All posts tagged: Edwardian

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I do like to be beside the sea (in an Edwardian Swimsuit)

It took three and a half years, but I’ve finally managed to do a photoshoot in the ca. 1907 worsted wool Edwardian swimsuit that I made for the HSF ‘Inspiration’ challenge back in 2014. I generally have to plan and prep for a photoshoot in full historical for a good few days beforehand, but this one was quite spontaneous. It was a gorgeously sunny and warm Saturday, after days of storm and rain.  Quite out of the blue, Mr D asked if I wanted to do a photoshoot that evening.  I thought about showing you yet another pair of shorts + a Miramar top, but that wasn’t particularly exciting.  It was too warm for most of my historical costumes, but then I remembered the Edwardian swimsuit: very little prep and ironing needed, and not hard to put on!  And certainly long overdue!   I’m wearing the swimsuit with the scarf I made to go with it, wool stockings from the Rosalie pattern, and cheap little slip-on sandshoes.  They aren’t actually that far from period originals in …

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An Edwardian Evening Gown Interlude II: a touch of modern

Here are more photos from my Edwardian evening gown photoshoot with Theresa.  These ones are by our friend Daniil @dmanww, who is seriously the most amazing person ever.  He’s always ready to help with anything, including a photoshoot.  Sometimes behind the camera, sometimes in front of it: Daniil has also modelled for me! We took most of these photos at the memorial at the Basin Reserve, the old Wellington Cricket grounds.  It was hard to keep out all the modern additions and architecture around the memorial out of the photos.  After realising how much that limited our angles, we stopped trying to be strictly historical.  It was fun mixing it up, with shots of selfies, and 1970s grandstands in the background. What do you think?  Should we try to keep it as plausibly period as possible, or is an interesting photo good even if it’s very anachronistic? Other Theresa photoshoots include: ca. 1880 (one and two) 17th & 18thc yellow (one, two and three) hoopskirts (one, two, and three) Regency (one, two & hair), and 1900s …

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An Edwardian Evening Gown Interlude, with complications

Theresa came to Wellington last weekend, and as usual, we did a photoshoot!* This photoshoot was our trickiest yet. The weather had been beautiful for weeks.  It was, in fact, way too beautiful.  It was so hot I cancelled my 18th century plans.  Even with icepacks in the paniers (yep, I tried that!), silk française were just too hot. Instead I decided to go with 1910s Edwardian evening gowns: Theresa in the Laurel & me in Cobwebs.  Slightly lighter.  Also, as it turns out, slightly tighter.  Theresa is slim, but I was really slim when I made the Laurel.  And, thanks to the Fortnight in 1916 and the amazing weight-loss properties of a 1916 lifestyle, I was slightly slimmer when I made Cobwebs.  Things were…snug. The weather had been beautiful for weeks.  It was beautiful all day. And then, just when we finished dressing, masses of clouds rolled in and wiped out the late afternoon sunshine.  So the lighting was terrible, and fading fast. We’d planned to go to the Botanical Gardens, but there was …