Things That Make a Seamstress Happy….

Some gifts I received today!  Thank you, Mamma, Pappa, and Marianne!!
I already have the fabric for the Swing Dress– the same fabric I used for Marianne’s medieval dress.  I can’t wait to get started on it!!! 😀  My first ’40s dress!  😀 
I spent some riding-in-the-car time today pouring over Patterns of Fashion. For those of you who have heard about how amazing it is– you heard correctly.  It is fantastic– no wonder all the “big-time” historical costumers love it.  It contains notes from and for dressmakers/tailors from the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s, as well as the basic patterns for some 40 or 50 women’s clothing styles from 1660 to 1860.  There are some gorgeous gowns and outerwear from the 18th century which I definitely plan to add to my wardrobe over time. 😉 (I’ll just have to sell some more doll clothes first. 😉 ) (Speaking of which, I think some of the patterns in J.A. may serve as inspiration for doll clothes as well. 😉 ) 
So, yes, I’m pretty excited. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

“The Lord your God is in your midst…”
Emmanuel.  God with us.
Approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ came to earth, fully God and fully man, and dwelt among men.  He lived, died, and rose again.  Now He has given us His Spirit to dwell in us and guide us.  He is truly “God With Us”. 
Let this thrilling thought remain with you throughout this season and this next year.  Wherever you are, whatever you are going through, God is with you, and He will never leave or forsake you.
We are never alone, for God is with us.
Merry Christmas, one and all!

P.S. “The Dashwood Sisters” blog hit 100 followers today! 😀

Thought It Right to Mention…

…By God’s help I was able to get all my deadline projects done as of Saturday, the 18th!  I got everyone’s orders to them on time and marked off every thing as “FINISHED” on my sidebar list.  Thank You, Lord, for giving me the strength, endurance, and speed to get it all done on time!

Now I have time for some leisure sewing.  I picked up a blouse I had cut out back in the summer, but found I needed to cut some self-fabric binding for it as well and I can’t find the rest of the fabric… So until I find that 😉 I think I’ll tap into the scraps I’ve accumulated over the last couple months and make some doll clothes to sell. 🙂

Elinor’s Sage Green Regency Gown

First of all, I know this looks a lot different than what I posted about here. That is because the thick satin I had originally bought was too thick and heavy and just not nice to work with, especially for a ballgown, and the darts were being so unruly and it was fitting well over my stays so I finally decided to buy new fabric and start all over again.
I’m glad I did!

Pattern Description: Simplicity 4055, View A (ha ha…. again, sort of 😉 ) (loosely based)

Pattern Sizing: Size 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really. Again, I made some alterations so it doesn’t look much like the original.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I feel like I’m repeating the last survey… the instructions were just peachy! 🙂
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? See last post on this subject.
Fabric Used: Something new, finally! 😀 Um…. what kind of fabric did I use? You’d think I’d know my fabrics better. It’s a silky fabric from JoAnn fabrics, but it’s not solid silk and it’s not solid green either. 🙂 It’s very light and drapes wonderfully in the Regency style. 🙂
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t alter it as much as Margaret’s but the look ended up quite different. I cut the front bodice piece farther from the edge and at an angle to produce the gathered look. The front bodice and the back bodice I raised by a couple inches for modesty (I could have raised it higher in the back though). I also shortened the skirt and fastened the back with hooks and eyes instead of buttons.
I was going to do a sheer overlay on the sleeves but the overlay fabric was shredding (em-hem, fraying– sorry, Kitty’s sitting next to me on my bed 😉 ) so much, so I didn’t.
Would you sew it again? Em-hem. Like, YEAH!!
Would you recommend it to others? See above answer or previous post.
Okay, more pictures….

Hairstyle done by brilliant Marianne (thanks, Marianne! ) Didn’t she do a lovely job? It was loosely based off of Lizzy’s in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice. Not exact, of course (I didn’t have the pearls 😦 ) but still, inspired. 😉

The gloves are from Icing by Claire’s. $15. The only opera-length gloves in the whole mall. 🙂
Now some goofy poses, because, of course, I can sometimes get a little goofy… (“sometimes?” 😉 ) (Right now I’m feeling goofy 😉 )
“Now he danced the first two with Jane, and the next with Charlotte Lucas, which vexed me greatly, but lo, there in the very next, nothing would please him better but to stand up with Jane again! And then of course he danced with Lizzy… and then, what do you think he did next??” 😉
Me pretending to me Miss Wiggin to Beatrix and Norman (from Miss Potter) 😉 Thankfully they didn’t give me any intoxicated coffee. 😛
And here’s all four of us!
Elinor, Margaret, Marianne, and Colonel Brandon (Alex)

I’ll try to do a post soon with links to videos of the ball!

Pictures by/from Mrs. Dashwood, Brandon P., Hannah M., and Margaret Dashwood

Margaret’s Ballgown

I am so thankful for the Lord’s help as I hurried to get this dress done in less than a week’s time! He helped me to not get stressed and to not run into big problems, and I got it done in time!
The ladies on the Sense and Sensibility forum were also so helpful as I needed help getting the darts just right.

Doesn’t Margaret look lovely?
Pattern Description: Simplicity 4055, View A (sort of 🙂 )

Pattern Sizing: Size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not too much… I made a lot of alterations, now that I think about it 🙂
Were the instructions easy to follow? Sure… I’ve done this pattern several times, and have made LOTS of Regency doll dresses, so it comes easily to me now 🙂
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s Regency! Of course I love it! I can’t think of anything I dislike about it at the moment…
Fabric Used: costume satin from JoAnn Fabrics
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Lots. 🙂 I darted the bodice instead of gathered it; omitted the overlay; shortened the skirt; raised the neckline, and worked the sash from View B into View A. 🙂 (“Ya got that all, honey?” 😉 )
Would you sew it again? Oh yes. Of course! 😀 Though I don’t think I want to do the darts again; they’re so hard to get to look right!
Would you recommend it to others? You know the answer already! Of course!!! 😀

More pictures:

Photos by/from Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, and Brandon P.