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Regency Chemisette Video Tutorial

I am so excited about today’s post as it has been a long time in coming!  Using inspiration from a variety of sources, I have created a video tutorial and pattern on how to create a Regency Era Chemisette custom designed to fit you!  Simply open up the PDF pattern, follow the guidelines on how to create the pattern pieces, then watch the videos below to  learn how to create your very own chemisette.   Tutorial will help you create a chemisette with one or two ruffles (as pictured in images below.) (Image from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion I) (Painting of 1800 Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, artist unknown) REGENCY CHEMISETTE VIDEO TUTORIAL Click the underlined link below to open up PDF pattern. regency-chemisette-pattern ***Videos show how to create a two ruffle chemisette.  If desired, simply cut out two ruffles using measurements presented in pattern**** Part One In this video section, I will show you how to construct the frame of the chemisette and create the neckline darts. Part Two In this section we will stitch darts, …

1910 jewelry

Is it a Match? 1910’s Jewelry and their Modern Counterparts

How many times have you wanted something and just couldn’t have it?  If you are anything like me it has happened only about a million times.  And when you realize that you are one of those individuals that can trace some ancestry to a raccoon (as I too love shiny, sparkly things), than you may have to embrace a strategy I like to call “finding an alternative.”  If I can’t find it, I will try to make it.  If I can’t afford it, I will try to find a really good look alike.  And if I can’t have anything but the original, than I will save and wait patiently until I can.  The last option doesn’t happen all that often. So when it comes to trying to find reproduction pieces, it can be rather tricky to locate an affordable and suitable option.  But with a little bit of time and energy, you too can make all your sparkly dreams come true. So with that in mind, I decided I wanted to write a post on …


The Charm of Dress: Accessories

“Of course, you know the woman who dresses like every other women?  You remember her in sort of a collective sense, and it is not a a very pleasing sense either.  She is a duplicate that makes no distinct impression on your mind.  She lacks personality.  She simply goes along. Perhaps it is her manner which is devoid of character.  Perhaps it is her dress which is without individual charm.  But whatever the reason of the defect, there must be a remedy for it. Since there are dress talks, let us consider the responsibility of dress in achieving distinctiveness, always remembering that when dress reaches its perfection a perfect manner attends it. If all women dressed alike, no matter how rich the fabric or how chic and clever the cut, their dress would be accepted without being noticed.  A uniform has its greatest distinction either when it has never been seen except on one person alone, and thus the sense of uniformity is entirely eliminated, or when it is worn by a number of persons …

collar cover

What a Difference a Collar Can Make!

Have an old dress that could use an update?  Your latest sewing experiment didn’t turn out so well?  Can’t find just the right necklace to complete an outfit?   Have you tried a collar?   Take a look at these examples of 1930’s gowns that feature collars in various forms. The beauty of a collar, whether ruffly or simple, is it’s ability to dress-up an outfit with very little effort.   Want to create a collar that is very similar to the last picture?   Well, click the picture below to be taken to a tutorial I created a few months ago!   Accessories, and especially collars, can truly make an outfit!   Enjoy! Have you signed up for my monthly newsletter?  Click HERE to enter your email so you can begin receiving fun updates!

makeup bag

Vintage Inspired Makeup Bag Tutorial

With such an easy design and construction, this makeup bag can be yours in as little as 60 minutes!   Make several in different sizes and coordinating fabrics for a truly personalized collection. Enjoy! Pattern: Vintage Makeup Bag Pattern  Materials: Fabric scraps in coordinating colors 7 -9″ zipper Ribbon/ lace trims buttons Process: Sew the two smaller top pieces right-sides together.  Repeat for other side. 2. Attach the larger square to the smaller piece, right sides together. Press. 3. Attach trim where desired on each side. 4. Insert zipper on top of bag. 5. Stitch the two sides together making sure to get the edges of the top that border the zipper ends.  Trim seams and turn right side out. 6. Decorate the outside as desired.  Attach ribbon to the zipper for easy opening. Now fill with your favorite cosmetics!    

Tulip shaped apron

Tulip Shaped Apron

Fun, floral, and fall-inspired all describe this one of a kind apron.  Perfect as a gift for a friend, a family member, or for yourself! Materials: 1 yard solid fabric 3/4-1 yard contrast fabric Pattern: Process: Begin by sewing the bottom of each “petal” to the top, right sides together.  This is a little tricky as you have a pretty sharp turn to make in the middle, but with a little patience, you will end up with a clean look. 2. Stitch all the petals together, right sides.  Press and trim excess fabric near seams. 3. Hem all the raw edges.  Take your time around the edge of the apron to ensure a crisp and rounded edge. 4. Mark center of tie and pin to the center of the apron.  Continue pinning on both sides until you reach the end of the apron.  Stitch. 5.  Fold the waistband on itself, right sides together and pin from the end of the apron to the rod of the ties.  Stitch and then turn right side out.  Leave the …

1940's Floral hair piece

A 1940’s Hair Piece

This little accessory can be created for under $5 and takes only about 10 minutes!   I highly recommend creating one of these hair pieces if you can’t find/afford a hat that goes with your ensemble but can’t bear the thought of a bare head.  I created mine with a fall theme, but you can design one for any season.  Try holly for Christmas, daffodils for Easter, or magnolias for the summer…the possibilities are truly endless. Materials: 1/2 yard tulle silk flowers a hair comb wire or needle and thread wire snips Because the two flowers I wanted to use were attached to a floral pick, I began by removing them.  They had enough wire attached to their stems, that I did not need any additional wire…but feel free to use some if you just have flower heads. Next, cut out a piece of tulle that measures 24″ x 21″ the wider part being the width of the veil and will be gathered to the comb.  Fold in half.  I used weights to keep the tulle from …

Man's shirt to apron

From Man’s Shirt to Woman’s Apron

This little apron is truly remarkable when you consider it was made from the sleeves of a man’s shirt!    A common practice during the Depression Era as well as World War II, this apron breathes new life into an old piece of clothing.  Try this with any shirt or pattern you like! Materials: one large/ x-large man’s shirt Process: Lay the shirt out flat and then cut out the sleeves. Cut the sleeves in half down the seam, right above the placket. Stitch the two edges together.  You want the small points to be on the outside of the apron. Now trim off the excess fabric to create a smooth shape. Hem all sides. Next, cut out the top panel from the bottom of the shirt.  This natural curve of the shirt creates a nice line for the top of the apron.  My panel is 9″ by 7″.  Hem three sides, then attach to the apron waist band, right sides together. Cut one side seam of the shirt to free the front panel.  Cut out …