April 26, 2009

Some interesting links

Here are some lovely photos of the new Emma.

BBC Emma

And for anyone who re-enacts, this video should give you a good laugh.

Re-enacting spoof


Keeping House

Sunday Thoughts

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
Your ways O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the decendants of Jacob and Joseph.
~Psalm 77:11-15~

April 21, 2009

1880's Dress

The 1880's dress is finally finished! It has been cut out, and in various stages for several months, but it took one week of furious sewing to complete everything.

I started out sewing it on Clare Evangeline but then Moby Dick took over (my main sewing machine, I'll tell you about his name later) The seams which are visible I did by hand.

The design is based on several dresses from the book Fashions of the Gilded Ages Volume One by Frances Grimble. The base pattern I used was Truly Victorian 420.

Thanks to my lovely sister Jennifer for the pictures.

April 18, 2009

An Impulse Buy

Even though I love to design my own costumes and I dislike looking the same as everyone else, I still have the occasional weakness for Big 5 patterns. Look what just came out, Simplicity 2581:

I think it is charming. The long flattering coat, the walking skirt peeking out, and the hat! I love the hat. I'm not exactly a fan of the matching gentleman's coat, but I do love that hat.

My impulse buy was 1.5 yards of buckram.

I didn't even know they sold it in town, but I learned otherwise. So now I'll be trying my hand at hatmaking--should be fun!

April 17, 2009

A Summer Dress

Here at last is one of the things I did over spring break. You remember I made that great list? Well, I sewed the last thing first! It just goes to show that even the best laid plans need to be revised sometimes.

Last summer I altered a bridesmaid dress for a friend. As a thank you, she gave me the dress after the wedding so I could make something out of its beautiful yardage. Out of the skirt alone I was able to cut out this summer dress. It just so happens to also be my favorite color. What a blessing!

The pattern I used was Simplicity 3678. This was my first time sewing with stretch fabric, and I loved how it turned out. The dress slips nicely over my head, and is very comfortable.

April 16, 2009


Last weekend I did a bit of decorating. For months I have had these pictures printed out from my time in Germany last summer. They were in white mats, and I couldn't figure out how to attach them to the wall. Inspiration finally hit! I pained a piece of moulding, nailed it to the wall, and used ribbon, hot glue, and thumbtacks to attach my pictures. It worked great.

Here are the pictures if you would like a closer look. The first is just a pretty vine I saw in Stadthagen, the village where I stayed. The second is a 1000 year old rosebush outside of a church in Hildesheim. The third picture is a path leading to the where the women's quarters once stood at Bergen-Belsen, a former concentration camp.

April 15, 2009

I couldn't resist

One day as I was browsing through the fabric store, this fabric caught my eye and I couldn't resist buying a little bit. It was very spendy, otherwise I would have made myself a pair too! Who can resist cozy flannel pajama pants with Lightning McQueen, Guido, and Mater all over them? My seven year old neighbor lucked out and got these for his birthday.

April 13, 2009

Happy (Belated) Resurection Day

I hope that you all had a blessed day, relaxing, spending time with family, and pondering the miracle of Christ's resurection! He is truly an incredible God, how awesome it is that he has chosen us as his children.

(two of my favorite people)

April 10, 2009

A Regency Apron

I apologize for disappearing for awhile. Lots of things are coming out of my sewing room, however I lack time now to photograph them. So you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see my newest creations.

I've decided for next week (or month) to post about some of my old favorites. Projects that I've already made and photographed. I figure it will buy me some time while I try and get pictures of the new stuff :)

Today I will share my Regency apron. It looks quite similar to these worn by Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters. The pattern/inspiration was found here at Across the Ages. Mine is made from a beautiful heavily woven beige cotton and four wooden buttons. The material has a slight stretch to it, and I wish I had 5 more yards of this fabric-there are so many things I'd like to do with it.

This apron is a wonderfully easy project, and I'm sure it can be easily customized.

If you too are looking for post ideas, how about you join me? Dig out one of your old projects and share it with us, it doesn't matter how old. Then if you want to be really nice, link to it here!

~Happy Sewing~

April 01, 2009


Last week I did a lot of things, I did not however get to everything on my list. That is okay with me though. President Eisenhower once said, "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." Such was the case with the list I made.

~On Sunday I sewed potholders. We did not really need potholders, but I sewed eight of them just the same. Now we have potholders hanging on every hook in the kitchen.

~On Monday I sewed the lowest priority item on my list, a summer dress for myself. The pattern I used was one that I previously made and got stuck in. I had to seam rip myself from the dress, and my friend in the other room was worried by all the grunting and groaning she was hearing. This time the pattern fit a little better.

~On Tuesday my Sister and I worked on her jacket. However, we had to order fabric online, so that project is still in limbo.

~On Wednesday and Thursday I made the 1880's chemisette. We found that it makes an interesting fashion statement worn over a plain black shirt.

~On Friday I made a chemise. One can never have too many chemises right? Right?

I hope that you, my friends, had a blessed spring break also. By chance, would you like any potholders?