Saturday, November 28, 2009

Please Pray... I am about to embark upon sewing 13 (I think) buttonholes and buttons to Paige's blouse.
This is one that I am selling so I want it to be worth selling, so please pray that the buttonholer and machine will work and that it will turn out looking nice! :-)

Most of all, pray that I would have a spirit of patience and that I would not get frustrated as I sew. I find that sewing often brings out the attitudes in my heart, and I want those to be Christlike attitudes and not selfish, earthly attitudes.

(Anyone else out there scared of buttonholes?)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Done With Cynthia's Wardrobe.... I think?

Hey folks!

Click on the "Wives and Daughters project" link on my sidebar and check out Cynthia's page! Is it just me...did I miss an episode or does Molly really have that many more outfits than Cynthia? What do you think of the collection? If you think of an outfit that I forgot, please leave me a comment and let me know. :-)

Now, shall I do Mrs. Gibson, Lady Harriet, or Aimee next? :-)

I Guess We Classify As Maniacs Now...

...because we joined the ranks of the people who get to the store at 6:15 in the morning to find great deals on Black Friday!
But we did not join the ranks of the people who get up at 3:00 in the morning to go shopping. In any case, JoAnn's doesn't open until 6:00!

Three out of the five Black Friday maniacs: Elinor/me (left), Marianne (middle) and C. (right; name withheld). I should add that this was at about 7:30-ish, when we were bringing our huge load of JoAnn's bags out to the van before heading back in to browse until Aldi's opened.

The parking lot at about 7:30. I think it was fuller when we arrived at 6:15.
I found some good deals at JoAnn's, though they have deals so often that it wasn't really anything more spectacular than usual (as far as fabric and patterns go, that is.) But my mom picked up some stuff, and my sisters got some scrapbooking materials.
So here is some of the stuff I/we got that were particularly interesting or exciting. :-)

An iron! We so needed a new one because our other one was so junky and hardly did its job at all! I have already used this one and it is really nice!
I hope to make View C sometime; I think it is so cute! :-)
Gorgeous! Hopefully for our Campobello/P.E.I trip...
FABRIC! Hopefully for...

Did any of the rest of you go Black Friday shopping?

Hope you all had a wonderful, Christ-honoring Thanksgiving!

God bless,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Poll Results

Because I am on vacation this week and, therefore, away from my sewing work, I decided to put up a poll on which is your favorite Jane Austen novel. The answers were very much as I had expected them to be!! :-)

9 people (26%) voted Pride and Prejudice. (I knew this one would win over the rest. ;-) )
8 people (23%) voted Sense and Sensibility. (Good choice. :-) )
3 people (8%) voted Mansfield Park. (Shocking!)
4 people (11%) voted Northanger Abbey. (Myself included.)
4 people (11%) voted Emma. (Only four!?!?)
6 people (17%) voted Persuasion. (And I understand why! :-) )

Now, since Pride and Prejudice won as the most beloved Jane Austen novel among my readers, I am putting up a new poll.

Which is your favorite film adaption of Pride and Prejudice? (This does not include spin-offs or any adaptions about which I do not know!)

Scroll down the sidebar and you will see two more polls:

Who is your favorite presentation of Elizabeth Bennett?


Who is your favorite presentation of Mr. Darcy?

My answers are all in favor of the '95 Pride and Prejudice, though, I admit, I do like the actor for the 2005 P&P's Mr. Darcy, especially after seeing him in Little Dorrit!!

Friday, November 13, 2009


~The frogs on Elinor's spencer jacket~

The button
The hook
Pattern: The frog enclosures from "Chinese Jacket", from Leisure Arts' book The Best Book of Crochet.

The instructions weren't very clear on how to make the button itself, but I got it figured out so it at least will stay in the hook. :)

Elinor didn't want to buy frogs from Jo-Ann's, so she asked me to make some. I was REALLY glad I had this pattern in one of my books already! :P

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wives and Daughters Project

Without a doubt, BBC's stellar production of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters is one of my favorite miniseries! I am compiling an exhaustive collection of screencaps of the dresses of the main wives and daughters in Wives and Daughters.
Please be patient with me as I continue to work on this project and add new features. Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think! If you find an incorrect observation on a costume, or forgot an outfit, or know of other patterns or techniques that might reproduce a costume, please, again, drop me a comment! I would also love to see any costumes you have recreated from this movie! :-D

As a final note, please remember that I am a major amateur; therefore, some of my observations may sound corny, basic, or incorrect! I will work on improving these posts over time, and truly welcome your input! (Also, if I sounded rushed in some of the posts, that probably because I was! Again, I will be fixing these up over time! ;-) )


Molly's Wardrobe
Cynthia's Wardrobe
Aimee's Wardrobe
Lady Harriet's Wardrobe
Mrs. Gibson's Wardrobe
Mrs. Hamley's Wardrobe (coming soon)
Costumes Inspired by Wives and Daughters
Romantic Era Pattern- A Review


Marianne and Elinor have been tagged by Caroline at Standing in the Sunlight! This blog is mainly for sewing/crocheting/etc. but we can do a tag! :-)

The rules are to tell seven things about ourselves.

