Reenacting really is the strangest hobby, isn’t it? For the record, I’m the only one in my family that does reenacting, and despite pleas when I was younger for the ‘rents and my little sis to join, I actually like doing the hobby solo, as it gives me a much needed breather and such a fabulous creative outlet. Anyways, my point is that my family has gotten used to seeing me in funny costumes from the 1850s and in various states of dress in these funny costumes. Mom asked what the reenactment was this weekend that I was going to, and when I said “Queen Victoria’s Birthday” I got a chuckle. Which is to be expected when you volunteer at a living history museum that portrays a British fur trading post and celebrates the birthday of an English monarch long dead and buried.
I’ve put all of my photos from the event here, but I wanted to share the few I posted here since I think they’ve become so emblematic of my recent reenacting. I just love the parlor and chowing down on delicious cakes and sipping tea while sewing or chatting about sewing. Since this event is kind of “fancy” I wore my trimmed wool dress that I have dubbed the “Neopolitan ice cream dress” since it is pink, white, and brown. Originally a basque, I chopped off the bottom portion of it when I couldn’t get the fit quite right and instead did some trim on the front based on an extant dress from 1856.
Upper-class is definitely a portrayl that I prefer, although next month my dear friend Nona and I are going to try our hand at cooking and lower-class wear when we enter the period cooking competition. We’re gonna wear loud plaid aprons, although we’re still figuring out what to cook. Any suggestions? Some kid at the reenactment suggest chocolate-chip cookies, but I think he wanted some cookies for himself more than anything.
Also, there’s still a ton of stuff for sale in the Spring Cleaning post, so do take a gander if you’re looking for fabric, reproduction garments, or patterns.