2016 Year in Review

2016 was not a productive year by most standards, when it comes to my sewing projects, but compared to the several years prior, it was a great year. I started to thinking about the project list I set for myself for this year, and how much of I didn’t finish. Then, I started thinking of how much I did get finished, and how for the several years before I had barely sewn at all. It was very good year in the sewing room after all. So, I thought I would take a look back at what I had wanted to accomplish, and at what I actually did accomplish:

The 2016 Costume Plan
1. 1912 Walking Suit – This is a costume that I have been trying to make since 2013. I nearly finished it this year. I only have a corset, the jacket and the skirt to make for it.

2. 1887 Mourning Dress – A newer project to the list. Never even had a chance to get past the beginning of the planning phase.

3. Great Gatsby Dress – A project that was planned for 2013. We had all planned to wear 20’s dresses to go to see the movie when it premiered, but none of us made it.

4. Regency Half Robe Set – I had bought about 3 yds of two matching fabrics and planned on making a matching set of half robes to wear over an under dress. Well, this goal was mostly met. I did get the under dress and one of the half robes made.

5. 1950’s Christmas Dress – I just wanted to make a lovely dress for the Christmas season. I was going to postpone this project until 2017, but then got it in mind to try to make for this year’s company Christmas party. I almost hit the mark, too. If I had just decided to start a week to two earlier, it would’ve been done. As it currently stands, I just need to attach the sleeves to the bodice, attach the skirts to the bodice, hem the skirts, and make the cumberbund.

Now, for what I did actually accomplish this year:

Mostly finished blouse

Mostly finished blouse

The Gibson Girl blouse for  my 1912 Walking suit.

Folkwear # 203 - Camisole

A full set of Edwardian undergarments, minus the corset.

Wow! Looking good, Jane! Looking good!

1910’s Wearing History blouse.


1910’s Wearing History Suit


1950’s Tispy Tea Dress.


Regency Half Robe with under dress, along with a new chemise and stays.

All in all, a total of 13 individual garments completed. Not bad after a three year dry spell.

Now, time to look forward to my planned sewing list for 2017. What do I want to do in the new year? Let’s have a look, shall we?

  1. Finish the 1912 Walking Suit
  2. Finish the 1950’s Christmas Dress
  3. Sew the 2nd Regency Half Robe
  4. Finally make the Great Gatsby Dress
  5. Sew the Late Bustle Era Emerald Green Dress
  6. Sew a new set of Victorian undergarments, along with a bustle

There is the list, so far. No doubt that it will grow and change through out the year. It looks to be a fun list of goals for the year. How did you do this year? What’s on your list for the new year? Comment and share. I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.

Be sure to drop back by in the new year. I’ll have lots more My Fave 5 Fridays, along with progress on my sewing list. Until then….. Happy Sewing! And, Happy New Year!


Making progress… well, a little

Life has gotten kind of crazy, again, and it’s slowed down sewing progress, that’s for sure. On Saturday, I had a cooking class to teach, so that meant no progress in the sewing room. However, I did make it down there on Sunday. I jumped in to finish up my new set of Regency stays. I only had the outer layer left to sew together, and then I was able to put them all together. I have everything lined up and was ready to start the boning channels.


That’s where I hit a stumbling block. When cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I know I cam across a bag full of the zip ties I use for boning, but now I can’t find it. I searched the room a couple of times over, found a few other things I was missing, but still no boning. I didn’t feel like running out to the hardware store right then, and decided that I still had stuff that I could work on to keep from losing precious sewing time. So, I pulled out the pre-washed, bleached muslin I had set aside for a new chemise, and got started.


A short time later, and I finally have a sleeveless Regency chemise. Yay! Now, I just need to make a run to the hardware store to get some new zip ties (and then I’ll find the bag I was looking for, never fails!) so I can finish the stays. Once the stays are done, I can finish my under dress and move on to the half robes. The only plans I have for this weekend is to go see Wicked with the Teenaged Attitude on Friday night, and then I’m hitting the sewing room for the rest of weekend. I am determined to get as much done as I can, just in case I have to help someone with their dress before the picnic.

