When I first heard about Steam Incorporated's Kapiti Coast Express Family Fun Day I immediately thought it would be perfect for an excursion in period dress. It didn't take much convincing to get Liane on board and, as the day fell on her birthday, she also thought that it would be a fun way to… Continue reading Capers on the Kapiti Coast, Part I
There's no denying that I love the fashions of the 1880s, and I haven't always been a huge fan of the 1890s. Until my parents gave me a couple of 1890s patterns for Christmas. The next thing I knew, I was buying new books about the fashion of this new decade (The Keystone Cutter and… Continue reading The Antique Rose
No... I'm not writing about Gondor... this post is about Oamaru, that beautiful little city in Otago which annually feeds my historical costuming addiction. This beautiful city holds the Victorian Heritage Celebrations every year in November and I have been attending for nearly 10 years. Not only is it the biggest and best historical costuming… Continue reading The City of White Stone
I was really hoping to be posting about my 1890s skirt project today but, it turns out that applying and sewing about 18 metres of Russian Braid takes quite a while! Not to mention, I now have the oh-so-exciting task of hand sewing the hem facing in. So, while I can't yet write about that,… Continue reading A Mad Dash About Caccia Birch
In March this year I went along to the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum for their opening of the 150 Years of Waipukurau exhibition.
A photo shoot featuring the Rose Wine Dress.
While I always liked to dress up, I never thought that it was possible to make what I dressed up in. Until I met other people who did just that.