August 4, 2016

The Flower - 1820s Photo Shoot

Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.

Happy August, everyone!  Two weeks ago, Maria - sister & resident photographer extraordinaire - indulged me in a photo shoot.  This time, we documented my 1820s-for-20-years project!  (That's right, like every other 20 year old a.k.a teen no more, birthdays mean an excuse for new dresses!)  Over top a new shift and my mid-19th century undergarments, I am sporting the recently completed c.1826-1828 polka-dot dress, complete with sleeve supports, a chemisette and a pelerine.  The outfit is further accessorized with a double ruffled, beribboned cap and matching silk belt.

Our photo shoot took place at the Lamberton Conservatory:

We actually spent a majority of the time observing and photographing the turtles, but Maria still found time to impress with the camera - and, as always, I am just so happy to get to share the results!  *All photographs courtesy of Maria M. - a million thanks!* 

There were a lot of turtles! 

Completed Project Shots:  

To and fro they went
Thro' my garden bower,
And muttering discontent
Cursed me and my flower.

Then it grew so tall
It wore a crown of light,
But thieves from o'er the wall
Stole the seed by night.

Sow'd it far and wide
By every town and tower,
Till all the people cried,
'Splendid is the flower!'

Read my little fable:
He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
For all have got the seed.

And some are pretty enough,
And some are poor indeed;
And now again the people
Call it but a weed.

Poem is "The Flower" by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  More construction details and pictures to follow...thanks for reading!


  1. Happy Birthday!!!! :) What an absolutely gorgeous outfit, and it suits you so perfectly!! You look just beautiful. I can't wait to see more about the construction of it; I love the 1820s, and would love to make a dress someday from that era.
    Incidentally, the idea of making a dress from the same year as your age is the most marvelous idea ever. :D I can't wait to do something like that next year!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Esther!! I love the transitional 1826-1828 years. They have those fun sleeve puffs before they become giant in the 1830s. It would be fantastic to see more people - like you :) - tackle the '20s fashions! Not to mention, we'll all be looking forward to your next birthday outfit now - what fun!!

  2. I love the sleeves on this! I really want to make a 20s/30s dress with the absurdly giant sleeves. Do you have any pictures of the supports?

    1. Thank you, Avantgarbe! Aren't those, as you said it, absurdly giant sleeves a fun fashion?! I do have several pictures of the supports, and they will definitely be getting a write up (hopefully this coming week)...stay tuned! :)

  3. OHMYGOSH!! Anneliese!! This is my new favorite outfit of yours! The print, the sleeves, the pelerine, that bonnet!!! You have totally out done yourself on this one my dear! Your sister did a fabulous job on the photos and that poem is so fun and perfect for this photo shoot!! I am so in love with this outfit!!! Le sigh....

    1. WOW *blushes* Thank you, Gina!! I don't know what to say... :) Thank you, from both of us! I'm so lucky to have a sister who is willing to be my photographer. Oh, and I'm so happy to hear that you like the poem too - love Lord Tennyson!