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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales and Promotions

Hi Everyone!  

I looked at the calendar and couldn’t believe that next week is Thanksgiving!! WHAT?!?!  Despite the apparent shock I felt that it was coming so soon, I got equally excited as I just love Thanksgiving!  

I also am a fan of Black Friday Shopping…within reason! 😉  So this year, I am offering some wonderful sales on my shop that will run all of Thanksgiving weekend, beginning on Friday, 11/24/17 at midnight.  With special deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this once a year sale is not to be missed!  

Here is the rundown!  



Thanksgiving Weekend Long Sale

Save 15% on orders of all Ready Made items and SELECT Custom Orders from November 24, 2017 – Monday 27, 2017!

Sale begins midnight (eastern standard time) 11/24/17 and runs until 12:00 pm 11/27/17

Black Friday Deals ONLY –

Deals begin at 12:00 am (eastern standard time) on 11/24/17 and end at 12:00 pm (eastern standard time) 11/24/17

Save 15% on all orders of Ready Made Items and SELECT Custom Orders

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Buy any Ready Made Regency Gown and receive a FREE Bum Roll – $25 Value

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First three customers who order $150 or more receive a FREE apron! – $45 Value

Cyber Monday Deals ONLY

Deals begin at 12:00 am (eastern standard time) on 11/27/17 and end at 12:00 pm (eastern standard time) 11/27/17

Save 15% on all orders of Ready Made Items and SELECT Custom Orders

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Several surprise Ready Made gowns will be marked down 50%

Look for these gowns to be featured on the Home Page of my Online Shop

on Monday, November 27, 2017



READY TO SHOP????? Click HERE to start!!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!!

New blog post on Coral Historical gowns will be coming out later this week! 🙂

Until then, 

Creating an 1850’s Bloomer Gown

A few weeks ago, The New York State Museum reached out to me to acquire a Bloomer Gown I had created to display in their upcoming exhibit Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial which runs from November 4, 2017- May 13, 2018 in Albany, New York.

I was thrilled and honored to be apart of such a wonderful exhibit and celebration that I thought I would share a some details of not only the gown I made, but also the women who made the outfit popular.

To start with the Bloomer gown, as we know it, was not first worn by Amelia Bloomer but actually by Elizabeth Smith Miller of Geneva, New York.  Elizabeth Miller, who advocated for dress reform using the Turkish style of pants, quickly caught the attention and support of Bloomer.  With her newspaper, The Lily, which focused on women’s issues, Amelia popularized the look to the point where her name became associated with the gown.

The outfit itself is composed of a gown with a short skirt which hits around the upper shin, and a pair of long, poofy pants.  A bishop or pagoda sleeve is commonly used with either a blouse or under sleeves used to provide the needed modesty.  The bloomers themselves are gathered in to a cuff that hooks around the ankle and, like the majority of bloomers at this time, are crotchless.

Here are a few examples of various takes on the Bloomer Gown.

I love how the drawings show such elaborate takes on the gown while the photographs have a more muted look.  Ahhhh fashion versus reality! 🙂

So now for my look.

 I used the pattern #811 by Past Patterns which includes instructions for both the Bloomer gown and an 1850’s gown..which is pretty much the same thing with just a longer skirt. Instead of using under sleeves, I put a Garibaldi blouse in white underneath and also included a sash.

 Here is the original gown the Past Patterns company based their design off of:

It is a green silk gown with ruching along the bodice, sleeves, and the cuffs of the “pants.”

 For my gown, I opted not to do the rushing as the cotton I used just wasn’t working quite right.  The gown hooks in the front with hook and eye closures, has sewn in boning, and also features a skirt apron of sorts which consists of a mini waistband that is free of the bodice, covers the center front, and hooks to the side bodice.  ***see picture below***  The skirt itself is cartridge pleated and hand stitched to the bodice.  The bloomers are held main fabric and half lining fabric, gather into a waistband and hook in the front.

 

**** Free hanging waistband***

This outfit was such a fun and different project!  I am so glad that it will get some great use at the exhibit and will help educate others on the heroism and fashion sense of some wonderful historical women!

In case you missed my previous post, I am currently looking for historical seamstresses and tailors to create ready-made and custom historical clothing for both men and women!  If interested, please click HERE.

A Quick Update

Hello my dear friends!!

I know it has been so long since I published my last post that I wanted to reach out and let you all know I am still alive! 🙂

I have been very, very busy with my sewing including a fun piece for the New York State Musueam Exhibit  – more details about that later!!! 

I am also looking to expand the Shop portion of my business to include both men and women’s historical clothing.   So if you know someone, or are interested yourself, please check out the Employment page on my blog for more details!

I have many fun posts planned for the upcoming holiday season that I can’t wait to share with all of you!

Thank you all so much for your patience and support!!

Happy Sunday and Happy Sewing! 

Aimee

  

Invitation Designing with Basic Invite!!!

