Thursday, July 31, 2014

Food, Friends and Thimbles....

 Once upon a weekend, I had a wedding dress to sew, and an empty house due to vacationing family--
 They had a bunch of recipe's and Dr. Who episodes.
We had an idea.
We Sewed,
We Cooked,
We Ate,
We Watched
We Wrote
We Prayed

There were tears of shared sorrow and laughs of happiness.

There were tea cups, of so many piles ,

There was lots of ironing white silk,

Repetitive giggles,

  And bunches of popcorn,

Even a retro popcorn popper!

There were warm hugs over the kitchen-counter,

And constant loving on the dogs,

 One of us knitted,

Once of us worked on a story,

 We all helped in the kitchen,

And shared the fruits of our labor
Once upon a time, there were 4 friends:
-3 Blonde sisters,
-1 Brown-haired girl,

And an Old-Fashioned weekend.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet Alistair Click and Picture Diary

Please meet my new friend and companion...
Alistair Click.
He is a Canon Rebel Eos T3i.
I worked so hard to save up of him... that was a lot of sewing!
He really was a God-gift, because I got him (in perfect condition)  in a Craiglist deal, with an extra lens and some goodies, so God gets the glory on this one.  So, I am VERY grateful, in a crazy, excited, can't-believe-I-got-a-camera-like-this sort of way.

 So, without further ado... here's a Picture Diary of My July...

 1. Skyping my dear sister who is currently doing water-purification engineering in Ecuador, my little sister has a heart for God and for Missions...

2. Dear friend went to Lancaster P.A and brought me back an Amish Doll...

3. Sewing messes....

4. Sweet Sophie enjoying hot summer evenings...

5. Mom sipping fresh Watermelon Water..

 6. My "encouragement project", posting Bible verses and religious quotes
all over our house...

 7. Flower-Power selfie...

8. A sign given to me by a dear friend...

9. Western style, with thrifted belt-buckle...

 10. Lampost on walk...

11. Reading about the Civil War with my Olaf...

12. Sewing projects for the future....

13. On-going Wedding dress sewing, Dear Mama did a round of steaming my fabric for me..

 God Bless, I have a wedding dress to finish!
Much love, God Bless,


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life and Other Things...

So, life is a funny thing.
It never seems to unfold like we expect.
Why am I surprised by this?
I have lived too many years to not understand the concept that
"God works in mysterious ways" and that "His ways are Higher than our ways" and yet I am always surprised when my life goes in another direction than the one I had planned on.
Like, for instance, this month. By now, I had PLANNED to have lovely photos from the Fort Stanton CW reenactment to show you. I had PLANNED to be packing for church camp. I had planned for a peaceful and restful July.

This was not to be.
I am making a wedding dress for a friend, and must finish it in less than a months time.
See? This is how life works.
My dear friend "D" (who is a few years older than I) has ministered in my life  for many years, all the way through upper highschool and beyond. She is a fabulous child of God, and has always led a pure life.
So, in January, "D" meets "J" while working at a local church.
"D" and "J" start courtship.
"D" and "J" get engaged.
"D" wants the wedding to take place withen 2 MONTHS.
"D" comes to me, she wants a wedding dress sewn.
What is there to DO except order 6 yards of silk online and just DO IT?

So...I sew....and sew... and wedding dress sewing is not easy.
But for a friend?
Well....that is life.
That is good ol' unexpected, but ever adventurous LIFE!

So pray this dress works out...that everything works from design to putting together.

And one MORE thing about life.
I got an unexpected camera, for better photos and new you tube videos. Lots of historical fashion vids coming your way.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Civil War Apron (A construction and picture post)

 Well, Summer is here, and as if it won't be hot enough at a local NM reenactment in July, I have another piece to wear with my Civil War outfit!
This apron was sewn mostly by hand and was actually salvaged from another project turned sour. 
So, I cut up that other project, said goodbye to hours and hours of work, and moved on to make this apron up. This apron makes me feel more like a camp lady ready to do some work!
Normally, it is a general rule to not mix plaids, but after seeing my dress "check" fabric with the apron's more bold plaid, I found it pleasing and really complementary. I also realize that aprons rarely are made to match and outfit.  Anyway, I am super pleased with this.
 Simple, cute and practical for camp life. And it is very "Lexi-ish".
I have made a vow that I won't make a historical garment just because it is "correct"--I need to like it and feel comfortable in it.

A sewed a bow with white thread near the middle of the top of the apron front bib.
The bib front does not have straps, in the CW era, you pinned the edges up temporarily.

I made pockets, more to keep my hands somewhere than to put items in! I am a pocket freak!  Look how the green accent on my sleeve compliments the apron plaid.
Notice the cream bows on the pockets.

Cream lace accent on the waistband.
Notice (above the waistband) the bib apron-front is slightly gathered.
Notice (below the waist band) the pleating on the apronskirt. They are pleats that meet in the center.

You will notice the apron bib front is slanted near the bottom (where it is attached to the waistband). Even though it is gathered at the bottom, I still cut the bib piece wider at the top, and smaller on the bottom.

The tie ends (which are an extension of the waistband) tie in a bow, although you can make them shorter so they touch edge-to-edge and and close with hook and eyes.

The apron skirt curves around the edges. and forms a beautiful sweep up the edges of my dress, rather than cutting off abruptly with 90 degree edges. The only hard thing about doing the apron skirt this way, is that pin-tucks (to raise the hem) are harder to make.

 So, that is how I made this apron! Very simple and fun! I hope YOU are encouraged to make your own!
Draft your own apron, don't settle for a pattern, have fun, put yourself and personality into it! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


 My new little rescue pup Olaf is such a cutie, and has really helped me to heal after losing Molly so unexpectedly in February.
 He is full of loyal love.

And lots of cuddles.
 He is one of the most good-natured dogs we have ever owned.

 He loves to be with his pack, and enjoys being the center of attention.
 He is a comfort to my heart.
 He is very mellow and does not get frightened easily. He is all about chilling and enjoying the moment.
 He is very kind to Sophie, who remains the pack leader and alpha.
 Thanks Olaf for coming into our lives!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Emily's Teal Lace Gradution Dress


 What a whirl-wind of a week!
Finishing up this dress for my sister and attending her gradation, fighting sickness and a fever,  welcoming family into town, throwing a reception, finishing up projects for work.....

But, It was all so worth it and every step of the way there were Blessings from God. So many family and friends helped make this the most amazing of weeks. Congrats to my beloved sister. 
My Civil Engineer. Go and make the world a better place!

 For Emily's dress I used a cotton stretchy blend as the base with a stretchy lace overlay.
My Aunt bought this fabric for us when we visited Denver in March.
The dress has a yoke which is only the lace, to give a modest, yet transparent feel. 
The skirt is a wide a-line shape and connects to a waist band. The dress zips up the back- until the yoke begins, from there a key-hole forms, and then the lace yoke closes with a metal hook and eye.

This is the pattern we used as a base, New Look 6243...
However, we raised the waistline (a lot!), widened the skirt, the back key hole had to be added (since Em asked for one and there is not one on the pattern) and I added a bunch of crazy steps because I had to baste the lace over the solid fabric pattern pieces, before anything could be stitched together. 

The princess-seams weren't doing anything for Emily's figure so I added gathers under the bust-which did the trick. The result was a dress that did not look like the pattern we started with-but turned out much better than it would have if we had followed the pattern! This is not because the pattern was bad, it was because Emily was hard to fit, and since she is petite, among many other variables we ran into during the fittings, the style needed to be altered to flatter her shape.

In the end, we all loved the dress, and while there will always be things I wish I had done differently, I think it was a winner with it's owner!