Sunday, April 2, 2017

A New Project in a New Medium

Well, perhaps it isn't completely "New" But it is different. When I was little I learned both how to knit and crochet, along with many other handcrafts, from my Mother and Grandmother.

Later on, and Semi- recently, I realized that these "Hobbies" were mounting up, and I then decided to consolidate. I recognized that I preferred the intricacies and tighter "Weave" of knitted items better than Crocheted, and with that, the hooks went on a shelf to gather dust.

Until about a weeks ago... When I found this lovely picture on Pinterest, and fell in love... With a blanket...

And for the first time in years, I picked up a crochet hook...

I found some blue yarn in my stash and got started. Unfortunately the remnants of that skein only made three squares... So off to the store I went. I got two skeins in a lighter blue and a grey, and seeing how fast the last skein went, I'm sure I'll need more. These squares are huge! They're a good 6" or more across, much bigger than I thought. It'll be done in no time...

Gladly, though, it is something I can do in my few minutes of spare time. It's Something I can sit down and make a square, and set aside, which is great! I have so many projects that have to wait until Bug is in bed so I can give them my full concentration, and they're just not getting done. Too many times I'm just exhausted after bed- time, and don't last too much longer myself. haha!

I'll keep you all updated on my progress!

Here's what it looks like now!

Lastly, Here's a link to THE ORIGINAL PATTERN  available for free on Ravelry


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Cornflower Ensemble

As Promised, here are details on my latest Edwardian project.

Back in November we planned a trip, and bought tickets to Biltmore Estate in NC, a favorite haunt of ours. (See Our Engagement) This would have been E-bug's first trip, and we were so excited for him to see it during the Christmas season. Sadly circumstances dictated that we had to put it off.

This turned out to be a good thing as it meant I had time, with no interruptions to plan a new outfit!

Our second Wedding Anniversary was on Valentine's day so we decided to plan the trip around that.

I had no particular dress in mind, so in mid January when things finally calmed down, I took to Pinterest, my favorite place for mind fodder. I wanted something simple, because I didn't really have a LOT of time, but elegant.

I finally came across this lovely original, (Click picture for link)  that had been for sale on Ebay.

My original plan was to copy it fairly closely, but to have simple bishop sleeves instead of the added "Puff at the Cuff" detail. I ended up going a completely different direction...
I was able to find a really close match when it came to fabric... I can't find the link now, but it's a wool blend suiting from Fashion Fabrics Club. I really Love their site, as you can find good "Blend" materials. They really give you the "Look" without the cost. It's not like buying the real deal, but when you have a toddler that $50 a yard 100% wool would buy a lot of diapers. haha!

Anyways, on to the changes.

I started out by "Franken-patterning" the bodice from Folkwear's Gibson Girl Blouse, and TVE-41 - 1903 Plain Blousewaist  for the top. I also followed the original image and used release tucks below the yoke. I then took a bit of a leap outside the norm for me and used "Black Snail Pattern's Edwardian Fan Skirt"  for the skirt. I ended up really loving this pattern! It came together like a dream! And fit perfectly! I highly recommend this pattern and will be going back for more of hers!

While searching in my stash for lace to go on the yoke of the bodice, I found a matching set of vintage pieces. I don't know what era they really are, but they worked. They ended up REALLY simplifying the look of the dress, though. Without the "Fluff" of the inspiration piece, the ruffle around the bottom of the skirt would have just been too much. So I eliminated it completely.

From there, I added a thin braided lace around the collar and cuff, which took it just beyond the realm of "Plain"

I can't tell you how much I loved this "Ensemble" (Which since I haven't mentioned... It IS separates, and not a dress as most originals would be) It was so comfortable, despite being wool, it also wasn't too hot. We did have a bit of a brisk day with highs in the low 50's F, but even in the house where it was heated and overcrowded, it was enjoyable.

From here, I'll let you enjoy the pictures! It was such a glorious day!

And here are some below that I edited for effect. 

I am not affiliated with any of the companies linked above, These are my pure unadulterated opinions.

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Recommendation

So I know I promised a post on my new dress, but I decided to write this much needed post instead.

Are you like me? Did you grow up watching the animated "Anastasia" and become fascinated by the story? Did you ever wonder if the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" was true? Did any of the last four Romanov Grand Duchesses survive the "Execution" at the end of WWI?

Well, I have just the book for you to put on your reading list!

My Husband has spent the past five years doing extensive research, reading first hand accounts, and speaking with people who knew, and has written a novel based on the results.

Follow Agent Philip Barker on his quest to find out the truth!

From the tumult of the Russian Revolution, to the streets of modern-day Moscow, Agent Philip Barker is seeking the truth...the truth behind the mysterious final days of the Imperial Family of Russia, and his own heritage.
The culmination of five years of research and writing, this story is intended as the first in a series of novels featuring Philip Barker, set against the backdrop of History's greatest adventures! ~ Joshua Gillespie

Find it in PAPERBACK HERE on Amazon, and for KINDLE HERE. 

You can also find it on CREATESPACE and recommended on the Bernard Cornwell site.

You can also add it to your Goodreads Reading list.

Have I given you enough links yet? Seriously, you should check it out, and not simply because He's my husband, but because he's written a brilliant book!

Have a look at the trailer and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One Year Old!!

In January, our Little Man turned a whole year old! The days have seemed to pass like a flash, and yet, have been a lifetime!

I wanted to make something special for him for his birthday, as the latter months of his "Monthly pictures" I failed to have a "Mommy Made" item.

I've not really been able to make anything historic for out boy, as most fashions for little ones of earlier eras was made entirely of dresses, and in this day and age, it wouldn't be understood.

