Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Binding the 1700's Stays...

 Elaine wanted to say hello, before beginning the post on binding the stays. Is she not beautiful?

On to business! This project is slow-I am so sorry to put you all thru this process. Normally these would have been done a week after starting. But, taking time has advantages. Namely being able to share with you the process, or the process I am taking to make these stays.

The boning was done unconventionally, and so has the binding. 
I had a sort of piping trim in my stash, with binding attched, so I am using that. 
First I am attaching the shorter bit of silk ribbon attached to the piping, (it is kind of like double fold bias tape with piping)....

And then I'll turn the other silk ribbon part underneathe, 
like this. 
 But I have a lot of progress to make!

Also, here ae the eyelets coming along. I bought grommets, but decided to go the hand-work route!
Lots of love, Lexi!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Peasant Girl Costume


 I have been sewing a sweet Peasant Costume for a dear little friend from Church. She is in a play, and needed a Peasant dress, that was actually pretty. She did not want a sack bag!

The real tricky part, was the fact that it needed to be somewhat...well poor looking. 
We used a pink sheet for the basic loose dress, and an old brown sheet for the over gown and hat.
The brown over gown laces up:
The hat was so cute:

 
 I think she looks precious! 
I had a blast sewing this!
 She looks super cute!
 God is so good! He gives me plenty of fun projects. 
xoxo
Lexi

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My favorite Cable ties....(Boning in focus)

Cable ties...... I really appreciate cable ties! They are handy, cheap and sturdy. And if you don't mind that they are plastic (and thus inaccurate for historical wear) they are perfect for all your projects. What can I say? They are so great! Granted, one might argue in favor of feather weight boning from Joannes if you were to go the plastic route anyways. But cable ties have one major advantage that featherweight boning does not, it is straight! The featherweight boning I have seen is usually rolled up in a ball and has a tendency to curl on me. Does anyone have the same problem? (The other major advantage is that cable ties can be much stronger depending on which size you buy!) So, unless you need to be historical (which is fine-there of some times it needs to be accurate) I would suggest Heavy Duty Cable ties for all your heavy-bonning needs! 
Especially if you are new to corsetry. Some day I will buy real metal boning, and I am sure it will be a high light in my life, but for now I use cable ties, and am very happy! The great thing about these 24in Heavy Duty ties, is they are so strong, long and wide. They give lots of support! I don't feel like I need metal bones. Does anyone else like Cable ties for boning?
I buy mine at Harbor Frieght-10 (1 pack) for $1.50 (on sale-the go on sale frequently).
My Dad and I bond at the hard ware store buying cable ties and grommets (the ones for masts and sails!)
Hope you all are well!

xoxox
Lexi

Monday, September 24, 2012

Boning the 1700's Stay

The Stays are in the process of being boned...BONED...I am tired of boning!
Uhmm. Yes, as you can tell by my attitude, I am about ready to be done with the boning! It has been going on for days-probably since I have two other projects going on, but I am ready to be done with boning!
 The Channels have been sewed along with the bones being put in, so I have had a sort of non-conventional boning party all week long. 
Usually all the boning channels should be stitched, then all the bones put in, but I am doing a weird tango of sorts-stitch, bone, stitch, bone. (In addition, most of the plastic cable ties have had to be removed, and their ends melted with a candle, so as to not poke through the fabric.)


The white lining has changed quite a bit since the channel were sewn. I think it looks neat!
(The underside of the stays)

I think these stays are a kind of milestone in my sewing. I started sewing as a newbie for my doll Gwendolyn nearly 5 years ago. I have barely gone a week without sewing since then. Most  times I sew at least once a day. 
But I feel very proud when I look at these.

Very happy God has given me the ability to sew!
 xoxox
Lexi

P.S  This is my second post for today, so if you haven't already, check out my earlier post below!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Summer is almost gone...

 Summer is almost gone, where has the season gone? 
I have been busy with church camp, VBS, watching the Olympics to such an extent that July faded and August has crept up without my notice!
This Summer I have sewn and babysat and it has been such a pleasure, I don't want to see it go. My two sisters are packing up soon for the dreaded "back to collage" trips. 
I hope everyone is well and ready for the fall!

Hope to do more sewing posts in the future! 
I finished a pink cotton dress up.

xoxox
Lexi


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sewing a Sheer Shawl

This is my promised sewing post! 
While on vacation, I was able to log in once on the internet at a restaurant and check some fav blogs. While browsing, I saw that Sarah Jane from Romantic History , had made a sheer shawl. I fell in love with her huge, ruffly shawl. 
It just so happened, (By God's blessing!) that while at a Thift Store, I found and old bed ruffle made from a really nice gauzy material. This stuff is super soft- unlike most scratchy bed ruffles. 

