From the Archives: 1862 Floral Summer Gown

While organizing my gowns, I came across this little lovely and decided to take it’s picture.

I made it out of fabric I purchased on one of my visits to Gettysburg.  The cotton is soooo unbelievable soft!!

Enjoy!  

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I put it up for sale if you are interested!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/130808802/civil-war-yellow-floral-gown?ref=shop_home_active_6


A room without a view…

I sew in a room without windows.  I used to have windows, but that was when I sewed upstairs in my small little room called the Purple Room…I painted it a deep violet.  Well, as my business began to grow and my sewing became well…more intense, I needed a larger area.  There was no other room large enough so I headed down to my partially finished basement.

I would never show you a before picture…it is too depressing, but with a rug, a fresh coat of white paint…some random used furniture and determination, I created a little sewing haven.  With plenty of space, I was able to arrange an organized area of efficiency, with room to grow.  Now don’t get me wrong…it isn’t perfect.  During the Spring, I have to squash small little spiders, and am always nervous of flooding.  And of course in the winter it hovers at around 58 degrees…so armed with slippers and a space heater, I make it work.  Sure it doesn’t look like any of those fancy, well designed studios that one sees in a magazine.  But it is mine, it is well-organized, spacious, and… secret.  Believe it or not…only my husband and my mom have seen this area.  Yes, I do take photos of my gowns, and of my projects, but no one physically visits this cocoon.  It isn’t a decision I have made to exclude people…its just that my hobby (to some) is odd, and only people who I think are open enough get to experience this area of my life.

With that said, I thought I would share with you my “window” wall.  Or the part of my studio that is to me, the light I crave.  I call it my inspiration wall and it consists of articles, photographs, designs, and samples of gowns that I find…well..inspirational.  I choose pictures that I feel encouraged by, energized by, or calmed by.  And as you will see they range from flowers, to kitchens.  I faced my sewing table towards this wall and feed from its energy as I go about my creative process.

I recommend and hope that each of you is able to nest out a little area…no matter how dim it may seem and just enjoy the solitude that comes with creativity.  So while the night may descend, or the winter winds blow…it will always be “sunny” in my little room.

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1850 Round Gown

Well with all this snow we have been getting, I have cocooned myself inside and finally finished my photo studio.  I took one of the walls in my studio and created a large photographing area.  To test it out I decided to pull out one of my earlier gowns; a 1850 Round Gown.  I created this off of a picture in one of my historical clothing books and was very happy with the result.  The only thing I wish I had done differently is to have sewn down the front fabric folds.  Unfortunately I didn’t and they always shift out of place…grrrr….which is why I haven’t put it up for sale.  Nonetheless, I do think it is one of my better creations.

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Still working on the early 1800’s gown and should be able to post pictures this weekend!


1860’s Civil War Day Dress: COMPLETE!!!

Well the dress is officially done!!!

I decided to just hem the bottom of the skirt to give a double pintuck look. I am actually quite happy with the decision since I think it doesn’t make the whole gown look to much like a giant ruffle!
I also finally decided on the belt. I took some eyelet lace, trimmed off the gathered portion, hemmed the top and made it into the belt. It is a very nice contrast. I also added buttons on the inside of the bodice and so that way it closes in the front, but you can’t see the buttons on the outside!
This gown is now for sale on my Etsy shop so check it out! Here are the finished pictures plus some extras that are not on my shop!
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I know what you are thinking….what am I going to do next? Hmmmmmm….great question!! 🙂 Stay tuned!