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?

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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!

Bought wool, used wool, now what?

In spite of my “don’t buy more wool unless you need it for a specific project” I bought wool merely because it felt fuzzy and was on sale.  That rule is intended to stop me from making such impulsive purchases and adding to my hoard but it only works if I actually follow it.

In my defense though, I did actually use it and didn’t just stuff it in the bin with the rest of my impulsive sale purchases.  I made a little baby sweater.

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It is cute but now I have a new problem.  What do I do with it?  I have no babies in my life right now.  My kids are adults.  No grandchildren yet.  No friends with babies.  No little nieces or nephews.  No babies.

Some times I try and sell my stuff at my friends craft sale table. But two problems with that…she decided not to have one this year and none of my stuff actually gets sold.

I think I will do one of two things: store it in a hope chest against the day that I do actually have a grand baby or donate it to charity.  It likely will go to charity.  It served its purpose for me which was keep my hands and mind busy while I watched TV and vented a little creative juice.  There is a bit more of that wool left over so I will get another smaller sweater out of that and then hopefully I will get to work on my sewing projects and work on reducing my wool hoard.