Please Pray…

…as I am about to embark upon sewing 13 (I think) buttonholes and buttons to Paige’s blouse.
This is one that I am selling so I want it to be worth selling, so please pray that the buttonholer and machine will work and that it will turn out looking nice! 🙂

Most of all, pray that I would have a spirit of patience and that I would not get frustrated as I sew. I find that sewing often brings out the attitudes in my heart, and I want those to be Christlike attitudes and not selfish, earthly attitudes.

(Anyone else out there scared of buttonholes?)


Done With Cynthia’s Wardrobe…. I think?

Hey folks!

Click on the “Wives and Daughters project” link on my sidebar and check out Cynthia’s page! Is it just me…did I miss an episode or does Molly really have that many more outfits than Cynthia? What do you think of the collection? If you think of an outfit that I forgot, please leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂

Now, shall I do Mrs. Gibson, Lady Harriet, or Aimee next? 🙂

I Guess We Classify As Maniacs Now…

…because we joined the ranks of the people who get to the store at 6:15 in the morning to find great deals on Black Friday!
But we did not join the ranks of the people who get up at 3:00 in the morning to go shopping. In any case, JoAnn’s doesn’t open until 6:00!

Three out of the five Black Friday maniacs: Elinor/me (left), Marianne (middle) and C. (right; name withheld). I should add that this was at about 7:30-ish, when we were bringing our huge load of JoAnn’s bags out to the van before heading back in to browse until Aldi’s opened.

The parking lot at about 7:30. I think it was fuller when we arrived at 6:15.
I found some good deals at JoAnn’s, though they have deals so often that it wasn’t really anything more spectacular than usual (as far as fabric and patterns go, that is.) But my mom picked up some stuff, and my sisters got some scrapbooking materials.
So here is some of the stuff I/we got that were particularly interesting or exciting. 🙂

An iron! We so needed a new one because our other one was so junky and hardly did its job at all! I have already used this one and it is really nice!
I hope to make View C sometime; I think it is so cute! 🙂
Gorgeous! Hopefully for our Campobello/P.E.I trip…
FABRIC! Hopefully for…

Did any of the rest of you go Black Friday shopping?

Hope you all had a wonderful, Christ-honoring Thanksgiving!

God bless,

Poll Results

Because I am on vacation this week and, therefore, away from my sewing work, I decided to put up a poll on which is your favorite Jane Austen novel. The answers were very much as I had expected them to be!! 🙂

9 people (26%) voted Pride and Prejudice. (I knew this one would win over the rest. 😉 )
8 people (23%) voted Sense and Sensibility. (Good choice. 🙂 )
3 people (8%) voted Mansfield Park. (Shocking!)
4 people (11%) voted Northanger Abbey. (Myself included.)
4 people (11%) voted Emma. (Only four!?!?)
6 people (17%) voted Persuasion. (And I understand why! 🙂 )

Now, since Pride and Prejudice won as the most beloved Jane Austen novel among my readers, I am putting up a new poll.

Which is your favorite film adaption of Pride and Prejudice? (This does not include spin-offs or any adaptions about which I do not know!)

Scroll down the sidebar and you will see two more polls:

Who is your favorite presentation of Elizabeth Bennett?


Who is your favorite presentation of Mr. Darcy?

My answers are all in favor of the ’95 Pride and Prejudice, though, I admit, I do like the actor for the 2005 P&P’s Mr. Darcy, especially after seeing him in Little Dorrit!!


~The frogs on Elinor’s spencer jacket~


The button
The hook

Pattern: The frog enclosures from “Chinese Jacket”, from Leisure Arts’ book The Best Book of Crochet.

The instructions weren’t very clear on how to make the button itself, but I got it figured out so it at least will stay in the hook. 🙂

Elinor didn’t want to buy frogs from Jo-Ann’s, so she asked me to make some. I was REALLY glad I had this pattern in one of my books already! 😛

Wives and Daughters Project

Without a doubt, BBC’s stellar production of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters is my favorite movie ever! I am compiling an exhaustive collection of screencaps of the dresses of the main wives and daughters in Wives and Daughters.

Please be patient with me as I continue to work on this project and add new features. Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think! If you find an incorrect observation on a costume, or forgot an outfit, or know of other patterns or techniques that might reproduce a costume, please, again, drop me a comment! I would also love to see any costumes you have recreated from this movie! 😀

As a final note, please remember that I am a major amateur; therefore, some of my observations may sound corny, basic, or incorrect! I will work on improving these posts over time, and truly welcome your input! (Also, if I sounded rushed in some of the posts, that probably because I was! Again, I will be fixing these up over time! 😉 )


Molly’s Wardrobe
Cynthia’s Wardrobe
Aimee’s Wardrobe
Lady Harriet’s Wardrobe
Mrs. Gibson’s Wardrobe
Mrs. Hamley’s Wardrobe (coming soon)

Costumes Inspired by Wives and Daughters

Romantic Era Pattern- A Review


Marianne and Elinor have been tagged by Caroline at Standing in the Sunlight! This blog is mainly for sewing/crocheting/etc. but we can do a tag! 🙂

The rules are to tell seven things about ourselves.

Here are Marianne’s seven things:

1. I am a sinner saved by grace!
2. I have always loved horses, and have never lost my desire to get one – sometimes I say that whether or not a guy would let me get a horse will determine whether I say yes to him or not! 😉
3. I learned to crochet in 2002 – my mom’s friend started out teaching me right-handed in the winter; but in the spring, my mom’s mom visited us from California; she was an awesome crocheter, and she figured out how to crochet left-handed so she could show me the real way!
4. I’ve been playing the piano for 12 years and LOVE it! Even though I go through dry seasons. My favorite composers are J.S. Bach and Frederic Chopin, and I love to play congregational style for church.
5. Working in the garden is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.
6. Though my Blogger name is “Marianne Dashwood”, I am probably more like Emma Woodhouse in my actual character, and would go better with Mr. Knightley than Colonel Brandon…But I am like Marianne in my dramatic, romantic self. 🙂
7. I love chemistry and physics – it is so interesting to learn HOW God holds the world together! All nature sings His praise.

Here are Elinor’s seven things:

1. I am an unworthy sinner saved by the grace of a righteous and merciful God!
2. My love for historical costuming (historical anything!) began, I think, with American Girl and the Little House books!
3. Besides sewing, I love novel-writing!! I have been doing that longer than I have been sewing.
4. One of my unrealistic dreams is to sew costumes for a film, write a screenplay for a film, and/or act in a film! 🙂
5. Even though my blogger name is “Elinor Dashwood”, the Jane Austen character I am most like changes according to my mood or what’s going on in my life at the particular moment. I think I am actually more like Catherine Morland.
6. At this point, I don’t care if I never get married, as long as I can actively serve the Lord with my life! (“And the doctor is a stranger to my door!” 😛 )
7. I would love to work with children for God’s glory.
We tag Ashley Nicole and Gabrielle Renee, both at Bramblewood Fashion!