Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lots of new stuff!

I've completed two Civil War era dresses as well as two Edwardian style dresses, and one 1918 style blouse.  The blouse is surprisingly comfortable once you get used to the fabric belt it has.  I'm thinking of making a less formal version for day-to-day wear.

We finally got enough of a break in the weather for a few photos.  Good thing too, because the moment we finished with photos it started raining again!
Doing the reform dresser corset or hoops.  I designed this one to be worn out and about for general reenacting.  Many reenactment places won't allow you to wear hoops because of the fire hazard.  In the time hoops were popular they were regularly catching fire and newspapers even reported on it! 

I still want to do the bloomer girl thing sometime.  That'd be fun to do and it is historically accurate.  There was a colony back then where women wore short skirts over their pants as well as photos of women doing it in general.

My original was a commission piece of a circa 1911 tea dress.  I liked the design so much I wanted to make one for myself.  The fabric I used is vintage though I have no idea how old it is.  Mom had it in her collection.

The cat at my feet is Bill, enjoying some out time before it started raining again.

For the other Civil War era, Edwardian era, and my blouse please check out my FaceBook Edwardian Girl page as well as Etsy as I've uploaded them all to there.

Today is the one year anniversary of Mom's death.  It doesn't feel like it's been a year really.  I suppose it never does to anyone.  The only real good thing is you can only go through a one year anniversary of something once.

Until next time:  Linkara's video on a Superman comic really brought me out of a gloomy mood.  'Tis funny.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

1911 Edwardian girl's dress

I completed my 1911 reproduction dress today.  It's a child's dress I based off a fashion art print from the era.

It's covered in lace, satin, pintucks, and gathers.  I really like how it came together.
More pictures of the dress are on my FaceBook "The Edwardian Girl" page.

Until next time:  A tofu turkey?  That's false advertising!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In progress pics

Lately I've switched gears a bit and have been working on Edwardian and Victorian clothing.  I've completed the skirts to both and have to finish up the bodices.  Either buttons or putting in button holes.

The colors don't match up to real life as I took these pics as the sun was setting.  I apologize for the harshness of the colors.

The Edwardian dress is based off a 1911 reproduction print I have.
The dress has a split overskirt that is trimmed with ribbon and lace.  The undrerksirt is also trimmed with the same ribbon and lace.  There's going to be a great deal of gathers down the front.

The 1860's sheer dress was inspired by photographs from the era.  Sometimes that fabric is so thin you'd think it was some form of chiffon.

The fabric here is more pink than orange.

Until next time:  Take a moment to remember the veterans who fought for our country today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"One of them days", I suppose

Ever have those days where you feel like you've gone down the rabbit hole?  Yesterday was definately one of those days for me.  So I went and illustrated.  It's weird for the sake of being weird.

On the plus side I have been rather productive.  I've gotten a great deal of work done on a Civil War sheer dress.

Until next time:  No more nasty political ads on TV, radio, or elsewhere!  Party!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Second child's Dorothy dress

A while back I found out there was an unused Dorothy dress for The Wizard of Oz.  Instead of the gingham dress that we all know of it was light blue and dark blue.  You can find a handful of images on Google.

An adult version still needs to be made but I made a girl's version.

It's perfect for those who want to be Dorothy but not get lost in a sea of gingham.

Until next time:  just what is the air speed velocity of a coconut laiden swallow?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Child's Dorothy dress

I completed this dress out of left over fabrics I had.

It's funny to look at it and think "I was that little...once."  I'll bet many a parent has thought that about their children too.

The custom made dress is also for sale here.

Until next time:  Behold, nevolution! ....And possibly future Darwin Award canidates.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Back to sewing!

Now that I'm back from the Renaissance Faire ((lots of fun!)) it's back to sewing.  I've got some Edwardian dresses planned as well as an 1880's style assemble.  Undergarments, corset, the works.

