Me Made Purse

Money is a bit tight…well not really.  I’m just a bit cheap.  I have been using a purse for the last little while that is falling apart.  At first I didn’t care but it got to the point that I was embarrassed by it.IMG_20180903_154546691

So I decided I needed a new one but I didn’t want to spend the money on it.  I thought I’d do a bit of stash busting and selected some fabric left over from a mantle I made.

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I didn’t use or make a pattern.  I just winged it as I went along.

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I put two huge pockets on the front and back (all girls love a pocket!)

And I cut the rings and clips off of the old purse.

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I’m not loving how it hangs…I made it too wide.  Apparently you can have too much space in a purse.  IMG_20180903_160359812

For now it will do until I can find a purse I am willing to cough up real money for.  Then it will serve as a carry all.

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Early 1900’s coat

We all know that I’m a fan of the Victorian era fashions but some of the Edwardian fashions appeal to me for modern wear.  The coat I will show you today is just such a thing.IMG_20180508_193048938_HDR

It is part of the Costume Museum of Canada and will be going on display at the end of the month.

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It is attributed to the Eaton’s store.

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I love the detail on the lapel and sleeves.

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Would you wear this today?

I would wear this today!

As I have mentioned before, I am back at the Costume Museum and we are preparing for an exhibit in a few weeks.  One of the items on display is an Edwardian jacket with lace inserts. I would wear this today.  May be not in white because I can’t keep anything white for long.  I’d no sooner put it on and I’d run afoul of a pot of tomato sauce.

(Ignore the odd pink fabric near the bottom.  It is the lining of the skirt which was being held up for steaming.)img_20180502_184043303.jpg

The buttons are Dorset buttons.IMG_20180502_184055978

The buttons are also featured on the sleeves.

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In the side view, there is a small lace panel and button at the hip just under the sleeve.

Back view.

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The jacket was paired with a dark green skirt.  And this is what it looks like all steamed out.

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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!)

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(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.

Completed projects: year in review

I like these posts.  I’m always surprised at how much I’ve actually done in a year!  So lets see if this year holds true-in spite of the extra stresses and giving up on Historical Sew Monthly.

Lets start with the non wearable items: rock painting.

Next up: modern sewing projects.

Modern knitting and crochet.  There were quite a few of these, including one where I spun the wool myself.

There were a few historical knitting projects.

There were not as many historical sewing projects as in years past but more than I thought!

The total is 25 which works about to be about 2 a month.  Not to shabby!  I’m happy with that.

I hope for myself another productive year and I wish it for you readers as well.  I also wish happiness and peace!

 

Completed project: cowl

I have a million scarves and cowls already but I live in a cold climate and the jewel tones of this wool were too divine to pass up.  (Plus the wool was on sale so was I really breaking my rule: “no new wool till I finish what I have”?)

I did it in a plain knit so it was easy on the brain an eyes and quick to make up.  The camera washed the colors out a bit.  The color at the top is closer to what is true.

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I have 4 days off work this Christmas holiday so I hope to create something more historical.  I’m thinking an Edwardian hat.  Cross your fingers.

Another sweater for babies I don’t have

I had some wool left over from my last project and so I made another sweater.  I guess it will go into a hope chest for grand babies I may one day have.

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There is a bit of wool left over.  I guess I will knit it up into a square and add it to a pile of other squares I have made that may one day become a crazy quilt afghan.

In sewing news, I finally cut out my tulip skirt that will go with my Edwardian shirtwaist. I hate cutting out.

I procrastinated so much, I may not have the skirt done on time to wear at the end of the month.  I was hoping to use this past long weekend to cut and at least sew all the long seams and all I managed to do was cut out and start another knitting project that I don’t need.

I’m a bit frustrated with myself.  I didn’t do as much on my skirt as I wanted and I started another knitting project when I have dozens of unfinished projects behind my couch and in my basement!  If only I didn’t have to work.  There would be so much more time to do projects.  Wouldn’t that be sweet to be able to make a list of all the projects I haven’t finished and all the projects I want to start and do nothing but work through that list!