Showing posts from June, 2017

1885 Victorian Day Bodice Part 1

Happy 1st Day of Summer! And to celebrate the Summer Solstice, today, I'm attempting to make my very first Victorian bodice. The jacket I am working on is from the Truly Victorian patterns ( TV460 ). A little bit about Truly Victorian patterns. While this is my very first time working with this brand, I will definitely say that the instructions were very easy to follow and had illustrations so I would know which piece was supposed to go where. And just like J.P.Ryan's patterns, I liked the fact that this set of patterns were on the thick butcher's paper rather than tissue paper; Simplicity and McCalls is best known for that, and given that I have a cat who likes to "help" whenever I'm sewing, tissue paper patterns is a no-go.  Anyway, now that everything is sewn and pinned together on the mock-up, now comes the decision of whether to add real or false buttons to the front of the actual jacket, to make it long sleeved or 3/4 sleeved, and most importa

1785-1790 chintz jacket & Petticoat

As a side project, I've decided to visit the style of the early 1790's, just for fun. While it's very similar to the rest of my gowns I've sewn, this one is a bit different. Unlike most of my gowns, this one will have long sleeves and the second of course is the matching chintz petticoat, rather than a solid petticoat to compliment the jacket or gown.  After sewing together the petticoat using 2 yards of the CW "wavy vines" print, I remade my jacket with the same print by recycling the train from the original gown.  My old gown before the upgrade New and improved (cat not included, but encouraged)                                         Inspiration  Back View I still have a few things I want to touch up on the jacket. Case in point, I'd like to maybe add some ruffle to compliment the petticoat and perhaps sew lace around the neckline (or a ruffled neckerchief). In retrospect, I'm very happy that it turned out looking prett

Afternoon Tea (Knitted cozies)

Being an avid tea drinker, I have accumulated a good collection of herbal and floral teas over the past few weeks. I have also accumulated a LOT of yarn over the past several years that I'm still trying to knit down or get rid of. So that brings me to getting in the spirit of making cozies for all of my mugs and teacups and my 2 tea pots (not pictured). My growing collection (you can tell mint's my favorite) Looking in my stash, I came across some 2 types of roving that needed to be spun into yarn (to help with destashing). They turned out to be a beautiful dark purple, and peacock-blue. Afterwards, I spun them both together in 2 ply to make them a thicker fingering yarn rather than cobweb. If you'd like to make your own cozy, here is the link . The needles I used was a size 3 to make the gauge a lot smaller, rather than the larger sized needles the instructions calls for. 

1770's Chintz Pinner Apron

Reflecting on my recent trip to the DeWitt Wallace museum, I couldn't help but to be enamored over this beautiful apron. While I'm not 100% certain if it's an original piece or a very good reproduction, the description on the side, showed that that the chintz print was mostly preferred however there is documentation and fashion plates of women wearing pinner aprons made of other fabrics such as black silk or cotton fabrics (striped, checked, or a solid color). This particular apron is a medium block print that a middle class woman could easily afford and construct on her own if she could sew. Like all fashionable aprons, the pinner apron had a duo purpose: to protect the lady's garment and to be a fashionable accessory. The more I looked into it, the more I became interested in making it my next sewing project. Pinner Apron Examples Black Silk Blue-Checked Block Printed Chintz      Block Printed Chintz; Featured in the Textiles Exhi