Unlike my last two A-Z Challenge posts, this one has to be short. I have to get up at 5 a.m. to make my way down to Florida. Well, I don't have to, but I don't like long car rides, so I want to get there asap and enjoy my week.
C is for Costuming! Particularly 18th Century costumes. I've been a Civil War Re-enactor (which could also have been my 'C' post) for just over a dozen years and while I still love it, I'm interested in trying out other eras of American history to sew dresses and get dressed up for.
In my internet travels last year, I found Lauren Reeser of American Duchess. This woman is incredible! She puts all of my sewing efforts to shame, and I'm not exactly a novice anymore, either! I've made some undeniably beautiful pieces. But her work is just... wow. A "complete inspiration" is such an understatement!
Well, Lauren has worked with a shoe manufacturing company and designed PERFECT and GORGEOUS 18th Century shoes for re-enactors, costumers, thespians and lovers of historical fashion in general. These are amazing. Want, WANT, WANT!
Sadly, I can't get any just now. I've already set the budget for things that Jake and I are involved in and committed to, so there just isn't any extra for a pair of shoes that I don't have a costume made for (YET.) or a scheduled event to wear them to. (YET.)
However, as a re-enactor who must buy the things which I cannot make myself (mid 19th C work boots, for example), I am familiar with the general cost of such goodies and I can tell you that her asking price for these beautiful 18th C shoes is more than reasonable! They are only $85 if you pre-order them before April 22. I may not be able to get any at the moment, but I will shamelessly plug her designs with loving support and much gusto! :)
Here is the website where you can order your pair, guaranteed to fit and guaranteed accurate dye color. A.Freaking.Mazing!