I think that sending out invitations, announcements, and actual holiday cards are such a wonderful way to share good news and good wishes in this digital day and age!  I mean, when you think about it, receiving a thick, beautifully designed card in the mail is just as exciting as receiving a gift…at least in my book! It is a way to send a lovely thought to someone special whether they live just a few doors down or across the country.  I have even taken to shopping thrift stores and flea markets for vintage cards as they are lovely to display!

Just look at this sweet one:

And of course the same can be said of cards and invitations today!

Well, a few weeks ago a lovely invitation business called Basic Invite reached out to me to share their wonderful designs with all of you!  Having just had a baby and wishing to share the news with EVERYONE, I had stationary on my mind so was thrilled to learn all about this company!!  From designing your own party invitations whether for a boy or your daughter’s elegant sweet 16, this company has you covered!  Talking to one of their lovely associates Kaytee, I learned all about what makes Basic Invite different….in all the good ways of course! 😉

Almost Unlimited Colors 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. I personally love this option as many companies only give you options of what “they” think would look good…and sometimes I have other ideas!

How sweet is this first birthday invitation?!?!

Custom Samples 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.  Who wouldn’t LOVE this?!?!?  Sometimes a digital image just doesn’t cut it and when it comes to something as special as a wedding invitation or announcement….you want to make sure your vision translates well on paper!

I love when you can combine a family photo and a greeting card all in one!!

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes 

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.  This last part really appealed to me as I have spent way too many hours licking envelopes and…well…that glue certainly doesn’t taste all that great!

Having the option for both an invitation and matching thank you card I think is such great idea!!

Free Address Collection Service 

Use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Say what?!?!?  Sign me up for that!

Where I can read my own handwriting…sometimes…a beautifully printed one just looks better!

This sweet invitation is a great choice for a baby shower where the gender is a surprise!

 

So while I am still a few months off from sending out my daughter’s first birthday invitations, I have already picked out the most perfect one to use from Basic Invite! 🙂  I’m thinking something like this…

I just love the happy colors!!

If you are anything like me, invitations and cards are special keepsakes that should be cherished and treasured for years to come!  These beautiful bits of paper truly are tributes to wonderful memories  and times made and shared with all your loved ones!

Happy Party Planning Everyone!!

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September Favorites

FALL IS HERE!!!!  I am so excited and can’t wait to embark on all my favorite autumnal activities!  From apple picking to watching football, I plan to enjoy each and every deliciously cool day!

And with the start of a new season and a new month, it is time for another favorites post…and boy, do I love what I have to share today!

 So lets not wait another minute and get right into it!

Scarlet Red 1865 Day Gown

Stunning, vibrant, and delicately trimmed, everything about this gown is stunning!  I especially love the ribbon and medallion on the skirt.

The Wardrobe Shop 

A week ago, I was contacted by the Wardrobe Shop.  They are a lovely online shop and blog that specializes in vintage clothing from the early 20th century!  Definitely worth a look.  One of my favorite pieces is the pearl handbag!!  Very elegant!!

 Click links below to check them out!

Wardrobe Shop 

 

Vintage Inspired Pearl Handbag

Cardigans from Loft

I am obsessed with cardigans this season!  One of my favorites is this wrapped version from Loft.    Not only do I love the color, but I love how it closes in such an elegant way!

Loft Wrap Cardigan

 

Two Weeks in Love

So I know I have mentioned this movie before, but it has become one of my favorites!  A sweet coming of age story that is only made better by a young and feisty Debbie Reynolds!

 

Essie Nail Polish

I love all things green right now and this nail polish fits the bill!  Not only is it a fabulous color for your nails, but I love the name!!!  Click link below image to purchase.

Essie Nail Polish in Color Sew Psyched

Enjoy everything the wonderful chilly season has to offer…I know I will!

1930’s Textures, Patterns, and Trim

I spent yesterday afternoon watching Follow the Fleet.  A wonderful 1930’s musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  While watching it, I was just in awe over Ginger Rogers’ wardrobe.  I mean…just look at this outfit!  

Not only do I love the cut and style, I also adore the bold check!

Well, this led me to spend a good hour just gawking at other stunning 1930’s ensembles.  I love the lines, the cut, and the fabric of dresses from this decade.  So much so that I had to share a few of them with all of you!

This first one not only has a lovely two piece look, but the added floral panels give such interest.
Between the long lean lines of the skirt and the added floral pockets and cuffs, I am head over heels!

This one not only has an amazing bow at the neck, the pattern is fun and flirty!

I love the two separate patterns of this dress.  Unique, yet still goes great together!

There is something so feminine and elegant about looks from the 1930’s.  And when you add in fabulous fabrics and touches….well, my heart just goes bonkers!!

Musings on Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that it was only six weeks ago when I became a mother for the first time.  During those six weeks I have learned a lot about myself, my family, and my future.  Parts have been harder than I could have imagined, and yet the experience as a whole has been the most rewarding experience of my life.  

