Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Ooops! My sister and I seem to have misplaced our camera! I have quite a few projects to catalog here but in the mean time, I have some links to offer you all that have been inspiring me lately.

Daughters of Vision These sisters have lovely taste and quite competent seamstresses! They inspire me to do some modern sewing as their things are so beautiful. Search there blog for sewing posts and I am sure you will find some things to inspire you also.

The Opulent Poppy is always a sweet breath of fresh air for me. Her blog is neat and tidy and each post usually contains inspiration of some sort whether sewing or another homemaking art.

If you have not seen Pleasant View Schoolhouse's sewing section, then you have really been missing out! I think it is considered the classic go to for house-dress inspiration now a days :)

I love all the paintings and thoughts on Home Living too.......

I stumbled across a lovely post with some very pretty dresses .........

Oh, and maybe I am the only one who does not know about the Handmade Dress but her Fall Market Booth with all of its sweet dresses was very inspiring to me! Her patterns with the classic lines and simple construction are very inspiring in general too :)

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

P.S.: Did you notice that none of this has to do with living history? Yup, I really want to make some modern things....... maybe soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A few more steps in the right direction......

We are well on our way to being ready for the event on he 20th! If you would have asked me last week, I would have said that there was no way we would be ready in time! I am happy to say that my outfit is finished for now and I can just tie loose ends for the rest of the week :)

First up is this pocket that I made with some random chintz scraps that we had laying around, some white linen and some twill tape. That brown linen that was used for the bias binding is left over from my mom's stays. The idea for a patchwork pocket came from an original in the Williamsburg collection that I saw there.

Brown striped petticoat (linen from Joanns!) with twill tape ties for closure. I found Katherine's page on making petticoats to be helpful. Just ignore the bit about making it to wear over pocket hips and you have a simple petticoat that is one length all the way around. That is what I did and it really is quite simple. Everything that shows is hand sewn. I did take short cuts on everything else :)

Now, I don't have any amazing pictures of my dress but you can at least see the idea from these. I plan on getting a picture at the event on the 20th with me wearing everything. I used the JP Ryan pattern and Tawny Port linen. The lining is a linen Eddie Bauer shirt that I found for 50 cents at a thrift store! Best buy in a long while! Anyways, the pattern went together beautifully and I can't really recommend JP Ryan patterns enough. The instructions were so easy to follow and even though I did the more complicated en fourreau option, a patient beginner could make this gown!

The pleats in the back were a big fiddly (you can see the top stitched line in the first picture) but really quite simple in the scheme of things. I would say that the hardest part is setting the sleeves in. I think my sleeves were in every possible position before I got it right! Once you figure out how they go in, you have to figure out where to put the little pleats. I tried towards the back of the armscye but it looks very distorted so I ended up going with more over the arm. I really thought that would be wrong but it ended up looking the best on me. Just experiment and baste your stitches in and don't give up!

I've made myself a neckerchief out of some light weight off white linen also. I probably ought to make a cap but I do not forsee myself getting to that very soon. My dad's things are basically finished and all I need to do is make some more pockets and maybe a surprise gift or two. Off I go!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Can you guess?

Yes, another pair of stays! I promise these will be the last for a while :)

Same pattern as the others. Same construction and same materials. I almost loathed making these but after a while, I sort of made a routine and can now make them rather fast :) It is nice when that happens and I honestly look forward to making another pair if I ever have the opportunity.

We had a try on this afternoon and they fit the recipient quite well. The event is on the 20th so stay tuned!

If all goes as planned, they are my plans after all and the Lord might have others (!!!), I should have a pair of breeches, leggings and a shirt for my dad finished before the week is out. They are all coming along well and I might have some more things finished too but we shall see. My list is getting shorter and shorter and I am glad for that because I only have 10 days left!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Blue Bonnet Blue Jacket

So this is the latest *finished* project on my list. I have been working on several others over the past week but they are sadly in progress right now and not finished yet.

Another JP Ryan pattern was used. This time the ladies jacket in Blue Bonnet from The pattern was so easy to follow, quite clear and easy to fit. I have collaborated to use this one pattern for three different women, all different shapes but the same general size and they all turned out well. I think that says that you definitely get what you pay for with this pattern company! They are a bit expensive but worth it!

The only thing that was a bit confusing to me was the picture on the front of the pattern. The two different sleeve options are not obvious in the picture. Between the three jackets, we used both options and all of the cuff options so we figured it out. It would be harder if someone was only making one jacket. Remember to make a mock up so you like your finished jacket the first time!

This pattern is made to be worn over stays and I would not recommend trying to fudge that unless you want to modify the front of the pattern. That would take some fiddling but it can be done.

This Jacket is View A and is closed with straight pins.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn