Family Photographs Inspiration

Here are some pictures of my great-grandmother’s brother, Armon, and his wife, Marion, in the early 1900’s.

Their wedding picture, 1908:

Those hats were real, believe it or not! 😛

Here’s Marion on Mauritius. I am not sure what year this would be; probably the late 1890’s or early 1900’s…? I love this shot though; isn’t it such a sweet picture? I love her dress too…

I think these are their children, Armond and Jean…. I think. I love their outfits too– so cute! 🙂



Below is a picture of my grandma and grandpa at their wedding in 1957. Isn’t my grandma’s dress lovely? (This is the same grandma that I talked about in this post.)
I am not sure whether we have this dress anywhere, but I would love to make one like it for my wedding, if the Lord ever brings such an event about in my life. 😉 I just adore the styles from that decade!! 😀

Historically Inspired "Prairie" Dresses

For those of you who don’t know (and most of you don’t), historical costuming has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember, even though making my own historical costumes is a recent venture.

As of the 5th of this month, it has been two years since my Grandma W. went to be with the Lord. I have been thinking about the Christmases that she took the time to make something with her own hands for each of us girls and send them across the States for our Christmas. She usually color-coded what she made for us. “Marianne” usually had something blue, I had something purple, and “Margaret” had something red/orange.

One year, Grandma made us historical dresses with pinafores. Here is a picture of me (back, left) and “Marianne” (back, right) in ours. (“Margaret” is wearing a dress my mom made her.) (i I think this picture was taken in 2004.) Oh, we wore those dresses so much we wore them out! I loved having something “Little House-ish” to wear, as my goal was always to be like Laura. 😉

Since I embarked on historical sewing about a year ago, I have often wished that I could have shown Grandma the things I have made. Of course, I can’t, but I still am grateful for the time she invested in those outfits that she knew would be so special to us, and I am thankful for the inspiration she was to me!

I hope you all have had a good launch into the Christmas season! Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, through whom we may have unspeakable joy and eternal life!

~”Elinor” 🙂

Fashion Fun… Up to Date or a Little Behind the Times?

The other morning I woke up late (as usual) and the rest of the family was already busy with morning things while I was still in my room reading my Bible. I was reading in the Gospel of John when my mom knocked, entered, and said, “This is something that belonged to Grandma Jeannie; I thought you might like to look through it.” And with that, she lay this on my desk:


The Delineator

A Journal fo Fashion Culture and Fine Arts

Published by the Butterick Publishing Co. (Limited,) London & New York.

July, 1892.

Price. 15 Cents

I assure you, I did finish my quiet time before I started looking through the book! Believe me! But I’ll admit it was a little tempting, that ancient brown book next to me. 😉

The fashion magazine reminds me of Laura Ingalls talking about the Godey’s Lady Book.

“Bishop sleeves are favored for gowns of thin, soft materials; but when thick or less flexible fabrics are made up, double or leg-o’-mutton sleeves are preferred, if becoming.

Russian blouses, with or without skirts, are more elegant than ever and enjoy a corresponding increase of popularity…”

Pages and pages follow, with descriptions and pictures of the latest styles of the year. A lot of them look a little hot for July, I think…

Left: “Ladies’ Greek Costume, with Train (Perforated fro round length). (Known as the hypatia gown.) (Copyright.)

Right: “Ladies’ Corselet Princess Costume, with Demi-Train (Perforated for slight train). (Copyright.)

And let’s not forget the latest and greatest accesories…

Fashionable Hats…Scarves…Neck-Ruchings….Beads…

Wild, eh? 😀 But as Jo says, “Let us be fashionable or die!”

Over 50 pages of almost purely dresses and descriptions– some are a little scary, but many are breath-takingly beautiful. Why do people look “wierd” if they wear beautiful clothes nowadays? 😦

I should love to post more pictures of my favorite dresses but it might make the post too long, as I still have more to address…

The second magazine my mom brought in for me, missing a cover, terribly stained with age, and dating July, 1905.

The year of EXTREME! I think the dresses would be beautiful if the models didn’t look so strange… I have never seen a person shaped like that, waist cincher or no waist cincher!

There are some very nice dresses, however, several of which remind me of something Anne or Diana might wear in Anne of Avonlea.

Tired of the hideously immodest swimwear you can get at the store? Looking for something a little more modest? Try…

“Ladies’ or Misses’ Tucked Bathing Costume: consisting of a Blouse, in Shirt-Waist Style, with High Neck, or with Open Neck and Removable Shield, and Full-Length of Puffed Sleeves; Knickerbockers, with Band or Frill Finish; and a Five-Gored Skirt; the Blouse Being Attached to the Knickerbockers or Skirt. (Known as the Shirt-Waist Bathing Suit.)

“The bathing costume may be as tasteful and stylish as any frock in the wardrobe, and the new designs are very tempting…” 🙂

Following this page are some very pretty summer outfits that look very Anne-ish (but with 1/4 size waist than she has 😛 )

Then there is a section called “The Dressmaker”; in this edition of the magazine, the topic is “Making and Finishing a Bathing Suit.” It gives some instructions and tips for making your own bathing suit… of course, it references a pattern (#8235) which I doubt anyone has a copy of…

Well, mean me has shown you all this just to say, “No, I am not selling them on E-Bay”. I’ll be Mr. Krook from Bleak House: I keep ’em all!” 🙂

Actually, I wish I could share all the pages with you but that might be very boring for some of my readers. Eventually I would like to make a dress similar to one of these styles. My mom has a dress that belonged to my great-great-grandma Jeannie (real name: Eugenia) O’Conner (afterwards: Lobdell), dating from somewhere during that time period, which I would love to recreate after I have learned how to draft patterns from existing garments. 🙂

It’s fun. 🙂