My entry for Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge 7

SAM_0994I’m pleased with how it looks…but I may get a few more flowers and carry them further around the face.
SAM_0995I really like the poofs around the side of the hat!
SAM_0996The ruffle in the back was the only fiddly thing in making this hat.  I really like this pattern!
The Challenge: 7 accessorize
Fabric: taffeta, buckram, flannel
Pattern: Lynn McMasters Early Victorian Bonnet … Year: I want it for 1840s
Notions: wire, thread, fabric flowers-I wont call them silk, hot glue
How historically accurate is it? About 80%.  The fabric is iffy (I have no idea what was in the flannel) and I’m sure they didn’t use hot glue.
Hours to complete: @ 20
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Lots of it was stash stuff so I’d say about $10See More

Bird sitting

One of the birds at work is ill and needs  antibiotics twice a day.  The process involves throwing a face cloth over her, picking her up, flipping her on her back and injecting the medicine in her mouth.  For a sick girl, she is very good at letting me know she is not amused.  It is an ordeal for both of us.  And there are not many co-workers willing/able to do this.  To avoid having to go into work on my days off, I have brought them home with me.  I don’t think I will be getting pet birds any time soon.  The noise is driving me crazy…whine, whine, whine.SAM_0989Obviously, the whining is coming from my dog.

Alas, only half done.

Today is the day that the Dreamstress has set for completion of her 6th Challenge “Stripes”. I had hoped to have my whole 1840s copper penny dress done but alas, I only managed to finish the bodice part.  (Except for the hooks in the back that can only be added once the skirt has been added on.)SAM_0993I’m pretty pleased how it looks on Trudy.  I have yet to try it on.  I’ll have to wait until I can find someone who can pin the back shut for me.SAM_0992I’m not sure I’m loving the fringe on the back…it reminds me to much of a country and western shirt.

The Challenge: 6 Stripes

Fabric: Some sort of synthetic blend

Pattern: Truly Victorian German Gather Dress

Year: 1845

Notions: thread and fringe (also synthetic)

How historically accurate is it? 50%-the synthetic fibers and machine sewing drives the percentage down

Hours to complete: @32

First worn: Not yet

Total cost: About $50

I hope to get the skirt done in the next week.  This means I can submit it for the Squares, Rectangles and Triangles challenge in June.

Curls curls and more curls

I have a tintype to show you today.  Tintypes were a type of photograph that were around prior to the paper format of cabinet cards and carte de visites.  They did keep making them after cabinet cards and carte de visites came into vogue in the 1860s, but they existed as carnival activities.  For a brief description of a tin type go here.

Basically, the photograph is on a thin sheet of tin.  Sometimes you can find them in the original paper sleeves, but being paper, they didn’t always survive.  I am fortunate enough to have one of a lovely young girl and it is still in its sleeve.SAM_0988When you zoom in on the photo you can see that she has some seriously big earrings and a big pin or pendant on her neck ribbon.  She has great hair too.  I can’t imagine she wore that for day time wear but may be she did.  If she were young enough and rich enough to not worry about getting in her way while she worked.  I wish I had a bit more information on hair styles.

I estimate this to be an 1870s tintype (past the era of greatest popularity) because I have found another tin type with the same paper design for photos that have been estimated at early 1870s.  Go here and scroll down to 1870 where there is a tintype of a young child standing.  Also, scroll down to 1871 to a photo of an older man.  These papers are exactly the same but the paper on mine is in much better shape.  There is only slight damage on the tintype itself which is nice.  They scratch easily.  Obviously, this has been kept in a safe place most of its life.

I hate piping.

I’m a few hours late with this post but that is because I couldn’t write it last night.  I was too busy with sewing and cleaning out my knitting box.  (I have an old picnic basket next to the couch that holds my knitting needles and current projects.  It had gotten to be quite the mess!)

As far as the sewing goes, it is hard to see that I made any progress at all.SAM_0985But, I have made some.  I add the revers (the lapel like things) as I decided they make the lines look like a better match and because it looks more like the dresses I’ve been looking at from the Met.  See….1848 dress afternoon aI’m going to add my fringe like this dress has.

Yesterday, I got some of the piping done.  Gosh, I hate piping.  What a tedious amount of prep work to  be done.  SAM_0986I still have to do the bottom edge of the bodice.  I still have to iron that neck piping down and I think I will have to tack it down in a few places because the raw edge insists on rolling out of the neck.  The annoying thing is, I’m probably going to be covering that with a crocheted collar.

And now that I’m looking at this blown up photo…I think I have to figure out how to adjust the tension on my new machine.

Wedding dress and tall groom

Hi!  I’m back.  My kid is on the mend and I’m ready to get back to blogging.  It has been awhile since I’ve done a cabinet card so that is what we will do today.

SAM_0981I’d say this is a wedding photo.  What do you think?  She is wearing all white with white gloves and a huge corsage with white flowers.  If you zoom in on the photo, you can see that the bodice of her dress appears to be in the style of a jacket with a faux shirtwaist under it.  I think she may have a necklace on as well.  The skirt is fairly plain but has a train on it and peeking under the skirt is a pleated petticoat.

My guess for dates is the late 80s because of her hairstyle and fitted sleeves.  The edge of the card is a beveled gold which was common starting in 1885.  A huge photographers stamp on the back was also common in the 1880s.SAM_0984I found a reference to FP Dunn at 240 Burnett St New Brunswick NJ here.  This site found evidence of this photographer being at this site in the 1880s which fits my theory.

No real post today.

I was going to be writing a nice cabinet card  post last night but my kid had a fever (38.9C-102F) so we spent the evening in the hospital emergency.  You know the rule kids and pets never get sick when the doctors and vets are open.  Apparently, that rule still applies when they are 21 years old!  He is armed with meds now and will soon be on the mend so a real post tomorrow is in the plans.

Some prettys!

A few days ago, I bought myself a present.  (I buy myself the best presents…so well thought out!)  I have a new piece for my collection of Alfred Meakin Home Pastures.SAM_0966Will I ever find the sugar bowl?

I also found a photo of an 1840s dress that tried (more successfully) to cut curvy pattern pieces in the straight up and down rather than the chevron pattern.1845-50 dress V&AIf I want to make myself feel better, I will pretend that the wonky bits are hidden under the shawl.  I like the lace trim and tassels.  They are pretty!