Still no progress

My shoulder is better but still not good enough for sewing so I have no progress to share with you.  So how about another cabinet card?


We have this fabulous grand dame from Saratoga NY.  This lady had money!  Look at the detail on the skirt!  She has a ring, a bracelet, a bar pin, a chain under the lacy shawl and earrings. The lace shawl is why I bought this card!  It is fabulous!  The bar pin holds it closed at the throat but I’m not sure how she has it held so close to her waist.  I suppose it could just be straight pins holding it to the bodice.  With a corset there would be no risk of stabbing herself.  The parasol is fairly plain but somehow the pose says powerful matriarch. Hope you like this card as much as I do!

Can a T Rex sew?

What a silly question. I blame it on the T3’s.

I had big plans to start sewing up my new costume but I’m having issues with some tendonitis in my shoulder and I’m in pain.  Big pain. I’m coping with T3’s, a sling and working with the arm reach of a T Rex.  Never a good combo for successful sewing.

How about a cabinet card instead of sewing progress?


She looks to be a teenager.  She has some rings and a bar pin so not poor.  Her hair style looks to be 1880’s.  She has a pretty face in my opinion.  I hope she had a long happy life!

Olive gets cut

My next project (which I have dubbed Olive) has been cut out.IMG_20180123_091619357

I had ordered a pattern for the top but I realized that it isn’t the right one.


Which is the right one?  One I had already.

Oh well.  All is not lost.  There is a ton of fabric left over and I have a bit of contrasting material.  I could use the other pattern with that material-or not.  I haven’t decided yet.


My inspiration dress has an over and under skirt.  If I make the over skirt separate from the under skirt I can end up with 4 pieces that I can mix and match.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Oh Lord, help me. I am so weak!

One of my all time favorite stores had a 50% off sale day on Sunday.  Value Village!  In addition to 2 shirts and a pair of pants that I need for work, I also got a puzzle.


I don’t need this.

I got some jewelry.


I definitely don’t need these.

And I got wool.



But it was on sale.  If I bought it at the original store it would have cost me $48.  But for $48 I got all the wool, jewelry, clothes and puzzle.  So it was like getting all that other stuff for free.  Right?  Queen of Rationalization!

First accomplishment of the year

My big plan this year is to clear off projects I have started but not finished.  This includes knitting and crochet projects that are partially done and sewing projects where I have bought the supplies but not started.

My first “done” project is a blanket intended for babies.  It is pretty wild so I think it would work best as a play blanket…one to put the baby on the floor with.  This project is well over a year in the making!  (But, trust me, I have ones that have been on the back burner MUCH longer!)


(The color is a bit washed out in the photo.) I quite like it so I think I will start a “Grandma’s Hope Chest” and have it for any grandbabies that may come my way.

Oh deer

Guess what I saw in the parking lot at work?  A deer!


Just past those trees, there is a frozen river and on the other side of the river there is a major city park that has some bush.  I’m guessing that is where that guy normally hangs out.  I sure hope he goes back and doesn’t end up on the busy streets!

Finally fixed it

Three and a half years ago, I made a Sontag.  It has never been worn in costume.  The primary reason for not wearing it has been the weather.  Mostly it has been too hot.  But even if the weather had been perfect, I may not have worn it.  It was too loose in the waist and I just didn’t have the heart to undo it and re make it.  I finally had a light bulb moment where I realized that by adding a second button, I could take up the extra slack.  IMG_20180106_211733289

Now it fits!


I think it would be plausible that someone would make the same alteration, either for fit or for design purposes.  The synthetic wool is crap and it is more painfully obvious to me now that I have developed more of an eye for it.  But, it doesn’t bother me enough to pitch it and make another.  For my purposes, it will do.

I got my paper pattern pieces cut apart for my next sewing project.  Will time and energy come together in perfect synergy and cause me to get the fabric cut before the weekend is over?

A goal…not a resolution

Have any of you made new years resolutions?  I tend not to do those any more.  They never make it past January.   But I do have a couple of goals.  One is to reduce the amount of stuff in my house.  I used to go through the house twice a year and ditch things that no longer served a purpose but I haven’t really done that in a few years and the amount of “stuff” that has started to amass is getting uncomfortable.

My other goal is along the lines of the first but more specific.  That is to reduce the sewing and knitting hoard by getting rid of started projects by either finishing them or getting rid of them.  So, for example, if I look in a bag and see a knitting project that I can honestly say I have no desire to finish, I will unravel the wool and either set it aside for another project or sell it in a garage sale or donate it to charity.  Some of that wool was purchased because it was on sale but now I feel it is ugly.

In terms of sewing, I’ve been hoarding fabric for 4 projects. Since I no longer do Historical Sew Monthly, I have no need to put these projects on the back burner AGAIN and run out and buy more fabric for projects that better suit the challenge.

Here are the four projects:

  1. The olive dress using fabric I bought a year and a half ago at CoCo.146
  2. A corset with fabric bought a year and a half ago (also at CoCo).147
  3. An 1896 dress with fabric I bought last spring for a Historical Sew Monthly challenge but never started.IMG_20170629_102241680
  4. Decide on and make a dress with the fabric my costuming buddy picked up for me when she went to CoCo last summer.IMG_20180104_073824267In years past, I worked out a project plan based on the Historical Sew Monthly challenges but this year I’m just saying “goals” not “plans” and I will tackle each project when I have completed a current project and I will decide on which one to start next based on what I feel like making.  Historical Sew Monthly was useful for helping me build my costume wardrobe and for pushing me into motion but now I don’t want the pressure.  I want to make what I want when I want.  I feel I can “up my game” not by rapidly trying new projects, eras and skills but by slowing down and working on quality not quantity.  I no longer need to build a wardrobe.  Now I need to fill it out with accessories and I need to start thinking about replacing dresses with ones that better represent what I know and what I can do.

Have any of you made plans or goals for this year?

Year in review: costumes that got out of the closet

I really thought more of my costumes got out of the closet this year but I guess not.  I think it was because there were no events like the Dicken’s Festival or Coco where multiple costumes get worn. Here are the ones that did get out.

Seven in total.  Eight if you count the time I played a hooker at the old jail and stood in my undies for the audience.

I’m hoping, this new year, my costuming buddies and I will make it out to the Dicken’s Festival in Saskatchewan.  That will increase the number of dresses that get worn!  I also hope that I will have the opportunity to wear the ones that didn’t get used this year.  I don’t like the idea of dresses languishing in the closet too long.  But perhaps that may encourage me to part with the ones that no longer thrill me.  The ones that have flaws that now seem glaringly obvious.

PS.  I hope you folks had a good New Year’s celebration and you enjoy this new one.  May your troubles be few and your joys be many!