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Victorian costuming
Satterlee Spry
badapplebettie wrote in mycroft_brolly
A good friend of mine does costuming. She's a very talented seamstress and has made numerous pieces for me. Last night, she was the featured artist at Davenport & Winkleperry, the gallery where the Undershaw benefit will be held in late May. If you are interested in costuming, particularly Victorian costuming, I've put photos of the two main ensembles, plus a costume she made for me, under the cut.



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Nancy made this for me about two years ago.

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After the show, a local collector of vintage jazz brought over his vast collection of original 78s. Much dancing ensued. In one day, I went from saloon girl to flapper. Nancy did not make this dress.




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I wants. I really wants. These are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

This is the problem with having a friend who makes such things. It just makes me want to order gobs of Victorian clothing that, practically speaking, isn't going to get a tremendous amount of wear. So, yes, in short: want.

I shall have to settle for enjoying the pictures. :)

Such rich fabrics and stylish tailoring! You look fabulous in both outfits, but I would covet the flapper girl style most myself, because it's beautiful and easy to wear. I have a friend who used to do wardrobe for an opera company. Maybe I should ask her to dust down her sewing machine and make me a frock... :-))

She does beautiful work. Her training came as a shop seamstress for the Carolina Ballet as well as a theater company whose name escapes me at the moment. She has a wonderful eye for detail. Sometimes I go over to her studio and just sit and talk to her while she sews and look at all the gorgeous fabrics.

These are AMAZING - they are good enough to eat!

I want one I want one I want one!

My birthday is in January!

But seriously, they are works of art. Please tell your friend that her work is sensational. I will happily now drool over these photos for the next couple of hours!

And the avatar you have used - I am speechless (that happens once in a blue moon!).

Edited at 2011-04-04 12:37 am (UTC)

Another friend, an artist in Oregon, did that. It's a portrait of me based on a dream I had that I was a fortune teller in the late 20s. In the dream, I even had a name: Satterlee Spry. Satterlee was my paternal grandmother's maiden name and Spry was my great-grandmother's maiden name. Renee, the artist, worked that into the painting.

Here's the original.

Now I know what you look like!

But yes! Amazing stuff!! I'm a cosplayer and at one point I attempted a costume which was based off Queen Elizabethan's coronation gown (many months slaving over fabrics and corsets and starching lace and hoopskirts) so I know these take a loooong time or a looooad of work to do. They are all so pretty!!

And I totally get the whole I-want-one-even-though-I'd-never-have-time-to-wear-them! I collect kimonos and the only way I justify having them is get together fellow kimono-lovers and organise little outings where we wear them out and take photos. You should totally do like a period-dress-outing and do that~~

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