In other news, some fabric I ordered awhile ago for Miss PJ, Miss Elma and myself finally arrived on Saturday!


There sits 20 yds of satin in each color. Miss PJ ordered the purple, Miss Elma ordered the silver, I ordered the green, and I got the black as a bonus. We will be making our new Victorian Late Bustle era gowns with all of this satin. I already have all of my patterns lined up, and will be starting on my set of black cotton undergarments, along with a new emerald green corset, after I’m done with my Regency sewing. I can’t wait to get started! Is anyone else working on, or getting ready to start a new Victorian costume? Please comment and share, or leave a link to your blog, as I just love seeing other’s beautiful costumes. Until next time… Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – 1830’s Romantic Era Fashion Plates

This week’s My Fave 5 is from an era I wouldn’t have considered before. When I used to look at Romantic Era dresses and fashion plates, I used to just think, “Why?” To me the sleeves where just ridiculously large. I couldn’t image having to cart those things around. But, that era has been slowly growing on me. The more I look at them, the more I like them. And, finally, last week I decided that I do want to make at least one full 1830’s costume. I even discovered in my pattern stash that I had inherited a copy of an 1830’s dress. Because my CADD won’t allow me to concentrate on just one costume at a time, or even 3 costumes for that matter, I have found my self looking up fashion plates and researching the foundation garments. So, just to appease the scattered, costuming side of my brain, here is this week’s Fave 5. Enjoy!

#5 – Carriage Dress and Walking Dress 

I love winter! I just love the cold weather and being able to bundle up, adding lots of layers. So, these dresses are just up my alley! The one on the left with all the fur time, matching fur muff, and the lovely red color is perfect. And the green dress, I love the ermine fur time, and the bows down the front of the skirt.

#4 – 1834 Evening Dresses

This plates has such wonderful, double puffed sleeves. The red dress (which I am more drawn toward, as red is one of my favorite colors) has the lovely bows down the from, while the white dress is accessorized with a lovely wrap.

#3 – 1830 Evening Dresses 

Another lovely set of evening dresses. The pink dress have the stripes that I so love, and an interesting trim in the middle of the sleeve that mirrors the trim around the middle of the skirt. I also love her hair do! The green dress (my favorite of these two, as green is another of my favorite colors) has such wonderful sheer sleeves with cute cuffs, and the green details at the top of the sleeves. I also love the trim detail around the skirt. I’m just not too crazy about the matching hat. lol.

#2 – Evening Dresses 

As I found this image on Pinterest, and it was pinned by a Russian user, this was no date listed. My favorite in this one is the flowered dress on the right. I love the contrast of the dark background of the fabric, and the large pink flowers. I’m not too sure about the wrap/scarf thing she’s got going on, but it kinda works. On the white dress, I love the sheer overlay at the collar. It adds a dainty touch to the overall dress.

And, down to….

#1 – 1833 Evening Dress 

The lovely gold color of this dress is what caught my attention. Not that I can wear gold or yellow colored fabric, as I have a rosy skin tone. I like the lovely lace that runs down the front of the dress, and the bows that accentuate it. The lovely ruffle above the puff sleeves is edged with a lace trim. And the other thing that caught my attention in this plate is the fabulous hair do! She has accessorized her dress perfectly with dangle-y earrings, a lovely necklace, elbow length gloves, and a wrap, in case of cool weather. lol.

So, these plates have helped to further my interest in the puffy-sleeved dark side of the 1830’s. lol. Are there any of these plates that catch your attention? Have I helped to sway you to join me in my current ginormous sleeve madness? If so, please comment and tell me which ones. Or, are there any that I don’t have featured that are just over-the-top, puffy sleeved awesomeness? Please comment and tell me about them. And, stay tuned for next week’s post. Until then… Happy Sewing!