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!


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!

My Fave 5 Friday – Blogger Made Costumes

Hi Friday, everyone! It’s the end of the work week, and I’m sure we are all ready for the weekend, so what better way to end the week than with some awesome costumes! This week I have picked 5 of my absolute favorite blogger made costumes. Now, let me say that it was very, very, very hard to narrow it down to just five. It took me a very long time to decide on exactly which ones to pick. So, here they are:

#5 – Before the Automobile’s 1887 Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

This costume has two of my favorite things going for it – 1) It’s Victorian and 2) Stripes! When it comes to historical costumes, stripes drawl me in like a June bug to a front porch lamp after dark. lol. Her work is beautiful. Just looking at her photos, you could almost think you are looking back in time.

#4 – American Duchess’ Revolution Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Lauren of American Duchess fame has made some fabulous dress. And, again, it was very hard to pick just one, but I think this is it. Red is one of my favorite colors, and I love 18th century dress. The white petticoat helps to accentuate the red color, and the lace along the neckline is just lovely.

#3 – Historial Sewing’s 1887 Summer Berry Trifle Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Jennifer is another amazingly talented costumer. Her costume portfolio is stunning. But, of all of them, this is the one that caught my attention. I know, it’s another stripey Victorian, but I can’t help it! It’s so lovely. The color combination is perfect, and I love the hat she made to go with it.

#2 – Koshka the Cat’s 1770’s Polonaise

Photo found here

Photo found here

Kathryn’s lovely 1770’s Polonaise is part of what inspired me to make my 1770’s Polonaise. The easy elegance of her dress caught my attention the very first time I saw it, and reminded me of the pattern that I had always wanted to use. I was even lucky enough to find a bolt of fabric close in color to her’s.

And, we have reached……

#1 – Festive Attyre’s Edwardian Half Mourning Dress

Photo found here

Photo found here

Jen’s Edwardian Half Mourning dress is an amazing reproduction of a fashion plate. And, she just looks incredible in it. Every detail is perfect. So much inspiration in one photo.

So, there you have my Fave 5 for this week. Please comment to tell me what your favorites are, I would love to hear from you. Also, I know I haven’t posted a regular post in a while, but keep watching this space! I have a couple of fun posts lined up for next week. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!