Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beautiful Inspiration

I recently found a link on another blog to this collection of antique dresses, I think from the Smithsonian (is that right, Rebecca?). Anyway, I had to post some of my favorites!! :-D

Cynthia, anyone? (Sorry, it really reminds me of Cynthia though. :-) )

This is late 1830's, early 1840's. (Could be pulled up on the shoulders...)
Absolute gorgeousness!! This is late 1850's, early 1860's.
There are several ADORABLE Edwardian dresses!!! Lots of inspiriation! :-)

*sighs* What a beautiful color!!! And the style! I love it! :-D
Very pretty!
Not the hat, by the way... ;-)
This may be my absolute favorite; it reminds me of Laura Timmons from Lark Rise to Candleford, and I think I could find a way to make one like it based on Jenny Chancey's Edwardian patterns!

On a side note:

Believe it or not, I have been sewing PEOPLE clothes as well as doll clothes! Got stuck on the zipper on Saturday (first time sewing a zipper) and just haven't picked it up since then, but I might this evening or tomorrow. Will say no more. :-)

Also, check out my Wives and Daughters link; I have edited some of the graphics to make it more interesting. Let me know what you think. :-)


Ashley Nicole said...

Oh, what lovely inspiration! I really need to look through that site. :D

Margaret Dashwood said...

I really like that last dress! Very cute. :)

SinginginHisName said...

lol is every girl going to blog about this site?!! My sister and I and now Marianne! Now we only need Ashley and Gabrielle and thats practically everyone! lol Its a great site and I can't wait to go and see some of them in person!! *giggles with excitement!!*

momawake said...

If you keep on with zippers they do get easier. They're not my favorite, but I can do them. YouTube has at least one good tutorial on putting in invisible zippers. Marie-Madeline Studio recently posted a tutorial on their blog. http://mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/mariemadeline_studio/2010/01/invisible-zippers-arent-so-scary-after-all.html
Keep up the great work!

Teddy said...

The third and last were probably my favorites.

Nicki said...

georgeous dresses, and I have to agree about the first one it is like Cynthia!
Nice blog!

Amy said...

I love the 3rd one best....I love the long, floppy sleeves. I love floppy sleeves. :-)
Ah, zippers. The wonderful, terrible things. ha ha. :-)

Rebekah said...

Breathtaking!! Your right about that last one - it does look like Laura's!

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Teddy said...

Um, hey Elinor? You didn't give me a good option for the poll...eh-heh-heh...I need one that says something about it being the best movie ever and wanting to find Mr. Knightly's Christian twin and- get the point? *Blink-blink*
Guess what I voted????

Elinor Dashwood said...

Teddy, I am sure you voted that you LOVED it! :-D Me too! :-) Guess what came in the mail yesterday? The new Emma DVD!!!!!!!! :-D

Teddy said...

YES!!!!! When can I come watch it w/ you again???? Emily is getting it I think on Friday so apparently I'm like WAY uncool and totally SLOOOOOOOOW.... :)

the W. family said...

Wow! Beautiful dresses! Wouldn't it be wonderful if ladies still dressed that way?! :)