 

My last post, almost two months ago, highlighted how I had been in early labor for days, which eventually turned into weeks.  Going through day after day of contractions and know I was on the cusp of something happening was a feeling and experience I will never forget.  What felt like an eternity quickly vanished around two o’clock in the morning when, finally, my contractions began to take off.  My husband and I arrived sleep deprived and nervous to the hospital around 6am, and twelve hours later, our beautiful baby girl, Clara Elizabeth, was born.   She was healthy, beautiful, and a solid seven pounds.

 

From that point on, life was and never will be the same.  You begin to realize your own limitations, and you also realize just how well (or not well) a person is able to function with little to no sleep.  You know you are a new parent when the thought of five hours of straight sleep is enough to make you cry in excitement…side note – I’m still waiting for those five straight hours!   You also realize the blessing it is to have a partner who is supportive and a team player when in comes to late night dirty diapers and never ending crying bouts from gas.  Conversation at dinner begins to revolve around feeding patterns, anti-gas drops, and why I can’t stop crying for the tenth time that day.  You learn that just being able to do one load of laundry a day is a big accomplishment and having enough time to take a shower is a major luxury.  

 

And then there comes the point when you wonder why you aren’t as happy as you should be.  Commercials on television depict happy moms lovingly taking care of their babies with their immaculate makeup and hair.  Magazines show enthusiastic families laughing and smiling through those early weeks of a newborn’s life, and you wonder why those feelings don’t extend to you.  I pondered over these thoughts and after four weeks of loving my baby yet feeling a very negative cloud of despair hover over my heart and spirit, I finally accepted the fact that I had postpartum depression.  A death knell, or so I thought, to my happily ever after.  I found myself waking up from precious naps in tears.  I came to dread the evening hours as I was never sure if I was going to have a good night or another sleepless night with only minutes of sleep.  I lost the desire to leave the house with the thought of “what’s the point?”  My life seemed to be a never ending circle of feeding, changing diapers, sleepless days and nights, and the constant fight to keep loving my baby over the mountain of “mommy guilt” I was drowning in.  Seems rather bleak huh? It was.  

 

It was on the eve of her first month “birthday”, when I did some research on “baby blues” from which I figured all these feelings stemmed.  But reading that these “blues” lessened after two weeks took the wind out of me.  Why was I still feeling lousy weeks later?  Enter the thought and acceptance of postpartum depression.  I read a list of symptoms and found myself relating to many of them.  But instead of feeling even more depressed about this revelation, I saw a crack of light in my dark tunnel.  These feelings weren’t really me.  The despair wasn’t real.  And I wasn’t “crazy.”

 

Well six weeks have past and a few days ago, I felt a fog lift off of me.  So much so that I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started feeling better.  Life seemed hopeful.  I was able to relax and be more patience with myself, and the amazing bond with my little girl began to cement.  I still have my sad times, and so I have opened up to my family and doctor about my feelings.  Knowing that those dark emotions are not real has been freeing and I’m slowly starting to turn into the mother I always wanted to be.  I know it will take time to get back to feeling 100%, but I am allowing myself the freedom to not be perfect and embrace all aspects of my feelings.  

 

Being a mom is the most wonderful gift I have ever been given.  But being a perfect mom is now off the table.  Instead, being the best mom I can be, with all my faults and strengths, has become my new goal.  Postpartum depression is real and scary and should be taken seriously.  What it is not, however, is any indication on your success as a parent.  There should be no shame in acknowledging it whether you suffer from it yourself or see it in a friend.  Looks like my little peanut has already taught me my first important parenting lesson: unconditional love goes both ways – as I love her no matter what, she too loves me no matter what…even if I haven’t showered in a bit! 🙂

 

In the sewing world, I am going to slowly start getting back into the swing of things over the next few weeks.  While I am not giving myself a specific date to be “better” by, I am letting myself follow my creative mood.  I am not quite sure where this mood will take me, but I know it will be a fun ride!

 

So, my friends, it feels great to be back sharing with all of you!  

Here’s to accepting ourselves in whatever state we are in!

Cover Photo By Jesse Wilcox Smith

A Look Back at My Favorite Posts

Well, I am, and have been, in early labor for days.  

Not enough to be admitted into the hospital, but enough where I am definitely feeling uncomfortable!  To cheer myself up and stay focused, I have had a wonderful afternoon looking though my vintage cookbooks, watching old movies, and planning new sewing projects…although I know that latter is very optimistic! 🙂

So in the spirit of looking through some oldies but goodies, I thought I would share some of my favorite blog posts from the past few years.  If they are new to you, I hope you enjoy them, and if they have been ones you have seen before, maybe some little part of them will re-inspire you!

Click on each title above the image to be taken to each specific post!

My Top Ten Vacation Themed Musicals

Visiting Your Local Farmer’s Market

Give Yourself a Manicure: 1940’s Style

Intro to Sewing Video Series: Paper Patterns

Inspiration Board: Traveling Outfits

Fingers crossed I go into labor soon!!! 😉