A Victorian/Edwardian fashion show and tea fund raising event for the Nevada State Museum.
The Friends of the Nevada State Museum have organized a Victorian Fashion Show and Tea fund raising event for three years now, on the second Sunday in March. The fashion show is done in skits, with actors performing Chatauquas of famous Nevada characters, and bringing in bits of Nevada history to the scenes. We have sold out every year, and it has become something people in Carson City, nearby Virginia City, and Reno look forward to attending. Each year we have new costumes, new characters, and new historical events to highlight, to keep the event fun and interesting.We include period ballroom dancing at the end of each show, and the audience really enjoys the swirling hoops and elegance the dancing adds to the show. I make the costumes with vintage trims and using historical patterns; write the script; and generally micromanage all facets of the event including the tea and raffle that follows the show. From the 2010 event, funds raised were used to purchase new chairs for the museum for lectures, training, and receptions; and from the 2011 event storage dollies were purchased for the chairs. In making costumes for the 2012 event, I ran into difficulties because my sewing machine is not sturdy enough to manage the heavy fabrics, large amounts of gathering and pleating, and tiny details like pintucks and delicate laces. In addition, my poor dress form Eliza Doolittle had a terrible accident and now leans to one side from the waist, and cannot be adjusted properly any longer. In order to continue this event and making money to support the museum, I need a better sewing machine, new dress forms, and materials. This project would entail a new Babylock Sophia sewing machine, valued at about $1000 and which is capable of handling both the delicate and heavy side of Victorian and Edwardian costumes; two replacement dress forms in size small and medium which cost about $250 each; and fabric and notions for making new costumes for the 2013 event. For the most part I purchase fabric at a discount fabric store, and very often I use contemporary pieces of clothing that have a vintage design, and can be incorporated into an outfit while retaining the historic value. I have in mind 4 new outfits to create for next year's event - an 1880's natural form bustle dress; a Civil War era ball gown (1860), which requires 18 yards of fabric in addition to the lace trims and hoopskirt underneath; an Edwardian (1914) walking suit; and a Titanic-era fancy dinner gown. Each costume will require appropriate undergarments as well, which I will make; and a fabulous hat or headpiece, which I have to purchase from a vintage milliner in nearby Genoa, Nevada because I am not skilled in the art of hat making. In previous years I have funded the costume making and have made do with the machine I have, but the machine and my financial situation this year are simply not sufficient to continue as I have in years past. I hope backers will see the value of this project in assisting the Nevada State Museum to purchase very necessary items which the museum itself cannot afford.
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The choice of a Victorian chemise or pair of French drawers, hand sewn and trimmed with vintage crochet and laces.Estimated delivery:
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