Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1830's Romantic Dress

Take note that in my last post, I didn't say that I wasn't going to sew at all. =D No indeed, for the last couple of days I have worked on and finished this Romantic Era Dress:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Pleasant Peasantry

I must have 5 shirts of out of my Peasant Shirt pattern (that I made off of a thrift store find) and this one I have made for the autumn weather. That is, whenever we get the autumn weather that decides to stay.
I think I could wear it with brown corduroy for a casual look, or with a tan linen skirt for a dressier occasion. To celebrate the first day of fall tomorrow, I considered wearing it until I found out that it is supposed be close to 80 degrees, so it might have to wait until Monday when the forecast shows a high of 59. =) We'll see ... you never quite know when you live near the mountains!

Lord willing, I probably won't be posting much in the next week or so as I have been in the sewing room this week more than I should have. Just thought I'd give you all a little heads up.

Friday, September 21, 2007

We have a winner!

Wow, for this giveaway, we had 88 entries! But alas, we can only have one winner since we only have one apron to give away.

After doing a random (Thanks to drawing, our winner is: Chrissy Hall!

As to several questions I received, here are my replies:

Where can I find apron patterns in girls sizes?
Well the first website that came to mind was Crystal's site, Biblical Womanhood as I know she carries some apron patterns for girls. Modest Sewing Patterns, would also have a pattern or two of aprons for girls. Does anyone else want to add to the list?

What pattern did you use?
I actually have a copy of a 1930/1940 apron pattern that my friend Amber sent to me. After seeing her apron, I begged her for the pattern. =) I can't say for sure, but if perhaps she had enough requests, she'd consider reproducing the pattern for sale.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Apron Giveaway!

What is black and white, with red all over? =)

Yes, I am offering another apron for a giveaway! This one is made out of a black and white tea cup cotton fabric that I purchased at a flea market/antique store; whether it's vintage or not, I have no idea. It's trimmed with scarlet bias and rickrack to bring out the red calico in the fabric:

Front view

A view of the back

Close up of one of the two pockets. How have I never used rickrack before in my life, up until this apron?! Needless to say: I love it!


To enter: Please e-mail us your name and mailing address and you'll be automatically added into the drawing.
To be entered in twice: Mention this giveaway on your blog/LiveJournal/xanga, then e-mail us with a link to your blog, and you will be added twice!
To find out who won: Make sure you are in by Friday at 3:00pm MST and we'll anounce the winner of the apron sometime shortly after we do a random drawing!

Monday, September 17, 2007

In the shop this week

Well ladies, I added a couple things to my ebay listings this week:

Sunday, September 16, 2007

THE Bungalow Apron

After seeing Anna's 1950's apron quite sometime ago, I have always looked for the same pattern, and wouldn't you know it, I just found one! I was tickled pink, and in just the size I wanted too since with vintage patterns, I usually have to go a couple sizes larger.

So now, I'll have to decide if I want to use my retro fabric found at an antique store on this pattern or another fun one that I purchased off of ebay. Which of the two patterns do you like?

Now I'm wondering: How did I get addictive to aprons?

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Return of the Daughters

I've wanted to post this for awhile, and so while it may not have anything to do with sewing/modesty, I think that it will be very encouraging for daughters who are at home and who have chosen to go against the culture of this world:
I know I have been greatly challenged (and I pray: changed!) by their book, So Much More, that was written for daughters as well. If you are not familar with it, the above website will tell you more, and a cheaper place to buy it would be over at Crystal's website (click on the link: Biblical Womanhood) or do a search for it on ebay. Of course, it depends on how your heart is when you first open the cover, but I would venture to say that it will bring a dramatic change in your heart and life!

1909 "Beatrix" Shirtwaist

So why has it been silent on this blog recently? It is two-fold: I've been practicing violin for hours a day, and in my "spare time" I've been working on what is now, a finished 1909 "Beatrix" Shirtwaist!
I think has joined the ranks of one of the most complicated things I done with sewing. Not hard, just complicated. The pattern was very easy to understand, and to put together.

This one features a netting-insert in the bodice with lace following the seam line, leg-o-mutton sleeves (they ended up not having any gathers where the sleeves and cuffs meet, since I had alter the cuffs, and forgot to do so to the sleeves).

The pattern suggests pearl buttons, but I decided to go the cheaper way with some clouded white ones that have a little trim around the edges.

Arabella seemed to agree that my brooch helps set off the blouse. =)
On my sewing agenda, I have the following items that I'd like to sew within the next couple weeks:
  • 1909 Beatrix Walking Skirt (to sell along with this shirtwaist, on ebay)
  • 2 aprons using some vintage fabric
  • a plaid jumper for the autumn season
  • a peasant shirt to go along with my brown corduroy skirt.
  • a couple Regency gowns to sell on ebay

Stay tuned for reports and pictures of these! =)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

In the Shop

I have decided to sell my 1910 shirtwaist, and it is listed in my shop. You can view it here.