Field Notes, and a Brief History Lesson.

Today was one of those dazzling spring days that just beg you to walk around in the sun.  As I drove home from work this morning I knew I had to get out in it and I had the idea to try something that I’ve been wondering about for a while.  I had, until today,…

Finished! Edwardian Walking Skirt.

Like most of my historical sewing projects, I learned a lot by making mistakes.  The biggest mistake I made on this one was using the wrong weight of material for this skirt.  There’s a great post by The Pragmatic Costumer about some of the most obvious and avoidable mistakes you can make while constructing historical clothing.  Of…

Breadcrumbs: Nothing is Sacred.

Let me tell you a story. Years ago, I came into a little money and I set out to buy some new art supplies.  I was so excited to buy something nicer than the student grade stuff to which I had become accustomed.  I bought a tube of beautiful ultramarine watercolor.  I don’t remember the…

Breadcrumbs: Rubric.

The sap is beginning to rise out here in the Chihuahua desert, there’s actual warmth in the air and my basement dungeon of an apartment is beginning to thaw out.  That has nothing to do with the rest of this piece, I just think it’s nice to feel my toesies again.  (If I haven’t mentioned it before,…