Failures and Starting Again

Some of you might remember a project I posted about a while back, a set of summery Victorian undergarments I was hand sewing and planned to make hand knit/crocheted lace for. I wanted to start on the lace, so I went back to that project, only to discover I hadn't finished assembling the chemise. I… Continue reading Failures and Starting Again

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Back in Character

I think that procrastination might be my new superpower. Eh, who am I kidding? It's always been my superpower. I put off making the blouse for  my 1890s costume for six months because I was intimidated by the sleeve and collar construction. Turns out, I needn't have worried so much. The entire thing came together… Continue reading Back in Character


FO Friday

It's been a slow month in terms of knitting; only 2 things to show you this time around. I'm slowly adding edging to all of my handkerchiefs. I usually carry 1-2 with me whenever I'm in the village. My second project would not in any way ever pass for historical costuming. It was, however, bright… Continue reading FO Friday

Living History

In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup

We have a saying at the Village: "Ladies pinch, whores rouge." When it comes to 19th century costuming, less is more in the cosmetics department. That's not to say that they didn't have them, or that no one used them. Cosmetics have been around for millenia, but when you are talking American Civil War, it… Continue reading In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup


Antique Market Haul

I am so tired, you guys. Yesterday I went to the Scott Antique Market downtown with Missouri and my mom. For those not from the Columbus area, this is a massive antique market we have at the fairgrounds that runs selected weekends from November-March. Yesterday wrapped up their 2014-15 season. Since it was the very… Continue reading Antique Market Haul

Living History

In Character Part I: Meet Lucy

Part 1 in my series about developing and sewing for a living history character. Other parts can be found here. Before I could start designing for my character, I had make certain decisions about her: where she was from, what class of society she fell into, her religious and political beliefs, and what type of… Continue reading In Character Part I: Meet Lucy



I've been sick since Friday. Just a bit of a cold, but I spent most of the weekend in bed. I got a lot of knitting done, and I think that I might have exhausted the costume drama selection on Netflix (at least, the ones that I'm interested it. I can only watch so many… Continue reading History


Cameo Apearances

I just went to see The King's Speech, and there were several familiar faces: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter,Geoffry Rush and Michael Gambon to name a few, as well as this one: I highly recommend the movie (because really, you can't go wrong if it involves Colin Firth, who delivers an extremely moving performance), and… Continue reading Cameo Apearances