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1910s evening gowns

Wakefield St & the Basin Reserve (or, #2 in a series on Wellington places named in honour of problematic white dudes)

Continuing on with my series of Wellington places named after people with extremely…complicated…histories and legacies, today I’m going to talk about William Wakefield, city founder, coloniser*, kidnapper and someone who was totally willing to be a rape accomplice, and his brother Edward, also hugely influential in founding Wellington, even more of a coloniser, even more of a kidnapper, and probably a rapist. The Wakefields in Wellington Unlike the Sir Truby King Gardens, which are quite hidden and which took my years to discover (and some Wellingtonians never do), it’s hard to miss to miss the Wellington places named after William Wakefield and Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Wakefield Street is a main thoroughfare running through the city. If you’re travelling from the airport to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the train station, parliament, or anything government based, you’re almost certainly going to go along Wakefield St. And if you go the other route to get through Wellington, you’ll pass through the Mt Victoria Tunnel**, and come out facing the Basin Reserve, and the Wakefield …

Frou Frou Francaise

The Sir Truby King Gardens (or, #1 in a series on Wellington places named in honour of problematic white dudes)

A few weeks ago I was short of blogging ideas, and asked on FB for suggestions of what people would like me to post about. I got a ton of amazing ideas – some practical, and some of which are going to take a bit more work to blog about.* I’m working my way through the list, but I realised I had some older blogging suggestions too. When I posted about my Regency bonnet, Natalie asked if I would write more about the park where we had the picnic and took the pictures. What a great idea! And it dovetails nicely with another blog post idea I had, writing about a Wellington location I love and have photographed at, and I’ve only just realised is named in honour of someone pretty, well, dodgy.** So now I have a series started: Wellington places named after seriously problematic white dudes.*** The Sir Truby King House & Gardens We picnicked and photographed our bonnets at the Sir Truby King House and Gardens. The gardens were the home of …

The Designer, August 1916

Building Your Own 1910s & WWI Wardrobe: Dresses, Coats & Jackets

Continuing on my series on making your own 1910s & WWI era wardrobe (with a focus on 1914-19), here are patterns for making dresses, coats & jackets! The patterns I’ve included here are from pattern companies I’ve made items from, or have helped students or friends make items from, and can recommend on that basis. I have not included pattern companies that I do not recommend, or pattern companies I have seen or tested in any way. I also do not include patterns that are essentially modern blocks updated with a period aesthetic: I find that they rarely give the correct look. Other posts in the series include: Undergarments Blouses, Skirts & Suits  Hope you find it helpful! Dresses: Sense & Sensibility 1914 Afternoon dress  (note that in my opinion this pattern is only borderline accurate.  If you want a general impression it’s fine, if you need to be fully accurate it’s not the best choice). Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1918 Dinner dress with optional tunic (36” bust only): Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1915 Dress with …