Happy news

Something to cheer me up for the season:

My little sister is coming to NZ for a working holiday.  She could stay as long as a year!  Yay!

This sister is the Naiad, the one who is a professional chef.

The Naiad and kitty

Uh-oh.  I see lots of exercising in my future.

The Naiad and a creation

Yep, lots and lots of exercising

Cheesecake = hiking

She arrives Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas.  I’m so excited!

Rate the dress: Lace, taffeta and flowers in 1910ish

Last week you had three opinions on the Rose Atherton dress: 1) it was designed by a man who really didn’t understand how clothing worked or what was comfortable to wear, 2) it would make a great steampunk ensemble and 3) most of you liked it, giving it a rating of 7.3 out of 10.

Hana-Marmota brought this fantastically interesting dress from the Rijksmuseum to my attention, and immediately suggested that it would be a fabulous choice for rate the dress.  I concur!

Gown of shot blue/pink taffeta and 18th century inspired machine lace, with three-dimensional wired embroidery, 1909-1912

I say fantastically interesting, because I’m not sure that it is just fantastic.  It’s shot blue/pink silk taffeta, and lace, and three dimensional embroidery, and a gathered blouson top, and a rosette, and a sort of bow sash, all on one dress.  Too much?  Or terrific?

Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10.

(apologies if I got any of the information on the dress wrong – I don’t actually understand Dutch, I just persist in the arrogant belief that I can read and translate textile discussions in most European languages much better than Babblefish can!)

Shoe fetish

If I was really, really rich, I would have custom made shoes based on historical examples.

Like theses:

Shoes, 1893, American, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

I love the openwork, and the little scrolls!  The rosettes are a little much maybe.

Shoes, 1895, L. Perchellet France, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Ooooooh…the colours!

Evening slippers, 1860-70, British, Metropolitan Museum of Art

*Drool*  Sigh….

White kid shoes, early 20th century, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Hellloo gorgeous!

Slippers, about 1800, John Staton, England, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ah!  So sweet!  The line work!

Buckle shoes, about 1770, Mehetable Stoddard (Hyslop), Boston, Museum of FIne Arts Boston

Clearly, I have a thing for green shoes.

Finally, I definitely want these:

Tie shoes, early 18th century, France, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

OMG! OMG!  OMG!  Looooove!

Meet the Dreamstress

Leimomi Oakes is the Dreamstress, a textile historian, seamstress, designer, speaker and museum professional. Leimomi is available for educational and entertaining presentations, textile and fashion advice, special commissions and events. Click to learn more

Come sew with us!