But here is something even more exciting.
Over the past couple of weeks, after doing all of the important photographs and some significant objects, like Civil War amputation kits, I convinced my supervisors that dresses would be a great addition to the website. There are some wedding dresses with good provenance, and others that have an owner attached but no event, and others with no provenance but I thought were great examples. But there really wasn't a good place to dress a mannequin and take a picture. So I devised a solution: I'd take a picture of just the bodice, lying flat, and then draw up a pattern, which would give much of the information that a fully-dressed mannequin would, without the hassle of wondering, for example, "am I just reading the shape of the skirt panels that way because of the hoop they dressed it over?" And with the added bonus that the links will likely get shared far and wide, farther and wider than word would have spread for just the photos, which is good for the museum. To which end, by the way, I would really appreciate it if any pinning were to be done from the museum's site rather than Scribd, where I uploaded the PDFs of the patterns with descriptions/instruction - thank you in advance!
|sample of pattern from 1983.31.1a-b|
You may have noticed that I said "was working". Today was my last day (as I calculated Wednesday evening), and now I am back to applying for jobs. However, this episode has made me very confident about what I can do for other small museums, and I'm planning to offer my services around, as well as my typing fingers to apply for grants to fund said services.