Thursday, January 30, 2014

Maggie pin

I got lucky on ebay and found another Victorian Maggie pin for my collection. I've seen a couple of ones similar to this with the thistle design go by for more than I wanted to pay, but I was psyched about getting this one!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2013 Costume Year in Review

I'm super late on this. (I DO WHAT I WANT!) I just have had no time. But I haven't really sewed anything for 2014 yet, so we'll count this as part of sewing year 2013.

Here's what I said I wanted to do this year.

1) Secret project will be first - I don't want to post til it's done, but I'm really excited about it!


Using fabric from spoonflower, I made the strawberry gown from Marie Antoinette in time to wear at Dress U!


2) A redingote of some sort. I have red wool set aside for this


3) I really want to do Elizabeth Monroe's pink gown, but I haven't found the right fabric yet.

Nope! Still haven't found the right fabric!

4) I have fabric for this costume from Mirror, Mirror, but I think I've been putting it off because the bodice is kind of corset-like and that is not my favorite thing to make.

Nope! And I ended up using the pink fabric I had for the corset for my francaise gown.

5) I have striped fabric that would be perfect for this 1790s, so I'd like to do something like these.


6) I adore both of these, but I really want to do the cream and pink sacque. I have the cream silk taffeta for it. This was going to be for the Francaise dinner, but since I can't go now, I think it'll be for the Dress U Court Gown event.

Done! I did do this!

7) I really want to finish this Sleepy Hollow windmill costume.

Sigh. Nope! Dammit, this year!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Holiday Tea 2013

A bunch of us met up for tea in Annapolis after Christmas and much fun was had by all. I wish I'd take more pictures of my outfit, but honestly I was so tired after the insanity that was December, that I just look exhausted. I didn't have the time/energy to put on makeup, which I should have done, but it was a cold rainy day so I'm lucky I got dressed! Also, though I put rollers in my hair, of course the curl didn't stay well, so it wasn't a great hair day for me. Oh well. Oh, and those it's hard to see, I wore one of Taylor's collet necklaces over the chemisette. (

I wore my old embroidered Target curtain drawstring dress but added the chemisette made my Stephanie's mom, which was great to wear since it was cold. And I wore my new Spencer jacket. I also wore my cheap $10 flats from Amazon which I believe Taylor had pointed out. Since it was rainy and yucky I wasn't ruining anything expensive.

It was a really fun time and I'm glad we were able to squeeze it in.

Most of these shots are Gloria and Mike's.