Saturday, October 19, 2019

Wedding Dress for my Daughter: Audrey Hepburn, Givenchy, Funny Face

Mother of the Bride and Bride
Audrey Hepburn inspired dresses


My daughter (C) and I had been collecting vintage patterns over the years that would lend themselves to a lovely dream wedding dress for her.

Then, her boyfriend started talking marriage, but no proposal yet. Meanwhile we knew the day was coming so like most gals, we talked about dreamy plans. One idea was to use Vogue 8874, the long version for her and the shorter version for her bridesmaids.

Vogue 8874
Vogue 8874


Then life became incredibly crazy. Crazy. CRAZY.

Through all that the ring was purchased by the two love birds, together at the Golden Ball Silversmith Shop at Colonial Williamsburg. The actual proposal was imminent. And did I mention life was crazy?

And through all that C decided to order her wedding dress on-line. She definitely wanted vintage style. She definitely wanted a short dress, knee length. We found an affordable dress on-line through a major site. I suggested she request fabric samples and color swatches for the dresses she had chosen for her dress and the bridesmaids.

When they arrived she brought them to me. She wasn't so keen on the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. She did not like any of the fabrics. What to do?

I told her I knew of a vintage pattern that might be pleasing to her (having seen her on-line choice of ready made dress), and that I'd be happy to sew for her. We could go shopping on her next day off from work to look for fabric and she could basically design her own dress. She liked that idea, so we visited a few of the Jo Ann Fabric stores in Northern Virginia, which sadly had a horrible fabric selection. She was discouraged yet again.

I wondered if getting out of the "city" would improve our selection. It seems crazy, but I've learned over the years that the Washington DC area has fewer choices on anything I've ever shopped for as compared to my previous home in San Antonio. So....how about Culpeper? She liked that idea so the next week we drove down to Culpeper.

C found not one but two fabrics that she loved: lovely brocade and a gauzy net with daisy spangles sprinkled throughout the netting! Which to choose? I suggested both. The brocade for the bodice and the netting for the skirt.

An she tried to picture that I dug the vintage pattern I had in mind out of the pattern drawer. Butterick 5748, first introduced in 1960.

Butterick 5748
Butterick 5748


Also the look reminded me of Audrey Hepburn's wedding dress in Funny Face, designed by Givenchy. Granted it's not a perfect match. But it was the closest pattern I could find in a short time on budget. Over lunch I showed her pictures from the movie, to remind us of the overall look. Tea-length, full skirt, brocade and gauze, veil, bow. The overall look she liked!

The most magnificent exit on any catwalk must be the wedding dress, and Funny Face is nothing if not a fashion show. The Givenchy bridal gown in this film is romantic, but also briskly modern: a full ballerina-length skirt of white net, with a slim-fitting drop-waisted bodice, and the high neckline that Hepburn favoured. A two-tier veil, pinned to Hepburn’s scraped-back hair with a tiny bow, echoes the unusual proportions of the gown.-The Guardian website, Funny Face: a film in love with fashion

So we took the basic elements and made them C's own. In effect she would be designing the dress herself, with the Givenchy version for inspiration. She liked that! The overall look she loved. She was assured to go tea length instead of knee length (she was mainly concerned about tripping over long skirts). She wanted a subtle petticoat. The veil, maybe.

Now for construction details:

(Many thanks to my son for taking these photos.)

1 Wedding Dress Full
Wedding Dress front


The bodice fabric which she swooned over in the store definitely carries the 18th century Colonial Williamsburg theme (ring, lanterns, and honeymoon).

2 Wedding Dress Fabric Closeup
Wedding Dress Brocade Bodice


The daisy spangled netting totally imbues my daughter!

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Wedding Dress Daisy Spangled Net Skirt


After the dress was sewn together I sewed a sample (bodice fabric to skirt fabric) which we took to the store. The sample allowed us to audition various trims. That turned out to be a great idea, because we auditioned quite a few lovely options. But only one seemed to fit the occasion. She settled on a pearl interwoven into netting.

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Wedding Dress Pearl Trim




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Wedding Dress Pearl Trim


I handpicked the side zipper.