Here are Marianne's seven things:

1. I am a sinner saved by grace!
2. I have always loved horses, and have never lost my desire to get one - sometimes I say that whether or not a guy would let me get a horse will determine whether I say yes to him or not! ;)
3. I learned to crochet in 2002 - my mom's friend started out teaching me right-handed in the winter; but in the spring, my mom's mom visited us from California; she was an awesome crocheter, and she figured out how to crochet left-handed so she could show me the real way!
4. I've been playing the piano for 12 years and LOVE it! Even though I go through dry seasons. My favorite composers are J.S. Bach and Frederic Chopin, and I love to play congregational style for church.
5. Working in the garden is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.
6. Though my Blogger name is "Marianne Dashwood", I am probably more like Emma Woodhouse in my actual character, and would go better with Mr. Knightley than Colonel Brandon...But I am like Marianne in my dramatic, romantic self. :)
7. I love chemistry and physics - it is so interesting to learn HOW God holds the world together! All nature sings His praise.

Here are Elinor's seven things:

1. I am an unworthy sinner saved by the grace of a righteous and merciful God!
2. My love for historical costuming (historical anything!) began, I think, with American Girl and the Little House books!
3. Besides sewing, I love novel-writing!! I have been doing that longer than I have been sewing.
4. One of my unrealistic dreams is to sew costumes for a film, write a screenplay for a film, and/or act in a film! :-)
5. Even though my blogger name is "Elinor Dashwood", the Jane Austen character I am most like changes according to my mood or what's going on in my life at the particular moment. I think I am actually more like Catherine Morland.
6. At this point, I don't care if I never get married, as long as I can actively serve the Lord with my life! ("And the doctor is a stranger to my door!" :-P )
7. I would love to work with children for God's glory.
We tag Ashley Nicole and Gabrielle Renee, both at Bramblewood Fashion!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Regency Spencer Jacket: Finished!

All except for the buttons and buttonholes on the wristbands, I have finished my Regency Spencer Jacket!
Thank you to Marianne for crocheting the frog closures!
It was a beautiful today; perfect for Margaret to get pictures for me! :-)

The back:
Looking up:

Because I had based this jacket off of Lizzie's black jacket that she wears when she walks to Netherfield, I decided to try to get some "Lizziesque" shots. Here I am supposed to be meeting up with Mr. Darcy. I had a hard time getting the right look though.
Margaret got one of me "walking to Netherfield" too but it turn out too well.

Now to do a brief overview-- thank you, Ashley, for the outline! :-)

Pattern Description: "Spencer jacket" based on an original Regency fashion and off of Lizzie's black Spencer from the '95 movie version of Pride & Prejudice

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 8, which is my usual size, but since I was wearing it over my stays and dress, I had to use small seam allowances to make it a little bigger. I might cut it in size 10 next time.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! I always find Mrs. Chancey's patterns wonderful to understand and work with!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I got the look I was going for!! :-) I especially like how Mrs. Chancey gives ideas and instructions for so many different options; it is a very versatile pattern.

Fabric Used: velveteen from WalMart and silky solid material from JoAnn's

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a stand up collar instead of the fold-over one in the pattern, to achieve the look of Lizzie's spencer. I actually substituted the collar with the collar piece from the 1909 "Beatrix" Shirtwaist pattern! :-P

Would you sew it again? Oh yes! I might not use the velveteen next time though... the next will probably be linen. ;-)

Would you recommend it to others? You bet I would!!

I love it!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Help! I am in need of a sweater pattern. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture to show you what exactly I'm looking for...What I need is a dressy type of sweater, as opposed to a cardigan/hayride type :S; and not too long or too loose, though I suppose I could edit those aspects myself...I spent all afternoon yesterday online trying to find a decent pattern for free but only succeeded in frustrating myself. :P If you guys can help me find some good sweater patterns by my lean description, I would be very grateful! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Believe it or not - I'm still at work.

Even though I post on here only once in a blue moon, I still am crocheting. :P I must confess that I've kind of been in a dry season with my work because a lot of things have been going on, but I'm hoping that as winter comes, I'll be able to make more time for projects.

Anyway, here's the latest afghan I've made.

Bernat Softee Baby is the yarn I used, and the pattern was on the back of the label.
I love the net edging - don't you?
By the way, even though I've posted more baby afghans and fine work than anything else, those things are NOT my specialty. I way prefer making huge afghans, but I'm out of yarn for those right now. Once I get some more... ;)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Today's Sewing Adventures

Looks like an aerial view of a great snowy mountain with trees and fences as mere specks and lines...

Or perhaps black stars against a white sky...

But it is actually little black balls on a white skirt-- black balls from my...

Boy, does it shed! I have used three sheets on our lint roller to get it off my skirt, and have lots of sweeping and vacuuming to do!

I'm about half-done. I have the main part of the bodice done (I managed, I think!) and now have the sleeves and finishing touches to do.

Forgive my message hair in the picture. :-P
I did something else silly today. I was going to change the needle from working with the [extremely slippery] lining to the thick velveteen, and I wasn't holding onto the needle as I unscrewed it so it fell INTO the inside of the sewing machine!! :-S
It wasn't hard to get out though. Mommy and I just turned it over, unscrewed the bottom, and retrieved it-- along with several broken straight pins and a LOT of lint!!
Fun experiences. :-)

Events are the Lord's; the responses are ours...
even in sewing!

I hope you are all having a good week and setting your eyes on the Lord.
Commit your works unto Him!