Saturday, May 7, 2011

And now for something completely different...

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, pretty much exclusively on 1860s stuff in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend at Greenfield Village. Today, I took a little vacation.


Holland, Michigan's internationally-renowned Tulip Time is in full swing as of today. It's a week-long festival that sees visitors from around the world, with parades, klompendancing, carnival food, rides, and just all-over Dutchness. Part of the weekend is the Historic Dutch Trade Fair, which consists of a 17th and 18th century encampment (civilian, military, and tradesmen). My mom and I went last year in street clothes, but this year we decided to dress for our visit.

Among the tulips on Windmill Island

I wore the maroon wool open robe and petticoat that I made for Under the Redcoat last year, and found it to be just as comfortable as ever. We couldn't have asked for better weather. We were really the only people wandering around the site--everyone else was tied to their camp--and so we got asked for pictures. A lot of pictures. There will be photo albums all over the world with pictures of Mrs. and Miss Jacobs a la 18th century.

Anyone remember this dress?

I put my mom in the print dress that I made for my senior project back in 2007, and it fit her near-perfectly with just a little tweaking on the length. She reports feeling very pretty in it, so I'm going to count that as a total success.

Hello, sunshine!

We saw some old friends and met new ones, including my friend Bill's grandson. Holy cuteness! Starting him young--I approve!

How very coordinated!

I'm afraid I didn't take a ton of pictures, and I didn't manage to get any of me with my mom, but you can see the rest in my Tulip Time 2011 set on Flickr.


  1. Lovely costumes and fields of tulips...thank you for sharing your spring impressions,


  2. Great pics!! You both look great too!