Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five out of Nine!

Phew. This is a lot of work. :)

I meant to post each garment as I went along, but I kind of got caught up sewing and just kept going, and forgot to take pictures. So here I am posting 5 of the 9 pieces.

Last week, I was thinking, "I think I've bit off more than I can chew". If I do nothing else, I can sew a TON, but believe it or not, I do have a life outside of sewing! But after these past two days, I'm feeling a little better. :)

I was able to finish my stays and my peach jacket (since I already had that fabric) right after I last posted. My other fabric arrived last Wednesday, and I was gone all day Wednesday, most of Thursday, got a migraine on Friday, and had a wedding Saturday. Not the most ideal situation when you have to get these things done by April! ;) But I managed to work a little on the neckerchief and finish the shift. Monday I buckled down and sewed both petticoats and yesterday I made part of the last two jackets. Hopefully today I can finish the main sewing on those and get started on my cap, and the rest of the time can be spent on trimming the jackets.

Without further ado, here are some pictures.
 Shift and Stays!

Hand sewing duck is painful, fyi. I manage to poke a nice hole in my middle finger using the back side of the needle, because I had to push so hard to get it through. ouch.

Back of the stays

For anyone interested in the pattern of the boning casings...

Blue petticoat

 Peach jacket

I love the fluffy back!!! :)

6 widths of trim, hemmed on both sides and gathered....

And finally, with the neckerchief. 

My brown petticoat is done, but I don't have pictures of it yet - I'll post that with my other two jackets and cap. :)

It's a lot of sewing, but it at least it is fun and for a good cause! :) I've decided that happiness is when your pleats come out right the first time. :D

So long - got to get back to work!! :) :)


  1. IT'S SO CUTE!!!!

    I want it.

    I will borrow it.


  2. woweee!!

    you amazing, girl. :))

  3. I can tell that God gave you the girt of sewing! The clothes are so amazing! You are too! :)

  4. Tara, the rate at which you whip up garments is truly amazing.

    "6 widths of trim, hemmed on both sides and gathered...." oh, my - I have just a taste of what that feels like.

    Looking forward to seeing your completed wardrobe.:)

  5. Good job! I really like the orangy-peach jacket, what a great color.

  6. Kathryn - You may borrow it. Because I'm nice that way.

    Mom - :)

    Laurelyn - Awww, you are too!

    Anon - Thanks so much! Praise God for anything I do!

    Iris - Thanks!

    Moriah - Haha... yes, I'm a little sick of hemming by now...

    Eleganza Strings - not sure if this is Hannah or Esther, but thanks for the comment! :) I love the peachy color too!!

  7. Lovely. :) I've just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award which I received from American Duchess. More details here:

    Happy sewing!

  8. Thanks so much Katrina!

  9. Wow! How beautiful! What patterns did you use? I would LOVE to make something like this!

  10. Jessie - I used a JP Ryan pattern for the jacket and shift. The stays mocked-up from another friends' stays. Hope that helps! :)

  11. Great! Thanks so much! My family and some friends visited Williamsburg 2 years ago, and we wore pioneer style dresses, but, this would've been so much more appropriate! I'm hoping we can visit again, with proper costume... Anyway, thanks again!

  12. Oh, sorry, I forgot to ask where you got your lovely hat too?

  13. :) I got my hat somewhere online, many many years ago. I can't remember where! Sorry! But I do know that you can buy hats in Williamsburg at the Mary Dickinson Shop. Mine came untrimmed, and I added the ribbon on myself. :)



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