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Wedding Dress Handpicked Zipper




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Wedding Dress Handpicked Zipper


After all that was sewn, we shopped for petticoat fabric and trim. She wanted this mini-ruffled lace to edge her petticoat. I forget how many yards I used. She wanted some poof but not too much. I made one layer. After trying that on with the dress, she decided on another layer. By the time I finished the second layer life became CRAZIER! The house went up for sale! We had to start packing! And finding new homes! She was wedding planning! Alas, there were no more fittings. Although the dress length was cut evenly, sewn evenly (I thought) and seemed to hang evenly, it wasn't even when she wore the dress. So I planned to adjust that after she settled on the final petticoat fullness. However she just told me not to worry about it. At her preference I sewed the petticoat into the inside of her dress and we called that done. I stored it into a clear garment bag to await the big day.

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Wedding Dress Petticoat with Lace


She wasn't certain of the veil. I told her I could make one and she could decide at the last minute whether and how to actually wear it. The main thing was she didn't like the veil as high on the head as Audrey Hepburn wore, or the bow front and center. I told her it could set further back, and she liked that. So from the bodice fabric I added a bow.

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Wedding Veil




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Wedding Veil




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Wedding Veil


Then life got CRAZIER! The first weekend in October the kids and I moved our stuff into each of our own storage units. Oct 10 we closed on the house. That night we stayed in a hotel. Oct 11 we drove an hour to our church for the wedding. My daughter gifted me the surprise of a Mom/Daughter night at a local historic Bed and Breakfast. And October 12 she was married!

A friend of hers did her hair and makeup. And yes, while she wore her lavender satin robe.

When I slipped the dress over her head and zipped her up, oh my! She had lost a lot of weight! The poor dear. So much going on. But she danced at her wedding! Stay tuned for the wedding photos, next! Again, courtesy of my son the stunning photographer!

One of the bridesmaids noted she did look like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face! So again, not a perfect rendition, but the overall effect was reminiscent of Hepburn's style, charming, and perfect for C on her special day!

Oh, and the Vogue 8874 became my Mother of the Bride dress which turns out to also have been Audrey Hepburn/Givenchy inspired!

Resource:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2014/feb/27/funny-face-film-love-fashion-audrey-hepburn

Friday, October 18, 2019

Mother of the Bride Dress: Audrey Hepburn, Givenchy, Sabrina

After I sewed my daughter's vintage wedding dress, according to her specifications, I sewed my vintage dress to wear to the wedding.

Mother of the Bride and Bride
Audrey Hepburn dresses for Mother of the Bride and Bride, photo credit to my son

Vogue 8874, issued in 1957, had originally been the plan for C's wedding. The plan was to sew the long dress for her, and the shorter dress for her bridesmaids. Then everything went crazy in our lives, and she got another idea for her dress. (So that will be the next post.)

But I really wanted to sew this dress and thought this would be the perfect occasion to wear it. Not exactly the same, but it is certainly inspired by the Givenchy Little Black Dress Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1954 movie, Sabrina.
Finally, she slipped into what is today simply known as the "Sabrina"--the black cocktail dress with the bateau neckline...-GlamAmor website; Style Essentials: Audrey Hepburn's Costumes Cause the (Oscar) Drama in 1954's Sabrina
Read more about how the Givenchy dresses came to be, and the Edith Head controversy.


Vogue 8874
Vogue 8874, Original Design 1957

I found a lavender silk dupioni at a fabric warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia. My daughter loved it.


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Dress Front

The fabric is so delightfully light and crisp.

2-Vogue 8874, Mother of the Bride Dress, Back
Dress Back


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Handpicked Zipper


4-Vogue 8874, Mother of the Bride Dress, inside
Inside


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Front-inside


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Inside-back


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Front skirt spread out


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Back skirt spread out


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Back pleat


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Dress and Shoes


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Glitzy Shoes

Oh, the shoes! Got to swing dance with my son while wearing those lovelies!
And of course the lines of the dress, perfect in their simplicity with a nipped in waist and full ballerina skirt, would be done again and again by Givenchy, including for Funny Face (1957). 
-GlamAmor website; Style Essentials: Audrey Hepburn's Costumes Cause the (Oscar) Drama in 1954's Sabrina

The Givenchy Funny Face wedding dress will be the next post!

