Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Texian Market Days 2012

This weekend was Texian Market Days at George Ranch in Richmond Texas. Attending with me were Katelyn Heisch and Paula Frederick.

We were not able to attend the school day on Friday but arrived Friday evening. Paula met Katelyn and I there.  One of the perks of TMD is staying at the Prairie House for the weekend. The three of us shared one of the bedrooms upstairs.

The site is composed of farms from different periods so the event is a timeline event. There are the 1830s stock farm, the 1890s house, the 1930s house, and the 1860s Prairie House. 

Unfortunately, I could not get away to get photos of the other sites, other than a far away look of the 1830s site from the Prairie House.

If you've been following my blog you probably know the weather changed from warm and balmy to a bit chilly. Friday night was drizzly and cold. But we managed to stay warm without a fire. Saturday morning continued the cold and I was glad for the wool dress. Our part for the event was to occupy the front parlor of the Prairie House.
 The house was built in 1851with two rooms down and two rooms up. It is not original to the site; the house that originally stood on the property burned down in the 1880s. However, this house was built in the same year, by the same builder and same architect with basically the same floor plan as the original. The original house had a dining room off the front parlor with a third bedroom over it. The house there now was owned by a doctor who had his surgery in the the main part of the house in what is now interpreted as an office/library.

As might be expected he wanted to keep the eating facilities separate from the surgery and detached the dining room and the kitchen. While a detached kitchen in Texas is quite common, the detached dining room is unusual. You can see the breezeway leading to the dining/kitchen building in the picture below.
 Another group occupied the kitchen area for the weekend.
We spent the day talking to visitors, sewing and reading silly stories from Harper's Weekly and Godey's. What a hoot! One visitor sat and listened to part of one story and then returned later in the day to see how it ended.
Several activites were taking place outside the house including a school room, a military encampment, military drill, a talk on bedding of the time and square dancing.

There was a small Civil War skirmish and I understand that there were ladies on the edge of the battlefield administering to the wounded.
For lunch the site provided a Southwestern chicken soup with tortillas. The day did get a bit warmer and Miss Katelyn was able to change into her new sheer dress. I on the other hand did not even take mine.
The site traditionally provides the volunteers with a dinner on Saturday and presents each with a Texian Market Day pin. This year was no exception. We did change into modern clothes for dinner...you can only eat so much in a corset. After dinner we returned to the Prairie House, got into night clothes, lit a fire and talked about future events.
TMD is only a Saturday event. Sunday morning meant packing up, stopping for breakfast and the drive home. We all had a great time and are looking forward to next year.



Thursday, October 25, 2012


I've never understood irony or how to determine what is ironic. I could never follow the critizism of How Ironic. So if this isn't ironic, I apologize upfront to those who know.

I've been working on this plaid dress, staying up until midnight, working on it at work during lunch, trying to have it done for this weekend. We haven't seen temperatures below 75 in months, so this light weight cotton would be perfect. It wasn't my best work; I rushed too much on it and just thought I'd wear it and fix it after the event.

Well the gods of self-respect have thrown a lightening bolt and said "Oh no mortal, you shall not settle for barely good enough. It shall be cold this weekend!!" It won't even reach 70 on Saturday. Soooo...I get to wear a wool I will probably not get too wear too often here in Texas.

So instead of frantically sewing and stressing that the dress won't be wearable and it won't be as well done as I know it could be, I will spend the evening making sure I have everything ready for tomorrow, packing things up, etc. The gods have spoken. It may not be irony, but probably exactly what I need.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Plaid Dress Sleeve

Not a great photo; my dress form is out of commission. But you get the idea.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Plaid Dress Sleeve Trim

Not many words for this one. The sleeve trim is done, now to put on the turn-back and attach it to the bodice.

For comparison

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Plaid Dress Update.2

Better picture of the bodice with the neck piping.

Plaid Dress Progress

Haven't written much on this one as the construction of the bodice and skirt were pretty much straight forward, no special techniques or style changes to the basic darted bodice. However, my silk for the trim has come in and I have gotten the bodice trimming on. Next I'll work on the neck piping and sleeves, then the button trim. I'm going to make little pillows of the silk with pearl buttons in the middle for the button trims.

Unfortunately, my camera was left at the in-laws so this is from my phone and not the best in the world. My camera should be back in my possession soon and then will have a better picture.