sewing

One Stitch at a Time

I am a crazy person. I think we've pretty well established that fact around here, but lately I have even more proof. Because with 6 weeks before the event, I somehow volunteered to make 2 bridesmaid dresses and completely makeover a wedding gown for a friend. I should say here that said friend has been… Continue reading One Stitch at a Time

life

The Best Kind of Busy

The last two weeks or so have been insanely busy. I'm not complaining, though. This is the kind of busy I like. Village season is in full swing. I made a new skirt for House Divided, our big Civil War reenactment (pictures...eventually. I have some really bad ones right now, but I'd like to get… Continue reading The Best Kind of Busy

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More Sewing

Weren't expecting another sewing segment so soon, were you? Neither was I. I found this fabric a couple of weeks ago when I took my mom to Walmart, and fell in love with it. It's bold, it's in one of my favorite color combinations, and I thought it would make a perfect skirt or dress.… Continue reading More Sewing

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Sewing Break

It's been a while since I've done some sewing. I tend to sit down and binge-sew in a weekend, with a boxed set of something on my computer (which has to share desk space with my sewing machine, thanks to our itty bitty apartment). In December and January, the boxed set of choice was Witch… Continue reading Sewing Break

ohio village

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

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Crafted

I put off my knitting/crafting update so that I could show you some actual finished objects. Earlier this month, I went on a brief sewing binge, throwing together three basic skirts to wear to work. I am sick to death of khakis and slacks. I've never liked either of those (just listen to them. One… Continue reading Crafted

Living History

In Character Part II: The Blouse

  The irony of this blouse is that it's the only piece I used a pattern for, and it was still the hardest to make with the worst fit. I'm still not happy with it. I've remade it twice, and it's still not what I want. Alas, it looks like this will be our last… Continue reading In Character Part II: The Blouse

Living History

In Character Part II: The Skirt

The skirt, it could be argued, is where this all began. In December, 2013 I started volunteering in the village. It began with Dickens of a Christmas, and an hour spent combing the wardrobe for something that would fit. I finally wound up safety pinning myself into a black skirt that was two inches too… Continue reading In Character Part II: The Skirt

Living History

In Character: Dressing for Living History (Intro)

It occurred to me recently that I've never shared a photo of my costume for the Ohio Village with you lovely people! This was in part because I didn't have a picture, but I finally got a snapshot over Christmas while I was working at Dickens. My costume is set for 1864-1865, and is a… Continue reading In Character: Dressing for Living History (Intro)

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12 (or so) Crafts of Christmas

Every year I say that I'm done with handmade gifts. They take longer than I usually have time to spend on them, they are usually under appreciated, and quite frankly I'd rather knit for myself--at least if it's for me, I can make sure it fits before I call it done! But once again I… Continue reading 12 (or so) Crafts of Christmas