Resources:

http://www.glamamor.com/2015/02/Sabrina-AudreyHepburn-EdithHead-Givenchy.html


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lavender Satin Robe for a Wedding-Wrinkled in Time

I've seen so many Hallmark wedding movies where the bridal party wears coordinating satin robes while putting on  makeup, doing their hair, etc. Since my daughter was on a tight budget, and after I finished sewing her dress and my dress, I told her I'd sew a robe.

I found this lovely shade of lavender satin at Hobby Lobby at a great price. I had an old pattern for a robe. My plan was to sew a robe in this shade for my daughter. Then I planned to make robes in a darker shade of purple for the bridesmaids, one in blue for the mother of the groom (because her son's favorite color was blue, so we incorporated shades of blue along with the purple my daughter loves in all the decorating), then another shade of purple for mine.

But I ran out of time because we had to sell our house. (We closed two days before the wedding!)

silk robe fabric pattern

At least I had time to sew one for my daughter. Her girlfriend took lots of photos while we were in the dressing room, however we are still waiting to receive the photos. So I asked my daughter to take a picture for me.

Alas...the robe has been wrinkled in time.

silk robe wrinkled



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flowers for my daughter's Wedding

What happens when you sell a house while preparing for a wedding? Well I forgot to take pictures of the process. Then I thought I'd get to use the professional photos, but we are still waiting for them to arrive. Thankfully, my son who was in the wedding, took a few snaps after the wedding. So I decided to do a sneak peak with those photos to reveal the florals I made for my daughter.

My daughter was on a tight budget, and she wanted purple spring flowers before she knew the wedding date. I told her that real flowers would have a short life span, be expensive, and she'd be limited to what was in season. That meant of she had an autumn wedding, she'd only have autumnal flowers to choose from. She didn't like the idea of autumn or winter arrangements. She wanted spring. (And turned out the only day the church was available was one autumnal day in October.)

I learned how to make silk wedding bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres when my brother got married, so I told her part of my gift to her would be that I would buy her flowers and make her arrangements with silk flowers.

So we went shopping one spring day at Hobby Lobby where they have the best silk flowers I've seen in Northern Virginia, and at great prices. We did our shopping during the 40% off sale.

I helped her make a list of the types of flowers she would need, and then we listed how many we might need for each. Then we walked up and down the flower aisles, and filled the shopping cart with flowers. We also bought some floral tape, floral wire, corsage and boutonniere pins, and ribbons.

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Bouquets for the Bride and Bridesmaids

For her bouquet she liked the hydrangea best. While in the store, I created the bouquet in her hands by simply placing flowers into her hands and asking her to hold them as if she were in a wedding. I kept adding more to determine how big she wanted it to be. She knew she did not want a long dress, so neither did she want a huge bouquet.

After the bouquet was made, I used a wide lavender ribbon to wrap the stems. Then I stuck the stem down into a lovely giant pink gift bag stuffed with tissue paper, then placed it in the corner of my room while I packed up the house...to eventually be placed in the back of my car with lots of luggage while home hunting...and then to the hotel the day we signed papers on the house...and finally to the church. It never got crushed!

For the bridesmaid bouquets my daughter chose cream rose buds surrounded with lavender flowers. They stems of these were also wrapped in wide lavender ribbon, then carefully laid in a pink/purple gift bag for the big journey to church.

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Corsage for the Mothers and Bouquet for the Bride

The Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom each got the same corsage. We scoured pictures in google images for a prototype my daughter liked. Thankfully I was able to pretty much duplicate it. This is the best photo I have of it. My daughter found some sparkly bits for me to insert into the corsage, which sadly the photo didn't capture. These were tied off with a 1/4" wide sheer lavender bow then placed carefully into a pink/purple gift bag.

Grooms bouttonniere and bridal bouquet
Boutonnieres for the Groom and Groomsmen and Bouquet for the Bride


For the guys my daughter chose dark purple rose buds. We kept them simple and tied off the stem with a 1/4" wide sheer dark blue bow then they were placed into a purple gift bag.

Helpers boutonniere
Corsage for the Helpers

My daughter really liked these ranunculus blooms. I used these for each of the helpers. The ladies had theirs tied off with a 1/4" sheer lavender bow, while the guys had theirs tied off with a 1/4" sheer dark blue bow. These were placed into yet another pink/purple gift bag.

None of the flowers were crushed. Less than $200 was spent. I was able to complete them in a couple of days. They kept for months. My daughter liked them a lot. The maid of honor drooled over the bridal bouquet. I watched her snap a picture of it with her phone during the reception. And she made sure she caught it in the bridal bouquet toss and she happily took it home along with her bridesmaid bouquet.

