HSM Challenge One Sarcastically Dancing Skeletons; Also Cardinals in the Birch

The Challenge:January: Firsts & Lasts – Create either the first item in a new ensemble, or one last piece to put the final fillip on an outfit. Material: Cotton novelty fabric from Joanns, thrift shop raw linen, plain cotton Pattern: Simplicity 8162 stays and chemise Year: 1800s  Notions: thread, bias tape, eyelets, zip ties, lace hem tape, lace, ribbon; grosgrain ribbon; How historically accurate is it? Like, linen is fairly accurate, hand sewn 50% of the stays so maybe 20%? The eyelets are definitely not even remotely accurate. Neither is the machine sewing, or the zip ties. Hours to complete: Two weeks, working idly on it while doing other things... maybe 20 hours total? First worn: not yet Total cost: 20 bucks for boning, notions and bias table, thread and fabric from stash. 

Firstly, this is what I like to call, my 'working' muslin. I dont like sewing muslins so what I do is sew a version for someone else to give away and then make my own. That way I work through any issues an…

18th Century Thing Two

Not to be confused with Thing One, or Thing Three. I have many related things.

Thing Two has a caraco type dress, with petticoat. She helped muchly with the sewing of the corset, and the hips, and like many Teenage Things got bored. So now she comes over and play 'dolls' with her beloved Aunt, I.E. She stands there and sighs like a teenager while I pin and unpin dress bits around her. Strangely enough, she loves it, even though she acts like its a chore. I dont quite understand teenagers anymore.

Anyway, the caraco has a lining base of American Duchess' OUtlander inspired dresses, size fourteen, which I then embellished on by eyeing Janet Arnolds pattern in Patterns of fashion. I used the figure showing the pet a lair, but closed the back. Not enough fabric to full out go watteau.

The fabric itself is a tablecloth, linen/cotton blend, with lines of metallic thread running through it making stripes in varying widths. There is a slightly impressionist image of brown branches…

Boys Suit, 1780ish

Well, after much debate and mental blocks, I managed this almost done. Partly due to my seamstress block, general boredom and regular project apathy but also because of the color. I know historically there is a huge amount of pastel colored men's suits and more than enough acceptance in the general community for me to dress my son in pale shell pink, but... My son is autistic. If he were in full control of his faculties, I could explain how cruel the world is, and he would understand that loving pink and orange is perfectly normal but people might tease him. As it is, I have to continually have him repeat "Pink is nongendered, its a COLOR" when he tells me kids tell him its a girls color.

I didn't want to cause even further issues and confusion and the idea of someone teasing my clueless son both hurts and enrages me. But, after weeks of being dissatisfied with fabric I was looking at I found this at Hobby Lobby and it stuck. Of course this is SUCH a strange, soft s…

Niece III's Robe A La Francaise (Or something)

Also can be titled. 'I'm DRAFTING/DRAPING BIOTCHES' or 'OMG WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDE!??' Or 'Family Historical Portrait, Take Three"

18th century. Pocket Hoops, Big Hair, things embellished with the same zealous fanaticism as a 90's girl with a bedazzler. Whats not to love?

As with many things I like to have a variety of projects going on at once, at least 2 but no more than three. This is one of those projects, in addition to my first set of hoops and stays, my Niece III's dress. I recently got access to Janet Arnolds Patterns of fashion, but the idea of self drafting for an adult, combined with the added inches for my waist and a desire to have ALL THE THINGS NOW has led me to this. A tentative, still challenging but not quite sewing suicide. Heh, SEWicide.

We being with pattern; Simplicity 3725 size 4, View C.

Fireman, Fireman! Save My Skirt!!

sac·ri·lege ˈsakrəlij/ noun violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. "putting ecclesiastical vestments to secular use was considered sacrilege"

There's this huge issue regarding wearing vintage clothing. Well, lots of issues but for this post it's the dreaded Altering Vintage Clothing Issue.

I am fairly slim in the wallet area, so true vintage is typically out of my reach. However, my trips to Goodwill sometimes pay off. In this instance, I found an obviously vintage novelty skirt.

Drindl, slightly faded with age but still adorable. There are two problems though. Too small, and too long.Easily fixed with some relatively inoffensive stitching, to adjust the waist and tuck up the hem.

The waistband was too fragile and fell to pieces under my hesitant seam ripping. Upon review the slight fading of the black has multiplied the problem. I cannot find an exact match, not to any of the colors. So how can I make a waistband?

A second problem arose. The s…

High Waisted Cheetah


Hippy Dippy

Wow. That was a while.

Ive been occasionally picking up my Regency Portrait stuff but Ive gained weight, which has caused me to spiral into depression and eat more which has caused more weight gain and so on and so forth. Ugh. Uzumaki

So Im in a place where Im barely 1/2 done with sisters tailcoat, done with moms dress, but have to restart mine {due to weight gain} and my sons {due to the little bugger GROWING CONSTANTLY GEEZ}. I should buckle down and get to work.

But I wont. Instead I am dreaming about next year. Ive got big plans, BIG Plans. Like, Marie Anoinette plan.

Oh yeah