Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A "Threaded Bliss" postscript

As many of you know, our Threaded Bliss series shares the construction details and final products of our sewing projects.  We typically end each installment with a "Finishing the Look" section, which summarizes the accessories used to complete each outfit according to the demands of its specific historic period and the station in life/persona we intend it to represent.  We all know how fun - and satisfying! - it is to make an old outfit "new" again with different accessories, so we thought it would be only fitting to update previous Threaded Bliss posts with postscripts to their original "Finishing the Look" sections whenever we "discover" a totally new look out of an old garment.  So here goes the first one...

The Costume Close-up Jacket, 1775-1785
(aka The Wetherburn Jacket)

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, May 2012

Finishing the look...continued...: For its initial wearings, Ashley wore the Wetherburn jacket paired with a brick red linen petticoat, red coral beads, and a hat trimmed with red satin ribbon to match.  On our most recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg, however, she completely changed the color palate.  Here, a teal linen petticoat picks up the blueish hue in the print of the jacket.  A teal silk satin-trimmed straw hat (originally paired with her DAR cotton print gown) is substituted for the original red-beribboned hat.  Completing the ensemble is a white self-checked linen neck handkerchief, worn tucked in front and hanging down in the back.  As in the earlier photos in the previous post, the ensemble is worn over a linen shift, fully-boned stays, a linen underpetticoat, and a bum roll.

Colonial Williamsburg
We fondly call this the "Girl at Well" pose, after the name of one of our
mother's Spode late-18th-century reproduction plates.
Colonial Williamsburg, May 2012

Colonial Williamsburg
Enjoying the springtime gardens of CW.
Colonial Williamsburg, May 2012

Colonial Williamsburg
And just for fun...napping on Palace Green after a long, hot day!
Colonial Williamsburg, May 2012

1 comment:

Maureen (Mairin O'Cadhla) said...

LOVE, Love, love these photos. They are so perfect they would be a great historical post card for Williamsburg Va.
I love the time period but hopelessly dedicated to 16th and 17th century costume clothing. I love the way you can play with the colors and come up with another combination outfit. I do this with my costumes all the time, lots of folks think I have a huge costume closet :-) little do they know a new jacket or skirt can go a long way.