Showing posts from September, 2015

HSFM Challenge # 8: Heirlooms & Heritage + Curtain-along!

What the item is: 1779 Jacket The Challenge: #8 Heirlooms and Heritage Fabric: Waverly Curtain collection Cotton Fabric, muslin fabric (lining), interfacing Pattern: J.P. Ryan 18th century wome's Jacket Year: 1779 Notions: none How historically accurate is it?: The pattern is pretty accurate, but as for the print itself, it's possible; large floral prints like this, were popular back during that time. Hours to complete: 2 days for the muslin construction, and once I got the Waverly fabric, it took me 3 days to cut out the pattern, sew the whole thing together, and make all of the trim by using a loose running stitch and gathering it up tight enough for that ruched effect. First worn: I will be wearing this to the Battle of Red Bank reenactment in NJ Total cost: $20 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS!  Working on the stomacher Before the final result, this was what it was originally going to look like. The trim was on the stomacher only as a resu

Birthday Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

Just got back from Colonial Williamsburg this weekend, for my 29th birthday. It was amazing!  On Friday, my friend Stephanie and I arrived to Williamsburg around 11am and immediately went to go see the wonderful play, "The Pursuit to Monticello: Lt. Col. Banastere Tarleton's pursuit to capture Jefferson." It was a really funny and well produced play (especially since the audience was included in the play as restauranteurs, eavesdropping in on their conversation). In my opinion, I believe that I think everyone should go see it.  Throughout the weekend, we did some shopping and sightseeing around D.O.G Street and got some really nice pictures with the Founding Fathers.  My Swag: "A Morning Ramble or The Milliner's Shop" Poster, Quilted Petticoat,  4 yards of  this really popular fabric, The book "The Hemingses of Monticello", 2 Mill Farms patterns, a stack of writing paper, a reproduction of the Dunmore Proclamation,

Living The Victorian-Era Life

This is a very short post, but this is definitely a good read if you want to learn more about the Victorian lifestyle.

Upcoming Colonial Williamsburg Trip 2015

Hey everybody,         I'm really excited to say that in less than a week I will be traveling to the greatest place on Earth: Colonial Williamsburg. Since their awesome UTR event back in 2013, I have tried to save up for another trip; however due to financial ups and downs, I've never been able to go visit. . . until now.  With my birthday literally around the corner, I was able to collaborate with my Grandparents, my friend Stephanie, as well as spend a lot of hours doing Internet research on travel plans, and daily events the park offered. All I can say now is that this distant dream has finally become a reality. We have definitely a lot planned for our trip, which includes a visit to the famous Prentis store and to venture around Merchants Square and Governor's Mansion.       But still the question of what to wear… well given Virginia's history of scorching Summer/Fall, I'm totally basing it off of the weather and Virginia's heat index: Hot and humid and

HSFM Challenge #9: Brown

What the item is: Small bum roll The Challenge : #9 Brown Fabric: 100% cotton plaid fabric, cotton stuffing Pattern: improvised Year: 1700-1780's Notions : Binding tape How historically accurate is it?:  Bum rolls have been around since the Renaissance period all the way up to the late 18th century. As far as this particular project goes, I want to say this is as close to historically accurate (the majority was machine sewn to make sure it would't fall apart, while some of it was hand sewn when I had it closed by using a whipstitch). As far as the fabric print, plaid was used a lot during the 18th century as well as cotton (granted cotton was more expensive than linen at the time since this was before invention of the Cotton Gin).  Hours to complete: 2 hours First worn:  Plan to wear it with my Chemise La Reine and jackets Total cost : Around $10