Another “I have nothing to talk about so show photos post”

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A hair catcher from 1900.1900 hair catcher1Sweet lid isn’t it.

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Sewing kit.  How do I know it is a sewing kit? Lift the lid and you find little packets of needles.

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Lift the next lid and you find…sewing kit3

…a space to put other things.  Perhaps there was a few cards of thread for emergency mends.  Or may be there was a tiny pair of scissors.sewing kit4

The underside of the kit.  The photo is too blurry to read the stamp.  I wish I had noticed it that day and took note of the words on the stamp.

Both of these items are tarnished.  I wanted to polish them and see what they might have looked like “back in the day”.  I often wonder about the owners of such items.  Did they love the item or was it just something they needed?  What were they like? What were they thinking about when they used it.  I wish things could talk.


Time to get moving!

My last pattern has arrived TV301and I now have everything I need to get sewing my latest dress…I even have a sewing room to work in!  I just have to finish my card weaving project and get it off the table so I can start to work on the dress.  That is my goal this weekend!

Inspiration has struck! To bad time and money hasn’t!

I really want to make this!  May be in a blue or purple!  Or red!httpwww.metmuseum.orgcollectionthe-collection-onlinesearch107772rpp=90&pg=1&rndkey=20140921&ao=on&ft=&deptids=8&when=A.D.+1800-1900&pos=68

The part that has caught my eye is the wool and bead netting on the skirt and the strip that goes around the edges of the bodice!  I love it!C.I.45.38.1ab_SI think it would make a wonderful sound as you walk!C.I.45.38.1ab_B

I have nowhere to wear a train like that so I think I’d pull it back some.  And all those pleats.  I’m going to have to take the plunge one day and make some pleats like that.

But here is a dress that would be hard to wash.  You risk loosing all the pleats and the wool trim could shrink and tangle.  The skirt part would have to be a separate so it could be washed separately (and give the wearer the option of not wearing it.)  With all these cleaning issues, it could not be in pale colors for me.  I’m always eating spaghetti when I wear white!


Victorian Charm strings

Last month, I learned about something new…Victorian charm strings-I may make one of these one day.  I read about it on the Costume Museum of Canada’s blog.  I wont re-write what is a fantastic explanation on the link about charm strings.  Basically, it is a button collection that has been added to a string and it was a hobby done by young women.  This appealed to me because as a child, I used to love to play with my grandmothers button jar.  I loved to sort by size or color.  I liked to find ones that had several matching mates but the one-offs were the best.  They were usually kept all by their lonesome because of some remarkable trait or beauty!

I still like buttons.  (Remember me telling you about wanting to sink my arms into the barrel of buttons?)

sr fabrics 1Anyway, the next time I was at the museum, I asked about the charms and got to see them first hand.  I took some photos of my favorites for your pleasure. This first one is like the cut steel ones I got given to me a couple of months back.

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This next one is just a pretty color.


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There is a leaf pattern in this one.
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The picture doesn’t do this justice…it was shiny…oooo, so shiny.

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Again, a nice colored one.

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More cut steel with a star pattern in 10

Hey!  The anchor pattern is still being made today!  I think I used it for one of my outfits! photo 11

A dog button…I want one!photo 13

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There were some many others but I did have to stop and get some work done!


Tuesday’s Treasure

What glorious item did I find during my volunteer  work yesterday?  Lets see….I’d have to say it is the 1860-70 head-dress.  It  is a bit dingy and rumpled now but I bet in its day it was very pretty!1860b

If ever I make a ball gown, I will make a head-piece like this.  Sigh.1860c

Tons of lace and stuff in the back.  With the purple and black I wonder if it was a late mourning accessory.

HSF ’14: Challenge 17-yellow

I’ve been thinking that if Historical Sew Fortnightly should happen again next year, I will have to rethink my efforts.  I have a closet full of gowns now.  I’m going to be hard pressed to jam any more in there.

I think next year, my focus should change. I think I should focus on projects like the one I am posting about today.  I will make trims and laces and then I will add them to existing dresses. Much of the Victorian era was about detail and my dresses are pretty sedate compared to some.

This plan could also be stash busting (and money saving).  I have a lot of left over material from previous projects.  They could be made into ruffles, bows, piping…excetra that could be added to the dresses and hats I already have.

This isn’t to say I WONT make new dresses (I can’t walk away from pretty fabric that is on sale…no, no, no, I can’t).  I just want to limit it to one or two.  Really, I’m reaching the point that I have more dresses than events to wear them to in a year.  I may have to start hocking some of them.

Anyway, on to the current challenge….

photoThe Challenge: 17 Yellow

What it is: 2 meters of needle tatted trim

Fabric: none

Pattern: found on line

Year: early 1900’s

Notions: cotton crochet thread with metallic strands mixed in

How historically accurate is it? I don’t know if the metallic part of the thread is correct but the cotton is plausible and the technique is correct. So I will guess 90%. I’ll probably reduce accuracy of one of my dresses by adding this to it. (1870’s dress with 1900’s style trim LOL)

Hours to complete: @15

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $6 for the thread