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A 1770’s Fashion Shoot

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What better way to start off the new year than with a historical fashion shoot!  This particular shoot highlighted two new 1770’s gown I created last month.  Which was a miracle I was able to get any sewing done, since I spent quite a few weeks hugging the toilet….I’m four months pregnant just in case you missed last week’s post! 🙂

Anyways!!!  I am so happy to be feeling better and what better way to celebrate than with a wonderful snowy day and some wonderful photographs. So with a big thank you to my model Cassandra, here are a few of my favorite images from this fun photo adventure!

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Both gown are currently for sale on my Etsy Shop along with many new Regency custom order listings!  

Well, now I’m going to grab a snack and go work on a 1916 skirt….fingers crossed!! 

Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone!

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A 2016 Year End Review

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Well, we have made it to the end of 2016 and, boy, what a year!  Many highs, a few lows, and one big life change would sum up my past 12 months.  While I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like over the past few weeks, I plan on getting right back on track for the new year!

One of my most favorite posts to do at this time of year is the review of my favorite sewing projects.  I love looking back and seeing all the various creations I have made, and hopefully I will be able to notice a few improvements on my technique as well! 

So let’s take a look at a few of my favorite projects from this year!!

I loved creating this 1943 ruffled blouse!  Click this link to see how to make one of your own!

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This 1930’s beach wrap was created from scrap fabric which I got for $1 a yard!!  Love those kinds of savings!

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One major accomplishment this year was the publication of my very own vintage sewing pattern book!  Click HERE for more information!

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I designed this 1940’s salmon pink suit by taking inspiration from three separate designs!

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I returned to my roots, and began sewing Regency era gowns again and had great fun photographing them out in nature!

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…and in lovely historic settings.

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Now that my life has return to a more normal status, I can’t wait to get back into my sewing room and starting whipping up more creations!  My 2017 plans include some 1700’s clothing, 1910’s, and everything in between! 🙂

I wish you all a very happy and healthy end to 2016 and beginning of 2017!  

Cheers!!!!

Oh and that big life change I mentioned earlier???….it will be making it’s sweet debut June 2017!! 🙂

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My Christmas Gift Giving Guide

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Well, the days before Christmas are beginning to dwindle down, but if you are looking for that last minute gift for friend, a family member, or yourself, I have five fantastic options!!

 

Vintage Gold Sewing Prints by Mod Pop Deco– $15 + 

I love these prints by Mod Pop Deco!  They are elegant and can easily go in a sewing room or a bedroom.

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ModPop Deco

 

Monthly Sewing box by Stitch Box Monthly  – $30 for one month

With a different box each month, this fun little gift is a welcome surprise for anyone after the holidays.  Each box comes with fabric, tools, a pattern, and variety of other items.  A great present for that sewer who has everything!

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Stitch Box Monthly 

 

12 Days Advent Calendar from The Vintage Cosmetic Company – $42

This is a wonderful idea for the person who can’t simply wait for Christmas to get here!  With a little surprise each day, any makeup lover will adore this advent calendar.

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company 

 

Bath Fizzies from Les Belles Bouclettes – $3 for 10 pcs.

With all the stress of the holiday season, nothing would feel better than a warm and fizzy bubble bath.  And these lovelies from the ladies at Les Belles Bouclettes are perfect for a friend, neighbor, or (with such a great price) a few for yourself!  Try them in their new scents of Olivia (chocolate mocha) or Citrus Splash…yum!

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Les Belles Bouclettes

 

Instant Downloadable Print for a 1940’s/1950’s Capelet by Aimee’s Victorian Armoire – $7.50

Perfect for the beginner who is looking to break into the skill of pattern drafting, this pattern, created by me, is perfect for those chilly days…or create one in a lighter fabric in preparation for spring!

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Aimee’s Victorian Armoire

So have fun crossing off those final names on your gift giving list, and celebrate with a cup of hot chocolate…and a warm fuzzy bubble bath! 🙂

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An Excerpt from The Magic of Dress, 1911

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With the upcoming holidays, many of us will be attending many festive parties!  With that in mind, here is an excerpt from The Magic of Dress by Grace Margaret Gould written in 1911!

“With the evening comes more elaborate dress.  The fashionable woman needs dinner gowns, theater and opera gowns and ball costumes.  The more cultivated she is, the more she make the art of the dress the study it should be, the finer and more appropriate are the distinctions between these attires.  

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In planning them she must first have a definite idea of the prevailing mode as to fabric and outline.  Then, if she is wise, she will modify the present style to her own type; and whether she is planning one gown or a dozen gowns, let each be distinctive and each suit the occasion on which it is to be worn.  

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It is well to bear in mind that the trimming of a gown may give a distinctive touch to it, and that in a measure it acts as an index to the dress, putting the gown in its own class.  Never use the same type of trimming on your evening gowns.  If the dancing frock is trimmed with artificial flowers of chiffon and satin, have the ball gown trimmed with fur, or gold or silver embroideries. A woman with one trimming is a woman of one-dress idea, and not much of an idea at that.

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It goes without saying that a little good trimming is better than a lot of inferior trimming.  When economy must be given at least a passing thought, a good quality of velvet or brocade is a better investment than some prevailing fad in silks or even some exquisite shade of chiffon.  There is always the next year to bear in mind.”

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Musings from a Fabulous Weekend….

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Well, Thanksgiving came and went and was just as wonderful as usual!  I was planning on getting some sewing done over the weekend, but spent two glorious days decorating my house for Christmas and baking over 14 dozen cookies!  I am a huge cookie lover, and therefore really took my time baking my most favorite types of cookies.  Thumbprints, sugar cookie cut-outs, and chocolate chip, just to name a few, have all been carefully packaged up to last the season…with a few left out for me to enjoy now!

