Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quick and Easy!

Quick and easy! This is just my speed.

My dad came home one day from work and said that he would like to give a house warming gift to someone he knows at work. He said that he knew her appliances were black and that her favorite color was blue but that she had a rather eclectic sort of style. She liked to cook but not too much and did not have very much kitchen-y type stuff.

My mom picked up some cooking utensils from Wal-Mart and we all decided she could use one of these considering ours is absolutely packed and used every single day.

But what to put with that? We thought that placemats and napkins were just perfect. The fabric was waiting for a project like this and about 4 hours later, these were finished.

This week I also made 5 pairs of mitts for colonial living history and an edwardian apron. I have some pictures to post about my dad's hunting frock and am cooking up some pretty maternity dresses with a friend! So much to do, so little time. Tomorrow is the last living history event of the season so more will be coming next week!

As Always,

Bethany Lynn

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Story of a Shirt..... more or less.......

Let's be honest here. This was one of those projects where I was so looking forward to making it...... and then I was looking forward to being done with it long before I was. Don't get me wrong, the pattern was awesome! It was just me. Am I the only one who needs projects like that? Where you need something to go not so right just so you learn something that you needed to learn? Yup, thought so. Getting a sense of reality is always great ;)
He's putting "war paint" on the kids for the Boston tea party. Don't worry! It was voluntary! ;)

Anyways, so we are looking at the green-ish shirt that my dad is wearing. He requested it for his Rogers Rangers impression(google it! It is interesting!) and he had some specifications. It needed to be green (camouflage after all!) and large enough but not too large to go over another shirt un-tucked. My first mistake was when I was planning out the project. I thought to myself..... this pattern is just squares and rectangles! How much easier can that be? I don't need a mock up! Wrong. You always make a mock up. Always. End of story. Lesson number one.

So I cut it out of my linen and proceeded to follow the great instructions doing most of the seams by hand, mind you! So it is all done except for the cuffs and hemming it and my dad tries it on. It is much too large in the body and the sleeves are too long. Now what?!
And feathers on this little guy to get ready for the Boston tea party too......

The last thing I am going to do is take the whole thing apart. He brilliantly suggest slitting the shirt up the front and making it into a wrap shirt of sorts. It is period correct and solves that problem. He then suggests cutting out a bit of the sleeve length and then sewing it back together forming a seam right around the elbow. Brilliant again. Solves those problems no thanks to me. He takes it off and I proceed to make the changes. The shirt does get finished but it is still white. No problem. I dyed the fabric for these stays and these and these...... and these and for my sister's dress (which I have no pictures of as usual.) I can do that. I've done it before. I can do it again. No big deal......

Have you ever tried dyeing something green before with green and brown dye? You want an earthy color that doesn't look like a chemical dye was used..... and it is supposed to match that belt that your dad already has. Just make some samples right? Easy enough. I think I made at least a dozen. I got the one I wanted and then I forgot how I got it. That makes a person feel un-intelligient in the least. In the end, I dyed the shirt the right color, rinsed it out. End of that. But then I put the shirt in the drier. It came out the color that you see here but it was brighter and less gray when I was done. I was slightly disappointed. Just slightly.

The man has a shirt. I am still sewing...... It seems like a long time ago now but I appreciate that shirt. Simple things keep you humble? mhmmm

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

P.S: I just realized that picture with the knife is kinda creepy. My apologies. You kinda have to have a sense of humor in this living history stuff ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Some changes......

Yes, this place is having some changes made! I hope you all like it. I really like how it turned out no thanks to me, but thanks to a very talented friend! It should be this way for a while to come and I hope you all find it as homey and inviting as I do.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

~ Another Linen jacket and petticoat

This time for another friend in the same pattern but View B instead of View A. In case it isn't obvious, we are looking at the green jacket and brown petticoat :-) I don't have any pictures of just her.

Linen from and simple muslin for the lining.

The stomacher was so simple to construct and the covered buttons were so worth it. Now to only figure out how to keep the lacing around the buttons.......

The petticoat is as basic as it gets. Katherine's instructions are a great help too.

I'm slowly catching up on cataloging all these projects.... more to come.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Saturday, October 9, 2010

That dress.......

I promised some pictures of my finished colonial outfit. I suppose I promise pictures of a lot of things. The problem is that when it is finally all finished, I move onto something else and I never remember to take pictures when I am actually wearing any of this stuff. Much to busy you know ;)

So, these aren't my pictures but they give you an idea of the day and where I wore it and kinda how it looked. If you are interested in more information concerning the pattern I used and things of that sort, look at my first post that I linked to above. Enjoy!

That would be almond oil for soap balls..........

I am not too fond of the way the pleats are in the sleeve but I am not too fond of the idea of taking them out and putting them back in either.... choices choices.

Doesn't that young lady to my right in the picture look fabulous? I think so!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


You know how it goes. Things add up. Time slips away. It is Sunday again and it feels like yesterday was Sunday. I *will* update on sewing soon but for now, I have been thinking on this quote from Blessed Femina:

"This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way.
In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness."
-Elisabeth Elliot

It is hard to keep going on projects whether it be sewing or not. I think Elizabeth has it right. Think of it God's way.

The sense of humor of the artist in this painting made me laugh and silently made me think of that overwhelming feeling when you are surrounded by lots of .... stuff!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn