This has to be my favorite thing on the internet right now!







I saw both of these the other night while searching for inspiration for the Masquerade HSF challenge, and it made me so happy! My sister couldn’t understand why I was so excited. 🙂

First we have the fashion print, which most of you have probably seen. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it around!





And then we have this, which looks like someone else decided to make the dress pictured! (Found on Pinterest; have no idea who originally posted it. The links lead to a password protected blog that I can’t view.)


Isn’t that just so cute?!?! It’s a pretty faithful make of the drawn dress, too. Her hat and the bat on her chest are very different, but everything else is as close as can be to the drawing! She even remembered to have the black ribbon around her neck and the little bats on her shoes!

I love seeing fashion plates come to life from back then, especially when they are as faithfully recreated as this young woman did!

(I also was thinking of trying my hand at making this dress in the near future. Now I do know that it can and has been done! 😀 )


Excuses, Excuses

Well, I’ve been back for about a week now… I guess the reason I haven’t updated in so long is because I didn’t get ANY pictures of my clothes I made, like I planned.

Things just didn’t go as planned. I didn’t get a chance to wear my orange and green dress, due to my grandparents not being able to make the trip to Maine, so we didn’t go to the Cliffhouse for pictures. I left several items of clothing I needed for the outfits at home by accident, anyway, including my 1900s blouse.

I did have a very nice time in Maine! But I’ll just have to take photos here in Florida, which is a bit difficult at this time of year (The heat is unbearable to me. I’d rather NOT go outside if it can be helped! The only time the weather is decent at this time of year is when it’s raining, and I can’t take pictures in that weather!)

Hopefully I can get some pictures of the 1910s skirt I made soon, and I’ll make a blog post about that. I used a pattern from the Commercial Pattern Archive, and I’m pretty pleased with the result. Projects like that are so encouraging and keep me going. 🙂

Also, I am thinking of getting a dress form. One of those Roxy ones, which I think is actually for display purposes in the store, but since they are made of carve-able stuff and very close to my measurements, I can make it work. The American Duchess has a post about the exact dress form.

NEXT time when I post, I will actually have a post of substance! I will take photos! (I hate taking pictures and then uploading them. The hassle!)

What’s Been Up Lately

I’m a terrible blogger! I don’t even know when I last updated. And my posts have certainly not have been of good quality. I do have things to post about soon, though.

They’ll have to wait for a while, since in a week I’m leaving for Maine! I’m quite excited. 🙂 I haven’t been back since I moved away 5 years ago.

Before I leave, though, there are several things I need to sew. I need to finish the orange and green 1910’s dress (After the blue and white one was such a failure, I started again on the same pattern, and this attempt is MUCH better!), make a 1910ish skirt, finish up a 1910 hat and start a head piece to wear with the orange dress for a dinner. Oh, and I need to make some sort of swimsuit, not necessarily historical. I very rarely go swimming, and when I tried on my only bathing suit yesterday, it was quite uncomfortable. I don’t think I’ll find anything in the stores, either, so that leaves making up one.

All of this in less than a week! I am not busy at all for the next few days, though, so I think my big plans can be fulfilled, if I work hard enough at it. As it is… I probably shouldn’t be taking the time to write up this post!!!

The good news is that I will actually have pictures of the things I make when I get back! I never seem to get around to taking photos. (Some of my friends and extended family have been asking for photos of things I’ve made/sewn… for years… and they still haven’t gotten them. I really need to get better at that. :|)

So that’s how things are for right now!

Blue & White Dress

I have pretty much decided to give up on the blue and white dress that was inspired by the pink and white dress. :p

I’m quite a beginner at sewing and making it LOOK NICE, so it wasn’t going well. I did learn quite a few things along the way, but… I just don’t think it’s worth continuing. Not now, at least. Perhaps in the future I will pick it up again and fix all the little issues with it. (Although, I hope that when I look at it years from now, I’ll be disgusted, because that will mean that I will be MUCH more talented at sewing then!!!)

The fabrics were actually bought to be used as mock-ups, so I don’t feel bad about the fabric sort of going to waste. And the fabrics were a bit costume-y, anyway, so I would have felt a little off wearing it. (Also, tulle is still extremely uncomfortable. And impossible to work with.) I think the design was pretty, but I should try pulling it off with better/nicer fabric, I suppose.

I do know now that I need to seriously work on closures. I have such a bad time of trying to make them look decent. And, of course, fitting… The bodice on the dress is ugly as heck. I need to learn more about fitting, that’s for sure. D: I also need to work on making my work look a bit tidier and more… professional? I tend to sew with the same needle, same tension, etc., for EVERYTHING, which I know isn’t correct, but it was easy…
I feel a tiny bit discouraged, but since some of the parts of the dress went very well, I do feel encouraged, too.
I think the main thing that prompted me to give up the project was that the fabrics were uncomfortable. And low-quality. Or maybe it was the bodice. Just thinking about that hideous thing makes me angry!

Now I just need to learn about what I need to change, and practice more. 🙂

1917 Dress

So I’ve been working on this.

It hasn’t been too much work, and I’ve used some fabric remnants. I don’t have pictures yet.

Unfortunately, I didn’t double-check the measurements, so the skirt is way too short. And way too narrow. I don’t even know how that happened. :p But now I have to figure out how I’m going to make the skirt wider. I hate putting in gores!
Now I’m thinking that maybe I just didn’t enlarge the pattern enough, even though I DID measure in more than one place. Ah, well, it’s been a learning experience.

I didn’t take any pictures of making it, so I’ll just have to take pictures when I’m done. It’s not anything too great, but I’m just happy to have completed something. 🙂
EDIT: Wow, I forgot about this. Let’s just say that this dress didn’t end up happening.  It started smelling really weird and I didn’t want to deal with it. I think there was something wrong with the fabric that I didn’t notice immediately. 😮

1910 Lady Maud Warrender’s Laurel Dress

I’m trying to to make a version of the 1910s dress in Janet Arnold’s book, Patterns of Fashion 2.  It’s a bit above my skill level, which I regret, but practicing is always good!  And I was never one to be daunted by something considered “too difficult”.  Some years ago when I was barely a teenager and I took art lessons at the local studio, I would often pick the projects that my art teacher would say were too hard for me to attempt.  I’m not sure why I always insisted doing it, but I did, and they fortunately turned out well and I never got as frustrated as my art teacher thought I would be. So, perseverance. 🙂

But, anyway. Right now I’m hassling with fitting the bodice to me. I’m on the FOURTH mock-up.

Besides using the pattern from Janet Arnold’s book as a base, my inspiration dress is this.

It will be carried out in white and blue tulle (I couldn’t get netting, but that’s okay for me.) It’s not going to be very historically accurate, but I’m hoping later on I’ll get better with THAT.

Next time I post I’ll hopefully have images of what’s going on.