Monday, December 26, 2011

Update on the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival 2012...

Hi all! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

I feel like my life has been turned upside down, but blessed beyond belief since I last wrote here! And I can't believe it's already after Christmas!

But, I have some rather sad news to relate. Due to being urgently called to work out of town for a couple of weeks (without internet access probably), I've decided that I will have to delay the 2012 Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, as I just won't have time this month to properly organize and care for such an event. However, don't stop planning and working on your projects, I plan to reschedule soon, and will let everyone know when!

Have a blessed New Year!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Now Available - Design Your Own Edwardian Dress Kit!

At long last! The latest installment in the 'Design Your Own Dress' Series is here!

A beautiful kit that historical costume enthusiasts and girls of all ages will enjoy! Pages of designs ready to trace and color to create your own unique drawn ensembles!

Using tracing paper to take the drawing step by step, start with the model attired in proper Edwardian undergarments, then add a skirt, bodice, trimmings, hat, an apron, and much, much more! The possiblities for creativity are endless. Mix, match and trace to create thousands of unique ensembles, all historically correct for the era of Anne of Green Gables! 

Included in the kit:
-6 glossy cardstock sheets with black and white drawings, featuring a Model, Hairstyles, Skirts, Bodice Options, Fabric Designs, Hats, Trimmings, Jewelry, Accessories, Jackets, and more!
- 12 sheets of tracing paper
- 1 sheet of historical notes, descriptions, and instructions

All pages professionally printed on high quality paper.

Comes packaged in a handy clear plastic zipper pouch.

Kit enables you to design your own turn-of-the-century fashion drawings - perfect for young artists, historical fashion lovers, or seamstresses who want to visualize their designs!

Below are just a few of the endless dress designs possible!


I have to say, this kit is my favorite of the series so far! I love all the eccentric, lovely hats from the turn of the century, and the classic flowing lines of the dresses! (and who could forget the great hairstyles and 'puffed sleeves' of which Anne was so fond! :)

If you are still Christmas shopping for the perfect gift for a friend or sister who is a historical costume lover, seamstress, or artist, there is still time for holiday shipping to US addresses!

Please take a look and let me know what you think of the latest Dress Designer kit!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Victorian Christmas Ballgown

A burgundy red 1850s-60s silk taffeta ball gown, destined to be worn to a Dickens Christmas ball!
The latest request from an Etsy client. (lucky me!! this was a fun project!)

There was no specific inspiration for the dress, but a simple, unadorned style was chosen, the only ornamentation being the creamy lace netting on the short, open sleeves.

Neckline finished with piping.

The silk is actually a bright red/black shot silk, which gives it such a striking shimmer in different lights!

Hand-sewn eyelets and matching ribbon lacing up the back.

Makes me rather long for a Christmas dance myself! :)

If you are interested in having a custom silk ball gown made,
 you may want to take a look at my new Etsy listing....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Special $20 off eShakti Coupon for my Readers!!

How exciting! eShakti has generously offered a coupon code created especially for my blog readers!

When purchasing an item from eShakti, use the promo code


To recieve $20 off your order!

Valid till 31st December, 2011

Start shopping for Formals, Day Dresses, Skirts, Jackets, Scarves, Blouses and more!

Note: The discount code is not case sensitive. Only one gift certificate can be used per order. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This discount code is not applicable on our Overstock category. This cannot be clubbed with any other offer / discount that may be active during this period.

The Vintage Hat Shop


A lovely Etsy shop specializing in affordable, wearable vintage hats from 1900-1980. I invite you to go explore the shop, there are some real gems - perfect for wearing with the vintage outfits we all love so much!

I have to admit that it is partly the fault of seeing all these great vintage uniques, that I have visions of 30s, 40s, and 50s dresses running through my head again.....:)

Shop owner, Cindy, is very friendly and helpful! I suspect if you have any vintage hat dilemmas, she would be able to help!

