April 26, 2009
April 21, 2009
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
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
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
April 15, 2009
April 13, 2009
April 10, 2009
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!
April 01, 2009
~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?