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Buried alive

I went from no projects to feeling buried alive in an avalanche of fabric and ideas. How does this stuff happen to me? It’s that feeling that I have nothing but time, and then my brain goes into overdrive and finally explodes. After talking to my daughter, I decided that I want to go nob, just not anywhere of course, but to California. I couldn’t afford it last year, airfares were twice what they were the year before. Plus we spent the money on fixing he car instead. So it’s my intention to go in November, because I can see my kids and go to Dickens Fair too. Since I sold my costume, I will need to make a new one. I also have some fabric left from girls’ skirts so I can make them blouses and I would like to make them some cute pantaloons too. It’s a bit early to start on costumes but my brain is already ...

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Almost done

Voila! I am taking a rest from my dressmaking. It is almost done. I have a little more trim to do and I may make another layer to the skirt. The plum slip that came with my Indian outfit was too high necked.Instead I combined a printed taffeta remnant which I had bought for the one of the three kings with the skirt piece to make an under dress. I like the under dress because that gives me less bulk around the waist. It also fills in the neckline nicely. I have a wine coloured silk skirt that matches the trim, I may use it instead of a slip or a third layer of blush cotton. I am thinking about making a belt, but that too can wait. I embroidered the fabric at the hem with blush and wine. This is the first time that I have made scallops and I’m very pleased with the effect combined with the uneven ...

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Sewing the Blue Victorian Day Dress

The completed, blue Victorian day dress. Why am I making one? Why am I getting behind on stuff. How can this happen when I don’t have a job or kids taking up most of my day? Those of you who know me from before, know that I was an active participant in historical re-enactments in California. Well, I am going to California in November, to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and while I am there I am going to Dickens Fair (Or as it’s really called The Great Dickens Christmas Fair). Since I gave away my costumes, I am making a new one. Doesn’t that sound simple, just sew up a new costume? First, I had to make myself a new dressmaker’s dummy, since I no longer have one, and the only ones I found were at Liverpool which is a pretty pricey store. Well, I used the directions on the Threads site and made a duct tape body double. ...

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