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HI, my name is Val. I'm a member 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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Friday, June 20, 2014

Planning for the 1915 Centennial in Balboa Park

Half the fun in making costume is the planning and researching, or so I think. Ok, most of the time that’s the easy part, or so I think. But The Squirrel really enjoys this part.
Next year our San Diego Balboa Park is celebrating the Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and ever since we heard about it our guild is happily planning to join in and wear costume of the period. The planners are ecstatic about us doing that too. I know it’s a year away but many of us need that time to get ‘er done. A tentative date is for April 11-12, 2015.

Besides having many photos of gowns from that era in my files already, I’ve been searching Pinterest for other ideas.  I’m on the fence between 4 different ideas so here is what I’m thinking so far:
 

 
Patterns that might be used are these: the Decades of Style #1601 & Simplicity 8474 are both out of print but I have them in my stash.
 
These are possibilities from the 1915 collection at Past Patterns.
 
 
I originally wanted to make my dress with an orange and white color because I want to use my orange parasol so bad! But the chances of finding the right fabric is slim. 

I have this green striped cotton in my stash and it’s such a nice Spring color so I’m leaning towards it and the parasol will still look good with it. So far it looks like I’ll be doing a green jumper with a white blouse style. And I’ll be playing with different accessories and hats too. Ooooh!
But knowing The Squirrel, things may change in the next year. 
In the meantime I’m trying to get back into finishing my two 1830s dresses and get started on my 1910 Black Ascot, all of which are needed for Costume College, which I only have six weeks left to finish them. I started hemming the 1830s Midnight Mourning gown last night, and as soon as I can get my hubby out of bed, I’ll be able to start cutting my 1910 gown on it.
                                                 ~~Val~~






10 comments:

  1. Oh I vote for the orange! I was thinking before I read far enough that you have the orange umbrella all ready that it would be the best for the time of year, but that umbrella is crying out for that dress. Get a plain white voile and machine embroider it in orange to match and if you get silk ribbon for the trim, you can dye it to match if you can't find an exact match. Then you could trim out the umbrella with black and make a that seriously chic black hat. Normally I love stripes, however, there have been quite a few of those appearing recently since the Lady Mary, Downton Abby dress. The orange would be so unique and appear to such advantage in the parks and buildings of the park. I'm holding up two hands for the Orange!

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    1. Hahaha! Meg, you are really whacko, more than me! I won't be embroidering however. That's more than I'm ready for. I love the orange too, and I have been known to cut out two at a time. So who knows.
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  2. I second the call for a white or cream outfit with orange trim. The parasol would look splendid with it.

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    1. Looks like the parasol is the determining factor in this decision.
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  3. I can't wait to see all these beautiful costumes at Costume College! I don't know how you can juggle so many pretties at the same time. I agree. White or cream with trim to match parasol. Sounds so summery and floaty. I like the idea of an orange color, it will make you stand out.

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    1. Then there needs to be a shopping trip in our future.

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  4. Val the green and white stripe along with the orange parasol would compliment it beautifully. When you look at the fashion plates above, not all were matchy, matchy, but colors that complimented. And as someone mentioned above another matching accessory could pull it all together just fine

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    1. Oh yay! Someone voted for my green stripey!
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  5. Val, you are truly inspiring. I would like to award you the Liebster Award! For more information, please look here: http://brokecostumer.blogspot.com/2014/06/I’ve-been-nominated-for-liebster-award.html Congratulations!

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    1. Ack! more work! Thank you, give me some time for this.
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