Display promoting the Costume Society of Ontario at Montgomery's Inn. Pieces are my reproductions.
Recollections: I have to say that my favorite period to reproduce has been the Edwardian age. The details and textiles that one can work with are the most fun. It also places high demands on your sewing skills and your pocket book. The black lace dress below, I created in the early 1990's. The skirt consists of three layers of fabric. That's 15 yards! A satin lining, over that, pink chiffon and over that, black lace. The lace for the skirt is of the period. I was able to find it in an antique store and it was the impetus for the recreation. Remarkably, it is woven in one piece! Only a center back seam is employed. The lace is one large ovoid shape of gored panels. Quite an engineering feat! Even more remarkably, I was able to purchase it for $45.00. It is in mint condition. The remaining lace used in the bodice and sleeves is basic yard goods. I didn't hesitate mixing the laces, the Edwardians did also.
Ambitions: I have been collecting fabrics and trims, as you can see, to recreate an Edwardian tea gown. The process can be a long and involved one for me. Sometimes, years in fact. The printed chiffon I purchased over 2 years ago. The fuchsia linen was given to me over ten years ago and the laces that I am currently "auditioning" have been accumulated for several years. In all, between drafting the pattern and final execution, the project has been in my mind for the better part of this decade, but that is how I work. Don't expect to see the finished project any time soon.
Period photographs, fashion illustrations, colour references, and post cards are all acquired and filed away in my scrapbook for future reference and inspiration.