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 on: October 02, 2017, 08:14:41 AM 
Started by Sarah Olson - Last post by Michaela C
I've been doing a cheat sheet of fashion plate descriptions for a while (it's a TV time sort of project) that just sort of never ends. Colors like shaded blue or shaded red, I don't think I've heard in reference to the 1860's, but I've read that book and wondered if they meant shot black, or something of that sort. It could just be as simple as, "dark blue".

One thing that shows up a lot: magenta and solferino. It's not really accurate for 1860's if those aren't mentioned. I've noticed that it's a really popular trim color on neutral-colored gowns, but not neccesarily on it's own. Browns, black and grays being the "normal" ones. 

If you want color combo ideas, you'd have to give me a base color to go on, but I've got LOTS that are accurate to the 60's.

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 on: September 26, 2017, 12:14:04 PM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by EKorsmo
And another late tidbit: The Pioneer and Democrat (Olympia, W.T.), reports on September 28, 1855, that the August issue of Harper's Magazine is now available, having been forwarded from San Francisco.  So, the farthest west is running about two months behind on physical delivery of periodicals.

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 on: September 19, 2017, 01:03:20 PM 
Started by BethT - Last post by K Krewer
The elastic is good, but the pointed toes are not really appropriate for American Civil War period or before.

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 on: September 17, 2017, 03:11:47 PM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by Trish B
Absolutely adorable! 
Thanks for sharing  the pictures!   trish B.

 25 
 on: September 16, 2017, 06:21:30 AM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by MCBurbage
It looks great, and it definitely looks like you had fun with the group.

 26 
 on: September 15, 2017, 04:12:50 AM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by Ms. Jean
Lovely, indeed!

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

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 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.












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 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. 
https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/steve-madden-joshy-chelsea-boot/373688?activeColor=001

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

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