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Gatsby Lawn Party Day 2

Gatsby Lawn Party Day 2

The lovely grounds of Spadina House Museum

Day 2 was another beautiful day of hot sunny weather and cool breezes. I wore what turned out to be my favorite  dress of the summer so far. It was another Pinterest image turned into a pattern from a 1 Hour Dress Book published in the 1920s. I didn’t take any construction pictures as time was getting short. I used a yarn dyed cotton in a rust plaid and a solid rust coloured cotton for the ties.

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I almost made a critical error when translating the measurements from imperial to metric. (On a side note, the US has been officially metric for more than 2 decades. Start using it please)

This is a very comfortable dress and Sara wants to make one for herself before the summer ends.

 

Her dress started out as one pattern and was modified a great deal. We also made it out of a knit since we didn’t have time to be picky about the fabric.

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It turned out great and just in time. I think she wants to  make it again in a silk and make a few more adjustments.

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1928 Reproduction Turban , Le Petit Chapeau

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Maybe next year we will have the right shoes to fit our needs of standing all day and new specs that are more in keeping with the 20’s.

Cheers

Meaghan & Sara

A Gatsby Weekend Day 1

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Spadina House Museum

Recently Sara and I were sponsors of Spadina House Museum Gatsby Lawn Party. We donated several prizes for the costume party and set up a mini shop loaded with flapper era hats for Ladies and Gents.

It was a beautiful and rather hot weekend but the grounds are so lovely and the lawn party goers were dedicated to their costumes that it made the heat bearable.

We decided we need to have 1920s dresses and hats (of course) which wasn’t required but encouraged and I’m glad we did. All the volunteers and the musicians were costumed in wool! (Brave souls) This ment we needed to hunt Pinterest for ideas or patterns of which we found and needed to draw from the photos as well as alter to fit our measurements. Originally I wanted to use a pattern I had for about 20 years. It was an early 20s design that was designed with a 1990s fit. That will work, I thought. No. What a mess. The fitting that I did before inserting the zipper showed that there was no saving it and the fit and the printed measurements were essentially a lie. Oh well.

I also had a 1980s dropped waist dress pattern that I cut out of a lovely pumpkin coloured cotton gauze. I cut it to a smaller fit than the 80s look which was a 10 inch ease! I also moved the gathers of the waist to the side front and side back to be more in keeping with the 1920s. I then added a fabric rose and ribbons both up and down the side of the dress at the hip. this was copied from a photo of a 1920s day dress I found.

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I was also wearing a reproduction cotton slip underneath which had panniers on the hips made of gathers to puff the hip out farther. It is in keeping with he style but not seen as often. It was an unusual silhouette which I’m still not accustomed to. The hat is a new design made for the show which we are going to start making for customers soon.

Sara’s dress was much more work and made from a polyester chiffon in a green and white print with a touch of black. I wasn’t sure about it but she knew it would be wonderful.

Her drawing of the photo was very neat and made from a hebrew language page from a 1920s ladies magazine. The pattern was large pieces so the floor was the only place to lay it out. She cut it into a front and back to fit the fabric and then very carefully cut out the fabric. Chiffon is very shifty so it was hard to keep it on grain. The hems were all rolled and hand sewed which took her many hours. The end result was beautiful. I think I want to make one!

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The hat was another one of the new Garden Party Hats and we found shoes were a problem. It was hot and we were on grass so slender heels were impractical so we wore what was best for working instead of the shoes which looked most appropriate.

The first day was great and we really enjoyed the gardens and music.

Day 2 clothing coming soon.

Cheers

Meaghan and Sara

 

Outfits of the Day

There are a lot of people who want to see the inside of my closet, apparently.  Sara’s too. I decided that I would start taking outfit of the day photos when we can so people can see all of our sartorial choices.
The last few weeks have been very busy so we didn’t capture every outfit but here are the ones we did.

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This is a 1960s style dress in knit lamé that I made near chirstmas holidays. Thrifted belt and sweater. Reikers boots.

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A  thrifted outfit except shoes, skirt and beret. The shirt is the kind of 1970s does 30s shirt I like so much. The skirt is one I made several years ago patterned from a suede one Sara owns. The pattern is too big now so it will need to be adjusted.

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A dress I made years ago that I love. I believe it’s a Macalls pattern in a poly that is a bizarre colour combination.  There isn’t a shoe or hat that matches!

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This is Sara in her quasi Edwardian outfit.  All thrifted except hat which is one of our cloches and the shoes. Shoes are Brodawka from Toronto.

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Finally Sara in a 1950s dress that had rotten underarms so she turned it into a skirt. The shrug I  knitted for her. The shirt is thrifted as are the awesome bronze shoes. The hat is one of our Ambler hats and the stag head necklace is from a local company we carry called Loved.