Some of the floral arrangements that decorated the church can be seen here.

Stay tuned for the Audrey Hepburn dresses and more of the wedding photos.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Historic Springdale Village Inn Bed and Breakfast

After decorating the church we had a few hours before we were allowed to return to decorate the reception hall for the wedding.

So the guys went to a pizza shop while my daughter and I went to Springdale Village Inn...a gift from my daughter. She told me she had reserved a room for a mother-daughter night in this historic bed and breakfast. Her treat. Oh my!

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Springdale Village Inn
The twisty turny roads meandered to a narrow drive that led us onto the gorgeous property of this house that embued history inside and out.

Amazingly as I started digging into the history I discovered that I have "crossed paths" numerous times with those who lived here.

This federal home is located in the quiet town of Lincoln, Virginia, just 20 miles from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

It was the home of abolitionist and Quaker, Samuel M. Janney (1801-1880).

Fairfax County Years

Born in Loudon County on a farm (with a mill), he moved to nearby Fairfax County after his mother's death at the age of 12. His education took him to Alexandria where he developed a love for the Classics. He formed "a literary society for the purpose of critiquing original works." Becaming conscience stricken, he abandoned his love for books to focus on his Quaker faith.

Prince William County Years

After marriage in 1826, our hero (a Janney) purchased Merchant's Mill (from some Janneys with a Janney). Previously purchased in 1788 by Lighthorse Harry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee), the mill's ownership transferred to various members of the Ellicot family for the next several years. One of the Ellicots rebuilt the mill in 1791, using designs from a cousin. The mill's automation so impressed both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington that each sought to similarly replicate the features in their own mills.

Different sources give different dates, and with multiple Janney family members listed, it gets confusing. But definitely, various members of the Janney family owned the mill for over 100 years.

Returning to the hero of this story: Samuel M Janney helped open a cotton factory in 1828 near the mill with his brother-in-law Samuel H. Janney. After a couple of years of commuting to his home in Alexandria, 16 miles to the north (I guess Northern Virginian's are historically inclined to this madness) our hero finally settled in the town of his occupation, Occoquan.

Obviously the Janney history in Occoquan  gets confusing, and interesting, because at least three different Janney men lived in Occoquan at the same time. One of them purchased Rockledge Mansion (and our hero possibly even lived there), across the street from the mill. And I already told that Janney story...that of Joseph T. Janney, a Quaker in town who allowed a defiant pre-Civil War stand-off on his property. (Read more in my two blog posts: 1-Town of Occoquan and 2- Rockledge Mansion 1860 Stand-off to see all the Janney family sites, stories, and 1860 anxiety.)

Loudon County Years

After the cotton factory venture failed, Samuel M Janney returned to Loudon County with his wife where he built this federal home in 1832...(where my daughter and I were to spend the night 187 years later).

In 1839 Janney and his wife established their home as a boarding school for girls who arrived from as far away as Texas. One of their students, Rebecca Wright of Winchester, later became a Union Spy. An advertisement read:
The branches taught are – Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, History, Grammar, Composition, Book-keeping, Natural Philosophy, Astronomy, Chemistry, Botany, Algebra, Rhetoric, the French Language, Drawing, Painting, and Needlework. Lectures are delivered on Natural Philosophy, Astronomy, and Chemistry, illustrated by pleasing experiments. A library, a cabinet of minerals, and philosophical apparatus, are provided for the use of the school. The discipline is strictly parental; and every effort is made to induce in the minds of the pupils a love of knowledge and desire of excellence as the proper stimulants to exertion.-Advertisement, sketches, and more details are here.
Through teaching the young girls with his wife, he returned to his love of books.

He wrote extensively on the Quaker faith and the abolition movement, wrote biographies on William Penn and George Fox, and even wrote poetry.

Janney even ensured the education of the local African American children through his founding of day schools and Sunday Schools.

In 1864 Janney met with Union General Sheridan and President Lincoln on various matters, including to advocate the release of local men who had been imprisoned.

In 1869 Janney was appointed by President Grant to the post of Government Superintendent of Indian Affairs for several tribes in Nebraska.

