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The Ramblings of a Seamstress, Gardener, Chicken Keeper, and Housewife

Proof of My Adventures (and Misadventures!)


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If you wear a 9 1/2 or 10 shoe...

...check out this eBay auction for brown Victorian boots at a great price!  This is an Oak Tree Farms style that's no longer in production.  If they were a size 11, I'd already have snapped them up.  Sadly, they're taunting me with the oh-so-close-but-not-quite size 10.  :'(  Maybe one of you lovely ladies can give them a good home!


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Victorian and Art Deco Rings

Are you in the market for Victorian or Art Deco style rings, without the hefty price tag that comes with antique jewelry?  You should check out edsvictoriangems on eBay.  It sounds like these rings are made from original molds, and they have actual gemstones in the settings.  They look great, too!  I managed to narrow it down to these three for myself, but I'm really tempted to order more:



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Francaise Dinner

Oh. My. Goodness!  What a fantastic event this was!  Everything was just so perfect - the location, the food, the company...I'm seriously wowed, and still riding the post-event glow!  I got to meet in-person so many people that I've known from online for years, and that was the icing on the cake.

A very special thanks go to padawansguide and her husband Doug for allowing me to stay with them, and for providing transportation over the weekend.  I'm certain I would have been lost without you two!  Not to mention how great it was to get to know you both better.  I can't wait to come back for a visit!  Another special thanks go to quincy134 and her husband Mike, for letting our group change in their hotel suite in Alexandria.  I think my head would have fallen off if I'd worn that wig all the way from Maryland!

And now for some pictures and commentary, starting with a shameless selfie!

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I finished a UFO!

I started this project last June, and just now got around to finishing it.  It'll be needed this weekend, so the deadline helped.  ;)  Initially this was going to be for me, but it ended up sized more for my friend Chris.  So she's the lucky recipient of this Vanity Fair-esque hat!


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As for construction, it's an iridescent silk exterior, a fleece mull layer, and a straw hat's crown for the base.  jenthompson was kind enough to lead a group of us in how to make Regency turban-style hats that are permanently attached to a hat base.  If I recall correctly, the straw hat started life at Party City.  After mulling the hat, I just pinned and tacked the silk until I had something I liked.  I sewed a straight-grain band around the bottom to hide the raw edges of the crown silk, then covered the seam with the gold trim.  I curled the peacock feathers using a plastic knife (yes, that really works!) and tucked all the feather ends into a filigree cone bead.

It's nice to be making progress!  Tonight I'll be fixing some small errors on my own regency hat, and tomorrow I'll work on a chemisette and some sleeves for my dress.  I've gotta look spiffy for tea this weekend!

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Francaise Dinner Planning - Outfit Edition

I've been mulling over fabric options for my robe a la francaise for a few days, and since I'm having trouble making a decision I'm seeking your opinions.  I've got a decent amount of silk in my stash, but only a few with enough yardage to make into a francaise.  Here they are:

Gorgeous but almost certainly not historically plausible purple/black changeable silk.  My pics don't really do the color justice...it's pretty amazing in person.  Bonus points since I already have a plain petticoat made from this fabric, and so I'd just need to trim it and make the francaise itself from my yardage.  My jewelry would really pop on this since it's such a rich, deep color.


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  • Stays: I think what I have will work, but they're aging and will need to be replaced soonish.

  • Panniers: I have one pair that's probably larger than I'd like for this event.  Plus they're not collabsible, which makes packing a hassle.  I've got a smaller set cut out, so I'll sew them up and cross my fingers they work for me.

  • Stockings: White silk clocked, or red silk clocked from American Duchess.  Red with the deep purple silk, white with the other options.

  • Garters: I need to get working on these.  atherleisure gave me a wonderful pattern.  It'll be a good project for slow evenings at work.

  • Shoes: I've got two pairs of American Duchess shoes, one black and one white.  I could dye the white pair if I feel adventurous.

  • Shift: Yep, I have a cotton one that'll work.  Although I keep saying I'll remake my linen one and not doing it.

  • Jewelry: I'm scouring eBay and etsy for good rhinestone/paste-look stuff.  I'll also look at making some strung pearls myself.  So, still sorting out my options on this one.

  • Chatelaine/equipage: I'm going for it!  I've been collecting bits and bobs to make this work for over a year, and I recently found evidence via portraits that they were, in fact, worn with francaise dresses!  Check out my Pinterest board if you're interested.

  • Wig/Hair: It's on this list, but I'm not sure exactly what I want yet.  I'll be consulting Kendra's book this week!

  • Outerwear: This wasn't even on my radar until m_of_disguise mentioned how cold it was last year.  I've got a couple short cloaks, but something a little fancier would be nice.


