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Back to the sewing

Surprisingly, I’ve actually managed to make time for a little sewing here and there even though the school year has started back up. I made a couple of aprons for my kids.  The design needs a bit of tweaking as they are having a hard time keeping them on the shoulders, but I like the …

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Digging Deeper

As I mentioned in my previous post, the short answer to why I’m now wearing scarves on my head is that I’m unhappy with my hair.  What has been a source of angst for me for the past two and a half years is now a non-issue.  Fantastic! However, as I got ready to go …

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Love/Hate Relationship With My Hair

I’ve always had this sort of love/hate relationship with my hair.  At various times in my life I’ve hated it…for being fine, for being straight, for being some really nondescript shade of light brown, for how hard it is to curl, for going gray while I was still so young. But at other times and …

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Goals and Changes

Years ago, when I first decided to start my own website, I was inspired by my costuming Heroes.  I wanted it to be something where I could share my process, what I learned as I went, and tips and tricks I came across in my sewing/costuming journey. Over the years, my hobbies have expanded.  Originally, …

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When Given a Chance

I almost never made this dress.  While I absolutely love Decades of Style patterns, the “Given a Chance” dress didn’t really speak to me.  As a larger sized woman, I had that little inkling that the dress would not be flattering, no matter how adorable it was looking on everyone else. I almost never bought …

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Post CoCo Sewing Spree

Strangely, after working all summer on this:                           I came home from Costume College and still wanted to sew.  Usually, I’m so burnt out at this point that I can’t stand the thought of sewing.  Now, that doesn’t mean that I’ve jumped straight …

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Historical Sew Monthly: Out of Your Comfort Zone

What the item is (and why it was out of your comfort zone): 1879 Overskirt from Harper’s Bazar While I have scaled up patterns from a book before, the challenge in this particular project came from the rather minimal directions.  You would think a skirt pattern would be fairly straight forward, but the drapery of naturalform …

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The Dreaded “P” Word

Yep.  I’m gonna say it.  Polyester. Even as a costuming hack, I don’t use polyester for entire garments anymore.  I will admit to having used it in the past.  This one time I found an absolutely stunning heavy poly satin that was from a designer’s remnants.  Eventually, it became this dress, which was really exquisite (especially …

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There’s never enough fabric

I’ve started working on a gown for the Costume College gala.  For the most party, it’s going swimmingly, especially as concerns simply making the time to sew. My toddler twins have magically, practically overnight, become much more independent when playing outside.  Since my sewing room is actually a detached studio behind the house, it’s perfect …

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Confessions of an Historical Sewing Hack

Once upon a time, I wanted to run with the Big Dogs.  You know, those costumers who spend months researching and constructing amazing gowns that are as close to historical reproductions as we can get.  I remember being so envious of a group of friends who spent a long weekend learning to drape and hand …

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