SIT Weekend with Madelyn Le Page

By | December 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

  By Sue McDonald   Madelyn Le Page is probably THE most faithful attendee of the “Somewhere in Time” weekend at the Grand Hotel every fall on Mackinac Island. She and her husband have attended all of the "SIT" weekends except the first one.  So, she believes that's been 22 weekends that they have attended. [...]

Somewhere in Time 2014

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Customer's Fashions, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion|Tags: , , , , , |

Step back in time Mackinac Island lies where the crystal blue waters of Lakes Michigan and Huron mingle. It is a land of enchantment and a time capsule of a bygone era.  Horse-drawn carriages replace automobiles and time slows to the pace of a gentler period.  It is no surprise that this gem was chosen [...]

Victorians at the Beach

By | April 24th, 2013|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Early Victorians generally had little interest in visiting the ocean for any reason, but somewhere around the mid-1800’s doctors started recommending spas and mineral waters as a cure for many ailments. Natural hot springs – like the Glenwood Springs mentioned in an earlier Blog article – became popular places for fashionable Victorians to go to [...]

Attending a Victorian Ball

By | June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Ball Gowns|Tags: , , , , , , |

As part of the upcoming Durango Heritage Celebration this October, we have just received formal invitations to attend a Grand Victorian Ball. The theme of the ball will be "150 Years: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War." Although all forms of Victorian and Edwardian dress will be permitted, I suspect [...]

Featuring the “Tea Ladies”

By | May 6th, 2011|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , , , |

When you hear that Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton are known as “The Tea Ladies”, and that they preside over tea events at a lovely historic mansion, it might be easy to assume that they are living a life of ease and indulgence; but you would be sadly mistaken. With all of the varied programs [...]

Those Fabulous Gloves!

By | April 27th, 2011|Categories: Accessories|Tags: , , , , |

My love affair with gloves began shortly after my husband and I joined a re-enactment group who dressed in 1800’s period attire. While looking for ideas for clothing I came across a picture of an outfit that stopped me in my tracks. What was so stunning? Her gloves! This lady’s gloves were the richest shade [...]

Bloomers, Pantaloons, and Knickers – Oh My!

By | April 10th, 2011|Categories: Underpinnings|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pantaloons, drawers, knickers, and bloomers. What do all of these items have in common? During the 1800’s all were adopted by women as a necessary article of clothing. During the early nineteenth century women did not typically wear anything under their skirts and petticoats. However, during the empire period early in the century, women’s clothing [...]

Getting that Period Look

By | April 10th, 2011|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |

When my husband and I moved to the relatively small town of Prescott Arizona several years ago, I never dreamed that I would soon be spending all my time (and a great deal of money) in an effort to look as though I lived in the late 1800’s. For my husband, the transition was fairly [...]

Hatpins

By | April 6th, 2011|Categories: Hats|Tags: , , , |

Hatpins! There are few accessories a lady wears that are even more fun than they are functional. Although they enjoyed their greatest popularity between the 1880’s and 1920’s, hatpins are very collectable even today because they are often fabulous, and fanciful. For those who dress in period attire, they are also an indispensable method for [...]