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Tunic Comission

I'm very behind in posting about recent costume events, so naturally I'm going to push that off a bit longer and share a quick post about a tunic I recently made for a friend's son.  He's involved in some kind of fantasy-themed LARP where he portrays a dwarf.  My friend specifically asked for earthy tones, but also wanted a green that would bring out his eyes.  They're a very striking light green with a gold/yellow undertone.  Here is the inspiration pic:



I chose a softened canvas-weight linen for the fabric, a long-pile faux fur, and a unique woven poly trim I found on ebay from seller mespa13.  You'd think that a canvas weight fabric would be too much for a tunic, but it was already softened and got even more drapey after an initial run through the wash.  It also got more textured and rustic-looking, which is exactly what I was hoping for!  I was in a rush to get this packed up and in the mail, so the wrinkles you see here are due to my only ironing where it was absolutely necessary (ie, the neckline facing.)  Then again, it is linen, and we all know how prone it is to wrinkles!



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It was delivered yesterday, but it's a Christmas gift.  So I won't have any pictures of the young fella wearing his spiffy tunic until after the holiday.  I hope he likes it!

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Drive By Post

I've been busy sewing over this long weekend.  It's basically the only time I can really put the pedal to the medal and marathon sew, what with 4 consecutive days off.  I've been working on some new pieces for the guild's next event, Dressing for the Holidays.  I volunteered to get dressed and show all the hidden layers of a bustle-era outfit, so I figured this was an excellent opportunity to spruce up some of my undies!



Now I have some new frilly whites - combinations and a petticoat to fit over my bustle.  I had to wash them to get all the chalk marks off, so now they're dripping dry in the bathroom.  Maybe there will be fewer wrinkles to iron out this way.  *crosses fingers*

I'm also working on a new bustle dress that I'll call 'The Very Merry Christmas Dress.'  This will make perfect sense to you when you see it, but for now no pictures.  It's pretty on-the-nose, both colorwise and fabric pattern-wise (there are small pine trees woven into the fabric!)  I don't usually get into themed dresses like this, but honestly the guild does enough Victorian Christmas events that it'll get plenty of use, so I'm going for it!  Here's my to-do list:

  • Hem underskirt

  • Make and apply self-trim to underskirt (this can wait until last, or be added later)

  • Construct overskirt (it's cut out and marked for pleating in progress)

  • Mock up bodice, make changes to pattern as needed

  • Cut out and construct bodice

  • Make a paper small-scale model for a tall hat from this doll-sized diagram, make changes as necessary and scale up pattern (or come up with plan B) ETA: Plan B it is!

  • Construct tall hat during slow evenings at work

  • If I miraculously have time, make a shoulder cape and small muff trimmed with faux beaver fur.

I fully expect this list to remain unfinished by Saturday, but that's OK.  There will be at least one other Victorian Christmas event this year (two if I feel up to inviting myself to a friend of a friend's event on Sunday.)  And there's always next year's events too.  This is enough to keep me very busy this week.  I'm already going to lose a day because of a holiday dinner at work (but yay dinner!)  I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving (if you're in the US) or a good weekend!
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18th Century Pinball

I finally finished my pinball!



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Stressful Weekend

Can I take a mulligan on this weekend?  No?  OK, well I'll just do a little venting here, then.

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Memesies!

A- Age: 35 for the rest of today.
B- Biggest Fear: Losing loved ones.
C- Current Time: 4:13pm
D- Drink you last had: Strawberry Crystal Light with caffeine
E- Easiest Person to Talk to: Ben
F- Favorite Song: Not sure, something 80's rock probably.
G- Ghosts, are they real: In some form or another.
H- Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
I- In love with: Ben
J- Jealous of: Anyone with enough money to offset most of life's worries.
K- Killed Someone? ...with kindness, maybe.
L- Last time you cried?: I don't remember for sure...sometime in the last month, I think.
M- Middle Name: Ann
N- Number of Siblings: 3 stepbrothers
O- One Wish: For my loved ones to be completely healthy.
P- Person who you last called: My mom.
Q- Question you're always asked: How are you doing?
R- Reason to smile: My fur-kids and the unconditional love they give.
S- Song last sang: Wow, no clue.  I don't usually sing.
T- Time you woke up: 9:15am
U- Underwear Colour: Pale blue.
V- Vacation Destination: Hawaii.
W- Worst Habit: Eating junk food.
X- X-Rays you've had: Teeth and chest.
Y- Your favorite food: Hard to pick just one, so I'll go with sushi.
Z- Zodiac Sign: Libra on the cusp of Virgo.

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