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!


My Fave 5 Friday – WWI Era Fashion Inspiration

Since today is Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day here in the US, I thought I would share some of my favorite inspirations from the WWI era. Earlier this year, I was given some fabric and wanted to find something I could use it for. Now, I used to pass over this era, but after seeing the 1910’s pattern from Wearing History, this era caught my attention in a big way. The fabric did become my 1916 Suit, and I fell in love with an era I might never have explored otherwise. So, here are my top favorites I found while doing research.

#5 – A picture is worth a thousand words

This photo is just fabulous! I love her suit, and her attitude. I like the hem detail of her skirt, the lapel details on the jacket, and the blouse sets it all off.

#4 – 1915 Fashion Plate

All four ensembles in this plate are lovely, but the dark purple skirt with pale purple blouse on the left speak to me. I love the tiers on the skirt, along with the shoulder straps. I may just have to find some light weight purple wool to recreate this one. ­čśë

#3 – 1915 Cranberry Wool Suit

I love the cranberry color of this suit, it reminds me of the cranberry wool I used in my suit. I really like the embroidery detail on the front, and all of the buttons. This is another one that I would love to recreate.

#2 – 1915 Skirt and Blouse Ensemble┬á

I love everything about this outfit. The pocket and skirt yoke details are a great touch, and the pale blue accent color on the blouse keeps it light and lovely. This one is definitely on my recreate list.

And, finally…

#1 – 1915 Linen Crepe Dress

This is a lovely example of an original garment. I love all of the details on this dress. It makes for the perfect summer dress.

Did you like this week’s picks? Are there any of these that inspire you? Have some that you would like to share? Please comment and tell me. To comment, just click the heart in the top right corner of the post. I would love to hear from you. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – Theatrical Patterns

Welcome to this week’s of My Fave 5 Friday. For this installment, I will share my top 5 favorite Theatrical patterns that I have used, so far (I own a ton that I haven’t had a chance to use yet, so these may change later. lol). As I still am too broke to attend Costume College and join in on all of the wonderful costuming fun, I will just share some of favorite pattern. So, without further ado, here we go!

#5 – Period Impressions 1770’s Polonaise with Petticoat

Image from my costume project page

Image from my costume project page

I fell in love with pattern almost 20 years ago, and determined to eventually buy it. I finally go my wish in 2009, as a birthday gift from my mom. Then, later that year, when the hubby proposed to me, I decided that this was to be my wedding dress in a dark green with white petticoat. Well, after a couple of comments from the (now) hubby of how he just didn’t think an 18th century gentlemen’s waistcoat and jacket would go with his family kilt, my dress changed, and the pattern got filed away. Then, our costume group put together an 18th century ball for the following winter, and I was finally able to use this pattern. I have since used it several times, and still love it.

#4 – Laughing Moon #100 Ladies Victorian Underwear

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

When it came time for make a proper Victorian ensemble, this was the pattern I picked for the undergarments. The finished garments are just lovely. I used the Dore corset pattern. The only issue I had was that the pattern size ran a bit large, but it is easily fixed. Having made a couple of these, and with another one planned for the very near future, I highly recommend this pattern.

#3 ┬á– Mantua-Maker 1800-1820 Regency Stays

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

This pattern is a staple for my Regency sewing. I have made several sets of Regency stays for myself, and my daughters, and this is always the pattern I reach for when making long stays. The instructions are wonderful, and I had no issues the first time I made a set. I even had a set that no longer fit me, that was in such great shape after several years of wear and tear, that I was able to pass them on to a close friend.

#2 – Folkwear Patterns #203 Edwardian Underthings

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

I recently had the time to finally put this pattern to use. I love it! The garments turn out so lovely, and the instructions are very clear and detailed. Everyone who has seen the finished garments have been enthralled with them. The extra details on the garments (inset lace and pintucks) really make them look fabulous. I will absolutely be making another set, or two.

And here is my….

#1 – Wearing History # R113 Elsie 1910’s WWI Era Blouse

Image and pattern found here

Image and pattern found here

This quickly became my new, most favorite pattern! I love this blouse. I ordered it to go with her 1910’s Suit Pattern, and I’m glad I did. It is very elegant, and helps to make the costume I made it for. I will say that this pattern is not for the beginning seamstress, and my prior knowledge of garment construction definitely came in handy, but it is well worth it. If you are good with garment/blouse/shirt construction, this will be a breeze to put together. I purchased the e-pattern, and with putting the pattern together, cutting out the pattern and fabric, and construction, it took me less than 8 hours total. I will most definitely be using it again, especially since I have already purchased fabric for two more.

So, there you have my Fave 5. Please comment to tell me your’s. The comment button is just under the post title I would love to hear about some patterns that I may not have heard of, or had a chance to try yet.