December 30, 2009

Linen Shirts

I made these two linen shirts this week for a friend of mine. They don't look very good on hangers because they are so big! Apparently shirts in the Regency time period were very loose fitting--and they take so much fabric!

Despite having sewn for years, this was my first time working with real linen. It was wonderful, I loved its drape and its texture, and it was nice how easy it was to sew with.

The first shirt was very plain, with a wide collar and cuffs.
The second was a little more detailed, with ruffled cuffs and a unique collar.
You can't see in the above picture, but the collar is cut to look like the one on Colonel Brandon below.

I didn't do any buttonholes or detail work because my friend wants to do them by hand himself.

December 21, 2009

Re-fashioned Shirts

Recently I came upon a lovely blog called My Mama Made It. It is a filled with sewing inspiration. I love all the tutorials on revamping old t-shirts. This is the inspiration I used to re-fashion a plain black shirt.

It was so easy to sew on a wide strip of chiffon, and I think that the result is a great improvement.

Later I used this flower tutorial to make a pin with my black scraps.

I have so many other t-shirts that I hope to re-fashion over the break, thank you Alexis for the inspiration!

December 20, 2009

Sunday Thoughts

Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

~Joshua 1:8~

December 19, 2009

I'm alive!

I know this blog has been dead, and the only excuse I can claim is that of taking 18 credit hours at school, working, and having finals. However, I'm home for three weeks and I plan on doing a multitude of crafty things. I hope that you all are having a wonderful time preparing for Christmas, and hopefully spending time with family!

November 29, 2009

My Grandma

Last week my Grandma died unexpectedly. It was a shock to my family, but we are doing well now. Thankfully I could leave school for a time, and my Mom and I drove together to her house in Northern Washington. We spent the weekend cleaning out her house and looking through old pictures and albums. I came across this newspaper ad she was in and it was too cute not to share. Unfortunately the quality isn't the greatest, but you can still see my young cheery Grandmother and my Mom's oldest brother.

MOTHER Mrs. Norma Peoples, a typical Bellevue housewife, starts her day early. Here, Mrs. Peoples helps son, Dean, get ready for school. A last minute check makes sure everything is all right and now it's time to start the housework.

NEIGHBOR After the morning's work, Mrs. Peoples telephoned her neighbor, Mrs. Selma Otis, to join her in a coffee break. The telephone keeps Mrs. Peoples in touch with her friends and does dozens of little chores for her every day.

BUYER This is only one of the many positions held by Mrs. Peoples. And her phone is a big help. Whether it's a call to arrange a trip downtown or order refreshments for an evening's entertainment, her phone is ready to run her errands.

HOMEMAKER Gleaming tableware and a happy smile mark the closing hours of a busy day. Whatever her day includes, Mrs. Peoples finds that her telephone makes the day a little easier does so much and costs so little.

November 28, 2009

All Things Regency

I'm in a regency mood now--hence the profile picture change. A new chapter of the Oregon Regency Society has opened in my hometown, and I am looking forward to getting involved.

So far there are three chapters, the northwest, central valley, and cascades region. The new cascades blog is here, and you can find out about all the upcoming events. I hope that all my friends nearby will plan to get involved!

November 13, 2009


I just found a blog called Craft Chi, and on it Amy has a download for these wonderful embroidery floss cards. I can't wait to make a set, and it seems like a good gift idea too.

November 08, 2009

College Sewing

The weeks speed by here--already it is November and my Mom's birthday. She came to visit me this weekend and we had such a fun time. I gave her a belated birthday gift, a coat I had secretly sewn. Here is an example of college wrapping paper! I think the card added a nice touch, stapled to the front...
It was a corduroy jacket made from Simplicity 2508. She looks scrumptious in the color, if I do say so myself. I especially love how the corduroy is placed on different grain lines to add interest.
Here is the front view with the collar up.
The inside sleeves are lined with satin, and the inside body is lined with wool for extra warmth.

My first time making patch pockets:
Back view with folded down collar

It was also my first time making bound buttonholes. They were easier than I thought, but I could definitely use more practice on them.

I just love making jackets, they are such a rewarding, ready to wear project. With a little care during sewing they can look like a fabulous store bought product.

