Latest Project!

My first Edwardian (1909 “Beatrix) skirt!
Pattern Description: 1909 “Beatrix” skirt pattern from Sense & Sensibility, based off of an original 1909 pattern. I chose the walking skirt option with the pleated back.

Pattern Sizing: I cut size…10… I think (:-P) My waist measurement is not line with my regular measurements. 😛

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes it did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Oh goodness, yes! They were wonderful.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the different options you can choose from, and I love the way it fits. While it is perfectly historical, it can also be worn around as modern wear without drawing a lot of attention but still being old-fashioned and elegant.

Fabric Used: twill from JoAnn’s

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I attached the placket before I did the waistband… I think that’s the only thing I did different.

Would you sew it again? Not only would I, but will I! Definitely. (For myself and for my sisters. 🙂 )

Would you recommend it to others? That’s a given. I recommend all of Sense and Sensibility’s patterns!! 🙂
By the way, I did not make the vest; a friend from church did. I had never worn it before, and while getting ready for our concert today, I suddenly remembered it and thought, “Hey! I wonder how that would look!” I really liked how the combo turned out. 🙂


Buttonholes and Blouses

Forgive me for my lack of posts lately. I’ve had a good reason. That is, I was stuck; yes, stuck. The dreadful thing: buttonholes. Nineteen of them staring at me with evil snickers. Well, between the efforts of my dear mamma and myself, the buttonholes were finally overcome, but not after having to seamrip and redo several because the machine caught up the bobbin and made a huge big glop on the opposite side. Grrr!

But I am now considering buying a new machine; we went to Case the other day and looked at a gorgeous Baby Lock Grace. (The man at Case demonstrated how to do buttonholes on it, as well as several fancy stitches. They’re a breeze!) We will hopefully get that, and then, whew! Won’t it make sewing easier!

Anyway, here are some pictures of the finished product:

I like the broach I added to the collar. 🙂 This is the best shot of the buttons.

Tucked out and tied in the back… next time when I make a back tie, I will probably start the ties in the front so they go around to the back. I wasn’t really sure how to do it when I was reading the directions.

The best “long” shot of me, pretending to be grave. 😉 (Though I think by that time people looked a little more cheerful in their pictures. ;-))
I am pretty convinced that the Edwardian style does not suit by body type very well at all, seeing that I am very short-waisted, and the style looks better on a long-waisted person. (Regency is probably my best bet because it does not define the waist.) However, the skirt might have something to do with the chunky, pudgy look; I think skirts in that era were fuller in the back rather than at the hips. I’m still going to finish my Edwardian wardrobe anyway. At least some skirts, because those are absolutely adorable! 😀

On a side note, let me share an answer to prayer! I was asking the Lord for opportunities to make money off of sewing. Then a mom in our church came up to me several Sundays ago and asked if I could make some clothes for her girls. I am now getting started on that project, and I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing it about! He is so good! 🙂

So hopefully I can post a picture of some of those things when I am finished with them. It will be my first time working with denim and I am excited! 😀

Today’s Project

Today I made my mock-up for the Edwardian blouse. This one fastens in front and has a standing collar and long, slim sleeves. “Margaret” got a picture of me in it; unfortunately, I forgot to have her get one of the blouse untucked so I could demonstrate how it ties.

You can see that I haven’t finished it– all that I left undone was the buttons, buttonholes, and hemming of the bottom of the blouse. I didn’t do any of these because I didn’t know whether I would actually wear it or not. What do you think? Even if it is just muslin, do you suppose I could wear it and not look like I was wearing a muslin mock-up?

Note how it blouses in the front. Kind of hard to get quite the right effect, however, with pins and not buttons.

It was funny because while I was making this, I was thinking “Anne of Green Gables”. However, when I came out with the completed project (as completed as it is), “Marianne” exclaimed, “It looks just like something Christy Huddleston would wear!”

Ha ha. Well, I have been told that I look like Christy (Kelly Martin– I think that’s the actress’ name). Take it whichever way you like. 🙂

Now that I’ve gotten the hang of this pattern, I am going to start making variations on a theme. 🙂

P.S. I love the standing collar! 😀

Step #1 to an Edwardian wardrobe

The Lord has graciously provided a way for me to start collecting patterns for our intended Canada trip next year. It came as a direct answer to prayer, and I pray that I will glorify Him in how I use it! He is so good.

Using the surprise gift certificate I received from Sense & Sensibility, I chose to start by purchasing the Edwardian blouse pattern. The pattern contains such a delightful variety of blouses that one can make a whole wardrobe of blouses out that $7.95 download! The blouse can button in the front or in the back, be smooth or gathered, and feature embroidery or lace. It can be worn without or without a corset. One may also choose from a wide variety of sleeve styles and necklines. I love the thought of this pattern because it can be adapted for historical or modern wear. I could wear an “Anne” dress to the store and people probably wouldn’t think I’m all that weird. So I’d hope, at least. 🙂

Below are some fun blouse inspirations, as well as other features that I plan to add to my collection.

Even though it is “just historical costuming”, may God still receive the glory!