Monday, August 24, 2015

Historic Rock Ford Plantation 1790s Fashion


For the last Historic Rock Ford Plantation Second Sundays event my mother wore her 1790s white floral cotton gown inspired by an original in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute. During this transitional time in fashion history dress waistlines were rising and the points that once existed at the center front of bodices were no longer added. Dresses of this style may have been an older dress remade by shortening the bodice and removing the bodice points at the center front and back. The dress could be worn with a matching petticoat or a coordinating sheer cotton petticoat. She wore a pink silk sash tied in a bow at the back and matching pink silk shoes with the dress. A garnet necklace and earring set completed the look.




Above: From Revolution in Fashion by the Kyoto Costume Institute.


Above: An example of a similar dress with matching petticoat from the 1780s that could have been altered later to look like the Kyoto dress. From the V&A.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Second Sundays at Rock Ford Plantation


Two Sundays ago I participated in a Second Sunday living history at Rock Ford Plantation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. These events are a series that take place in the Spring to Fall months. There are two more such events coming up in the upcoming months. See the Historic Rock Ford Plantation Website for more information on Second Sunday events and other upcoming events.

Each Second Sunday event at Rock Ford has a different theme. This living history was entitled Fashions During the Lifetime of General and Mrs. Hand. Each room in the house featured docents in clothing of a different decade. The program was fantastic and it was fun to be a part of it.

Above, my mother and I posed for a picture after a delightful day at Rock Ford. I wore the lilac silk taffeta dress patterned and recreated as part of my MFA thesis from an original c.1810 dress in the collection of the Fashion Archives and Museum at Shippensburg University. The pattern for this dress was recently released by Fig Leaf Patterns and is available for purchase on Etsy here. More on this process to come!

Below are some pictures from the living history. To view more images from the day, check out Historic Rock Ford Plantation on Facebook.


Above: April Thomas of Fashions Revisited and Rock Ford Docent Coordinator Sarah Drennen.


Above: Andrea Amey of Amey's Adornments and Ron and Lynette Miller of Miller's Millinery.


Above: Poised to begin a meal in the dining room.


Above: Meeting in General Hand's study.


Above: In riding costume in the Study.


Above: A family playing a game of cards in the girls' bedroom.


Above: A bit of needlework and conversation in the Master Bedroom.


Above: Barb and Glenda talking about the latest fashions in an upstairs bedroom.


The next Second Sunday Living History at Rock Ford Plantation is From the Earth: Gardening in the 18th Century on Sunday, September 13th from 11AM - 3PM.








Monday, May 18, 2015

May Fair at Rock Ford Plantation


Over Mother's Day weekend I spent time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at Rock Ford Plantation's May Fair living history. This event was part of their Second Sundays special programing. Usually the museum represents the mid-1790s to 1805 when the Hand family lived in the house. But, for this event we wore 1770s clothing. I used the opportunity to finish up a blue silk dress that I had started four years ago - whew, so glad that it's finally finished! I used a bodice pattern that I draped based on an original.


Since I knew that I wouldn't have time to add trim to the dress, I purchased this antique mother-of-pearl fan on Etsy and this pearl necklace and earring set from Dames a la Mode on Etsy. I couldn't be more pleased with this stunning necklace and earring set! The black straw hat was purchased from Miller's Millinery.


We enjoyed dancing around the Maypole.


We had our palms read by the fortune teller.



Pam wore her beautiful white dress. She always looks stunning.


Lynette Miller of Miller's Millinery was beautifully attired in a dress from a Colonial Williamsburg print fabric. She also had many lovely hats for sale in her sutlery.



Various vendors and demonstrators showcased crafts of the last quarter of the 1700s.


Rock Ford's dance group demonstrated various dances of the 18th century.









My mother made her own dress and trimmed this straw hat.




My mother and I both purchased our silk organza caps from Arachneattire on Etsy. I am so pleased with the way that they turned out. This maker was so nice to work with and does stunning work!


My mother made herself this new silk dress for the event and purchased this antique parasol to go with it.




Her hat was purchased from Miller's Millinery. The coral jewelry set was made by Kristen from The Victorian Needle on Etsy.


Since I didn't have time to make myself two new outfits for this event I opted to wear very different accessories each day. I made this ivory silk satin and red silk taffeta hat and rhinestone and red silk jewelry and sash to wear on Sunday. I also painted my American Duchess shoes red.




It was a lovely event and I was so glad that I had the chance to attend!