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!

Mail Time! (Warning: Photo Heavy Post)

I love when fun packages arrive in the mail. I skip round the house (not literally, I have a small ranch house, so there’s not really enough space to skip around, lol) singing the old Blue’s Clues Mail Time song. If you’ve never heard it (like my hubby), go look it up on youtube. Go ahead. I’ll wait….. Now that you have that engraved on your brain, you’ll find yourself singing it when you get fun packages. lol. But, this past week was full of fun mail days. I placed orders for some of the patterns on my “to buy” list, and they all arrived in the same week. So, I’ll share the fun, and show you what I bought. Let’s start with…..

The first two packages that arrived on Monday had the Folkwear patterns I ordered:

#210 – Armistice Blouse


and #253 – Vintage Bathing Costume


I have wanted both of these patterns for a very long time. The next package arrived on Tuesday, and had the Sense & Sensibility pattern in it:

The 1909 “Beatrix” Jacket


The 1909 “Beatrix” Skirt


and The 1909 “Beatrix” Shirtwaist


On Wednesday, my Truly Victorian patterns arrived:

TV550 – 1880’s Buckram Hat Frame


TV463 – 1884 French Vest Bodice 


TV460 – 1885 Bustle Cuirass Bodice 


TV365 – 1883 August Overskirt 


TV362 – 1884 Wash Overskirt 


And, along with those patterns, I order 1 set each of the TV101 Pre-cut Bustle Wires for Miss Elma, Miss PJ and myself:


And, finally, on Thrusday arrived the package that had the McCall Vault Collection patterns I ordered:

M2022, M2029 & M2030


It was a very happy mail week for me! But, it’s always a happy day when I can add more patterns to my pattern library. I am so excited about all of these patterns. I can’t wait to put them to use. And, as a matter of fact, I recently received a gift from my mother-in-law, a lovely piece of framed artwork, featuring a bustle area scene, and I plan on recreating the dress in the portrait:


Not sure if I will get to this by the end of the year, or if it will have to go on next year’s list, but I will make this costume. lol. And, Miss PJ and I have decided that this portrait will be hung in a place of honor in the sewing room, after we get the room painted, that is.

Well, there was my excitement from last week. I do have more to post about, so I may post that in a couple of days. Until then…. Happy Sewing!