Just a quick note to let you know “TheDashwoodSisters Shoppe” will be going on vacation as of today. We’re going out of town in a couple days, but I am closing a couple days early to avoid the predicament of getting things sent out when we are getting ready, etc. The shoppe should be reopening March 13th, Lord willing. (Waaahhhh, I’m going to miss my sewing machine! 😦 )

Check back in mid-March for some new items in the shop (Lord willing! 🙂 )


A New Costume Study?

I’ve been feeling like working on my Wives and Daughters Costume Study lately but have lent our DVD out, and won’t have it for another two or three weeks, as we’ll be going out of town. While I am planning on continuing the study as soon as I get the DVD back, I was thinking I might get some screencap selections from another movie. What do you think?
BBC’s new production of Jane Austen’s Emma would probably be the funnest and easiest project, as I am more familiar with sewing Regency costumes than anything else. Since it’s so new, too, and there are so many fun costumes…

I would also love to do one for Cranford and Return to Cranford. It wouldn’t be too hard, either, as almost every character has only one or two outfits, it seems! 😛 I wouldn’t be able to give sewing tips or pattern ideas, however, as I really know very little about the 1840’s.
Margaret has some beautiful dresses in North and South. Again, I could only screencap, as I don’t know much about the 1850’s either.
What do you think?

A Summer Dress for "Margaret"

Yes, yes, I know, it’s far from summer, but we’ll be taking a trip south in a couple weeks and “Margaret” wanted me to make her a dress for the trip! It was so much fun getting to make one for her. I have a picture of only one view so far, but I’m sure I’ll get more pictures on our trip. 🙂

Pattern Description: B4443, a sleeveless dress or jumper

Pattern Sizing: size 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the directions were quite easy to understand. The only issue I ran into was trying to figure out the zipper, just because it was my first time sewing a zipper 🙂

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s just so cute and will be perfect for spring/summer.

Fabric Used: a blue and yellow flower print on a blue background, cotton

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No, not that I can think of…

Would you sew it again? Yes– I am going to sew it again, to make one for me 🙂

Would you recommend it to others? Definitely!

Beautiful Inspiration

I recently found a link on another blog to this collection of antique dresses, I think from the Smithsonian (is that right, Rebecca?). Anyway, I had to post some of my favorites!! 😀

Cynthia, anyone? (Sorry, it really reminds me of Cynthia though. 🙂 )

This is late 1830’s, early 1840’s. (Could be pulled up on the shoulders…)
Absolute gorgeousness!! This is late 1850’s, early 1860’s.
There are several ADORABLE Edwardian dresses!!! Lots of inspiriation! 🙂

*sighs* What a beautiful color!!! And the style! I love it! 😀

Very pretty!
Not the hat, by the way… 😉
This may be my absolute favorite; it reminds me of Laura Timmons from Lark Rise to Candleford, and I think I could find a way to make one like it based on Jenny Chancey’s Edwardian patterns!

On a side note:

Believe it or not, I have been sewing PEOPLE clothes as well as doll clothes! Got stuck on the zipper on Saturday (first time sewing a zipper) and just haven’t picked it up since then, but I might this evening or tomorrow. Will say no more. 🙂

Also, check out my Wives and Daughters link; I have edited some of the graphics to make it more interesting. Let me know what you think. 🙂

New Doll and New Doll Dress

The Rebecca doll that I ordered came on Monday! However, I had an issue with her, because her head was off-centered and one of her shoulders was lumpy! So I called Customer Service and they sent me a replacement. They were amazingly prompt– the doll came in two days! I am very impressed!

So here is Rebecca, or Tatiana, as I have re-named her, to keep her apart from all the other Rebeccas I know! 😉 She is sooooo beautiful!!!
Tatiana is already modeling for me; doesn’t she make a gorgeous model? Here she is in my newest doll dress, for sale at TheDashwoodSisters! 😀

Hyacinth’s Wardrobe

Hyacinth’s wardrobe is very characteristic of her personality; she is very “out there”, always keeping up to date with the fashions. A great many of her dresses are purple, so they were very hard to categorize. I basically managed to come up with a few different names to differentiate between them.
Note: I have not posted links to patterns for all of these costumes; this page is mainly to provide screencaps for your further study.

Hyacinth’s Light Blue Dress

Hyacinth’s Mauve Dress

Hyacinth’s Purple Paisley Dress
Hyacinth’s Purple “Gloomy Day” Dress
Hyacinth’s Purple Day Dress
Hyacinth’s Purple Afternoon Dress
Hyacinth’s Purple Visiting Gown

Hyacinth’s London Ball Dress
Hyacinth’s Pearl Grey Ball Gown

Hyacinth’s Grey Dress

Hyacinth’s Black Dress

Hyacinth’s Regency Towers Gown
Hyacinth’s Towers Dinner Gown

Hyacinth’s Wedding Gown

Hyacinth’s Apron

Hyacinth’s Robe
Hyacinth’s Nightgown and Robe

Hyacinth’s Purple Mantalet
Hyacinth’s Long Purple Cape