Showing posts from January, 2020

1860's Quilted Winter Hood

                         Last weekend, my friend Steph and I took a day trip up to Gettysburg to experience a pretty fun experience of getting wet plates done, at the Victorian Photography Studio. With it being January and pretty cold and snowy up in Pennsylvania, I wanted to wear a nice head covering that would be historically accurate for the period I was dressed for. The quilted winter hood was one of the most popular bonnets women wore in the 1860's as it not only covered the sides of your face but also protected the back of your neck from the cold.  So, here's how I made mine. Example of a silk quilted hood I did not have a pattern for this project, so I made one instead by looking at the construction of the hood through photos on Pinterest. It looked really simple to make: a long rectangle that acts as the brim of the hood, a crown, and a skirt for the nape of the neck. The hoods also looked like it called for wool with a silk lining. Thankfully I had s

Harvest Ball 2019 at Gadsby's Tavern

I'm WAY behind schedule with keeping my posts up to date. So, I will try my best to remember everything that happened - or at least go over the highlights. Back in early November, Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, VA, hosted a Harvest Ball. I had a really great time that night and put my ballroom shoes to good work as I danced the night away with many friends who attended.  This event, I decided to pull out the old (but revamped) Waverly gown I wore back when I attended my very first ball at Gadsby's in 2013. Not much of a difference in color choices, but the zone front style look personally amiable to me rather than late 70's style the dress donned at first; also, upgrade on the accessories.  The evening started with me staying over my friend Beth's house in NoVa. She was a wonderful hostess, and I cannot thank her enough. Once we were ready for the evening, we headed into Alexandria and had dinner at Jackson's 20; By 7pm, we arrived at Gadsby'