Monday, November 28, 2011

1940's on the Beach

I've had this dress done for quite a while now. I thought that I wouldn't have a chance to take pictures of it until next spring/summer, since it is currently 39ยบ outside. :) But our family decided to take a vacation in Hilton Head Island earlier this month and so I figured the beach would be a perfect place to take pictures.

We went there at mid-day, so the sun was shining full down on us, which made for *ahem* rather interesting squinty smiles and challenging for my sister photographer, but she is just so amazing that she could still take great photos, even in full sun. :)

Here's the front. I'm standing on the steps up to the dunes house. We've been going to Hilton Head Island since before I was born, so these steps have a lot of memories attached to them!

And there's the back.

I used Butterick Pattern #5209, with (of course) some small alterations. I raised the neckline, curved the empire seam, rather than having it come to a point. I also made a different skirt, because I didn't want gathers at the waist, and I eliminated a few seams on the bodice. The fabric is 100% rayon.

I got up early, did my hair and make-up, but I guess I could have stayed in bed, as far as the hair was concerned. It was SO windy that it pretty much looked like a mess as soon as I stepped on the beach!

You can see a little more of the bodice detailing in this photo, though the busy print makes it rather hard to see the seams. 

The sleeve seam - I'm loving the angle of it!

Neck-notch! Retro patterns are SUCH fun! 
*This actually was one of the hardest parts of the dress to sew - the notch came our crooked a few times before I finally got it right! :)*

Splashing in the ocean (notice the way my sister captured the water splashing on my leg)

And this is on the other end of the dunes house

So there's my latest creation! Lots of other outfits are swimming around in my head, so I'll be back with more sewing adventures sometime soon!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The New Regency Shoe!

Finally they are available for Pre-order!!! I have been following the blog "American Duchess" ever since they came out with the Devonshire and Georgiana shoes and have been getting soooo excited about their new Regency shoes - the Pemberley shoes!

A little about the Pemberley shoe:
The "Pemberley" Regency shoes are closely based on extant footwear from the 1790s through 1810.  The smooth, dyable, hand-sewn leather upper is designed to be lovely enough formal occasions, and durable enough for walking in the countryside.  Particular attention was paid to the point of the toe, as well as the other hallmarks of Regency historical footwear, with the main goals being both historical accuracy and all-day comfort.
 Head on over to American-Duchess and pre-order your own pair of Pemberley shoes, OR you can be like me, and enter her giveaway on her blog! :)

P.S. On her blog she also has a page where you can see the other shoes in the works... I am really excited for the Edwardian Strappy Pumps to come!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I am thankful for...

Life and living it to the fullest. The Lord who died for me that I might have eternal life. Home that is really a home, not just a house. Family, I couldn't ask for a better one. Fall and all the colors of the leaves, the cool fresh air. Friends who make me smile, think, and encourage me.

I'm thankful for...

A voice. I can't imagine life without singing. Socks. Because my toes are cold. Letters from friends - they make my day. Cheese because it tastes good. Patterns that make sewing much easier. Books. Especially on a cold day. Popcorn while watching a movie with family. Coffeeeeeeee with whipped cream. Or without. Just has to have cream and sugar. Music. It makes me happy. Fingers to tickle the piano. My bed. Being away for a week really makes one thankful for their own bed. Our yard. It's beautiful. Chocolate. Need I say more? Hugs. One size fits all and they are easily exchanged. Events that are coming up. Rag curlers since my hair is stick straight. My church family. You all encourage me! Health. Dear Nose, I'm grateful you aren't sneezing like yesterday. Love, Tara. My sewing machine, which makes my life so much easier. My sister. She's pretty amazing.

I'm thankful for...

An afternoon of hair curling, hats, and mousse-filled chocolate cups with Laura. Spontaneous 5-hour movie nights with Wendy. An evening trying to blow up mattresses with Hannah and Esther. Hotel nights with Lauren. Long email conversations with Robyn. Skype chats with Emily. Sprinkling snow on each other with Kristen. Sewing with Lily and Gretel. Kitchen clean-up late night goofiness with Grace. Swim poses at the L's house with Sokea. Sunday conversations over lunch with Dawn (I miss you!)

What are you thankful for today?


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