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The Society for the Embellishment of Everything


The Society for the Embellishment of Everything

a.k.a. The Lily Guild. A safe haven for those devoted to excessive decoration. Why crochet scarves for urchins when we could be making them doilies?

Members: 28
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2015

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more for my good intention file

Started by teawithablackdragon Nov 15, 2011. 0 Replies


Dressmaking Research

Started by teawithablackdragon. Last reply by teawithablackdragon May 30, 2011. 2 Replies

Dressmaking Research the cut and construction of women's cloths from abount 1850 to 1929.  Great stuff.

possible projects

Started by teawithablackdragon. Last reply by teawithablackdragon Apr 25, 2011. 7 Replies…Continue

men in uniforms

Started by teawithablackdragon Apr 16, 2011. 0 Replies

new blog worth keeping up with, especially if you weakness is men in uniforms

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Comment by Lady Hydropolis on December 7, 2011 at 10:16pm


I've posted a few new pictures of new costumes made for an event this year.  It's good to get back into making things.  I've missed it, and our discussions! Tea, that duster coat you posted in November is now on my wish list - although I will make it in a much louder color with far too much embellishment!

Lady Hydropolis

Comment by teawithablackdragon on November 16, 2011 at 9:58am
Comment by Happalonia Green on June 18, 2011 at 12:56pm
Debbie Reynolds has apparently been collecting Hollywood costumes for quite some time. The collection is now up for auction. I gasped at more than one of these, and stopped breathing for moment at the Anna Karenina dress.
Comment by teawithablackdragon on April 16, 2011 at 8:53am

thank you so much for you kind words, Lady Hydropolis.  We all understand when taking care of family comes first.

Like you, I have not worked on anything this year. I have several projects in some stage of getting ready to work on, but.

Comment by Lady Hydropolis on April 14, 2011 at 7:38am

Dearest Embellishers,

I deeply regret the lack of time and attention I’m able to give to S.E.E.  Motherhood, marriage, and the ongoing quest to increase the worlds’ knowledge of the benefits of hydroelectric power occupy too much of my time.  I barely have a chance to embroider. 

However, I do make time to read the correspondence of this group, and wish to extend thanks and appreciation to everyone.  I’m especially grateful to Tea with a Black Dragon, whose contributions and extensive knowledge are the glue of this group.  I look forward to reading more, and seeing more examples of everyone’s work.


Highest Regards,

Lady Hydropolis

Comment by Sharon Fiscus on April 8, 2011 at 5:27pm
Family dollar Stores have old fashioned lanterns for sale (Picture a Railroad man waving his lantern for 'All clear, ready to go').  Dollar General may have them, too, as they are the same company.  I got one and am currently scheming working on what to do with it.
Comment by teawithablackdragon on April 5, 2011 at 3:43pm
thanks for the link, that is a beautifully photo of the gown and detail shots are drool worthy.
Comment by Laurie Ann on April 4, 2011 at 6:48pm

My DH shared this link with me. A stage costume circa 1888, hand crocheted and knitted and adored with 1,000 iridescent beetle wings. Enjoy!

The History Blog: Victorian Beetle Wing Dress

Comment by teawithablackdragon on April 4, 2011 at 4:03pm
at least
Comment by Happalonia Green on April 4, 2011 at 3:53pm

I just realized that the waistband that I am turning into a collar of sorts has a bit of elastic in what used to be the back of the garment, and none in the front. It would probably look just fine to someone walking by, but it would bother me, so I have to rip it out before I can start hemming it, then pinning it to it's new home. 


At least I caught it now. 


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