Creative Journey

As you may recall, last week I shared that I had wanted to make a small gift for my seniors at work using old men’s ties. But to do that I had to clear off my craft table and that lead to completing two chatelaines for my costuming (will we ever be able to do that again?)

The desk was cleared off and I headed out to the thrift store and found bags with 10 ties for $2. Steal of a deal. I dragged them home and sorted. Some of them were quite lovely…especially the ones in the purple tones. Hmmmm. There was this video of how to make a skirt using old ties…. I resisted the urge for a bit but I kept finding more and more how-to videos for tie skirts and the purple ones were so pretty…. But there wasn’t enough to make a skirt. Back to the thrift store. I had to buy several of these bags to get enough purple ones to make a skirt. Tada! It is done!

Knee length in purple tones with a purple tie and button for the waist band.
Back view.

So the skirt is done. The gifts still aren’t made and I now have a mountain of old ties! Hahaha! Next week I will tell you what I did with those old ties.

Completed projects

I have made a small dent in my MASSIVE unfinished knitting projects pile!  I finished a sweater/dress I had been working on.  It is modern wear and it is intended for wear with leggings.  IMG_20191226_143124881.jpg

The photo with me in it isn’t a good one.  But you get the idea.

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Need some control top undies with this!

I had a lot of wool left over and I was in desperate need of new mittens.

I knit up a pair and then decided I wanted a fluffy lining for added warmth.  So with a crochet hook, I filled the inside with “fringe”.

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Once I had the wool hooked in, I split the strands up.

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Once that was done I had a Muppet mitt!

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Flip the mitt right side out and I have a woolly mitt.

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I have lost two pairs of mitts already (and it is only December!) so I put them on a string and now, like all six year olds, my mitts hang out of my sleeve on strings when I take them off.  Second childhood….

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.

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.