In the next century Sam Rayburn and Lyndon B. Johnson rented this home as their weekend retreat. They played many a game of poker in the parlor. My kids and I have been to many of LBJ's homes and historical haunts in Texas where we heard many a tale of these two politicians. I can't help but wonder at all the stories I heard in the LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson City, Texas of how his mother tried to train her children in the parlor with proper manners as well as rhetoric...then for him to crawl under the house to listen to the many political discussions his father had with his political cronies...as compared to his time in this house with his own political allies.

Wow, my daughter had no idea the depth of history she was bringing to me in this quiet little bed and breakfast!

Then in more recent times...the house is rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. If only walls could talk, because in 1991 Janney's great nephew revealed various architectural elements that hint at "sub-basements, crawl spaces, curious cubby holes and closed-off fireplaces." Apparently Janney owned a pass from President Lincoln that allowed him to cross the Potomac River, which was difficult to obtain. However some of these stories have been heavily debated.

The grounds include 5 acres of land through which a babbling brook rambles, complete with bridges, gardens, and benches.

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Springdale Village Inn

The amenities included a free bottle of wine and a farm to table breakfast (the farm being their own property).

Our only sadness was that we could barely enjoy any of it (hence the lack of photos) we were so busy with the wedding. Stay tuned for that!

Blog posts about Occoquan:
The town of Occoquan, Mill, and Rockledge Mansion
Inside Rockledge Mansion and it's pre-Civil War history story

Resources:
https://www.springdalevillageinn.com/about
https://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/janney/summary.html
https://lincolnquakers.com/samuel-mcpherson-janney/
http://www.swarthmore.edu/library/friends/SCArchives/Janneybio.htm
https://www.loudounhistory.org/history/underground-railroad/
https://books.google.com/books?id=o0AXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=occoquan+samuel+janney&source=bl&ots=6b-ArpexDY&sig=ACfU3U1gNI5aY208cQH-rkzKElf6zpi4sw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiC3fvKtM_nAhWzZDUKHY3nCKMQ6AEwCHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=occoquan%20samuel%20janney&f=false

Monday, October 14, 2019

Decorating for my daughter's Wedding

And then one autumnal day we decorated for a spring wedding...

1-Wedding prep

The last few years have been insane for my family. And through it all C and A fell in love and wanted to get married. They had met on the first day of college and have been inseparable ever since.

Last spring we knew of the impending nuptials. Although my daughter had wanted a spring wedding, her favorite time of year, she knew it might not happen. Thus began my offering of many a tip on how to pull off her special day, despite the many hindrances.

Last spring I took her shopping at Hobby Lobby for silk flowers of her choice. If she wanted spring, she could have a spring wedding no matter the weather outdoors. Silk flowers can weather any storm. And I knew how to make bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres...

When she was offered one date from the church, a day in autumn, she was sad. Everyone else was excited and tried to convince her an autumn wedding would be great...basically because they thought that would be great. She did not want an autumn wedding. I reminded her we could easily do a spring wedding because we had already purchased the flowers.

Although she was on a tight budget, I advised her on how to prioritize based on what was most important to her. Sadly many others tried to persuade her to do what they thought was important. I kept telling her this was her day, so...her choices (as the budget allowed).

No one came to help us decorate in the morning. We had a lot going on so, sadly, I took few photos. And sadly we are still awaiting the official wedding photos.

We had set mini-lanterns down the aisle down which we had spread purple flower petals. The mini-lanterns had been donated to her and she was so excited about them, I suggested we use my large lanterns from Colonial Williamsburg for the stage to create a theme. She liked that idea a lot and arranged flowers around that.

We did a range of blues and purples since blue was his favorite color and lavender was hers.

2-Wedding prep

Neither A nor C are too keen on cakes. So they decided to do cheesecake, which was his favorite dessert. Her favorite food group is fruit, so she grabbed her favorite cans of fruit toppings so everyone could customize their own cheesecake.

3-Wedding prep

These floral arrangements on the tables were an idea my daughter had. We worked on them one day in a corner of the seating area of Wegmans. She wanted these itty bitty lavender beads to go down a narrow neck of the vase to hold the flower. Trouble was it took forever to get those itty bitty beads down that itty bitty neck. I forget what we did, but we tried several different scenarios...or we'd still be filling vases to this day. We were so glad we had done them ahead of time. And thankfully, each vase came with a cork, so we corked each vase, placed each one in a small box just large enough to hold all of them. That way on this day all we needed to do was carry in the box, pop off the cork, and pop in the flower. There is no way we'd have had time to do anything more than that. We had been given only an hour to decorate the church, and then an hour to decorate the reception hall, so everything was rush, rush, rush.

