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 on: September 15, 2017, 04:12:50 AM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by Ms. Jean
Lovely, indeed!

 on: September 13, 2017, 10:35:10 AM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by EKorsmo
That is lovely. Well done!

 on: September 12, 2017, 08:54:50 PM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by BetsyConnolly
Last weekend I attended Jessica Craig's event at Cape May, New Jersey, and debuted a bathing costume. I used a variety of references, including extant garments, fashion illustrations, and the famous 1864 fashion plate to create a typical bathing costume. The fabric is a lightweight wool flannel that I bought several years ago, and the trim is wool twill tape. The belt was made with a cream wool flannel.

There were rip tide warnings in effect so I didn't get to spend much time in the actual waves, but we splashed around in a tide pool and it was an interesting experience!

Many, many thanks to Carolann for sharing her knowledge and answering many questions. Credit goes to Jessica Craig for all the pictures.

 on: September 12, 2017, 05:35:57 PM 
Started by BethT - Last post by BethT
Guys!!!  My feet are much too large to take advantage of this, but here are some chelsea boots, 100% leather (pointed toe I'm sorry to say, but it looks good to me other than that... Undecided ) for $60, on DSW's website.  They have 6 and 6.5, and are checking in as narrow according to the first review.

 on: September 09, 2017, 10:25:03 PM 
Started by Carolann Schmitt - Last post by EKorsmo
Huzzah! I' m glad it's back.

 on: September 09, 2017, 05:48:02 PM 
Started by Carolann Schmitt - Last post by Carolann Schmitt
Genteel Arts is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Civilian Symposium at Gettysburg, on March 2-4, 2018. For over two decades, new and experienced historians, researchers, museum personnel, reenactors and other enthusiasts will meet with their counterparts from across the country and around the world to discover new information and to learn new skills. Attendees at previous conferences have hailed from 47 states and four countries.
The Symposium was on hiatus in 2017 while the hosts moved to a new home. We?re pleased to return in 2018 with the features that have established the Symposium as a premier educational opportunity. We?ve planned a full program of presentations of interest to both ladies and gentlemen, and each participant will receive a notebook with handouts for all of the presentations offered during the Symposium.

As in previous years, the Symposium will feature extensive exhibits of original clothing, accessories, jewelry, and artifacts that are changed daily. The exhibits may be photographed for personal use; don?t forget extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.

A variety of additional activities are available to Symposium participants, including our annual Angels? Project at the Fashion Archives & Museum of Shippensburg University; pre-symposium hands-on workshops and tours, including the opportunity for a unique experience with the Cyclorama painting; and a formal Ball on Saturday evening hosted by Gettysburg Civil War Dance, Wayne Belt and Norma Calhoun, Managers.

We continue to offer a reduced registration fee for junior attendees and full-time college students, and an installment plan for paying the registration fee.

Previous participants will also note some differences for 2018. We?ve moved the location to Gettysburg! Our new location will make it possible to offer features that are only available in this historic community.

The majority of the Symposium activities, including the presentations, hands-on workshops and displays of original garments, will take place at the Conference facilities at the Gettysburg Fire Department, 34 North Stratton Street, in Gettysburg. The location is 1? blocks from Lincoln Square in the center of Gettysburg.  Free parking is available on-site, with paid covered overflow parking available ? block away in the municipal parking garage.
We?ve adjusted the program to make it more streamlined and to accommodate our new location. The meeting facilities are a different size and configuration from previous years. Seating will be in a spacious theater configuration instead of a classroom format, and is limited to 165 participants.

The Symposium does not have an official hotel; participants may stay at the lodging of their choice. Take advantage of off-season rates at one of the hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns or vacation rental properties. 

We will provide light refreshments between the presentations and at the ball; meals will be on your own. There are 75+ dining venues in the Gettysburg area, including 23 establishments within two blocks of Symposium headquarters and may more elsewhere in town.

 The registration fee has been reduced!

Make plans now to attend this enriching weekend and meet others who share a dedicated interest in life in the mid-nineteenth century. Complete details and registration forms are listed on our website at

Periodic updates will be posted on the Genteel Arts Facebook page. Register early!  Space is limited to 165 participants, and previous Symposia have been sold out! 

 on: September 05, 2017, 01:49:40 PM 
Started by Trish B - Last post by EKorsmo
Very cute!

 on: September 05, 2017, 09:14:37 AM 
Started by Trish B - Last post by Trish B
I finally got around to making a sample pinafore for the loaner closet. Now I can mass produce several sizes at once! I used a size 6 modern dress bodice to make a pattern for the top, and the standard size charts for clothing to figure waistband and skirt.  trish B.

 on: August 27, 2017, 09:46:50 PM 
Started by Elizabeth - Last post by EKorsmo
I stumbled on another reference, in Miss Leslie's Lady's House Book (Philadephia, 1850):

"Children, in winter, should be dressed entirely in clothes of woollen [sic] or worsted, as these are less liable to catch fire and blaze, than linen or cotton. Even their aprons should be of worsted; for instance, bombazet or merino." (page 148)

 on: August 27, 2017, 05:21:36 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Ms. Jean

Presents?  I love presents.... Grin

The sewing cases are lovely, thanks for sharing!

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