Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy Sewing

Ahhh .... it always feels so good to get something done! And yes, I have stayed up late again to finish the above Regency Robe. I like it better than my green ones I sold. Of course, it probably has nothing to do with blue being my favorite color.

See more pictures here.

Monday, May 26, 2008


For all of you who like to sew their own skirts, you all should take a look at Shannon's new skirt that was inspired from another skirt! Talk about WOW! =) I tried out the bias ruffles on a blouse recently, and it really does work, so I'd like to try this technique again soon. Maybe on a brown linen skirt like this one? Hehe, yes, I'm hooked on linen right now. =)

This evening I decided not to do any sewing, but list a Regency dress up on ebay that I have taken my sweet time to do. I have another one to list, and the navy linen robe too, but they'll have to wait until later this week.

More in the shop...

These will be the last that I'll add to my shop until July sometime do to a busy schedule, travel, and a family vacation next month.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Perfect Time to Sew

Today I won't feel guilty if I spend a good majority of my time in the sewing room (which is in our basement). Why is that? We are under a tornado warning, and will be under a watch until late tonight. =)

Maybe I'll even complete an apron to add to the shop!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pictures from the tea

Don't you just love the hats?! =)

The wide variety of little delicacies were so delicious and fun at the same time!

Young mothers visiting

A full length shot of yours truly... =)

Gathered hem detail in a back skirt layer

Last two photos are copyrighted by Leah Cross Photography.

I know, I'm crazy!

It is now just past midnight, and I just finished it:

It is completed except for the sash, which I want to add another lighter pink. I also have to do the rosette, but I think just tying this one will be sufficent until I can go to Joann's.
For now I'm going to get some shut eye...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Speed sewing

Why do I get into last minute projects? =) A friend is borrowing an Edwardian blouse that I made last fall along with my silk sash that goes to my white lawn dress. Which mean I have to have something for myself to wear.

I just got done cutting out my "Titanic Swim Dress" and it will be in the same pink and purple pastel shades as on the film, although I've never seen it ... just pictures of the dress. I only have a few hours to work on it, I've been awake since just past 4am, and I have work in the morning, with the tea being held promptly at 12:00pm.

Can I do it? =D I'm going to try, but if I can't, I'll use the deep pink sash from the aforementioned project as a sash for my white lawn dress. Here's hoping that it still fits...!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A little bit of early 19th century sewing

I have everything done except for the buttons/buttonholes and the hem of this period correct Regency dress. I have been oh-so-tempted to keep it, but I really don't need another one.

Navy linen yet to be cut out and sewn into a Regency Robe. The color looks really weird, and the buttons look strangley dusty, but they aren't, honestly! =)

I had hoped to have both listed on ebay in a day or two, but now that I have parted with some of my Edwardian clothes for a ladies tea, I'm going to have to sew a dress for me to wear! Either that or not go.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Titanic Flying Dress

For those of you who have been searching for this pattern, there is one up on Etsy right now. It is a little more than what I'd want to spend (I'm hoping for a thrift store find - a 49 cent price, you know?) =) and since it isn't in my size anyway, I thought I'd pass it up and mention it here!

We ladies were invited to another ladies tea (different hostess too!) and I am considering making the Titanic "Swim Dress" from Jennie Chancey's pattern that I got for my birthday. The only problem is that I'm on a "fabric fast" ie, not buying any fabric for a month. I have nothing on hand that I could use so, should I or should I not break my fast? =)

::sighs:: Don't you just love these early 20th century dresses? And I just LOVE those hats! I wonder why I could find one? Any ideas?

I hear about reenactments for lots of eras, or balls and assemblies for this time period or that one, but I don't hear much about the Edwardian era. Hmm, I wonder why? I think it would be so much fun to be in one. It would be as if I just walked out of Green Gables to visit Avonlea's General Store... I may be 24, but sometimes I feel like being about 10 years younger to be a carefree youth and dress up without having to worry that people would be looking at me strangely. =)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A thrifted dress made in a blouse!

It has been awhile since I've had a "Week in Feminine Dress" here on the blog, but perhaps some of you would remember this dress? I got sick of it quite quickly unfortunately. I loved the style, but it was either cut out wrong or the fabric was just "to much" made in a dress. So I stashed it underneath my sewing table along with a few "what do I do with this?" items.

This weekend, the out-of-print blouse pattern came in the mail and I had the notion of making up a blouse for spring. And with being in a mood to sew something with that fabric, the two came together!

What can I say? The vintage rick-rack adds just what this fabric needs, the fit is perfect (no alterations except shortening it a little) and I have found a favorite blouse pattern! =)