I should start off by saying that I’m a member of the DFW Costumer’s Guild. Up until last year, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. I can’t even remember how I discovered their website, but when I did I remember thinking, “Oh my! There are other people who never grew out of the “dress-up stage”!” I believe I sent in my dues and joined before ever meeting anyone or attending an event. I was that excited. At some point, I will go back and post about a previous event and costume, but the most recent event was Titanic themed. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History currently has an exhibit of Titanic artifacts and reconstructions and a group of us went in costume. The exhibit itself was really neat, and if you live nearby I highly recommend going. When you get there, you’ll get a ticket to board the ship with a real passenger’s name and bio on it. As I walked through the exhibit I actually saw some personal memorabilia from the passenger I had, which was really neat. It wasn’t until the end of the exhibit that we all found out whether our assigned person survived the sinking or not. Mine did, but there were so many names on the list that did not. Unfortunately, we were not able to take photos inside the exhibit, but I do have photos of my ticket!
My dress is based on this burgundy and red dress. I know when most people think of “Titanic Dress” they picture an evening gown, but I didn’t think that would be appropriate for a.) boarding a ship in 1912, and b.) going to a museum in January in 2013. Much thanks to Jen Thompson (see her blog for more photos) for taking photos after the exhibit.
Specifics on the dress:
Pattern: Hint of History’s 1912 Shawl Collar Dress with various changes, including collar, center closure on bodice, and changing the skirt to a six-panel with pleats (which just about did my brain in. It took me… a LONG time to figure it out)
Fabric & Trim: Wool Suiting in Dark Steel Blue, bodice lined in matching (sort of) linen, cummerbund and buttons in light beige silk crepe de chine, all from Denver Fabrics. The trim is petersham ribbon. The “dickey” or false blouse is in linen, and I basically made it up using parts of a bodice pattern from Truly Victorian.
Hat: The straw blank is from hatsupply.com, and is the Grace- Bleached. I ordered a bunch of feathers from etsy and used the remaining crepe de chine and various trims from JoAnns. The is my second successful hat, and I’ve discovered there’s always a point while working on them that I think, “I just… don’t know…” but so far so good!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out. I learn so much with each outfit I make. If I could change anything about this one, I’d have made the collar a little longer in the front and I need to take the sleeves off and fiddle with how they’re set because I get a strange crease down my arm. Other than that, I’d consider it a success.
My attempt at making my photo look old.