Thursday, October 23, 2014

But What Was She Wearing?

Well now that we have the "Introductions" out of the way, I thought I would show off a few of our Engagement photos and talk a bit about my outfit. (Any questions about his attire, and I'm afraid you'll have to ask the man himself. ;)

Moments after we were "Official"
First off, I must explain that having started dating a fellow "Edwardian-at-Heart" I brought all of my early 20th century clothing back out to the front of my closet. I sadly found that some of my pieces had worn out, and some were just way too big, as I had lost quite a bit of weight.

I made the "Mistake" of lamenting that fact to Joshua, and that cunning devil went to one of his favorite online "Edwardian" stores and bought several outfits to update my wardrobe. (I was quite humbled to sat the least...) You'll have to ask him what store he went to, I don't think he ever told me..

Anyhoo! Back to the story...

When he first asked me to go on this "Photoshoot" I knew I would have to come up with something fancy and "New." I decided, as I only had a couple weeks, that I would simply put together a new shirtwaist. I had two options in mind, one of which would mean buying a pattern, the other I already had.  I did end up ordering the pattern, but as it didn't arrive until a few days before we went, my choice was made for me.

My second choice was Folkwear's "Gibson Girl" blouse. I had made it up several times before, so it was a breeze to put together. It ended up being the better option with it's 3/4 sleeves as the day ended up being quite a scorcher...
To switch it up a bit from the other times I had made it, I decided to add a wide ruffle to the cuff. I forgot to compensate for that and did end up having to cut the sleeve down a few inches and re-set it.
I then added some simple "Cornflower" blue embroidery to the yoke. It's from an original period design, but as I can't remember where online I found it, I won't be posting the picture.
The skirt is from a company called "Frontier Classics" and though I don't know where you could find that brand name, I will highly recommend it! The skirt is extremely well made from a sturdy cotton. I'm sure it will last me for years!

I think the hat is my favorite part of this ensemble. It was also part of the aforementioned "Gift" but it was vintage from Etsy. Though I would say it is certainly "Mid- century" being a basic "Boater" it works. Sadly, it was in rather "Vintage" condition, and was dull and dirty. The original sad velvet band was completely worn out.

Once it was cleaned and set back into shape, it quickly re-gained it's sparkle. I took inspiration, when it came to the d├ęcor, from original fashion plate images.  Though I didn't follow any one in particular, I did remember this "Layered bow" effect from one image. The flowers came from Joann's. I had used the "Ranunculus" on another hat project I had done several years ago, so I went back on purpose for more. Once I saw the cornflowers though, I couldn't pass them up! ("Cornflower" just so happens to be Joshua's nickname for me.... long story) I then added the "Baby's breath" as an accent. I think it almost has a "Mary Poppins" feel to it now.

From here I think I'll just let you enjoy the rest of our engagement pictures. (If you are visiting from Facebook, there are plenty here that didn't end up getting posted... oops..)



Until Next time!


  1. But when do we get to see the ring?!?

  2. But where's the ring?!?

  3. Well... I still have yet to get a good picture of it... So... I'm not sure.. We'll see...

  4. Awh, well thanks anyhow! :)

  5. ^ hope you do soon!