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Victorian Tailor

In case you haven’t heard the news, there’s a new guy in town.  Literally.  He’s moved to Seattle from the UK.  Quite exciting actually.  Just how often do you get to meet and work with a cool, hip, “Bespoke Tailor” anyway?

Jason MacLochlainn’s the name and Victorian or Edwardian Tailoring is his special game!

What’s especially newsworthy is that Jason is not only an accomplished Victorian Tailor with a long list of satisfied clientele, but he is also a published author.  Impressed yet?  Should be.

Available both in the U.S. and in the U.K., is the bea-uuuuuu-tiful book called The Victorian Tailor.  It has hit the stands in a big way.  Not limited to interested females who sew, men are buying this book as a “bible” for tailoring and techniques for menswear. 

Yes, you can snag your own affordable copy thru or Borders Books and other sources.  But, if you happen to be in the general area and shoot me an email, we might be able to “hook you up” to get your copy autographed by the author himself.

P.S.  On April 3, 2011, Jason will be teaching a Tailoring 101 Workshop in Seattle.  VERY affordable, lots of one-on-one time, small class of people, located in Seattle.  Hop out to the Somewhere in Time, Unlimited site to see all the details.

Come on.  What you waiting for?

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Ghost train a-comin’?

WEB 026 MarjorieIt was as if I had stepped back into time and was reliving 1909 all over again.  The day was hot.  Really hot.  Dust blew on the wind across my shoes and into my face as I and others walked across the hard ground before stepping onto the platform. 

Other passengers yet, were already waiting there in heat of this June day.

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We were headed for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition (AYPE) going on in Seattle.  The group had assembled from all over the world, literally.  There was a doctor from London (Essex) England, a woman coming from Alabama named Suzanna, and there was me, Elfriede Schratzenstaller of Bavaria Germany. 

I was heading to Seattle thru the United States in order to meet up with my distant relatives who had safely made the journey before me and had started a beer brewing business just outside of Seattle.  There were many fields of hops growing in the Kent and Puyallup Valleys. 

ritaAtCleElumMy little dog’s name is “Willy”, short for Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.  I am a very long way from home and Willy’s company has been reassuring for me.

Neither Willy or I speak much English, but know enough hand motions to have made it this far.  We are now about a half-day’s journey outside of Seattle and the end of a long ride is close to an end.

Now flash forward.  Here we are all gathered at the South CleElum Station.  The lot of us are recreating the experience as the travelers would have had 100 years ago on their way thru this historic station which welcomed visitors to Washington State from all over the country and beyond!

Depot Days Telegraphers & Harry 035As part of our day, we interacted with talented Telegraphers who actually used equipment to send historic telegrams this day. 

There was a young “runner” who acted as delivery boy at the station, also in full costume and historical attitude.

Messenger Joey running

“Mr. Mark” was not only the MC at this point, but he was dressed as one of the conductors for the old railroad while others yet, dressed as the engineers.

WEB 009 Group SceneAfter a delightful lunch served up in the now air-conditioned station, we wandered back outside for a second look.  Gone were the famous rails that brought the crowds to and from Seattle.  In their place was now an interpretive walk. 

WEB 025 CabooseOver yonder, a lone car stood next to one of the historical buildings, seeming to call for the other cars, locamotive and caboose which were missing.  If you listened carefully, you could hear the tweet of the steam engine’s whistle and just swear the train was coming around the bend headed once again for the station!

What happened to the train?  As is the case of many of these powerhouses, they were sent to the wayside.  It is now finally, the next generation is looking back and yearning for a slower, quieter time of history when there were genteel men and women traveling along side perhaps some of the more unsavory members of the community, but all dressed in such incredible attire.

Want to see more pictures and learn details of the day?  Please go out toWEB 002 Harry visit Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU – home page).  We are a historical costuming social group that holds 4 parties (Events) per year and participates in numerous community organized events (Dress-up Opportunities) during the year.  We’d love to have you come along sometime to enjoy the fun.

In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you hear the wail of that lonesome whistle near Cle Elum, Washington.  It’ll just be thunderous ghost steel headed for a beautifully restored Victorian South Cle Elum Station!

Depot front

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Horseless Carriages & A Victorian Connection…

WEB Horseless 1Wouldn’t think they would have much to do with one another, but on a fine Spring day in 2009, these prized beauties met up with the members and friends of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited to participate in the “Quilted Tulip” up in LaConner, Washington.

WEB P076Now, SITU has been doing historical costuming for a long while as a social group.  Most favorite is probably the Victorian era or the Edwardian period.  So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the group had co-hosted with the docents and management of the famous Quilt Museum, an afternoon tea.  Refreshments were free to the public with the paid entry to view the museum which just “happens” to be a Victorian home!

WEB Horseless 3Ah, enter the carriages.  The owners of these fine specimens were invited to come out and get all gussied up in their finery and join in the fun.  Mission accomplished!  These ladies and gents did a wonderful job of recreating historical attire, complete with hats.  Their cars weren’t bad either….(wink)

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WEB P040So, you have a soft-spot for Victorian clothing or dressing up in Victorian dress?  Come along.  SITU holds a number of Events and Dress-up Opportunities which cross a wide array of eras, including Victorian/Edwardian. 

We even hold workshops to help you learn how to put together an outfit, whether sewn or thrifted.

