November 23, 2012
I was a fairly regular member of the old forum, then dropped out when the forums changed (couldn't get into it for a while, got out of the habit) My user name remains the same.
For anyone who doesn't remember/know me, I'm Katie, I'm now 30, and have been married to my husband Andrew for two years. Because he's from a family of 7 kids, we have a pile of nieces and nephews – we're now up to 5 nieces, and 4 nephews (only one on my side) plus two honorary nephews – my best friend's little boy, and my brother's best friend's little one. I love to sew for them, especially smocking for the girls. We live in Australia.
Exciting news here is that we have just bought our first house. We don't get to move in until August (it currently has tenants) but I can't wait!
Oh and for anyone who remembers me with long hair (down to my hips), a couple of months ago, I took part in the World's Greatest Shave (raises money for the Leukaemia Foundation) so it's now only about an inch long and all stands on end! I can't wait for it to grow back. My husband also shaved off his beautiful long (past his shoulderblades) hair, but he's planning to keep it short.
A picture of the smocked skirt (and you can see part of the top) I made for Niece #2 for Christmas
October 26, 2012
Hi! It's nice to meet you. I joined the old board right before it closed and now I'm on this one.
Congratulations for being brave enough to shave off your hair! I've had long hair most of my life, cutting it only several times but once I cried when I did. I've never cut it much shorter than my shoulders.
Ever sewn anything historical?
November 23, 2012
Thanks. My hair has only rarely been shorter than my shoulders, and never before this has it been shorter than a bob. And that was 15 years ago! It was a bit of a shock having it so short – it took me weeks to stop being surprised by my own reflection! But it's such a good cause (I raised almost $2000 and Husband $1600) and we donated our ponytails to make wigs for people with cancer.
I have sewn several of the S&S patterns. I made myself a Regency dress, complete with bodiced petticoat (sadly too big now, I'm planning to sell them). I also made the Girls' Romantic dress for my four older nieces to wear as flowergirls at my wedding (pictures of those are somewhere in Show and Tell) I have made a pile of Girls' Regency dresses and spencer/pellises (I can never remember which is which) to sell, though those were in more modern fabrics. I made myself a 50s shirt dress from a vintage pattern, and my husband a couple of shirts from a vintage pattern with modern fabrics – I'm about to cut out another one, this time from Pac Man fabric. I also made a little boy's coat on commission from a 40s pattern.
I'm really looking forward to making the S&S swing dress pattern sometime soon.
What about you?
October 26, 2012
I've sewn quite a few things from Jennie's patterns but a lot of them I kept modern enough not to look odd now. I can only think of one thing I've sewn that is completely authentic and that is a regency chemise. It's been a dream of mine to have at least one completely authentic historical outfit (I have no practical use for one) and so I started a regency one-and haven't gone any farther yet!
Anyways, let's see if I can remember everything I've sewn from Sensibility patterns, a Georgian Era Drawstring Dress (made with sheer polyester muslin, blech!), two 1909 "Beatrix" skirts, two "Beatrix" shirtwaists, a Romantic Era jumper dress, an Edwardian gown, a regency dress NOT with period construction and I think that is about it, seems like there was more. Most of that is stuff I made for myself but certain items I'm wanting to sell.
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