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Monday, October 24, 2016

Becoming Laura~ The 2016 Costume Challenge Reveal

Welcome to the 2016 Decor to Adore Costume Challenge Reveal~ Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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We are a pair of prairie homesteaders on our way to a dance.

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My dress took 10 yards of fabric and 12 hours to create but I dare say my mister is mighty appreciative of my appearance.

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When wearing several layers of full skirts it is truly a wonderful thing to be offered a token of chivalry.

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We like our log cabin home very much.

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I believe we’ll have to walk to the dance. It appears we have been the victims of horse thieves.

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It’s such a shame as the wagon was just freshly painted.

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A sweet stroll thru the big woods.

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We’ve arrived for a “Dance at Grandpa’s”.

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So the square dance begins.

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Swing your partner.

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Do Si Do.

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It was such a sweet evening that I do believe he deserves a kiss.

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The inspiration and story behind this dress can be found HERE.

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A post on hats, bonnets and headdresses can be seen HERE.

Gentleman’s attire can be viewed HERE.

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For detailed information on the petticoat go HERE.

Shoes, stocking and gloves were covered HERE.

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“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

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HERE is the Halloween post with images in sepia tone.

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All the fun outtakes from the photo shoot can be seen HERE.

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Special thanks to Andover Fabrics and their line of Little House on the Prairie fabric for making the 2016 Costume Challenge possible.

Dress~ $10.00, Petticoat~ $9.85, Bonnet/headdress~ $7.00, Button boots~ $30.00, Gentleman’s vest and cravat~$2.00

Happy costume creating on a budget,


I hope you have enjoyed this year’s challenge, here are links to previous challenges:

Becoming Jane Austen

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18th Century Attire

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Rita C. said...

Perfection. This is my favorite one of all, Laura! Kudos also to whoever photographed you two!

Maria Elena said...

Laura, you are an amazing artist! You look beautiful and the dress is just gorgeous. Take care, Maria

Calypso In The Country said...

I just love this! You look amazing and I love all the poses!

Jeanie said...

I love how you can see your petticoat when you dance! It's just unbelievably fabulous, Laura -- every detail for the both of you! And those cute shoes! The photos are terrific, too. Your budget floors me -- very frugal! Laura would be proud!

CarolynB said...

You and your costume are amazing! A fine tribute to the Ingalls family!

GSGreatEscaper said...

That's fabulously done, Laura! What a lot of work for you. Now we need to get you a corset!

Congratulations to both of you - the fine 'Manly' man too - he's a good sport.

Where were the pictures taken?

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness, you both look amazing and your pictures are perfect. So much fun and wow, you still amaze me with your creations. Total perfection.

The Boston Lady said...

Wow! I am amazed at all you accomplished with that budget! You both look wonderful and I love all the pictures. The petticoat peeking out is my favorite! Ann

Decor To Adore said...

Thank you dear Rita for the kind comment. Our dear daughter was the talented photographer.

The pictures were taken at a lovely park close to our home Great Escaper.

Eilis said...

Your dress turned out beautifully and you both make a lovely couple!

Bonnie said...

Laura, I'm afraid Hollywood fashion desigers are going to snap you up for costumes and designing!
What fabulous costumes and an entertaining blog post. You are so talented!

Life Across The Seven Seas said...

Absolutely stunning!! Love how you have created the whole look, the costumes are brilliantly done! The photographer also deserves an applause. Loved everything about this post Laura!!

Julia Nyanyo said...

Wowza, you both look amazing. Such beautiful costumes. Love love love!

crisdsanchez said...

These costumes are wonderful! You both look perfect. i am in awe of your sewing skills and your attention to details,

Organized and Simplified said...

I love this post so much. You guys look great!

Carole West said...

You are so talented - this dress is beautiful and I love the details on the petticoat. I can't imagine trying to dance in 12 yards of material... Needless to say I'm not very graceful but it appears you handled that perfectly. Enjoyed and thanks for sharing this journey.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Lisa said...

Laura you both look amazing! Mr Decor is always such a good sport and manages to look so dapper!

Marilyn said...

Beautifully done! I really enjoyed the series of posts explaining fashion during that time period, too.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I love this! The dress is beautiful! said...

So fabulous Laura! Wonderful from the first shot to the last!

Christine said...

Applause and Cheers, standing ovation, too!
This was so much fun to read. Plus, this is my favorite themed costume.
Well done Laura!

lynn cockrell said...

This is a fabulous post, Laura. Great job on those costumes. You did an amazing job on them!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Laura, Besides the beauty of the clothing and appreciation for the work, I am grateful because we can see what we don't see in old photographs. This is like time traveling and I am STILL in awe.

bobbie said...

Well done!!!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Love it!

Linda said...

Laura and Mr. Decor - you are both so awesome!!! First of all - Laura - you have such great talent. I can't even begin to imagine sewing these costumes. You did a fantastic, professional job as always. Secondly, your husband is a dear to go along with all of this and the photos are wonderful. :)

Love, Linda

Lynn Bean said...

Your creations are stunning and you are simply beautiful. It has been fun to see how you created each part of your costumes. Have a wonderful week.

The Victorian Girl said...

Ya'll look fantastic! I was just reading Dance at Grandpa's from the chapter book Little House Parties to my granddaughter last night. I wanted to find the references you made to the costume descriptions in it.

September Violets said...

This is just amazing! You've obviously had great fun putting these two costumes together, and what a great sport your husband is to get in on the act! Wonderful work with these creations ... Wow! And I love the daring red boots you are sneaking under those petticoats ;) tres chic!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! I love both the outfits. Your whole attire is Laura Wilder for sure. I just love how your man was such a good sport to do this as well. How much fun I bet you both had dressing up. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Estelle's said...

Too, too cute! I wonder how many young people would remember Little House on the Prairie! Love the flirty photos! Just a great idea! Bravo!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, what an incredible post! You and your hubby look grand!! Your dress is gorgeous. What a wonderful job you did sewing this beauty. You've covered every detail in making this special. The high top shoes are outstanding.
Love the photos!! You two are a gorgeous couple!!

Carol said...

This is wonderful, Laura! OMGoodness, you are so talented, and what a wonderfully cooperative hubby you have! I just adore those shoes!

Warm hugs,

Joan Defino said...

Laura, What a charming post! I also enjoyed the post with the outtakes. The costumes are beautifully made and the backdrop of the cabin was perfect. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

Laura! I absolutely love this!!!!! Beautiful job with the costumes! How fun! I am envisioning a Little House on the Prairie Christmas next?!!!!


Simply LKJ said...

Absolutely stunning! I am super impressed. Takes me right back to that time in history. My girls loved Little House on the Prairie. As a mom I was always so thankful for the beautiful, heartwarming tales in the books as well as on TV. Wholesome goodness.

The Charm of Home said...

How fantastic you both look! I didn't realize that these dresses took so much fabric! How neat to see it recreated! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!