I mentioned in passing a couple posts ago that I’ve recently become obsessed with Downton Abbey. Of course, that means I’ve become obsessed with the fashions of Downton Abbey, from the staff to the Lords and Ladies. Now, wouldn’t you know it, there is this happening called The 1912 Project, wherein an eager beaver is transcribing patterns from the 1912 editions of La Mode Illustree. This, in turn, is part of a larger celebration to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, next April. Spoiler alert: the first episode of Downton Abbey opens with the sinking of the Titanic.
To help with the monumental task of making these patterns available, the Vintage Pattern Lending Library is seeking testers. Hello. Sign me up! This very morning, as the smell of coffee wafted under my nose, I was under the sheets pondering how one becomes a pattern tester of any sort. My UFOs are almost done, so the timing really couldn’t be any better.
I was so jazzed (yes, jazzed) after the first DA episode, that I immediately told R what a great show it is. This is pretty strange, considering I’m not typically into this sort of thing. He was skeptical, and can you blame him, but quickly came around. It’s such a great mini-series. Really. In fact, he’s the guy who looked up when season two airs on PBS (January 8!). The only thing not exciting (about the anniversary, not DA) is the prospect of marathon sessions of that movie. You know the one. Good think I don’t have cable.
Here is the blouse that set me off. It looks pretty straightforward, no?
And if I went to balls, Lady Mary’s dress is divine
If you’re interested in joining this project, simply hop on over to the above links, write a blog post about it, and you can be a tester!