My tree is up and it is beautiful!  I really like to decorate my tree with opposites.  For example, I have lots of sparkly, glitter ornaments and decorations, but then I tone it down with large swaths of burlap ribbon.  The combination is one of my favorites and I find the living room to be the most relaxing and calming during the month of December.  All thats left to do is decorate outside….and as soon as all the fall pumpkins are gone, I can go ahead and string up the lights.  Until then, I have to wait, as I don’t want to cross over holiday decor!

Another reason I just couldn’t seem to find time to head down to my sewing room was PBS showed the 1985 Anne of Green Gables series.  This is one of my all time favorite series since I was a little girl, and once I saw that was on, nothing would do but to plop myself on the couch and enjoy!  To me, the appeal of this series is more than just the story, which, of course, I love.  But it is also the scenery, the music, and of course, the fashion.  The outfits Anne wears in the both the Anne of Green Gables and the Anne of Avonlea series are absolutely stunning.  Simple, clean, very well constructed and a perfect representation of her character.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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I was completely taken away for a good 6 hours….and while projects are still waiting to be completed, it was most definitely worth it!

I am three and a half weeks away from life returning to a more normal status, and with that will be a return to sewing tutorials, videos, and more projects!  I can’t wait!!!

Have a fabulous week!

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Vintage Thanksgiving Advertisements

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I’m pretty sure I have said this before, and will most probably say it again, but I adore vintage advertisements.  I love the catch phrases, the corny promises, and the super happy people just grinning from ear to ear over the product.  But when you add in anything to do with a holiday, I just go wild!  Commercials have the same effect on me.  Whenever a holiday commercial comes on, especially if its one that gets played every year, I just get that much more excited!  So with Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some vintage advertisements featuring products that one must just simply have …or at least within reason!

Turkey, or in this case, ham is the foundation for the meal.  I can’t say I have ever had ham on Thanksgiving…but if it was put out there next to the turkey, I’m sure I would indulge!

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Okay, I personally do not care for sweet potatoes or yam..but I know many in my family do.  Especially if it has little tiny marshmallows melted on top.  So this advert is for them!

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Can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without the cranberry sauce or jelly!  I love how this Ocean Spray advert includes recipes!

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A proper Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without the dessert.  Here is one featuring Dinah Shore and her pumpkin pie recipe!

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And for those of you out there who can’t decided between pumpkin or pecan….why not try this pumpkin pecan pie!

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I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving where the times with friends and family are as delicious as the food!

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Fun Vintage Sewing Projects

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Sometimes it can be a fun change to sew something vintage that isn’t an apron, a skirt, or a dress.  Often when I think vintage, my mind immediately goes to garments.  I begin browsing my patterns, books, and Pinterest for the perfect item.  But sometimes its fun to think outside of the box…or at least outside of the closet.  So I challenged myself to find three easy yet very vintage-y projects that would satisfy my retro need while still offering a nice change.

Here is what I found!

All links are listed below the image.

These hangers are a perfect way to still focus on vintage garments, while letting you go absolutely wild with color!  I love how these hangers are finished with little puff balls and tassels!  These would be wonderful to give as Christmas gifts!!  

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Vintage Wrapped Hangers by Sugar Beans.org

These burp clothes are sooooo sweet!!  Make them for a friend, a family member, or for your own little one! Just be sure you don’t mind them getting covered in formula!

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Vintage Burp Cloths from Polka Dot Chair

My last vintage sewing project is this adorable tomato pincushion!  What I love is the switch from solid red fabric to a happy red gingham!  Make a whole crop of these tomatoes in various tones and patterns!

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Tomato Pincushion by Bee in my Bonnet

Sewing vintage can relate to a wide variety of projects.  And with Christmas coming soon, why not create a few of these projects to give away to loved ones.  Not only may you save a few dollars, but the thought and time that goes into them will most certainly be appreciated!

Have fun!

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November Favorites

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There just so many things that have been inspiring me lately.  From baking, to art, to fashion and sewing, I just can’t get enough!  I really had to work hard to trim down this month’s selection as I could have kept adding gown after gown and photo after photo.  However, I stayed focused and am very excited to share with you the five images and ideas that get my creative and fashion juices flowing!

First off let’s start with this absolutely fabulous late 1850’s gown.  I mean talk about a colorful, vibrant gown that is perfect for any holiday dinner or tea.  I can’t imagine the amount of patience needed to attach all the trim to the skirt!

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My next monthly favorite comes in the form of baking.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, everyone is busy creating the perfect fall pie!  And wouldn’t it be fun to try some different decorations for the pie crust?  I certainly think so!  Martha Stewart has some fabulous options:

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Decorative Pie Crusts from Martha Stewart

This painting is absolutely captivating.  The deep purple of the velvet gown with matching hat and trim gives my little heart palpitations!  I need that gown!!!

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The Godmother’s Garden by Marie-Françoise Firmin-Girard 1875

This 1885 Swedish fashion plate is awesome for several reasons.  One, the gowns are perfect for a crisp fall day, but second, just look at the chilly, gothic location where these well dressed ladies are placed!  I get goosebumps just thinking about it.   Just look at that spooky manor in the background!

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My last November favorite comes in the form of this 1950’s sweater ensemble.  I love how long, cozy, yet very stylish it is.  I swear I saw this same sweater in a window at the mall not too long ago.  I love when fashion repeats itself!

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Between baking, vibrant colors, rich velvets, and warm knits, I am having a fabulous November so far!!

All the best!

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Happy Veterans Day!  A big thank you to all who have served!!

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