We were able to vacation at Powhatan Resorts a couple of weeks ago. We took Katie’s friend Clara with us, and about ten days before we left, the two decided they’d sew new colonial dresses to wear. They made a duct tape dress form for Katie (Clara already had one), and they spent their days visiting each other’s houses to help cut the fabric to the body/dress form, HAND sew nearly everything, and complete the new look… a shift under it all (already made), two new petticoats/underskirts, the main skirt, and the overdress. It was a pretty impressive undertaking, and they did it!
They completed their looks by purchasing hats from one of the colonial shops. They were stopped on the street by a lady who works at the Clyde Moore Farm in northern Virginia. She gave them her card and talked to them about summer internships/workshops they offer.
Rachel went with them into town, and they girls spent quite a bit of time getting photo ops.
They also had fun drinking BEER and acting properly offended at such brazen behavior for a lady! This was based on Emilee and Olivia, circa 2002ish?, pretending that the adults were letting them drink BEER, as they covered the “Root” part of the label. Goofy girls!
Detail of the back of Katie’s dress. The handiwork is really impressive to see up close.
Two girls dreaming of the ideal job.
While I was sitting on the bench behind the big tree on the right, an interpreter pointed out that the history.org webcams were focused on us. We took that opportunity to have Katie and Clara ham it up for the camera, while I pulled up the website and took a live screenshot. Pretty cool!
Rachel is really fascinated by these beehive “hats”… not sure why!
All in all, we had a great time visiting the colonial area, especially for me, who felt no pressure to HAVE to do anything. I was able to walk the length of the street once, and I have a dozen ginger cakes safely stored in the freezer for Christmas morning breakfast. Success!