These shots are all in the studio.
Cheers
Meaghan

1930s Knit Dress

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Finished dress with a 1940s hat made in my studio and plastic necklace circa 1960s.

I have recently been coveting 1930s knit dresses but the sizes and the prices were not the right fit for me. Sara had a bat wing jersey knit shirt which looked very 30s so I  decided to make a copy and turn it into a dress.

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First I used pattern trace material and pinned it very carefully to the t shirt marking the grain and the centre front on the fold. As you can see I added a seam allowance  of 1.5 cm and made a front and back as well as sleeve cuff. The shirt had a lower hem cuff which I eliminated.  I found some sweater knit with this amazing green wavy line in a shine.

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I then decided to add a waist seam instead of making long seams since I assumed the sweater knit might just stretch and stretch to the floor. I used the skirt part of a pattern I’ve made lots since I knew the fit. I eliminated the hip faux pockets and added length to be 30s.

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I sewed up the dress, tried it on and only needed to raise the waist line so it would fit in a more historically correct fashion.  It was very quick to make up and I’m very happy with it. I have already decided on the next fabric for it that will need a full slip to match. I need to make a matching hat for warmer weather since the wool one I am wearing will be far too warm soon.

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I am wearing thrifted shoes and belt and I’m in my studio  with better light and a fab mirror.
Until next time.
Cheers
Meaghan

Quest Gallery is Now a Stockist!

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Quest Gallery Shop in Midland Ontario is now  Le Petit Chapeau stockist. The Quest gallery is a lovely space on the main street of Midland.

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A modern and well thought building, this gallery has changing contemporary art and an education programme and of course a shop. It shares space with the Midland Cultural Centre which has a lecture series, a performance series and both share a lovely cafe. The shop features Ontario fine crafts people in a range of mediums as well as a small but well thought out section of art supplies.

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The gallery shop has kindly agreed to accept my work and as long as it sells, I get to stay! The selection will be small due to space but I am offering my most popular mens cap, The Poor Boy Hat in a lovely fine black wool with a white fine chalk stripe. When these sell I will add others in a different material so get to them quickly.

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I have also taken 2 weekenders.

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For the ladies I am offering The Bycyclette in a grey check

 

and The Jockey Hat in a heavy and warm pink and green fabric.

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There is also one Collette.

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I have also taken several fascinators but space allows me 3 so I choose wisely. Grey, purple and ivory crins.

All of the hats offered are under $100 and lots under $80. I only live 50 kms away so I will be able to restock fairly quickly if Midlandiands shop!

My commision from the sales goes directly to their art education programming so support us all and shop local and handmade.

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If you are from the area and would like to see a hat pop-up shop at the gallery space please let me know!

Quest School + Gallery

333 King Street

Midland, ON

L4R 3M7

705 527 2787

http://www.questart.ca

 

Cheers!

Meaghan

 

An Accidental Walk to History

An Accidental Walk to History

IMG_20150517_193135Earlier this week Sara and I decided to spend the Sunday of the holiday weekend antique hunting in a new area. About an hours drive from the homestead is an area called Midland/Penetanguishene. Lots of great hunting is in the area as well as lovely towns and scenery. We had a picnic, which since we didn’t get out-of-town with any speed, ended up happening in the car. After some hunting in Midland we took a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way. I pulled into a road which led me to a park to check the map. Right on the Wye River and since it was a lovely hot day we decided to go for a walk.

IMG_20150517_193813Under the highway bridge on a bike/walking path opened up to this old train bridge which is now a trail which was not part of our walk but Sara and I decided this was a good place to bring our bikes for a bike picnic. It led us to the living history museum called Saint Maire among the Hurons. It is a fabulous museum which I have visited before and I highly recommend.

For more information on this museum click http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

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The view from the path at the museum of the Wye River.

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The path along the outer palisade and the river.

The path will take you to the grave site of the sainted Jesuit priests which is located on the grounds of the museum.

You enter a small gate and into a building. There are no electrical lights so the light was not enough for my tablet camera. The grave site is free and open during regular museum hours. Often there is an interpreter to give you the history of the grave. In the first photo you can see a cathedral behind Sara which is the other direction of the path which will take you to the final resting place of these saints.

I am not a catholic and even though I visited all of this as a primary school trip I didn’t know you could take this pleasant walk to the graves and to the church. I love museums and I enjoyed this surprised and the drifting wood smoke and glimpses of the museum through the palisade logs. Sara wants to visit the museum soon so I will take lots of photos and report here for all of you.

Please fell free to tell me of a surprise walk you went on in the comments below.

