Here are pictures of our costumes with accessories. The costumes were created using items that were given or loaned to us, remnant fabrics, & miscellaneous items purchased from thrift stores. For instance, the tail coat my husband wore we actually “cut away” part of it to make the tails, good thing it was an old jacket. It was lots of fun being creative. And we didn’t have to spend much at all. My dress, including accessories was less than $8.
Embroidered satin slippers, embroidered and beaded reticule with tassel, hand sewn embroidered gloves, triple strand antique faux pearl bracelet with gold flower clasp, faux pearl necklace stranded with ribbon with a smoked faceted stone.
An ankle length gold satin gown with empire waist and cap sleeves was worn by the lady, embellished with gold tulle and yellow ribbon edged with white lace. Draped over the shoulders, a lace shawl (a curtain valance), pinned with antique cameo (not shown). The double breasted tail coat is made of a rich brown wool and embellished with 19th century replica golden buttons. A breast pocket holds a handkerchief with a golden floral pattern. Beneath (not shown), a white shirt with a high collar and a brown gold buttoned waistcoat (vest) was worn. Trousers were tucked into boots, thus completing the look of a country gentleman.
A white satin cravat is tied fashionably around the neck in a bow suitable for an afternoon soiree.
The head-dressing was a millinery feat of amateur proportions. A sheer cloth of scarlet was wrapped in a sheer burgundy ribbon stamped with a gold filigree design. The fabric was twisted around, tied in the front, and wrapped around the back and secured with a knot and clips. An antique replica butterfly pin, gold tassel and burgundy plumes were added to top it off.