So, I started out by determining the size (making it triangular instead of square) with a somewhat narrow ruffle (cut from the original ruffle). Next, I unattached the ruffle from the main material (it was a twin size), cut my triangle, and hemmed it all the way around by hand. Next, the cut-down ruffle was attached to the two sides, as opposed to being all around..

The result was lovely, and I was blessed to have lovely trimmings to decorate with last!
It is a very roomy shawl!
The ruffle has a tine trim along the edge to disguise the naughty fact that I serged the ruffles end!

A very long side!

It points in the back!

Hope you enjoy this!

xoxox
Lexi

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Meet The Owl

Meet Professor Hootle


Please meet my latest project, a cute little owl for my friend's Graduation present. Is he not a 'hoot'? He has a little bow tie, pocket and huge eyebrows! He loves to grad papers and help newbies at University. 
Pro. Hootle is such a good owl, and he greets everyone with a "Hootle-doodle-doo!"  Here is a link to the awesome, free pattern I used LINK It is easy and fun!
xoxox
Lexi

Monday, May 14, 2012


Mother's Day Rose Blouse for a very one Wonderful Mother 
Hello Everyone! Yesterday was one of the most important days of the year, in my estimation, the day to celebrate our Mothers.  I made her a cream and rose, gauzy blouse, with a ruched front and pearl buttons. Hope you like it!



Decorative  trim and buttons.
Two layers of pin-tucks and tea-dyed lace.
You can see the hem, and how the material is light and "old fashion".


What did you do for Mother's Day?
xoxox
Lexi

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Old-School Style-Turning a Collar

In which I turn a collar

 My beloved Uncle is in his 60's and he is very special to our family. He is actually the one who gets me most of my dolls! Every Christmas for a long time we bought him these special corduroy shirts from JCPenny's. However, a few years ago they stopped selling them, and his precious shirts are now worn out dreadfully. 
He brought me this yellow  shirt some time ago and asked me to "Turn the collar". I am ashamed to say, that with all my knowlegde of historical sewing, I didn't know what he meant! I waited awhile, rather scared of trying, and then asked him what he meant. He told me I needed to remove the collar and then flip it to the other side and sew on. At first I was confused, thinking I had to flip the collar inside out, but in actuality, I turned the whole collar so instead of the back of it facing down, the back faced up (touching the neck!) and the worn side was turned under, hidden. Ingenious? I think so! So, give it a try. In this age of buying new things when something tears or needs to be "turned", this is a great way to make your closet stretch.

First with a seam ripper, CAREFULLY remove the collar of the garment and flip, so the non-worn side faces up..
Be Careful not to tear the collar in the worn spots when removing it from the garment.
Here you can see the utterly worn-through area of the old right side, now backside of my Uncle's collar.

Next, put the collar back into the garment and stitch. Turn down, hiding the thread-bare areas.
 
This is the front! No worn areas!



Here is the underside, showing the worn areas which are hidden!
 Very simple, very thrifty, and very satisfying! 

Man, I feel old school!
Have a great day!
xoxox
Lexi

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Girl By The Sea- A poem

For lack of anything better to post (okay, this is a bit of a lie because I have a BIG doll project underway) I am going to post a poem I wrote about three years back. I am not sure when I wrote it, but now I know I need to date things, especially as poetry only comes upon me occasionally and at random moments. I never like to force myself to write poetry, it always comes out better when it spills forth, unsummoned.
So here it is,


A Girl by the Sea
By Lexi of OldFashionDolls

There's a girl who lives by the sea,
who often cares to sail with me,
She laughs and chatters through the day,
But once at dock goes her way,
I sit and ponder where she's gone,
Don't sea her till the morning's dawn,
I muse and miss her pretty smile,
For hours and hours I'm not but idle,
I dearly want to kiss that cheek,
But daren't even my feelings speak,
Those fair blue eyes will flutter wide,
When I try to be by her side,
A spark ignites and her smile fades,
My face reds and flushes shades,
And after I have let her go,
She runs through port and doesn't slow,
I wish I knew where she does dwell,
For how she makes my spirit swell!
I feel like I'm in such a dream,
When she flashes that smiling beam,
But I can never make her stay,
For once on land she floats away,
I stare after her flowing long dress,
And ask dear God to follow and Bless,
And then I row and sail away,
Until the dawn of very next day.

God Bless everyone! I hope to have a doll post soon!
xoxox
Lexi