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My Journey to Becoming a Clothes Horse

Once upon a time I was a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, or tank top and board shorts as illustrated in my very poor quality picture.
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My sense of style didn’t get better than this in my teenaged years, but thankfully as an adult I got some excellent guidance from a great friend and awesome boss. It also helped that Goodwill used to have a 50% off sale every Friday.
It all started with a “no pants at work rule”. This was a dilemma as all I owned were pants, so Meaghan made me a denim pencil skirt and the original tie belt.original work outfit
Since this one outfit, I’ve come a long way.
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This is only the winter half of my clothing and almost everything I own was bought second hand. The exceptions to this would be things I made for myself, Awkward Stage pieces and the few, rare mall finds.

Now I after five years of work I have a pretty great sense of personal style that always seems to be evolving in someway. But to find out about that you’ll have to click here or here.

Cheers,
Sara.

Sweater Woes (Cold Weather Notes)

Sweater woes you may ask? Well yes. If you live in a cold place such as I do, (central Ontario Canada) where sweaters are a must they start to become woeful either by the amount you have, they way they are stored or by the condition of them. Today, mid February, it is -25 Celsius outside.

I like winter. i do. Just not that cold. There’s cold and then there is the thing we have in these parts called windchill. That’s when the wind blowing makes the ambient temperature colder than the thermometer reading. Yesterday morning it was about – 18 Celsius with a windchill making it fee like -38 Celsius. -38! What?!

Argh.

I am a cold person most of the time. I get chilly most days all year. Except for the heat waves I need a little sweater or something. Lightweight and thin. The kind you see on the telly with a little belt and the sleeves pushed up. Cute dress or blouse and skirt too. I do this. I have cardigans. Lots of them. They are thin so they only take up 3 dresser drawers and I still don’t have enough. I need a better brown and I don’t have the right green to go with certain thing. I haven’t any ivory or pink. I only have one dark purple and not a lighter purple. I have no real blue just 2 turquoise colours and I have a selection of lengths both in body and in sleeve. Still not enough.

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And the ugly slippers. (that’s another woe)

This is a 90 cm drawer. Three of them completely full. I haven’t discovered a better way to store them. Have any of you?

Why So many? Winters are long here. Sweater weather is from late September, early October to early May. You need an appropriate selection so it’s a never ending quest.

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We built the bedroom closest on our early 1970s house to have better organization because a single shelf and pole will not be enough. I have this stack of cubicles for all my sweaters. It also has a basket with all the knit shirts or t-shirt like things. (I don’t wear many of them). I have tried to organize these cubicles but….

IMG_20150216_144426I have purged. I have, really.

I don’t know how many sweaters I have. There are two more cubicles I didn’t photo since I think you get the idea. Extra warm sweaters in one. Thin and sweater vests in another. Old but very warm in another. Ones I can’t wear with a coat and therefore have to put them on when I get to work.  You pull one out and they all come down. Or they get mushed into the back and you forget you have them. I also have what everyone with a rather drafty house has.

House sweaters.IMG_20150216_150002 I won’t lie, I filtered the hell out of these because they are a little sad. by sad I mean I won’t wear out of the house. There is another one not pictured since I was wearing it when I took the photo.  These are cozy, oversized, pilly, old and sad things that you loath to answer the door in but sooooo comfy. I come home from work and take off the work clothes and put on comfies or something else. I wear nice clothes at work and quite frankly I want to take off the tights and the belts etc… at the end of the day but that’s another post.

Sometimes my BF leaves before I’m awake and comes home late and for weeks all he sees me in is yoga pants, turtlenecks and one of these sweaters.  Poor guy.

Now, I know most of you have a sweater shame out there. Something old but cozy that you refuse to put down. My favorite isn’t pictured but it was knitted by my Nan for me in Grade 9. Over 20 years ago now and I love the thing. It’s pilly and not o.k. to be seen getting the mail in but I won’t let it go. It’s so warm. Isn’t that what sweaters are about anyway? I have fantasies that I’ll have this beautiful Aran sweater not covered in tea stains with perfect hair and not actually be cold because, like in the photos I see, wearing a little skirt with no tights in the brisk Irish wind….There are a few things wrong with that picture though. The least of which I don’t live in Ireland. I guess this rather never ending woe about sweaters is a little unimportant but I think universal for a bunch of us. I don’t think I would like living in a place with no proper winter though. I’d likely miss all the sweaters!

Cheers

Meaghan

Please leave a comment about your sweater woes and how do you store them? Do you have a better solution? Also, what is your sweater of shame? Where did your house sweater come from and why won’t you let it go?

 

 

Eiffel Tower Ornaments!

Eiffel Towers!

Eiffel Towers!

The lovely Lisa Brunetta has made us three dimensional Eiffel tower ornaments. They are available in sets of three and created from multiple lovely papers! These are to replace the metal ones I buy when in Paris until I can make another trip! (besides, these are way better for being local) Lots of colour sets to choose from too.

Cheers

Meaghan & Sara

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