October 29, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you AnnaKristine for the lovely blog award! I've always been bad and ignored these before, but this time I'll play.

The Rules
1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger picture and post it on your page
2. Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog
3. Write seven things about you that we don't know
4. Choose seven other bloggers that you would like to give the award to
5. Link to the bloggers that you choose
6. Let the winners know that they have the lovely award.

1) I love to do dishes--they are stress relieving to me. Sometimes I'd rather clean up than cook a meal so I try to strike deals with my younger siblings.

2) I love fancy kitchen gadgets. The kitchen stores are magical to me and it has been fun getting my own supplies now that I have an apartment with full kitchen.

3) I love all things German, the language, culture, food. Okay, I don't really like sauerkraut, but contrary to common belief, Germans eat more that just sauerkraut and wiener schnitzel!

4) It's taking me a very long time to answer these questions. I can't think of anything interesting to tell you. My roommates suggested I say that I can lift my leg high in the air (it's a ballet thing) and I randomly break into song (but probably not as often as Elisabet!)

5) My dream is to sew this dress of Caroline's!

6) I talk too much during movies. Although, not as much as this Heidi!

7) The Jesse James movie got moved up to November 8th and 9th!!! Here is the release.

Because most of my friends whose blogs I read have been tagged, I'm only tagging Gloria author of In The Long Run. Her blog is filled with beautiful costumes that she has crafted impeccably! She always gives me inspiration.

October 25, 2009


It's hard to believe, that after so many years of historical sewing I have never made a sunbonnet. Finally however, I got the opportunity!

This is a slat sunbonnet, meaning that "slats" hold the brim out, shading the face. In this case they are cardboard, traditionally I think they would have been thin strips of wood.



October 19, 2009


Here is an Etsy listing for some beautiful sky blue, glass buttons. I would love to see how GlassRagDoll creates them! Glass work has always been an medium that I would like to learn someday.

The Secret Ingredient

In my foods class this morning we learned all about beans and legumes. In the lab my partner and I were surprised to be assigned to make Cinnamon Spice Cake. However, it turns out that there is a secret ingredient in these cupcakes, one cup of mashed beans! They turned out amazing; you can't even taste the beans, and you get the added protein and fiber benefit. The beans and applesauce in this recipe do cause a denser cupcake though. Since there is no oil they won't store very long, but that's not important though since you'll probably want to eat them all hot out of the oven!

Cinnamon Spice Cake
1 cup refried beans, or pre-cooked pureed pinto or navy beans (add liquid while pureeing to produce a smooth consistency)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 yellow or white cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves

1. Combine and mix all ingredients in bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat batter 2-3 minutes. (refer to package directions for mixing time).
2. Distribute batter among 24 lined muffin cups. Bake according to package directions. Cupcakes may be dusted with powdered sugar before serving, or frosted with butter cream icing.

October 18, 2009

Mary Cassatt

I have been studying Mary Cassatt for an art class this semester. These are some of her paintings that I like the most.

The Cup of Tea

The Boating Party

Simone in a White Bonnet
Nurse and Baby Bill

Mother Feeding her Child

Mother and Two Children

Maternal Kiss
Lilacs in a Window

October 03, 2009

Bright Star

This movie opened on September 18th and I think it looks lovely. It is the love story between John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne. It is rated PG so hopefully it will be a sweet, appropriate movie.

I like the fact that Fanny is an aspiring seamstress. I think that we can expect a wonderful costumed film. Let me know if you have seen it already!

September 27, 2009

18th Century Corset

This corset was the first item I made for an eighteenth century outfit. It was made from Butterick 4254.
The outer layer is silk dupioni from a dress I made years ago. It had grown too small so I recycled it. The lining is a cotton twill, and there is a layer of muslin in between. I purchased the boning from an excellent supply company, Grannd Garb. The steel whitebone is what I have used on this and my 1860's corset.
I sewed this corset by hand while listening to the lectures for an online class. It was very rewarding. After it was finished I had to make a few slight fitting alterations, but overall I fit the pattern exactly which was refreshing.
I had the pleasure to be working on this at the same time Anna Kristine was working on her Elizabeth Swan Corset. You should visit her blog to see her lovely work.