The day started out very much rainy. But the sun came out just long enough to move all the rolls of fabric without a drop of rain. Jeremy and Clint picked up the van for the day and made an Ikea run. Then it was moving all the HEAVY large objects day (everything except the big table which was getting casters put on by Bob).
So I mentioned I had the keys to my new location. This will be the first time I have a workshop outside the home. The space even has an office, a bathroom, and room for me to set up a little showroom/retail area. It will be by appointment only but during events downstairs at the Woman’s club I’ll often keep my door open for people to come visit at their leisure.
Here are the before photos as we prepared to move in this weekend. Today we finish up installing the big table and moving more fabric over if we hit some timing with no rain. I see the rainy weekend as a good omen. It has been lovely having friends and family come and help. Thank you everyone! You have made this a smooth move
Please do check out my Auctionswhich end today. I am selling some of my personal costuming to help fund the move.
Both auctions end today. My gold and blacks are currently at $200US. The Bronze and Golds have no bids, the reserve is a very reasonable $700US for the ensemble which includes two corsets, two skirts, a bodice, and a hat.
Both auctions include cabbage that matches the gowns so you can easily do alterations. For those who can pick up in person we could discuss alterations if you could come for a fitting. Alterations would be an additional but reasonable fee.
I’ll post when the auction goes live on my website.
High resolution images of the gown can be seen in my Bronze and Gold Flickr set.
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I’m going through old photos and pulling some to put together a little “history of” the gown post. This one has been through a lot with me and is still gorgeous. So many things I’d do differently now with my current knowledge but I’m still proud of where I started.
Take a look, share the link around, show anyone you think might want a pretty gown This is my first auction using wordpress auctions so please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.
Ideally you will be local and the gown can be picked up. Otherwise I can estimate shipping charges for you.
Thanks everyone for all the support and encouragement.
A great Pretty Pretty Princess gownn or for a playtron or someone just starting out at Faire:
Detail shots of first dress going up for auction later tonight. I currently wear a size 8 pants and a size medium shirt and it fit with a 1.5″ gap in the photos- I am 5’5′ but the dress could be worn with a smaller hoop or a corded petticoat for a more Italian look and would be longer. It can also be let down a bit for length.
Details can be viewed in the Gold Gown set on Flickr
Current measurements of Bodice (largest is with full width of modesty placket included), bodice edges were folded over and grommeted to make smaller a few years ago):
Sleeves: 21.5″ in length, 16″ interior circumference at top of sleeve head
Wrist” 8.5″ interior circumference
Waist 28″-35″ (currenly has a big tuck taken in back to make it smaller)
Front length: 38.5″ (about 2″ in hemline has the trim so it could be let down)
Back length 41″ (looks like you could let out 2-4″ of hemline to lengthen).
The forepart is just safety pinned to a hoop.
The hoop skirt was something gifted to me and is not the perfect shape but it will be included if desired. It was made with a spiral bone going down it and elastic waistline which has a ribbon crudely sewn on to make it actually stay up!
When I was still in college my now Mother-in-law Ann made me a pink bog dress for Halloween. I went to my first Renaissance Faires in 2001. I was so proud of that pink dress she gifted me but she determined it was time for me to sew my own.
I wasn’t convinced by the colour gold but fell in love as I sewed it together. I’ll try to sift out original photos from when I wore it to Scottish events in Northern California in the early 00s. It was originally gold and burgundy. Through the years it has seen many alterations. Ann walked me through the entire construction. It was the first “gown” I had ever made. I had made doll clothing and stuffed animals up to that point and maybe an apron in home ec class in middle school.
“Looking forward, Looking back”© Tavan Photography- I am wearing my first gown that started my adventure into starting my business making custom clothing peering into the front door leading to my new space at the Woman’s club in downtown San Jose.
The detail shots of the gown in its current incarnation are on Flickr. This gown and many other of my personal costuming will be sold on auction to help fund the move to my first non-home based work space!
Details on the auction, how to bid, and measurements of the dress forthcoming.