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.