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Magic in them thar hills: an Edwardian photoshoot at Otari Wilton’s Bush

The 1910 Little Miss Muffet at the Village Fete Dress

Remember my yellow 1920s dress, and how I said it was magic?

Now I think maybe the magic is in Otari Wilton’s Bush instead.

I’ve never done a photoshoot at Otari Wilton’s that hasn’t looked beautiful: there is something about the trees and the angle of the light that is just perfection.

Case in point:

Theresa was in town last weekend, and, as we do, we had a dress-up photoshoot.

I picked Otari Wilton’s Bush as our location, because Theresa had never been there.

Theresa wore the 1910 Miss Muffet at the Village Fete dress, and I wore a brand-new just-finished dress from an original 1919 pattern, and my tricorne revival hat.

I actually made the dress as a wearable toile, because I wasn’t sure about the pattern.


We love it all.

Out of 760 photos, at least 500 of them are good enough that I’d be proud to show you!

(which is actually a problem, because I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see 500 photos!)

So here is a quick look at a few, and I’ll post more in individual blog posts: especially ones about the 1919 dress construction.

A dress made from a 1919 pattern
The 1910 Little Miss Muffet at the Village Fete Dress
A dress made from a 1919 pattern
The 1910 Little Miss Muffet at the Village Fete Dress
A dress made from a 1919 pattern


  1. ceci says

    I can’t decide if I like the hats or the dresses best. Or the shoes. Or the scenery.

    Thank you!


    • Thank you! It was a tiny scrap of fabric that I found at an op shop, and it matches perfectly and added the extra element the dress needed. It’s an embroidered silk cotton.

  2. I love the shape of the black dress! And that outrageous hat. Though such an all-black costume doesn’t seem like your type of thing, you look wonderful in it.

    • Thank you! The dress is actually a very dark blue tropical weight wool twill – a fabric which I bought because it was dirt cheap in an op shop, and which I chose for this dress because I wanted to see how it looked and didn’t care if it was a total disaster. Luckily it wasn’t! I do feel like blue is far too typically me. There is a fair chance my post about this dress might be title “And the Dreamstress makes yet another blue dress…” :-p

      • I guess my monitor isn’t up to showing dark blue properly, then! I don’t know if it helps that it looks black to me–I really didn’t think you were making “yet another blue dress.” Quite the opposite; I was wondering why you were dressed in what looked like widow’s weeds, albeit terribly dashing ones.

  3. Natalie says

    Both outfits are dreamy, and the landscape — it’s so full of changes in color and texture and probably scents and sounds, too. What a place!

    Is that a spring issuing from the boulder-y area? That would draw me so strongly, that I’d have spent much of the afternoon snugged between boulders watching the light twinkle on the waters, or as snugged as a person gets up against stone, I guess. :}

    Very best from drippy, damp, gray-skied Kentucky, where new grass blades are poking up from winter’s wither,


    • Thank you! <3 I love Otari-Wiltons - it really shows how gorgeous Wellington is.

      There is a water source behind the boulders, but I'm 99.9% sure it's a fountain/fake spring, not a real one. There is a real stream, with little waterfalls and pools, that runs through the park, but it's a bit of a hike for Edwardian heels.

      Enjoy your coming spring and warmth! We're heading the other way 🙁

  4. That’s so fabulous!
    It’s that 1919 dress you weren’t sure about for an event, isn’t it? I can see why. But I also am already sonewhat familiar with 1919 fashions and totally see that. 😉

    • Thank you! This is indeed the dress I was unsure about for an event. All done it looks WAY better than I thought it would, and had I realised I would have finished and worn it. But I’m happy with what I wore.

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