Fashion Plate Fun


Today I thought it would be fun to browse through a variety of fashion plates!  I mean, who doesn’t love a little gown envy?!  

I decided to share a few of my favorites starting around 1830 and going up to 1940.  Ranging from daywear to evening wear, these fashion plates are just the thing to get your fashion juices flowing!  

Let’s get started!

This 1830’s evening gown is in the most amazing color of blue I have ever seen!



These 1850’s gowns are perfect examples of visiting or afternoon gowns.


While it is a toss up between the two, I am in love with the yellow 1860’s ballgown with red floral accents.


While I am sure walking was very difficult in this particular creation, I still love the color and pattern combinations of this 1880’s gown.


A lovely array of turn of the century shirtwaists.  


Sigh….I adore every single one of these 1910’s outfits.  


Perfect for summer vacations, these 1920’s outfits are just made for an ocean resort.


This soft blue 1930’s gown looks wonderful with or without the jacket!


The pleated floral dress on this 1940’s fashion plate is adorable!


So whether you love 19th or 20th century fashion, are a seamstress or costume designer, or simply appreciate the look of the past, I hope these fashion plates offer inspirations and a few day dreams!




A 2016 Year End Review


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!


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


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!


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


…and in lovely historic settings.


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!  


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




Vintage Magazine Cover Wall Collage


Last Saturday, I spent about three hours rearranging and organizing my sewing studio.  I was trying to create a better backdrop for future videos I wish to create.  However, as I was moving things around and trying to find the best spot, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a wall that I was proud enough of to show to all of you.  Enter my new challenge…create a wall that IS worthy to show all of you!

So I decided to create a vintage magazine themed wall collage that I hope will add a little charm and appeal to my videos.  I decided to go with 1910’s Good Housekeeping and McCall’s covers as they had the most color and some of my favorite styles of art.

Here are a few of the ones I chose!

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Then I went and found some rather inexpensive white frames in various sizes to  add some interest.  I printed the images out on photo paper and then placed them in the frames.  I traced the frames out on plain paper and then marked the location of the nail on these paper shapes.  Using painters tape, I was then able to adjust, rearrange, and evaluate to my hearts content.  Once I was happy with the overall look, I then just nailed through the mark on the paper shape, removed the paper from the wall, and hung up my frames!

And here is the finished look!

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Have a wonderful Monday!!


1940’s Salmon Pink Suit

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This was such a fun outfit to make!  I mean, like super fun!  I was browsing through one of my 1940’s pattern reference books and came across a suit which featured three waist darts which had been top stitched.  I thought it was such a feminine take on a blazer jacket and went to work creating a pattern and putting it together.

Well several 1950’s musicals and one DVD of I Love Lucy Season 5 later, I was done!  I paired the suit with a light cream blouse I already owned, and put with the gored skirt….well my little heart just about palpitated out of my chest! 🙂

And while I absolutely adore this creation, I ended up creating it a little too big for myself….so I put it up for sale on my Etsy Shop for someone else to love and enjoy!

In addition, I also wanted to share with you all some lovely closeups of this very fun little project!









Enjoy your Wednesday!


Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!!


Happy Fourth of July!!!

Today is the day to eat as much BBQ food as you can hold, spit out as many watermelon seeds as your lips can handle, and keep the neighbors up late with firecracker after firecracker!  It is also the day to take out all your red, white, and blue and slap them all together in one glorious outfit!  Of course it is probably an outfit that you would never wear on July 3rd or July 5th.  🙂

To celebrate not only our nation’s birthday, but patriotism in general, I have collected a series of images that show national pride!  So enjoy…then go outside and have a blast!!

This 1903’s Sailor suit is adorable and very comfy looking.


While this photo is in black and white, one can imagine the bright stripes and crisp white of these 1940’s teenagers’ dresses.


I love the all-white dress this 1950’s model is wearing…including that amazing hat!


Another very fun 1930’s dress, I love the two toned belt on the blue dress.


Lena Horne looks stunning in this polka-dot-esque dress that I can imagine in a happy blue!


One length, but four beautiful necklines in a wide range of flag colors!


Stunningly simply, this dress is the perfect picnic dress!


Happy Fourth of July and happy summer!!!


A Salute to Women’s Pants


I am so grateful that I am able to wear pants.  There, I’ve said it and I meant it.  I find myself most comfortable in pants, and while I will slip on a dress every once in a while, I still prefer pants.  Different lengths, widths, patterns, and fabric all add to the variety that these garments can bring to your wardrobe.  So it is only fitting to take a little journey back to see, not only the start, but the evolution women’s pants have undergone since the early 1900’s.


Mostly meant for outdoor work, these adorable overalls look comfy yet very feminine.