Until next time:  I swear I sunburn incredibly easilly.  I wasn't even out in the sun that long and I've got some serious tan lines!  Sometimes I think I'd lobster up on a cloudy day...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sale in shop

From now until the end of December 2012 if you order more than $60 of merchendise in my Etsy shop you'll get 10% back!  All refunds will be done via PayPal.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Hallowe'en debate begins

I've noticed some people are getting an early start on debating about Hallowe'en.  So I'm going to come out and ask it:  what's the harm?

I realize Hallowe'en is a pagan holiday but most of the holidays on the calendar are!  Many of the holidays that are celebrated in the U.S. are based on Pagan holidays or major events.  I can't remember off hand but aren't the days of our week also named after Pagan names?  I forget.

Before anyone decides to come after me saying that the Pagans used to do this, this, and this, may I have some evidence to back it up please?  I've heard all these horrible claims and yet no one can back it up.

I realize and know the Celts beheaded their enemies.  They beheaded them because they believed that the soul resided in the head and by beheading you "captured" the soul.  Cultures all over the world have been doing that or something similar for centuries!  This isn't a single group doing this.

Around Hallowe'en you do see a lot of the scary stuff out in yards.  My personal favorite is four skeletons up on a roof with beers and looking like they're playing cards.

However, most people are more than happy to show small children that it's just a hunk of painted plastic and it can't hurt them.

What's the harm of parents going out with their kids and trick-or-treating?  Our childhood only lasts for so long and once it's over it's over.  Shouldn't we also be having fun during those years?

I happen to love Hallowe'en.  I think it's a great holiday and lots of fun.

I've completed my Hallowe'en costume but need to get someone to take pictures of me in costume.

Until next time:  One Hallowe'en story I remember...  A family a few houses down had this mechanical hand  It looked like a real hand that was coming out of the ground.  It didn't do much other than move slightly.  One time, when coming back from trick-or-treating, I saw the hand flipping the bird.  Being seven I asked what it meant.  I didn't get an answer then but was wondering why Mom was chuckling off and on during the night.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Shameless plug for my Dad's book

Very long story short Dad and I are currently among the unemployed masses though I go in for job testing tomorrow.  Dad started writing the book to make some extra money.

Dad wrote up a book asking what it would be like to wake up suddenly and realize you're dead?  Dad then takes the journey looking over his life with his guardian angel.  It has a lot of humor in it and Dad's rather unique take on life.

The book is called "Memoirs of a Dead Guy" by Kent Hopkins.

From Barnes and Noble.

He's also currently writing up another one about Mom's battle with cancer. 

Anyone kind enough to help promote Dad's book gets a free invisible cookie and a discount to my Etsy shop.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Coming soon is another 1912 style dress.  It's made from vintage fabric that I found in Mom's fabric collection.  It's a really pretty white fabric decorated with flowers.

Also coming up is a new 1912 style dress that's based on a photograph of an ancestor.  It'll be a two piece dress and I am currently working on the draping.

Until next time:  The Emu rules you all!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today in my e-mail I was greeted with this...
I believe the word you are looking for is "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

Yes, that is a real fish and it really is called "sarcastic fringehead".  Here lies the most made fun of fish in history....

The All Mighty and nature have a weeeeeeeeeeird sense of humor.

Until next time:  Have fun frolicking in the ocean and imagining that lurking around!  Nighty-night.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm thinking of the Titanic dinner dress.  I have enough sequins for a dress made in blue, rose pink, or fuscha.
I'm stuck on which to go with?  Does anyone have a preference?

Until next time:  My cat Art makes brushing my teeth a spectator sport.  He will always be right next to me each time I brush my teeth.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Soon to be steampunking it

I am a fan of the steampunk fashion and hope one day to attend a convention.  My steampunk costume is temporarily on hold as my fabric supplier is moving and they have a delay.  As I don't need it right away I don't mind waiting.

I found an under bust corset that I love that I plan on buying.

