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Creating a 1750’s Gown…For Me! Part One

There comes a time when all business sewing needs to take a pause, and personal sewing needs to take over. You see, I don’t often sew for myself. I think the last time I created a gown just for me was at least a year ago.  Most of the time, whenever I sew it is either for a client or to sell on my shop.  But with a little more free time on my hands (thanks to longer naps by my little one), I wanted to try something new and different. …something for me! 🙂 After thinking about what I wished to create, I decided on an outfit to wear at next year’s French and Indian War Reenactment…in July.  The tricky part about making a gown to wear in the summer while it is still winter is the fear that I am going to sweat like crazy!  More about that later! So, as always, whenever I begin a brand new decade or project apart from the norm, I begin with an inspiration board.  This is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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!!! 😉

1940’s Blouse Pattern and Tutorial

This blouse is such a quick and easy way to take an extra yard of fabric and turn it into something special!  Add some pizzaz with different fabrics, contrasting colors, and trims!!  The possibilities are endless! What you will need:   1 yard of fabric* 12″ of 1/2″ wide elastic Thread * To create a larger size, simply create a larger square – 40″ x 40″, 42″ x 42″, etc This pattern can be created by simply measuring and cutting the actual fabric, however the pictures below are shown on a large piece of craft paper.   The Process Fold a 36″ by 36″ piece of fabric (or paper) into a triangle. Mark the neck between the two end points. Measure 13-15″ from center of neck towards one point.  Mark this point.  The length will be the sleeve, so make it as long or as short as you would like.  Then cut off the triangle.  Repeat with the other side. Allow 8-10″ for armhole then stitch (right sides together) 4-5″ down from this point.  This line …

Historical Patterns I’m Excited to Try!

I think I have drained my current pool of patterns.  I mean, I love many of them and will always use them…but, I’m am definitely feeling a little bored.   Especially with my due date coming closer and closer, I am trying to stay occupied with sewing…it’s sort of working! 🙂 So yesterday, with the warm sun on my face, I spent a little time looking up some new and different patterns to try.  Here are a few of my favorites!!!   Links to the patterns are below each image! I love the unique and various caps in this particular pattern.  Especially the Round Eared Cap with double ruffle!! 1740-1820 Women and Girls Caps from Amazon Dry Goods I am sure anyone wearing this amazingly beautiful, pleated mantle would feel elegant and very summery!  The only thing I’m not sure of is what fabric I would use….. 1863 Summer Mantle from Amazon Dry Goods With a yardage requirement of 16 yards, this gown would definitely be a commitment, but I love all the ruffles and …

On My Inspiration Board: Patterned Gowns

I decided to bring back an old post favorite which I haven’t done in a while: On My Inspiration Board!  For this post, I choose either a color, pattern, shape, or type of gown and collect my favorites to share from the years 1800-1950.  For today’s version, I decided to choose gowns made out a of patterned fabric.  Whether geometric, floral, or striped, these gowns are wonderful examples of fabric design and gown creation! In my daily wardrobe, I don’t really wear a whole lot of patterns.  Yet when it comes to my sewing, I adore using patterns.  Any type of pattern using any type of colors.  I simply love it.  And based on all my research, I am not alone!  From morning gowns, to tea gowns, to evening gowns, patterns have been a favorite for decades. This particular painting shows how embroidery create a lovely pattern on this elegant 1810’s court dress.  Perhaps not a gown to be worn by the average woman, bust still stunning! Duchess Talleyrand-Périgord, Princess Dorothea by Joseph Chabord This gown …