This is a photo diary of my costuming "travels"; where I've learned and struggled to make historical costumes for myself. They're not always pretty, but always fun. And I want to share with others what I learn along the way. **You can find me on Facebook, or have my posts delivered to your email by signing up at the lower part of the right column.**



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HI, my name is Val. I'm a membor of Costumer's Guild West in Los Angeles, member & Past President of the San Diego Costume Guild, member of Orange County Costume Guild, a representative of the San Diego History Center, & an honorary member of SITU (Someplace in Time, Unlimited) in Seattle. I make my own historical costumes but don't sell any unless I get tired of one.The eras I've made so far are 1770 up to 1918. My favorite is the 1880s bustle.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Second wearing of my 1860s gown

Over the weekend, I had a chance to wear my olive Civil War gown again to the CW encampment at Fort Knotts, across the street from Knotts Berry Farm, in Buena Park, CA. It's mostly demonstrations for the public to see, but the soldiers and their families all live in their tents for 2-3 days. Some of the ladies have their own set-ups for their demonstrations, such as cooking. I went with a friend of mine to help in her sutler's booth, and got to take lots of pictures too.
This is the only one I have so far of me wearing my gown there. Fortunately it was mostly grassy so I only got a little mud and water on the hem.

I saw another pretty gown that has my fingers itching to make, using this Peachtree Mercantile pattern.

I have a couple beautiful sheer fabrics that would work very well with it. But I have a Regency dress and pelisse I need to make next.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Quick update on my two 1860s gowns

I finished them both, and along with my new bonnet, wore them to the Riverside (CA) Dickens Fair this past weekend. I was happy with how everything turned out too. So here are a couple pictures of me wearing them backstage at the fashion show there.






Later on I hung out with some of my friends at the Widow Peters Parlour.

I'll have a separate entry for my bonnet that I made and wore there but haven't finished that yet.
Next Saturday I'll be joining Shelley Peters (The Widow Peters) for my first Civil War event at Fort Knotts, at Knotts Berry Farm, to help her with her Kansas Mercantile sutler's booth. This way I can ease my way into fitting in with them.