Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Black Suit Makes A Gothic Entrance

When I last posted about the black suit, I had finished the jacket but not the skirt.  I hadn't even decided what type of skirt to make!  After reading your comments and having a think about it, I decided to make the fullest skirt I could make, for a New Look silhouette.

The skirt only took a day to put together, so I whipped it up after I made the drawstring bags.  Then when I saw the suit finished, I knew it needed a special location for a photo shoot!

With the suit being black, and the over-the-top hat, all I could think of was how gothic and victorian it looked... which led me here...


To the oldest cemetery in my local area.  Its located in the pretty little village of Wollombi, and has memorials dating from the mid 1840s.


One of them (the one I'm standing with in the above photo, actually) is a memorial to one of my ancestors believe it or not!  It was erected by the towns people to remember J.W Du Moulin who was the local doctor and was obviously much loved.  The inscription reads:

"Erected over the remains of J.W Du Moulin, Surgeon.  By the people of Wollombi who are anxious to perpetuate the memory of a man whose many sterling qualities have ever linked his name with their kindest and most enduring recollections.  Died June 5th 1854.  Aged 45 years."

Isn't that beautiful!

But anyway, back to the suit.


And my new fur arrived just in time to participate - meet Snidely!




Mum and I had a lovely time wandering around and reading headstones.  Its something that we've done together since I was little, but haven't done for a while.  There is just something about cemeteries that I really love... so much history.

And thanks must go to Mum (Sandie) for the photography.  She did a great job!  Even if she was terrified the whole time of taking terrible photos!

This suit is comfortable and stylish and WARM!  I can't wait to wear it again (mind you, probably not with the hat - the hat is a bit much for every day wear!)

So, do you love it???

Beccie
xxx

22 comments:

  1. Loooove it. OMG,the hat too.Fabulous

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    1. Thanks Amber :) I love the hat, the hat is what inspired the whole outfit!

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  2. Super gorgeous!! Perfect location for your photo shoot. I just love old cemeteries with beautiful markers.

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    1. Me too Tanya! I could have stayed much longer reading headstones, but I needed to get back to work!

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  3. Fantastic job! It looks great with the hat and fur but I can see how you might not want to wear them everyday. :) Great location too. Here in New England the locations of old cemeteries are endless! There are some with headstones as old as the 1680s!
    -Emily

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    1. Wow Emily!!! 1680s!!!
      Australia was only settled by Europeans in 1788 so for us 1840s is really old :)

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  4. Not exactly an everyday ensemble is it? The whole thing just delicious, love it with the hat too.

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    1. No its not Connie, and I felt insanely overdressed, but I loved it all the same!

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  5. This suit is AMAZING! I love the fur, and that hat adds so much glam!
    I approve of the cemetery site, too. My family also strolls cemeteries for fun. :)

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    1. Glad to see I'm not the only one that enjoys wandering around cemeteries!

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  6. Awesome turn-out!!!! I really love the style of the suit and the background is just brilliant.

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  7. It's fabulous! I still think unicorn shoes would turn this into a ringmaster's whore outfit.......just sayin'.

    What is it with older people and cemeteries? Our oldies think it's weird that we go trapsing around them on holidays.

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    1. You are totally right - but I wanted to style it like this for its debut. However, next time I am breaking out the unicorn shoes!

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  8. Love the whole ensemble! Your hair looks spectacular!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! It REALLY stands out with this ensemble and the dull colours of the cemetery!

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  9. This is an amazing outfit, you were completely right to go with a full skirt. The style and cut of the jacket is gorgeous. I like wandering about reading the headstones in a graveyard, I like learning about which names were popular in which eras.

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  10. Your posing is always on point!

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