Cindy gives some insight into her life and hat business:

"Although I live on a Michigan centennial farm near Lake Michigan, I have been in contact with hat lovers all over the world. I have sold over 500 hats to folks in 22 different countries. (yes, I keep a list!). My hats have been worn at vintage weddings, Ladies Day at Astor, professional photography shoots, historical reenactments and by all sorts of fashion conscious ladies."

"Two hats are dear to my heart. The first is my mother’s wedding hat. A simple open weave pillbox from World War II Era. That one is a treasure to me and I love to have it sitting next to the wedding picture. Thanks, Mom. The other hat that I love is the very first one that I purchased. Many years ago I saw the brown velvet 1910s Pamela with a poof of downy feathers. Somehow I knew I had to own that hat! Both of the favored hats are tucked away in a special hat box."

"When I first started selling on Etsy I knew that I wanted to zero in on just one area. Hats just seemed the perfect fit for me. No two are alike, and hat collectors and hat lovers just seem to be interesting people! I have had wonderful interaction with both hat buyers and hat sellers. The people that are interested in hats seem to be stylish and classy."

"And then there is the thrill of the hunt. I love finding unique and unusual hats. It is always fun to return to familiar haunts and to constantly be seeking out new sources. My hat collector customers are always looking for special hats to match vintage outfits. I couldn’t ask for a job that is more perfect for me!"

1960s Lime Green Pillbox                   1940s Forward Tilt
     1960s Pink Fascinator                     1960s Green Bowler Hat

These are just a sampling of the great hats in The Vintage Hat Shop! Head on over and take a look for yourself! I've got my eye on several jaunty 40s styles. They would be the finishing touch to a new swing dress I am planning!

Look for the Vintage Hat Shop button on my blog sidebar for a direct link to the Etsy store.

Now, happy shopping! I'd love to hear which hats are your favorites, and the outfits you envision to create around them!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage Cowgirl Photoshoot + eShakti Dress Review

Have you heard of eShakti? It is an online ready made and custom dress shop that offers classy styles and super fast service. Well, I recently recieved my own eShakti creation!

After much considering (there are so many lovely frocks to choose from!) I chose  the

The sleeves, skirt and neckline were all available to customize in style and length.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the unique and fun printed cotton fabirc. Orange and red fairytale castles amid scattered roses! So perfectly adorable.

I had the dress custom fit. On eShakti, you can either choose from the full range of ready made sizes, or you can give them your measurments through their easy measurements chart, and your dress with be custom made for you! I found it very successful, the fit of the dress is excellent.

When I was first envisioning the dress, I was thinking to do retro 40s-50s theme with heels, but when the dress actually arrived, I happened to be wearing my cowboy boots (I am, most days....:) and that got me thinking that the style would also lend itself well to a vintage western/praire look. (or perhaps it's because I've been watching too many Roy Rogers movies lately.....)

At any rate, I can see this dress being extremely versatile and comfortable for a myriad of different occasions, whether it's picking cucumbers in the garden or attending an evening swing dance!

LOVE the details. Fitted, comfy smocking at the waist and ruffled, puffed sleeves. Neckline is high in back, dipping to a narrow V in front accented with two fabric buttons and loops.


Pockets! Nothing is handier than a dress with nice big pockets!

The eShakti Custom label

Possibly my favorite thing about the dress - a lovely full skirt with soft lines that fall just right.

Go and take a look at all the dresses eShakti has to offer - I am very impressed with the selection and style.
One of the things I like best - the dresses stay up-to-date with fashion trends, but remain classy.  And since you can customize skirt lengths, there shall be no more complaining about not being able to find dresses with skirts that are long enough! :)

From 50s swing dresses, to bridesmaids, formals, day dresses and casual skirts, eShakti seems to have it all! Take a look and tell me which pieces are your favorites! Here are a few of mine...


A big thanks to eShakti for the great dress and fabulous service!


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