The 1920’s saw women’s pants widen to create a faux skirt look.  Roomy, comfy, and very “sailor-esque”, these pants will see a rebirth in the 70’s.




Still very wide, women’s pants continued to be worn in casual environments and were created in more light, flowy fabrics.





More tailored, tapered, and refined, pants during the 1940’s continued to grow in popularity and were worn by both Hollywood and the average woman alike.





Drastically reducing in size, the pants in the 1950’s became the originally “skinny” pant with names such as pedal pusher, or cigarette.  Worn well into the 1960’s and popularized by Audrey Hepburn, these very slim pants were most often worn with ballet flats.





I love the fact that these exact trends repeat in the following decades, and of course, will continue to do so!  So whether you call them pants or trousers, dress ’em up and wear ’em out!



From My Sewing Table: June

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Is there anything better than a warm June day where the sky is a soft cobalt and the trees are fully leafed out in their glory?  If you ask anyone in my neighborhood, they would be in solid agreement that there is nothing better.  I always find it comical to look outside of my window on days such as these and see so many people out and about… people who I don’t think I have seen since last October.  Sidewalks become crowded as power walkers, joggers, and energetic dogs and children take to the great outdoors!  Ahhhh….summer is here at last!

I have had one of the best and worst months in a very long time and am optimistic that June will stick with being just one of the best.  Perhaps many of you know what I am talking about.  Those days when you have so many wonderful things happen, yet they get bashed away with so much negative.  Keeping a positive attitude takes work, patience, and a healthy dose of sunshine and BBQ!

With the warm weather comes wonderful afternoons spent in the air conditioning sewing away.  And gracious do I have some wonderful projects planned!  I have really been blessed with the ever flowing juices of creativity and I am eager to hang on for as long as possible.  I have some new patterns I have developed that I can’t wait to share with you along with a few fun articles that really capture the essence of summer!

As many of you may know from my posts last summer, my most favorite place to write is on my front porch.  Well, it currently is out of commission right now getting a whole new face lift, and I can’t wait to be able to get back out there and watch the world go by!  Some people have a hammock or swing, but me?  I have my front porch!

My inspiration board this month is full of wonderful colors, patterns, and a few cooking adventures that I can’t wait to start and share.

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And as I patiently wait for my writing oasis to reappear from the contractor’s desert, I am eager to continue to share and write posts that are enjoyable to me and you!  So with that said, I have created a little survey with a few questions to help me understand more of what you all like to read and learn more about.  So if you have a few minutes, I hope you don’t mind spending a few of them helping me to focus and improve my blog!

Click HERE to take survey.

Have a wonderful day!


June’s Highlight Posts
  • The June Bride: 1860
  • Loving Your Local Farmer’s Market
  • Striped Historical Gowns


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A 1920’s Look at Sun Protection

sunWell, the sun is out and that means so are my legs which haven’t seen a UV ray in about six months.  While I am very excited to soak in all that lovely Vitamin D, I still need to be very cautious about how much of it my winterized skin is getting.  And even though we are still in a society that values a golden tan, getting it in a healthy way is very important.  Of course, this wasn’t always the case.  We have had a past with cultural traits that have valued a complexion which appeared to be as blemish and sun free as possible.  In fact I distinctly remember reading Little House on the Prairie as a young child and laughing at the scolding Laura received for not wearing her sun bonnet.

Of course, it was easier back in the 19th century to avoid too much sun simply by the length and layers of clothing that was worn.  However, once skirts became shorter and sleeves disappeared, sunburns became more common.  So how was sun protection shared and encouraged?  Well, I decided to take a little look back and find out!

First on my journey was researching past articles.  I found a fabulous one in a 1919 Good Housekeeping article entitle Health and Beauty by Nora Mullane.  An excerpt follows:

“It seems quite superfluous to urge upon women and girls the necessity for giving the most serious consideration to the care of the skin during the summer months when from exposure to wind and dust, the scorching sun and sea air, blemishes are sure to come if the skin is not properly protected, but much anxiety may be avoided by a little care and forethought.”

So how did one go about protecting one’s delicate outer coating?  Well, in the early days of sunscreen and skin creams, many brands worked to address this topic specifically:



Hats and umbrellas, much more than today, were encourage and widely used as protection from the sun.  Although fashion in the latter half of the decade greatly reduced the size of the brim, the early 1920’s head coverings were wide brimmed and ready to protect!



The same protection is also offered by the wider, more substantial parasols featured in the next two images



Too help make the thought of wearing a summer hat more attractive and affordable, tutorials were often included in magazines to revamp old hats.  Here is one for adding a velvet band to the edge of a summer hat!


While loving the sun is something that hasn’t seemed to dim with time, it is still something that (like many things) should be handle with moderation.

And women of the 1920’s, just like today, seemed to have understood just that!


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