 Men are invited to participate in our Events as well.  This is not a “Ladies Only” sort of social group!  Lady Victoria will also give you sage advice on how to find suitable gentlemen’s attire for whatever Event or Dress-up Opportunity is in store.

WEB P072Contact Lady Victoria directly from the SITU site to find out more about the various eras we costume.  Be sure to visit our website’s Prior Events to see more photos of this particular Event.  We would love to have you come along for any of our Events or Dress-up Opportunities during the year.

These may include centennial celebrations, parades, parties, Kirkland Concours, murder mystery outings – virtually anything that  is centered around planes, train, cars and boats, provided we can put a historical spin on things!

Come, join the fun. You’d be surprised how much joy you will find…

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New Spin – A Classy Victorian Dessert?

Okay, so this blog of mine was SUPPOSED to be about costuming, but I’ve had so many conversations in recent times about what to cook, what to serve, what’s easy to bring along to costuming events when you’re already wearing the costume and have to lug your treats in from the car, train or whatever that I’m adding some dimension to my blog.

So, I’ve made a new entry called “Menu Ideas” and I hope to be able to post up some cool “High Tea” sort of ideas along with dinner menus, after all, even menus in theme are “in costume”!

That said, I was out on the internet looking for other Victorian-like-minded folk when I tripped across this delightful website run by Marye Audet whose website is:  Seemingly, she is a very talented woman and has just recently posted a recipe for a Victorian Poundcake made with almonds and rose water (okay, she’d add some rose petals too), so I wanted to give her credit for coming up with this cool idea.  Here is the direct link if you’d like to read it for yourself:

As the events coordinator of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited of Seattle, Washington (a costumed historical events group), we hold Teas by attending tearooms around the area that will be willing to host a large number of us.  My friends Miss Bobbie and Miss Joan have done a wonderful job thus far, choosing the locations for SITU to have a Tea.  I personally have an idea on the back-burner to have SITU actually host a formal Tea at a railstation.  The participants could come in Victorian and Edwardian attire, have tea, go for a ride and then drive home to Seattle.  Sounds kinda fun, huh?  If I can pull this together, I intend to use Miss Marye’s Victorian Poundcake as one of the features of the afternoon’s Tea. 

Thank you for making the post and giving everyone the recipe to a creative poundcake.  We raise our tea-cups to you in honor!!! 

Auntie Rita in the rainy, but lush and green NW corner of these GREAT United States.

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Victorian Dress – Is it for you?

So you’ve been curious about Victorian dresses, attire, corsetts, hats and the like have you?  Ever wonder if you could wear the garments comfortably in today’s world? The costumed historical events group I belong to (Somewhere in Time, Unlimited) which is based here in Seattle is making plans to attend the Victorian Festival over in Port Townsend, Washington.  We’ll have the usual amount of ladies in attendance, but many husbands will be coming along as well.  I can hardly wait!!!

JacketWhen I first started looking for patterns, I went to the usual suspects of Butterick, Simplicity and McCalls.  I also was given a nudge to consider a pattern company called “Truly Victorian” and now I’m SOLD!  My garsch have these ladies gone to town with what can be done.  You MUST check out their website and look at the cool photos of beautifully sewn garments.

Originally, I thought of the bustle-era when I think of “Victorian”, but I quickly realized that I could wear Civil War era garments or even styles out to around 1900. 
Brown JacketI figured with my waistline and backside, I probably shouldn’t think about adding even more shadow in the form of a bustle, so I’m going for the 1896-ish look.  This means huge puffy sleeves and a walking skirt – far easier when you have to do a lot of walking or need to stuff yourself behind a steering wheel of a modern vehicle!

If you want to come join us for the Victorian Festival, give me a shout via email.  We hope to be going to tea, watching the fashion show and doing a tour of the wonderful homes while there.  You might be able to hook a ride with one of us heading over on the ferry.  Some are planning to stay overnight so they can participate in the gala dance at night.  Check out the website for more details: and click on “Dress Up Opportunities”.  I hope to have things posted there after 2/20/08.

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If you like Victorian & Edwardian attire…

Then you’re gonna LOVE the website I happened across this afternoon!

I was looking for other costume or Victorian blog sites and stumbled into this delightful site that offers ready-made costume attire (or everyday attire for that matter!) for today’s body styles.  They offer their sizing from XS (2-4) to XXXXL (beyond 28) so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding something you’ll like! 

The site is called Recollections and they specialize in “romantic, feminine clothing reminiscent of centuries past….”  I agree.  If you are not inclined to want to actually take time out of your busy life and sew a costume right now,  this is a wonderful alternative. 

Also in the offerings are wedding & bridesmaid gowns, Civil War re-enactment attire, ballgowns, shawls, capes, gloves, umbrellas and a whole list of other categories.  You must go out and check their site: 

When you’re finished and you’ve decided what you want to purchase, come on over to my costumed historical events group:  (or if it’s easier to remember: ) and see how to hook up with us for the Victorian Festival that is going to be held in Port Townsend, WA this year in May, the City of Snohomish’s grand parade (date in Sept to be announced), or even the Evergreen State Fairgrounds’ 100th Anniversary.  My group is busily making plans on how to either sew or buy appropriate costumes for these events.  We’d love to have you along with us!

Winter greetings from the snowy but lush & green NW corner of these GREAT United States!  Auntie Rita