This may be the latest posted “Finished Project” on my blog EVER. In fact, I finished this many years ago, before I even had a blog! It’s one of those projects that I felt completely inspired by, intended to wear to an event, but then put away and never took out again. Well, I was determined to take photographs in it this year. To be honest, I highly doubted I would actually fit in it, but a little squeezing from my new corset I made this year, and it *barely* fit. Good enough for pictures, anyways!
When I first became aware of James Tissot’s amazing paintings, I wanted to make a bunch of dresses inspired by them. This one, “At the Rifle Range” (or “Woman at the Rifle Range”) from 1869 was an instant favorite because it appealed to my inner adventuress.
My husband was sweet enough to instruct me how to stand, so we could play at replicating the feel of the pose. Here, with photoshopped background to look more autumn/winter-y than we currently are in Southern California. The pistol is just a toy.
And here is how the plants really look in November where we live. I honestly wish we had some sort of weather- the years tend to kind of run together when you don’t have a visual representation of the changing of the seasons.
Unfortunately, I can’t give details on it because I honestly don’t remember what I did, but I DO know I used Truly Victorian for a base of top and overskirt (though I can’t remember which ones), and changed the patterns, but the underskirt is my all time favorite base skirt, the Grand Parlour Skirt. The fabric is an odd, interior decor fabric of sueded synthetic fibres, and the trim is faux fur.
Here’s a view of the back. I used antique cut steel buttons.
Trying to be Christmas-y with a vintage fur muff.And some kitty pictures for good measure :)
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Many blessings to you and yours.