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…

Finished! 1903 Undergarments.

Finally!  This was a little more of an undertaking than I assumed when I started.  Good grief, 8 yards of muslin, who knows how much lace, hours and hours of work, and four bloodied fingers.  I had to do a lot of hand stitching and I’m not very good at it.  I get distracted a…