May 27, 2010


I would like to introduce you all to my new companion, Viola Wolf. She has come home with me for the summer.

She is in need of some clothing and so I hope to get started on her wardrobe next week. Still trying to choose an era though :)

Have a great weekend

May 23, 2010

Sunday Thoughts

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

~ Hebrews 10:23-25 ~

May 22, 2010


I am here. I know it's been awhile, but the break was nice.

After school ended I went into a hibernation of sorts. I caught up with family, rested, unpacked, and got back to work sewing for friends and clients.

Lately I've been doing a lot of underthings. As any good seamstress will tell you, the most important part of historic costumes are the underthings. However, linen shirts, cotton shifts, and petticoats of all shapes and sizes are not the most interesting things to photograph.

Soon I will share pictures of the new gown I am working on. "Mrs. Blair" a rancher's wife from 1880 is paying a visit back east, and was in need of a new traveling gown. It will be a lovely wine colored wool with velvet accents.

Until then, cheers and happy sewing!

May 14, 2010

Deerstalker Pattern and Tutorial

This is a pattern for a basic Deerstalker Hat. It fits an average head, measuring 23" around. Of course, the seam allowances could be altered, or the pieces sized to fit any shape or size head.

The pattern pieces are on two 8.5x11" sheets. Follow the links below and print at full scale.
Pattern Sheet 1
Pattern Sheet 2

Step by step instructions follow, all seam allowances are 1/2", except where noted.

Cut out all pieces:
4 fabric brims
2 buckram brims
4 fabric ear pieces
6 fabric crown pieces
6 lining crown pieces

Sew the ear pieces together then grade and clip seams.

Turn ear pieces inside out and press.

Lay two brim pieces right sides together and one buckram piece on top of that. Sew all three layers together.

Trim the buckram as close as possible to the stitching. Grade and trim the fabric seams.

Turn inside out and press the brim pieces flat. The buckram should now be sandwiched in between the two layers of fabric.

7)With two of the crown pieces right sides together, sew from the bottom of one edge to the dot on the pattern.

Press this seam open.

Repeat, adding on each crown piece until it is a full circle.

Repeat with all the lining pieces. The seams may need to be trimmed where the top points meet in order to reduce bulk.

With right sides together center the brim pieces over the front and back crown seams, and center the ear pieces on the side crown pieces. Baste around the entire hat 1/4".

Flip the ear pieces and the brims to the inside of the hat and attach the lining right sides together with the crown. Sew around, leaving a 3" opening on one side.

Turn the hat right sides out and press the crown away from brim and ear pieces.

Sew around the crown, 1/8" above the brim and ear pieces. This keeps the lining fabric in place.

Sew a button on top to tie up the ear flaps. Lastly, sew a ribbon to the bottom of each ear flap to tie it up and out of the way. (Ribbon is not pictured on the hat made in this tutorial)

---This is a free pattern, created for Garret Corner readers. Do not sell this pattern or any hats made with this pattern. Please do not distribute this pattern, but instead, refer people back to my blog so they can download it themselves.---

May 08, 2010

Designing a Deerstalker

My sister is having a costumed birthday party next week. Each guest was requested to come dressed as a certain character and I get to be Sherlock Holmes... deerstalker hat and all!

After scouring the internet for hat patterns or ideas, the best I could come up with was some cheap costume ones, pictures, and Simplicity 2517. Unwilling to buy a pattern at full price, I decided to design my own hat. It would have been much easier to buy the pattern instead of wasting an afternoon, but I think it was worth the creative challenge.

Yes, my little lamp is modeling these hats :)

May 03, 2010

Summer Blouse

I have been in a draping class over the last semester, and one of our projects was to create an original design. This is the shirt that I designed and made. As part of the project we also had to make a complete pattern and presentation board.
I draped on a size 8 dress form, and sewed my finished garment out of a slate blue bamboo fabric. It felt like a heavy weight cotton and was lovely to work with.
It fits my sister perfectly and already she has commandeered it to wear to school!