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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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Historical Sew Monthly: War & Peace

What the item is (and how it is a product of war or a lengthy period of peace):  American Civil War era dress The Challenge: War & Peace Fabric: Semi-sheer silk, silk/cotton blend for bodice lining, cotton voile for hem facing. Pattern: Bodice pattern was developed by a friend. Year: Early 1860’s Notions: Black glass …

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Historical Sew Monthly: Stashbusting

What the item is: Early 1860’s bonnet The Challenge: Stashbusting Fabric: Teal silk taffeta, yellow silk taffeta, ivory lace, buckram Stashed for how long?: Over five years.  I’ve had the buckram frame done for over seven years and never got around to finishing a cover. Pattern: A pattern developed by Lynne Taylor and provided during …

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All I Need is Sleep…and Muslin

The next project in the queue is one for a deadline–April 18.  I’m going to be attending an American Civil War era picnic and desperately need something new for the era. I’ve got fabric ready to go, but the hold up was originally that I needed to borrow the pattern from my friend Bridget (a.k.a. my …

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The Blue Challenge

The Challenge: Blue Color Challenge Fabric: Printed rayon, cotton Pattern: Decades of Style Kitchenette Pajamas Year: 1930’s Notions: seam binding How historically accurate is it? The pattern is based on a vintage pattern.  I did not chose my fabrics with accuracy in mind, as I don’t intend to wear these to a specific event, but rather to over night events …

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Versatility

One of the really nice things about having a wide range of costume items (that fit) in my closet is that I can decide to attend an event on the spur of the moment.  It doesn’t happen often (especially right now when my weight has swung to the higher end of normal for me), but …

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Keeping the Momentum

The kids are down for their nap, but I don’t have a pattern yet for my next big project.  So, what do I do?  Start a different project. I’d been a little at a loss for the next Historical Sew Monthly challenge–Blue.  Of course, I love blue, but the next really big project needs to …

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Challenge: Foundations

Yay!  I made it.  I actually finished my very first Historical Sew Monthly.  (Okay, so it’s the first one I’ve ever tried because I just knew that I was never going to keep up with the Historical Sew Fortnightly.) I’m pretty happy with these stays for how quickly I whipped through the construction.  There are …

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