If you've read The Tale of Two Tartans then you'll know that I once bought 19 metres of tartan silk. Two dresses were made from it and still, I had what could be called a reasonable amount left in my stash. Not enough to make another outfit on its own of course, unless teamed with… Continue reading Trimmed with Tartan, Part I
Since 2017 went so well for me I'm not really sure that I can top it...but, since I had no idea how well that year would play out for me then 2018 is full of possibilities and I find that quite exciting. So... what is 2018 going to look like, event-wise? While I hope to… Continue reading Goals for 2018
Unfortunately, with any creative hobby (or any hobby/sport/pursuit really), there is always an element of comparison. It could be that you’re comparing yourself to others, that you are being compared by someone else, or someone is comparing themselves to you. This can lead to either feelings of inferiority or superiority and sometimes these can lead… Continue reading Comparison, the Thief of Joy?
After making the Antique Rose outfit I had plans to make an Eton Jacket to go with it so that I could mix and match and create a second look. It has taken me a little while to get around to doing so but over the last two weekends, I set myself the task of starting… Continue reading The Antique Rose Eton Jacket
After Liane made me the Rose Wine dress I started thinking about commissioning a second so that I could alternate my outfits while down in Oamaru (if you only have one dress for four days that's fine, by the way). I didn't really know what I wanted and so spent an afternoon after work, scoping… Continue reading The Tale of Two Tartans
You've been diligently working away on your new project and everything is going well. Like a smooth train ride until...it derails and you've lost all motivation to sew or it feels like a dreaded chore. There are a number of reasons why this could happen - you've got distracted by something else, you're tired and… Continue reading Saving Yourself From A Sewing Slump
A couple of years ago, thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled across a blog post about a dress held by the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum. I think it was pretty much love at first sight - there was definitely something about the bodice that made me just want to sit and look at it.… Continue reading The Shippensburg Bodice
There's no denying that I love the fashions of the 1880s, and I haven't always been a huge fan of the 1890s. Until my parents gave me a couple of 1890s patterns for Christmas. The next thing I knew, I was buying new books about the fashion of this new decade (The Keystone Cutter and… Continue reading The Antique Rose