Saturday, June 18, 2011

1860's Swiss Belt Outfit - Finished!

David and I and our friend Peter headed out today to attend Grierson Days Civil War Reenactment. We hit heavy storms a little south of home and when we arrived at our destination, we discovered most of the roads into town were under water and the event had been cancelled. The few sad looking tents that still were standing in the drizzle were being hurriedly taken down and packed away as the reenactors, some clad in modern shorts and heavy boots beneath their wool coats, sloshed through the water and mud to strike camp. The photo below is of the highway as seen from the exit ramp.

Due to the flooding, we had to go a long way out of our way to get home. We arrived back a little while ago. Peter napped in the car on the way home.

Now we're heating up a noodle and ham casserole for a late lunch and David is napping - poor fellow. 7 hours worth of driving for not much besides the excitement of seeing roads under water!

It was lovely weather here back home so David took some photos of my finished outfit that, unfortunately, it turns out was not really necessary for this weekend after all. :P So goes life. I can save it for an event we are going to next month, but in the meantime, here are some pictures!

I was able to finish my brown drawn bonnet and wore that. It feels good to get a project done after, say, 16 months. :)

This afternoon I plan on making Peter a quickie tunic for a medieval faire we plan to attend tomorrow. . .hopefully THAT won't get rained out! I found some darling pointy toe leather shoes at the thrift store today on our way home for $1 that I think will very passably work for my medieval impression. Little joys make up for big disappointments, you know!



  1. My goodness, you look like you just stepped out of one of those photographs you posted!

  2. you look so lovely!!1
    Love the bonnet.

    God bless,

  3. Even lovelier than I thought it would be! You look fabulous, Sarah! So sorry your event was rained out; I hope you get to wear your new ensemble again soon.


    PS -- Congrats on the shoes, too! :-)

  4. You look beautiful! It's a shame you didn't get a chance to show off your lovely handwork!

  5. Hahahahaha at that picture of Peter napping.

    LOVE your dress!

  6. Fabulous job on the Swiss belt! You look lovely as always.

  7. Your dress and swiss belt is perfect, love the bonnet. Adorable pic of you in the bonnet...
    Thanks for sharing,

  8. I agree you look just like the ladies in the photos. The dress is gorgeous. :)

  9. Absolutely GREAT dress!! I really love the bodice and the blouse, the whole combination is beautiful.
    Which patterns did you use?

  10. You look lovely Sarah! I think that is what I say everytime ;-) But it is so true!

    Sorry you were rained out yesterday, but I do hope that you can enjoy the medieval faire today!

    Lots of love,

  11. Love the new outfit!! :) You look wonderful in it. Bummer about the reenactment too. I've had that happen too....but never one that's 3.5 hrs away. I can't imagine how you kept the kids calm all the way there and back. I bet Peter loved that pic of him. ;P

  12. You look amazing, and very fashionably young! I love it! If only I were a few years younger myself . . .

  13. Snowlady, I didn't really use any commercial patterns but, if you have a basic bodice pattern already fitted, you can use that (as I did) for the white waist. It's made exactly like a sheer dress bodice, so, if I get REALLY too old to wear this outfit, I can always make and attach a skirt of the same fabric as the bodice and have a new sheer dress to wear. :) I draped the pattern for the belt and the skirt was made from Mrs. Clarks instructions.

    Amy, it WAS a long drive. . .thankfully the kids were with Davids mom, so they did not have to epxerience the lengthy drive. It was a 2 hour drive down, but a 5 hour drive between arriving and trying to find a way out of town and then coming home via an alternate route. . .quite a long day!

    Sommer, the faire was FABULOUS! We had a fantastic time and I'm so glad we were able to go. It definitely makes up for the cancellation of the CW event!

  14. What a beautiful dress and you look lovely in it!

  15. Ooooh! I love your swiss waist!!! It looks great!

  16. I wish I could have seen you in person and given you a big hug! I miss you!




Thank you for your lovely thoughts!