I'm thinking steampunk archaeologist.  As a kid I desperately wanted to be one and thought it would be fitting.

Quite warm here today so a good day to stay inside.  We're supposed to reach 106 degrees F this weekend.  Yow!

Until next time:  I don't have anything funny or witty to say.  I still feel greatly saddened by the shooting in Colorado.  I may never get an answer but I'm forced to wonder how or why someone could do such a terrible thing?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Business carding it

Upon friendly suggestion I finally ordered some business cards.  I should be getting them sometime next week.
I ordered them from VistaPrint and over all I like the design.  I wish they had more options and some period style backgrounds but that's okay too.  In a bizzare way it makes me feel a bit giddy as I'm "official" now.  I am one with the cheap thrills.  ;)

I've also almost completed my 1860's corset.  I'm giving the fray check overnight to dry and then I can finish off a chemise and the pantaloons.  It sure does take some getting used to with the chemise resting on your shoulders.  As much as I like them period gowns do limit the use of my arms.

Until next time:  It's 105 degrees F out here.  I certainly won't melt in the rain but I think I might from the temperatures!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Two doll dresses

I whipped up these two doll dresses today.
I made this dress from vintage fabric my grandmother gave me.

This one was made out of some left over fabric.  I rather like the butterfly print.

Until next time:  Perfection is the enemy of the good.  Think about it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


I finally and officially have a website up.  It's not too much to look at the moment as I'm still very new to website building.  As time goes on I will do my best to update and make it look better.

If you wish to exchange links I'd be happy to do so.  :)  I will not link to any sites containing politics, hate speech, racism, pornography, or anything that is not family friendly.  I reserve the right to reject any links for content I do not feel is appropriate.  I do not wish to be nasty like this but I feel the need to mention this.

Until next time:  it's hot enough outside to melt duct tape!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A case for the flirty sandals

As a kid I never really had anything considered "fashionable."  Just about all of my clothes were hand-me-downs or Good Will finds, most to all of which were "last season."  I never complained about it as I was just grateful to have clothes that I could grow into.  We were so broke we couldn't go out and buy new clothes that were in style when I was a kid.  After I outgrew the clothes they either went to my cousins or someone in the family would cut them up to make quilts or doll clothes out of.  If at all possible nothing was wasted.

I suppose in a way that's why I enjoy historical costuming.  There was very little to no "over the top" and I can get away with a lot of things and still have it be fashionable.

After my knee injury wearing any shoes with a heel above two or two and a half inches will cause me to be in agony after just an hour.  I'll get knee and lower back pain though I believe the lower back pain is also due to the curve in my spine.

As I walk often I've gotten used to wearing tennis shoes and socks.  Good shoes for walking but not so nice when you're going somewhere.

At Payless shoes I found a pair of cute sandals for just nine dollars.  They're kind of like flip flops but have a strap in the back for your heel.  They also have some "bling" on them.  Having the bling was something new as very few of my shoes ever have had them.  The last time I had "fancy" shoes was when I was a kid and those were strictly church shoes.  I wasn't allowed to wear them any other time and I was allowed to have one pair a year as by that time I usually had outgrown them and they went to my cousins.  I had always felt special and pretty having those new shiny shoes.

As an adult in an awkward way it felt as if I were trying on someone else's wardrobe.  You know how when you try on something unique and something you may not normally wear how you feel a bit awkward and sometimes get a case of the giggles.  That's how it was for me, I felt a bit awkward and yet I really liked them at the same time.  So bought them I did.  The bling part sparkles quite nicely in the sunlight.  When they wear out I can cut off the bling stuff and use it for an art project.  Some habits never change.

Until next time:  Happy 4th of July all!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Faster, Mister President, faster!
Until next time:  Now this is history I can get behind!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A 1918 style blouse

I completed this blouse as a gift for a friend.

I really like the style and want one for my own now!

