This blog displays the various period reproduction projects and events I am involved in. I have been collecting historic clothing, and making reproduction period clothing, since the summer I portrayed the Father of Confederation Andrew A. MacDonald for the 125th Anniversary celebrations of the birth of Canada. This blog began in 2010 to mark the 100th Anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery's marriage and our reproduction project creating the outfits in her wedding trousseau.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Anne of Green Gables Puffed Sleeve Dress
In the spring of 2008 we decided to re-create Anne of Green Gables puffed sleeve dress to reflect the image found in Lucy Maud Montgomery's scrapbook. The dress was displayed with a collection of memorabilia at the Confederation Center of the Arts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables.
Below: Here I am setting up the dress at the Confederation Center of the Arts in advance to the rest of the display.
Below is a picture taken from L.M.Montgomery's scrapbook. On occasion she would use her scrapbook for inspiration and likely used this to image Anne's puffed sleeve dress. We based our sleeve dress on this design.
Below: After I brought the dress home from the Confederation Centre we photographed the puffed sleeve dress in detail in my Living Room - a setting more in keeping with the period of the dress.
"...Anne took the dress and looked at it in reverent silence. Oh, how pretty it was--a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings; a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck. But the sleeves--they were the crowning glory!..."