Hamda Al Fahim
Spring/ Summer 2013
I have always been a fan on unconventional shapes in fashion. I think what makes this gown so successful is the combination of the colour, the cascade of fabric down one hip and the surface decoration which draws your eye to the curve of her waist.
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!
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!?
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!
The pocket in progress. I was pretty happy with the way it was going until I blew the picture up. Now I’m a little frustrated because I’m starting to notice some messy bits.
I’m going to go back in and split stitch the petals so it looks more tidy and I have to pick up a slight darker green for shading on the leaves.
When I am finished with the pink flowers I’m going to copy a pattern of blue flowers from the fabric and add those. That way it will look like a vine of flowers traveling up the side of the pocket.
One chemise later *sighs* I ended up having to go buy a different type of fabric. But it’s finished! I’ll put pictures of my new mannequin Georgie* up tomorrow.
I want to wake up and get the stays drafted and I’m planning on having the channels done and fully boned by Tuesday evening.
The panier will take me maybe a few hours so those should be done on Wednesday or if I need a break Thursday.
Then I’m moving on to the Robe a la Francaise.
*As in Georgiana Cavendish my latest obsession.
Yes I am one of those weird people who name their mannequins.
I’m coming home
I’m coming home
tell the World I’m coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
tell the World I’m coming …
I’ll see you all on the other side tomorrow night!