. I'm thinking in terms of that I'm not going to be able to get away with not going to any more Civil War events and then [livejournal.com profile] nuranar was talking about her wrapper and [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre posted pictures of hers and...

Whatever. I'm looking at fabric, and I wanted opinions on prints:

[livejournal.com profile] superiorcap has already weighed in with a "good!" on the maroon and a "don't know" on the blue. And told me to post on LJ for those more knowledgeable than I to see, so that's what I'm doing.

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I've said to a number of people that I ought to compile all the information that was kindly given to me by [livejournal.com profile] nuranar and others over the (crash)course of my education in Civil War costuming. I still think it would be a good idea, and I'm too sick to want to get up and do anything around the house, so it seems like an ideal time. Really, I ought to make a website out of it; however, my computer with its webpage templates is en absentia right now, so I'll be using LJ and possibly converting it later.

Our saga begins back in January of 2009, shortly after [livejournal.com profile] superiorcap picked up a hoop kit from Needle & Thread for me.
Beginnings )

[livejournal.com profile] nuranar, my personal 1860s clothing fount of information, had this to say about my choice: Color choices, lace, and decade of style )

She continued in response to a generic reply from me: On using fashion plates, some inspiration images, and fabric choices. )

We discussed some other options, and I said that I would be using the Laughing Moon Silverado corset. This is a good mid-century corset and can be made with several variations. Ginger ([livejournal.com profile] nuranar continued my education with some more information about undergarments and patterns. More links, and fabric info )

I asked about bias flounces--i.e. why are they bias? We also then discussed shoes a bit. Flounces and shoes )

As a point of interest, I did end up purchasing the recommended stockings, along with a couple other styles from Sock Dreams. I loved all of them, and I've also purchased net gloves from them with good results for stage use.

I then decided that I was going to do this Civil War thing whole-hog, and posted a list of questions from the skin out.
Information from the skin out: a quick guide )

I experienced quite a bit of flail when I realized that I had approximately three weeks to become as proficient in 1860s as I am in 18th century. Again I turned to LiveJournal for advice.
A quick primer on daywear--patterns and options )

At this juncture, I pretty much abandoned the ballgown and finished the day dress in short order. We bounced around a few more ideas and inspiration images for the ballgown, but didn't cover much new ground.
I found the ballgown somewhat frustrating, as you may have gathered. )

From there, I managed to make some headway on the ballgown. I also did some experimentation with hair, since mine is just chin-to-shoulder length.
Hairstyles--my first attempt. )

[livejournal.com profile] nuranar checked in with some thoughts and questions, the content of which conversation is below. Further advice on hair )

At the end of my weekend test run, I came away with some valuable tidbits that really helped my hair be a non-issue during the actual reenactment. In fact, I showered and styled it according to these guidelines on Saturday morning, slept on it, and only had to re-roll the front for Sunday. I slept on it again that night and it held up fine for Monday. In fact, I left it in all day minus the hairpiece and it survived fine until my shower Monday night.
My own reference for how to make my hair behave )

And just one more quick note, a reply from Ginger on the subject of hats: Hats )

Hopefully, this isn't too horribly confusing. I'm hoping to be able to use it later to compile an actual webpage, but for the time being it's in mostly chronological order. That's why it skips around a bit--I skipped around on projects, so the order of my posts reflect that (i.e. Ballgown, daydress, ballgown again.) But now at least the extremely helpful information is all in one place, and it's become abundantly clear to me that [livejournal.com profile] nuranar is very much to blame for my now-extended foray into Civil War reenacting. Way to go, Ginger. I'll see you in December! ;)
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Mike, Katie, Gwendolyn, Tyler
Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village, May 23-25, 2009

Photos! )

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