Month: August 2016

Finding the Perfect Fall Sweater

Gearing up for the cooler months of fall requires a wide variety of layers.  These are the days when you leave the house with a cardigan on and come home wearing just the blouse underneath.  Because of this, it is one of my favorite times of the year, and one of my favorite fashion looks of the year as well!  The upcoming long Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to begin switching out the summer wardrobe for the fall one.  To begin this eventual transition, I have found five wonderful “end of summer-into fall” sweaters to inspire the switch! I hope you enjoy! I adore this purple/teal plaid wrap from Modcloth.  Perfect to wear out or around the house! Plaid Sweater from ModCloth Not only is this a stunning color, but very appropriate for work or meeting friends for lunch. Cable Knit Cardigan from Talbots I absolutely adore this wrap!  I would pair it with a long sleeve black shirt, skinny jeans, and my knee high boots!  Or for a different look, a long black pencil …

The Reasons Behind My Love for All Historical Sewing

I remember times as a child that many people said an individual was either a cat person or a dog person.  Or that someone was either an early bird or a night owl.  A thinker versus a do-er, just a coffee or tea drinker….and the list goes on. I remember pondering this and waiting to see just what type of person I would become.  Well, years have gone by and I have learned that I am neither an early morning or late night person, I love both cats and dogs, can equally enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and have been known to act on an idea within a split second of creating it.  So when it comes to my sewing, it is no surprise that I just can’t seem to settle myself down to one particular style.   For a blog and a business that has the word “Victorian” in it, I often receive questions and comments about the topics and products I choose to discuss and sell.  “I would never have thought you would sell Regency …

The Appeal of Floral Accessories

The last few weeks of August are upon us and natures is in full bloom.  Flowers are large, bright, and overflowing.  The grass is full and green.  And every tree is leafed out in all its glory.  With sights such as these, it is easy to see how a person would want to carry a little bit of nature around with them.  And what better place than on one’s clothing! Today’s post is all about the use of floral details which designers have been using to brighten up dresses for decades.  Whether placed at the neckline, the waist, or along the hem of a skirt, these lovely replicas of nature’s beauty certainly are worthy of admiration! Here are a few of my favorites! These two lovely 1850’s ball gowns have some lovely floral accents! This stunning 1870’s salmon pink gown has amazing pleated ruffles and embroidered rose detailing. I adore this gown!!  Such unique placement of the flowers! The 1920’s definitely knew the appeal of using flowers! I love Billie Holiday’s gown with the petal …

Intro to Sewing Video Series: Using Patterns from Books

This week we will complete the sewing patterns series by focusing on patterns one can create from books.  Once I began delving into this type of pattern creation and design, my sewing really began to flourish!  While it may seem daunting and a little confusing at first, with a little time, patience, and some discount fabric, pattern creation from books can be extremely rewarding! In today’s video I will cover: The differences between patterns from a book versus a ready made pattern My favorite historical fashion books ( list and links will be under the video) How to create and store your patterns Pros and Cons of sewing from books Alright, let’s get started! My Favorite Historical Pattern Books 17th Century Women’s Dress Patterns Volume 2 Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion Series The Voice of Fashion: 79 Turn of the Century Patterns The One Hour Dress – My Post on a Mockup of the One Hour Dress Dress Cutting – 1930’s Patterns Aimee’s Vintage Armoire: 1940-1950 Oh and those hooks I couldn’t think of….I meant Command hooks! 🙂 I …

“Lunching by the Roadside” by Amy W. Osgood, 1923

“Food for the inner man is just as important on a motor journey as agreeable traveling companions.  And stopping at a hotel for meals often consumes more time than one feels can be deducted from the journey.  Then it is that the roadside meal proves its worth.  It does not take long; it is satisfying, easy to eat, and attractive. Of course bacon cooked in the open air, coffee made while you wait, and corn roasted on the ear in the embers of a bonfire are alluring, but they are time consuming, and it you wish to appear neat at the end of the journey, are not always recommended.  But there are roadside meals which are easy to prepare and easier to serve than a meal at home, for they are what one might call “one-plate roadside meals” as the following menu will suggest: roast chicken, potato ships, jelly sandwiches, egg sandwiches, fruit or a combination salad, pickles, olives, cake or cookies, fruit, cheese and coffee.  The coffee comes from the thermos bottle who’s twin …

Intro to Sewing Video Series: Intro to PDF Patterns

Today’s topic may either instill excitement or dread: print-out-your-own PDF patterns!  Perhaps you have never tried, or perhaps you have had limited luck, or perhaps you are one of those lucky few who have had nothing but success.  Either way, today is all about helping you understand this wonderful sewing pattern option. In today’s video I will discuss the following topics: What are PDF or downloadable patterns How to store these patterns Digital patterns Pros and Cons of PDF patterns And just like last week, I will list out my favorite PDF/Digital pattern companies and their links below this video. Enjoy! My Favorite PDF/Digital Pattern Companies Sensibility Patterns Mrs. Depew E Vintage Patterns Wearing History E-Patterns Aimee’s Victorian Armoire Please remember to read out all the instructions of how to create the patterns BEFORE purchasing.  That way you can try to avoid an unhappy experience. My Tricks of the Trade on How to Assemble and Work with PDF Patterns Read all instructions BEFORE printing out the pattern. Make sure you have plenty of ink and paper in …

Creating a 1940’s Blouse from a Modern Pattern

I am so excited to share today’s post with you, as it offers one of my favorite sewing cheats: taking an already created pattern and tweaking it into something completely new.  And today’s little tweak comes in the form of a 1940’s blouse.  I will show you the pattern I have chosen to use, but feel free to use any blouse pattern that you would like as the method to create this top doesn’t change too much! Here we go! I chose to use McCall’s Blouse Pattern #M6750 pictured below. Once you have chosen your pattern, take a look at the back of the envelope to find out how much fabric you will need along with the required notions.  Then, simply add an extra 1/4-1/3 yard of fabric to account for the ruffles.  Cut out the paper pieces, and follow this simple step to create the new pattern for the front of the bodice. Now that the pattern is drafted, cut out your fabric and let’s construct the bodice. The most time consuming part deals with the facing …

Intro to Sewing Video Series: Paper Patterns

Hello my friends! Today we start the first part of a three part series focusing on the many ways to find, create, understand, and store sewing patterns.  In this ten minute video, I will focus on the following topics: How to read the back of commercial sewing patterns How to care for and store commercial sewing patterns How to read and store historical sewing patterns from specialized pattern companies Tips to remember when working with vintage patterns The Pros and Cons for purchasing, working with, and storing paper patterns My favorite paper pattern companies are listed below this video! Commercial Patterns Simplicity Patterns McCalls Patterns Butterick Patterns Vogue Patterns Historical Sewing Patterns Period Impressions Past Patterns Sense and Sensibility Patterns Laughing Moon Mercantile I hope this has helped you understand the major differences and similarities of paper patterns, along with a few different ways to keep track of everything! 🙂 Next Friday’s video, will focus on downloadable PDF sewing patterns! Have a wonderful day!