Thursday, December 31, 2009

Costumes Inspired by "Wives and Daughters"

On this page, you can find links to other people's projects based off of the different costumes from Wives and Daughters. Lord willing, I will be adding to this collection over time. I am sure these links will be an inspiration to you as they have been to me! :-)

Molly's White Ball Gown ~ made by Aubrey L.
Molly's Blue Sprigged Dress ~ made by Maggie S.
Molly's Berry-Picking Dress ~ made by Melanie A.
Molly's Blue Jumper ~ made by Maggie S.
Molly's Black Jumper ~ made by Maggie S.
Molly's Apron ~ made by Maggie S.
Molly's Grey Coat ~ made by Maggie S.
Cynthia's Pink Floral-Print Gown ~ by Ashley P.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fun Fur and the Future

Before Christmas when I went shopping at Macy's, I found this scarf...It was about seven feet long and eight inches wide, and I figured it was knitted with double-strands of Fun Fur (or Cello). It cost $40. No, I didn't buy it - but I did get a good idea for making a FUN scarf like that for MUCH less than $40.

This week, all the yarn at Jo-Ann Fabrics is on sale, so when we went today, I picked up four skeins of Fun Fur! They were $2.99 apiece, from $3.99 - not bad, considering. But that's a total of $12 for who-knows-how-long the scarf will end up being.

The other thing I needed to think about before actually buying the yarn was how I was going to make the scarf. Knitted scarves are much more drapey and stretchy than crocheted ones. If you know me well, you know I don't like to knit - I like to crochet. But I was going to try to pick up knitting again for this scarf anyway. But then I was flipping through a fashion crochet book and read that knitting is so drapey and stretchy because it picks up only one loop while crochet picks up two. So the answer is to work in the back loop only - PERFECT!! So I'm going to crochet this scarf! :D


Tote Bag for Marianne

Since Marianne will be starting up teaching piano lessons again in January, I thought it fitting to make her a bag to carry her music books in! I made it from scraps from my stash. There is a pocket on each side, for pencils, lesson planners, etc. ;-) It was fun making when she was away, playing the piano at the Villa...

I got the pattern from Sew, Mama, Sew.
Here's the girl herself, all ready to go! :-)Merry Christmas, "Marianne"! :-)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

What I'm Wearing Part 2 +PLUS+ Today's Project +PLUS+ a Christmas gift :-)

Okay here is what I am wearing:

Hat: K-Mart. Amanda picked this up at K-Mart today for herself but she decided it didn't suit her. So she gave it to me and will go back and get a different style later this week. :-)
White Shirt: K-Mart.
Corduroy Vest: a friend.
Denim Wrap Skirt: a friend. I've had it for a while and had put it on my list of things to alter because the hem kept curling up (denim, you know ;-) ) and I wanted to add something to "spruce it up". Finally today I sewed lace to the hem. What do you think? Worn with the right combo, it looks kind-of cowgirlish! I like it! :-D

Here's the back of the hat:

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all from (left to right)
~Marianne, Elinor, and Margaret!~

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What I'm Wearing... Just for Fun

I love dressing Christmasy! This is what I wore today to my grandparents' for our extended-family Christmas celebration.

I don't remember where the skirt, shirt, or sweater came from, but probably all from thrift stores. :-) I did not make anything I am wearing...

Shoes~ WalMart :-P
Necklace~ gift from my dad
Earrings~ gift from my sister

And here are me and my dear younger sister (who is taller than me):

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Hey all,
I've just been playing around with backgrounds. What do you think of this one?

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Below is a picture of my grandma and grandpa at their wedding in 1957. Isn't my grandma's dress lovely? (This is the same grandma that I talked about in this post.)

I am not sure whether we have this dress anywhere, but I would love to make one like it for my wedding, if the Lord ever brings such an event about in my life. ;-) I just adore the styles from that decade!! :-D

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today's Project

One of my special little friends, Kaylyn, was in need of a khaki skirt, so I made one for her for Christmas!! :-D

This was the best picture I could get; sorry for the computer chord in the bottom right corner. :-P
It was very easy to make without a pattern. I cut it in two squares, 29" by her skirt length + a few inches for the hem and waistband. I borrowed a pocket pattern piece from another pattern and inserted those on both sides; then I sewed the panels together, hem it, and then did a large "hem" on the top, through which I inserted the elastic. I left a 5" space ungathered in the front, as you see in the picture above.

It was a delight to make this for Kaylyn! Hers and my friendship is very special-- her mom has been a great spiritual mentor in my life, and I have been blessed to be a sort of mentor in Kaylyn's life. This last spring I had the opportunity to visit her and her family several hours away for a week-and-a-half, to help around the house and their church, and just spend time with them. It was a fun time, and funny too, seeing how much her and her little siblings are like me and my siblings when we were little! ;-) Kaylyn is a special little girl and I love making things for her! ;-) (To those of you who have little sisters or little friends, I am sure you understand! :-) )

This has been my most successful homemade Christmas gift so far this year. All the other I have tried (except one) didn't turn out due to narrow fabric width. (Grrrr!!) *Sighs* Oh well! :-) Need to get to the stores later this week...

