So proud and honoured to have an article published in the Autumn 2012 Costume Society of the UK Newsletter.
One of the first projects that the two summer interns were given was to make a summer accessory that the Milliner would have sold in her shop. I am pleased to report that The Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop now has a lovely summer cape floating around!
I’ve updated The Mended Soul so that you can see all the projects I’ve started working on during my summer internship at Colonial Williamsburg!
A note about this gown: I am so fortunate to be able to wear this amazingly beautiful gown made by the amazingly talented seamstresses from the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop at CW.
On July 2nd Abby from Stay-ing Alive came over to roll my hair for a party at Christina Campbell’s Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg. I endured a night of sleeping in rollers and looking slightly wonky while wearing an 18th century cap during work the next day. ( #ColonialWilliamsburgProblems ).
Once work was done I went to Abby’s house where I was assited by her fiancee in ratting my hair for an entire hour and a half.
I present to you, The 1790’s Hedgehog hairstyle!
A huge thank you to Abby for loaning me her absolutely fantastic 1790s gown for the evening!
It only took me nearly two hours, 9 washes, an entire bottle of conditioner, and scissors to cut a half inch off the ends for my hair to go back to normal.
Well I can assure you that the only way to start your morning is to ride around Palace Green in a carriage.
This morning I participated in a Colonial Williamsburg photo shoot to update photos for the Horse and Livestock department. Not only was it an honour to participate in the shoot, but it was a complete pleasure.
As a hired seamstress (in the 18th century this means one who sews seams) at the Millinery shop I did not have access to the proper attire suitable for a carriage ride among the Gentry. I must give a huge thank you to Miss Sarah Woodyard, the current apprentice at the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop. Like a true fairy godmother in my hour of need she kindly loaned me her incredibly beautiful blue gown. I must also thank Miss Angela of Burnley & Trowbridge for allowing me to wear her wonderful jewelry and bergère.
Later this afternoon a young boy came in the shop and asked for Lyze. Curiously he then handed me a note and directed my attention to the outside where James Monroe cut a very dashing figure atop his horse.
You could say today was slightly perfect.
Oh my goodness gracious where did all these new followers come from? Welcome, welcome! I’m so glad to have you with me! I must apologize because my poor blog looks a little bare. I’ve had an incredibly busy week and I feel terrible that I haven’t posted anything. For all of my new lovelies, I am currently a summer intern at the Margaret Hunter Shop at Colonial Williamsburg (CW for short).
Most of the week was spent in training which was very long and arduous but I feel much better after going through it. If there is one thing I can recommend you do when you visit Colonial Williamsburg (besides coming to the Millinery shop and saying Hullo!) is to ask questions. We LOVE questions. I was interpreting yesterday when a group of young adults came in. Some of the questions were extremely challenging and I had to defer them to the Mistress of the Shop for help which means that not only do you learn from her answers but I also learn. So please never be afraid to ask questions!
I had training and I interpreted in the shop? You might think that doesn’t sound like too much work but the project I am working on at home is completely different from what I am working on in the shop.
My ongoing project of creating a new petticoat and cap were pushed aside when I decided to kidnap Abby from Stay-ing Alive and hold her hostage. We (read Abby with me “supervising”) are working on a new pair of stays for me to wear in the shop. Jokes aside it’s been an incredible honour to work alongside Abby. Her knowledge and skill never ceases to amaze me.
One of my first lessons about Williamsburg is that shoes are the most important things in your wardrobe. The small picture at the top is the pair of shoes I was issued from CW and unfortunately they pinch my poor toes. Cue Burnley & Trowbridge Co.! Not only can I trek all over Williamsburg without my bad ankle acting up but, the shoes were made by a shoemaker in the States just for me. Re-enactors take note, you will never take these shoes off. I’m trying to convince my parents that I need the heeled mules in order to survive.
The next photo is my lovely bergère from the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop, I just bought a plain bergère from B&T Co (the same company my shoes are from) that I am really looking forward to fixing up. I have all sorts of evil plans!!
My dress is from the shop I am interning in but I just bought this Dimity to make a new petticoat and caraco. It was a draw between the dimity and the blue/yellow stripped cotton but I think I made the right choice!
The last photo is my lovely cap. When I bought my shoes and fabric I also picked up a beautiful peach silk ribbon which I attached to my cap.
I promise you that this week I will have a queue assembled! I’m hope I’m not boring everyone with recaps of what is happening at Williamsburg!?
Wake up! It’s time to go to Williamsburg!
I can’t believe that in the morning I will begin the journey to Colonial Williamsburg to start my internship program in the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shoppe. I can’t even begin to describe the elation and excitement that I am feeling.
Unfortunately my position as a summer intern means the posts on The Ornamented Being will not be as frequent as they have been during my break. I’m aiming for at least one good theme per week and of course I will be loading loads of photos from my internship! You can keep up with my dress making at The Mended Soul and it’s too early to say but I have a secret!
Thank you all for understanding and continuing to inspire me to keep The Ornamented Being alive, I love you all!
Fear not followers, I’m not dead! I am currently interning with The Tudor Tailor. Between working on all the super top secret items for the upcoming book and raiding a particularly beautiful costume library, I’ve been a little too busy to keep up with my blog!
I promise that once life gets back to a semblance of normality I will keep up with my normal schedule (That is until June when I start my summer internship with Colonial Williamsburg and I’m pretty sure that will happily take up most of my time!).
I am so excited to tell my friends that I have been accepted as an intern with The Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop at Colonial Williamsburg! Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this dream!