Until next time:  It's hot enough here to fry an egg!  Some guy was on a corner using a super soaker on people!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Meet Athenia, a two-year-old Siamese-Ragdoll mix.  For reasons only known to her she will perch on my sewing projects only if they're made of cotton fabric.  She'll ignore silk or any polyester blend I have and only perch on cotton fabric.

In this picture she's perched on my work in progress.

She's got the brains, talkativeness, and curiousity of the Siamese but the personality of the Ragdoll.  I think they cancel each other out.

Until next time:  A truly wise man does not play leapfrog with a unicorn.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Total product placement

I'm back from my trip.  I enjoyed the train ride to Colorado but hated the ride back.  A group of heavilly drunk people were very loud and harrassing others and myself and left me with a screaming migraine.  I really believe they should put a cap on how much people should have to drink on a train ride.  I know in some states you can put a limit on how much someone has.

While we weren't allowed to take any pictures inside the Molly Brown house I do have two pictures of myself in costume at the theater seeing Titanic in 3D.  The way they did the water was amazing.

I'm wearing my Edwardian blouse and skirt.  I love the crinkle satin of the skirt.

Pardon the bad hair.  It was rather windy at the theater and my hair hisses at me when I try to brush it.

Total product placement.

Until next time:  wouldn't it be awesome in fingerless gloves came back in style?  I love my fingerless gloves!  So much fun!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Going on a trip

Tomorrow I'll be taking a train trip and will be back Thursday next week.  With luck I'll be able to swing by the fabric store and pick up some odds and ends.
Until next time:  A truly wise man does not play leap frog with a unicorn.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Last minute rush!

Nothing like it in the world!  ;)  I've completed my blouses, skirt, and jacket or my Edwardian dress.  Once the weather stops being so ugly I'll see about getting photographs.  It's raining and very overcast here.

I've also been in the works for a brown, pink, and cream dress.  I'm basing it on a real dress in my collection.  All that's left to do is the top, belt, and attaching the two.  Why do I feel like ice cream?

Until next time:  If you've got a few minutes check out this page for great Edwardian images.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A second 1909 blouse

I had left over fabric and became inspired.  I used mother of pearl beads for the center of each flower.  I really like how it looks and it doesn't weigh down the fabric.

My sleeves and collar.

Until next time:  Out of general curiousity why is it when companies make patterns and clothing for us "tall" folks they always add on a huge amount of fabric?  Is it me?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

1909 blouse

For the 100th anniversary of Titanic I've been working on two costumes.  Both the Swim dress and an Edwardian style walking dress.

I used machine embroidery for the butterfly pattern and then went over and beaded it with seed beads.  Over all it's 8 hours of work but it does look really nice.
Close up of the embroidery.

Until next time:  In town it is illegal to walk across the street on your hands.  Now I wish I could walk on my hands....

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thanks to physical therapy I can make my way around with a cane.  It's estimated if I continue along this path I'll be able to walk unassisted within a month.  After that it's a matter of building up speed and strength so I can do all that I used to.

On the to do list for the Renaissance Faire in September/October is Eowyn's green Edoras dress seen in The Two Towers.  I originally wanted to make the dress in green but the fabric would've cost me an extra $60 that I didn't have so I stuck with red velvet and a leaf brocade.  Rohan has a lot of reds and warm colors so it will fit right in.

Also on the plotting list is Galadriel's mirror dress and Eowyn's mourning dress.

Somewhere along the lines I'll have to invest in a long blonde wig as I have naturally dark brown hair.

Making a Hobbit costume would also be fun.

In the meantime I came across some humor.

Until next time:  Utini, baby!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Please pardon my serious lack of updates.  I have been in intense physical therapy and am often tired at the end of the day and unable to sew.

I am advancing quite quickly and was able to walk 100 feet today between exercises.  Hopefully soon I'll be able to walk and get back to my sewing.  :)

On my revised to do list is a 1860's corset and several 1860's dresses.  I am also hooked on Downton Abbey and want to make some of those costumes.