Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Wonderland.

I just thought I'd show off these photos my mom and I took today. We have about two inches of snow right now and still coming down! I know that may not sound like much, but we've not had much more than a dusting here in Tennessee for years.

 I found the coat in an antique store this fall, before even a hint of cold weather had shown it's face. I just couldn't pass up this luxurious morsel, especially with a price tag of only $30. That's probably less than what the good lady would have paid for it originally!

It's a thick felted cherry red wool, with what appears to be a real fur collar! I'm guessing that it's from the 50's- 60's. (probably 60's as long and straight as it is) It's satin lined and extremely warm!

The hat was a gift from my sister, and I have absolutely no idea what era it's from! It's wild enough to be from almost any part of the 20th century... Made of black velvet, lined with a tulle netting, and has a large rhinestone jewel on the side.

I took the long walk to the mailbox and didn't get cold in the slightest, though you can see the results below.

Before the walk, having only been outside for a minute or so.

After, I believe I was beginning to turn into some kind of snow fairy!

If you look close in the above picture, you can see the individual snowflakes, each little masterpiece whole and perfect.

 Shoe shot. (I do not recommend this choice of footwear for snow...)

And my signature "Oldify It" photo

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Just a Note

Just a little post to let you know that there are projects in the works.

It might take me a bit to get pictures taken of them, but I'll get there.

Till then!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Medieval Baby

A few weeks ago we set out to go to our local SCA's Christmas event, "Holly and Ivy." Up until the very last minute we didn't think Brianna would be going with us, but two days before the event we realized we'd be unable to get a sitter.

So away I went to Joann's to see what I could muster up... in a 48 hour period... Yikes!

I picked out a nice olivey green Linen-Rayon and got plenty of it, knowing I would have to scale my pattern with no time to order one.

Ages ago I was recommended THIS pattern for basic garments. I had made it once before and completely messed up my mathematics to the point that with lots of cutting and spacing it barely fit. And you could tell that the poor girl was dreadfully uncomfortable...

This one was much better, though possibly too big, but that's a good thing when it comes to children's clothes, she'll grow.

I won't even begin to go into the mathematics, as I don't quite understand what I did myself!

The seams are sewn by hand with regular thread and flat felled (if it's still called that when it's done with both sides and not just one) with a darker large embroidery thread.

The cap and apron were a last minute idea, as I had a little time left the evening before the event, not to mention a little leftover white linen. I couldn't believe it, but she kept them on most of the day!

She was such a ham for the camera! She would step back for me to take the picture, then she had to come see it. She even had to send one of them to my mom. (with her own message...)

Despite worries that toting a two year old to this event would be hectic and tiring, we all had a wonderful time, and I'll never again worry about taking her with us. She was a perfect angel, and was the toast of the town in her little outfit.
I can't wait to venture into this new world of Medieval sewing, my Pinterest boards are full to bursting with ideas. :D