1890s Doily

The pattern for this doily I got from an Old-Time Crochet magazine, and the editors of that magazine got it from an 1890 magazine. :)

***Top view*********
This doily ended up being about 10 inches wide. It was supposed to be 8 1/2 inches, but I had to use size 10 thread instead of 20 because I didn't have size 20. :P

The most challenging part was those boxes in the middle. I had to do them three times in order to get the first two to point the correct direction, but I did master it! :)

I'm looking forward to making another one of these. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009


1. Thank the person who gave the award.
2. Copy the award.
3. Post it on your blog.
4. Tell seven things about yourself that your readers don't know.
5. Link seven new bloggers as recipients.
6. Notify the winners with comments on their blogs.
7. Keep being awesome!

Thank you, Elinor, for tagging me! ;)

Here are "Marianne's" seven random things about herself. ;) Let's see if I can think of ones you don't know already...

1. I love coffee - I have a morning cup, a breakfast cup, an afternoon cup, and an evening cup. (Beat that!!!)
2. Of all creepy-crawlies, the one I hate the most is the centipede, and that dates back to a long time ago.
3. If I had the choice of a continent to tour, I'd probably take South America.
4. My favorite period drama (that I've seen) is BBC/A&E Pride and Prejudice.
5. I like fine-point pens.
6. I am in the middle of reading Persuasion (Jane Austen) and Great Expectations (Charles Dickens), and really need to finish them both. :P
7. I am allergic to those air conditioners that are in hotels.

Random enough?

Now I tag:
I think Elinor tagged everybody else I know on our following list. :P If any of the rest of you wants to do the tag, do it! And be sure to let us know that you did. :)

Baby Afghan

My latest afghan, made from the same pattern as this one.
In the other two afghans I've made with this pattern, I threaded 3/4 inch ribbon through the dc/ch 1 edges, but this time crocheted a VERY LONG CHAIN and slip stitched it the whole way back across, and threaded that through instead.
Again, I used Bernat Softee.
Many thanks to Margaret for getting such excellent shots of the afghan. :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lady Harriet's Wardrobe

Lady Harriet is the daughter of Lord Cumnor; therefore, she is a very rich and influential lady. Her clothing styles and hairtstyles are usually relatively exotic, revealing her status and unique taste.

A Tag!

1. Thank the person who gave the award.
2. Copy the award.
3. Post it on your blog.
4. Tell seven things about yourself that your readers don't know.
5. Link seven new bloggers as recipients.
6. Notify the winners with comments on their blogs.
7. Keep being awesome!

Here are "Elinor's" seven random things about myself... I'll try to write things you don't know already. :-)

1. I was introduced to Jane Austen by the A&E/1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, which I am watching at this very minute. :-)
2. Right now I am in the process of editing for the millionth (actually, I think the 7th) time a book that I began when I was seven years old, and am hoping to publish it. :-)
3. I used to sew rag dolls-- my first one was from a very basic pattern at the back of 1999 (or 2000?) American Girl calendar. :-)
4. Daydreaming, period dramas, historical costuming, reading good novels, Italian food and pasta, flavored cream in my coffee, silver earrings, not practicing my instruments, and shopping for books and fabric is my one weakness. ;-) (-Dorcas Lane from Lark Rise to Candleford ;-) )
5. I want to write docudramas on well-known missionary women such as Ann Judson and Isobel Kuhn.
6. My favorite color combination is pink and green.
7. The two biggest things on my Christmas wishlist are 1) JoAnn's gift cards and 2) Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion I. :-)

Thank you, Lillian from Nothing to Fear, for tagging me!

Now, in turn, I tag:
WOW! I actually managed to get all seven! Have fun, folks! :-)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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. :-P

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. :-)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Historically Inspired "Prairie" Dresses

For those of you who don't know (and most of you don't), historical costuming has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember, even though making my own historical costumes is a recent venture.

As of the 5th of this month, it has been two years since my Grandma W. went to be with the Lord. I have been thinking about the Christmases that she took the time to make something with her own hands for each of us girls and send them across the States for our Christmas. She usually color-coded what she made for us. "Marianne" usually had something blue, I had something purple, and "Margaret" had something red/orange.

One year, Grandma made us historical dresses with pinafores. Here is a picture of me (back, left) and "Marianne" (back, right) in ours. ("Margaret" is wearing a dress my mom made her.) (i I think this picture was taken in 2004.) Oh, we wore those dresses so much we wore them out! I loved having something "Little House-ish" to wear, as my goal was always to be like Laura. ;-)

Since I embarked on historical sewing about a year ago, I have often wished that I could have shown Grandma the things I have made. Of course, I can't, but I still am grateful for the time she invested in those outfits that she knew would be so special to us, and I am thankful for the inspiration she was to me!

I hope you all have had a good launch into the Christmas season! Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, through whom we may have unspeakable joy and eternal life!

~"Elinor" :-)

Friday, December 4, 2009

40's Inspiration

Tonight we watched the old "Christmas in Connecticut" after not having seen it for a loooong time. Elizabeth's dresses were just too much!! I love them! :-D

In Facebook terms:
Like!Like!! (Ashley made an adorable pair like these.)

Like!!!! Like!

Too many projects... :-P Too much inspiration... ;-)