So I tend to lean toward later fashions, or simply stick to modern clothing. This time I REALLY wanted him to have a Norfolk suit. After a VERY long search, I came across this gem. It was a later 1920's suit, so the waistband was lower, but I knew it would take very few alterations to make it work.

The only problem I had with this pattern (and it isn't something the seller could have fixed) Is it's entirely in German. (She did include a rough translation of the instructions) But! With some help from Google Translate, It came together Beautifully!

For time's sake I used a striped poly suiting from Joann's, but it still looks pretty good, and I have enough left to make a pair of Plus fours (Breeches) at a later date. (I bought the ones he's wearing in later photos) 

The first photos were ones I took on his actual Birthday. I hadn't quite finished it, so it was safety pinned together! lol!!

The Latter photos are of a trip we made this past weekend to Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC.  He got so many great compliments, and was a Total little Gentleman!

 He's Holding his Newborn Picture. Sideways... but hey, A mother takes what she can get! lol!

 These were some of the very few photos I could get where he wasn't bouncing... Apparently antique chairs with real springs are fun... 

 He's just learned to walk a few weeks ago, so this moment of pure joy and freedom lasted only moments before he fell unharmed. Haha!
(More to come on my outfit later this week)

 He was SO excited by this goat! And was so gentle! He's going to be a critter lover like his Papa!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's a Giveaway!! Baby Girl Trio.

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my posts yesterday and today that I only needed one more like to make 80, and a few more followers on Instagram to make 100!

I asked that if people would help me reach those goals, (Easy Peasy!) that I would host a giveaway!

Well here it is!!

Today I'll be giving away what I call "The Baby Girl Trio"

All three items were made by me on vintage sewing machines.

The hair bow is approximately 4" long with a barrette style clasp on it, made in a soft teal blue cotton with purple flowers. There's even a bit of gold sheen to the lattice pattern! 

This is a pacifier lanyard. It's approximately 6" long with a sturdy plastic clasp on it. And trust me, I made my son one of these! It's strong, but it won't hurt like metal would. The opposite end has an elastic loop for going around the pacifier. It's made in pale green linen with white crochet lace.

 And then there's this little guy! Made in a soft grey flannel, with pink satin ears, this little bunny is meant as an un- stuffed "Lovey." E-bug has one with blue ears that we call "Andrew"

  Showing of her stuffed bunny tail

The giveaway will run for a week and a day, that is until the 18th.

One entry you'll notice is a "Blog Post Comment." It's a bit of a survey. I've recently acquired an embroidery machine, (I know! Modern machine!) and am now able to monogram ect. So in your comment, please let me know of a handmade item that you have searched high and low for but couldn't find. Preferably something you can monogram. Or you can mention something that you like to buy "Home Sewn" on a regular basis. What catches your eye?

Thank you all so much for following me and enjoying my work, I hope you'll enter and share with your friends!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Late Edwardian Silk Blouse

Just before my wedding I ordered in a length of China silk, meant to be a nightgown for a certain night. Sadly I ran out of time, so my mother gifted me one in my style from the Victorian Trading Company. (Which I still wear and love!)

But what became of the silk you ask? I'm coming to that.

Around Thanksgiving I began to wonder what I would do for myself as a Christmas outfit. I was short on time, low on energy, and slap out of money due to shopping for others.

So I started rummaging around in my stash and came across the silk. I realized I had bought enough for a blouse AND a nightgown! (Which I still have yet to make..)

I dug around in my patterns and pulled out my copy of Past Patterns 8643 And got started.

It came together beautifully, and it felt so elegant sliding it on. I used leftover wedding buttons as well to finish it off.

 My Husband and I then went on a photo shoot around our historic neighborhood


  I think E-bug enjoyed it as well! 

I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas, and I wish you every blessing in this new year! 


Monday, January 2, 2017

A Christmas to Remember

I just so happen to have been excited all year for this Holiday Season, knowing it would be our little one's very first!

I had big plans to deck the halls and trim the tree and make something very special for a certain little boy to cherish.

Sadly very little of that happened.

Unforeseen circumstances meant that Christmas was much quieter and humbler than I had hoped. But wasn't that the way of the very first one? Quiet and humble Our Lord entered this world, and we were the better for celebrating it that way.

Two weeks before the big day, though, I realized my hands were still empty and I had nothing prepared to go under the tree. A desperate search and I found what I had been looking for.

A few clicks and THIS old time teddy bear kit was on its way.

E-bug's favorite movie of all time is the original Disney "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" so I wanted to make him his own old fashioned "Steiff" style Teddy bear. 

It does go to show that you should always read the fine print. His name is "Tiny Ted" for a reason! lol! He only stands about 8" tall. But for a little boy, a little bear was perfect. This kit came with the pattern and fabric for the bear and the little red felt jacket. It also had a small piece of teddy print cotton to do with as you please. She even traced the teddy bear pieces onto the mohair so all you had to do was cut!

HOWEVER this kit did not come with the eyes or joint components needed to finish it off. And sadly a trip to Hobby Lobby came up short when it came to teddy bear parts. The only things they had were plastic and for much bigger bears!

Not having time to spare to order the parts I decided to improvise. I sewed the arms and legs on sturdily and used one of the bigger joints I had bought for the head. I then embroidered a little face on to him as best I could.
Before I added his face

I'd not like to introduce you to "Theodore Reginald Bear" Or "Teddy Reggie" as we like to call him.

E-bug was not quite sure what to make of him upon opening the box Christmas morning. But he did give Ted a kiss after a moment. (Which was so quick I didn't catch it on camera... :/ )

He still needs a few things before I feel comfortable giving him to E-bug for keeps, but I think he will make a lovely little companion for our Boy!

All in all I think our baby boy enjoyed Christmas, and now it's time to look forward to a first birthday party! 0_0!!