We homeschool using the Well-Trained Mind curriculum, and we just finished reading a children’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for literature. (I’m personally a huge fan of Austen, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting this time in school!) After reading the book, we watched the movie, and my girls loved the dresses so much that they […]
My oldest daughter is getting married in January. I made test dresses to check pattern sizing and for fun. These are the test dresses. Same fabric, different sizes. The pattern used is Simplicity’s Sense and Sensibility pattern. I hope to post pictures of the Bride’s and Bridesmaid dresses after the wedding. Heather G. This is […]
My husband and I dressed up for a Hallowe’en dance this year as Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. We were supposed to be dressed as a matching couple and I was surprised when my husband agreed to be “Mr. Darcy.” We had a great night – we ran out of time getting the costumes […]
My mom found the flowered main fabric for this dress on sale at a store and my sister Susanna really loved it. My mom bought it for her with the idea that I would sew a dress for her out of it, since I am currently the main seamstress of the family. Unfortunately, there were […]
I saw your pictures from the Promenade in Bath…Wasn’t it beautiful?! I was there, too, and made all of my costumes with your patterns! Thanks so much…it was fun making historical clothes, especially from the Regency Era. It was a neat experience to live and walk in Bath like Jane Austen would have. I wish […]
You may not be able to buy a paisley or silk stole, but with a luscious sport-weight alpaca yarn and this PDF pattern, you can make yourself a good substitute! The “Fleur-de-Lis Stole” is luxury itself, with a generous length for the classical Regency drape, and the combination of fleur-de-lis (a popular motif of the time) and a striking edging of fans and tassels.
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My good friend, Casey, over at Elegant Musings is hosting a “Sew-Along” this month and into February. Lots of ladies get together to sew from one pattern and share the results. Casey took a poll, and my 1940s “Swing” Dress Pattern won! I was very honored and am excited to see the beautiful results that are sure to follow. If you’d like to join in, jump on over to Casey’s gorgeous blog for the sewing schedule!
I held the drawing for the Edelweiss pattern through Random.org, and the winner is marchsisterjo! Thanks so much to everyone who spread the word about this wonderful new pattern company. I am excited to see all the lovely comments for Katrina, and I know she’s off to a running start with her beautiful designs. It […]
I’ve had the privilege of encouraging many young women to learn pattern drafting and start up their own businesses, creating beautiful patterns of their own. A young friend of mine has just launched her new business, Edelweiss Patterns, and she’s produced a lovely “Liesl” dress pattern perfect for stage productions, dancewear, and more.
First, the toile dress is my recent version of the 17080s Girl’s Portrait Dress pattern. Olivia is a good sport and enjoys all the new dresses her mum makes for her. She enjoys wearing her hats and is pleased to have another one to add to her collection. Second is the latest historically inspired dress […]
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