The plan was to do the rehearsal dinner at Uncle Julios, but they turned us down because they don't do reservations of 10+ people on Friday nights. Or something like that. No matter. Smokin' Willies of Purcellville kindly and gladly took us and it was wonderful!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Yellow and White Sundress in Purcellville and an Engagement

My daughter is engaged! Her boyfriend told my son to be at Chick-fil-A at a certain time. My son told me I had to be there too. So...in Chick-fil-A they were engaged, and the ring from Colonial Williamsburg was placed upon her finger.

We pretty much knew this day was coming. They met in college. It was my daughter's first day at GMU. She was lost. She saw a guy. Asked him for directions to Geology I. He had the same class. They were on the phone with each other every day since.

The plan was to be married earlier in the summer, but there were a lot of scheduling conflicts where we attend church in Purcellville.

On this day my son insisted they get their photos done (by him) and their web site done (by him) because the wedding was set for October 12.

All this while selling our house and finding new places for all of us to live. Oh, and did I mention that I was sewing her dress, my dress, and making her bouquets? And we were planning the decor for the church, although she handled most of the details herself with the wedding consultant at the church.

1-Yellow white Stripe Sundress Purcellville

While taking their photos, I asked my son to take a couple of shots of my new dress. Dress details (pattern, construction) forthcoming.

2-Yellow white Stripe Sundress Purcellville

Not too hot and with beautiful blue skies, the day was perfect for engagement photos and yellow sundress photos.

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Purcellville

After this, we drove to the Old Stone Bridge at the Manassas Battlefield for more photos. Then we went to the train in Old Town Manassas for the rest of the photo shoot. The engaged couple were quite pleased with all the photography.

Stay tuned for the wedding!

Monday, August 12, 2019

1957 Horrockses Dress in floral pink rose stripe on cream debut at Bear's Den Overlook

I finally finished another 1957 Horrockses style dress in time for a summery photo shoot.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


This is another lovely cotton print from the Gertie fabric collection at Jo Ann Fabrics. Again I used Vogue 8789. You can see my turquoise and red vintage dress here.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


Gertie's version made use of the stripes differently than I did. That is the nice thing about this fabric, that there are so many interpretations of stripe placement possible.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


Purchased a few years ago, it was a popular print that was difficult to attain. I finished off bolts at 3 different JoAnn Stores in Northern Virginia, each 1-2 yards in length. I used the smallest piece for the bodice, and then the larger pieces for the skirt.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


Thus this doesn't have the same fullness as my turquoise dress. I wasn't even sure I could pull it off, but it all worked out.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


I asked my son to take photos of my new dress at a great spot, so he took me to Bear's Den Overlook, a short hike from the car he said. A few minutes became an hour...over the rocks and past the copperhead snake! But thankfully the snake was lazy. The shoes were not ideal. My son kept saying the overlook was just around the corner. We had a good laugh.

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1957 Horrockses Dress


Horrockses is famed for its cotton. Even though this is a cotton from Gertie's design, sold for JoAnn, I love it. It's so soft and comfortable. And the pattern has become a favorite.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Bear's Den Overlook, Geology, and Colonial Highway

One day after church my son suggested a hike. It's an easy hike he promised. Just a short walk from the car. An hour later...with me in my non-hiking shoes and a vintage dress (stay tuned for those photos) we made it to the top, a lovely view.

There are always lots of rocks to climb. The variety includes: sandstone, schist, marble, phyllite, and quartz.

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Bear's Den Overlook view of Shenandoah


This is the Colonial Highway, frequently traveled by George Washington to Winchester.

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Bear's Den Overlook view of Colonial Highway and Shenandoah


A peak at the Shenandoah River.

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Bear's Den Overlook view of Shenandoah


It's always peaceful up here, except my son did find a copperhead. (And me with my non-hiking shoes.) But thankfully the snake had previously engorged himself with a massive meal, so he was feeling as lazy as some of us.

More information of the area can be found in this blog post (Lover's Overlook) about my first hike here.