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This fashionable dome crown hat has a shaped brim dipping front and back. The brim is edged with a pale blue vintage ribbon. The same ribbon encircles the crown along with a delicate antique spray of roses. The roses are airy light while the fabric leaves have a glossy waxed look.

This crown is 20″ around with the ribbon inside, good for an average to smaller size head. It is 11″ across. It has a pair of white cotton satteen ties.

Published in: on February 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment  


This fashionable tapered crown hat has a shaped brim dipping front and back. It is trimmed in a soft vintage satin ribbon and beautiful velvet roses.

This crown is 21″ around with the ribbon inside, good for an average size head. It is 11″ across. It has a pair of white cotton satteen ties.

Published in: on February 18, 2020 at 10:07 am  Comments (2)  

Gray Hat in Black

This hat had been developing in my mind for the past several weeks. I wanted to do a hat that was about texture using the grey and black platform. This hat has a sweet scallop edge, a smooth silk antique ribbon, a super soft velvet ribbon, and the fluffy plumes.

The thing is, while I was working on decorating this at this morning, I realized I was making a mourning hat. Those who have followed me for a while know I do not sell mourning pieces. But, this morning I found my hands making one. All I can think is on some subconscious level, I was thinking of the too many friends who have lost loved ones in recent weeks.

I still decided to put it in my shop. You can find it here. I hope someone loves it.

Published in: on February 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm  Comments (2)  

How Sweet is This?

Silver and sweet romance….. This silver gray straw is trimmed in entwined pink velvet roses and a lush ivory double faced satin vintage ribbon.

This hat is now in my shop:

Published in: on February 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Publications!!!

I am excited to announce 2 New Publications in my Etsy shop!

In Detail: Blue Ribbon Sewing Case is an in-depth look at an amazing nineteenth century sewing case. This 12 page e-booklet explores the details of how this beautiful sewing case was made from a stunning blue plaid ribbon. It is packed full of more than three dozen photos.

I have been asked many times to put the directions for the Balloon Style Workbag together into a single PDF. It is Finally here! This type of bag spans the full of the nineteenth century, first as a reticule, then as a workbag. This 11 page e-booklet walks you through how to make this much loved project with directions and photos.



In celebration….. All my Etsy based publications are on a special SALE!!!

This sale runs through my February Recess.

Now is an excellent time to download a mid-winter read or project!

From Field to Fashion is on SALE

Paisley, Plaid, & Purled is on SALE

To Net, or Not to Net is on SALE

My Winter Bonnet Pattern is on SALE

My Winter Hood Pattern is on SALE

Published in: on February 14, 2020 at 5:58 am  Comments (1)  

Roses for February!

Pinks all around here…. Blush straw, dusty rose ribbon, lush pink roses and primroses.

Published in: on February 10, 2020 at 5:53 pm  Comments (4)  

Hearts for Valentine’s

If you need a Snow Day project for the coming Valentine’s Day, or just because, Eliza Leslie and I have you covered.

Both of these projects can be made child friendly.

heart 1

This fun heart fromĀ An American Girl’s Book is made from an elongated triangle. These can look great in silk or cotton. Each heart needs 2 triangles. Cut them out like below. Sew the two short sides completely. Sew the long side, leaving a space open. Turn the triangle right side out. Fill with emery or batting. Stitch the opening closed. Run a strong thread along the closed long side. Pull it up into a gather bringing the points together. A heart will form. Tie a ribbon on if desired.

Heart Pincushion Triangle

Heart 2

For this playful pin-holder, I would recommend lighter weight pasteboard if using it as a pin-holder with small hearts. If this is for decoration, cardstock will do nicely. Embroidery ribbon would work well as the strings.

Published in: on February 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

In shop

The beautiful green edged in deep black….. Love this. Hope you do too. It is in my shop now.

Published in: on February 6, 2020 at 6:55 am  Comments (1)  

January Reflections

This has been the January that hasn’t felt like January…. At least for me. I am going to attribute this to the unusual weather we’ve had here in NY. Usually, January is “batten down the hatches” and “curl up by the fire.” Not this year. I haven’t checked the data, but I feel like we’ve had more days above freezing than below. The snow comes… piles up…. turns to ice… and melts. It has felt like we are tossing back and forth between two seasons: winter and spring.

My sewing has also tossed between winter and spring, with an assortment of snuggly winter hoods and looking ahead to warmth straw. Here are the pieces I made this January:

I started putting together my birdcage Windsor chair. This was a kit I picked up at the Big Springs Museum’s yardsale last summer. I thought it would be a good winter project. I just have a few finishing bits before it is completely assembled. Then, I get to paint it. That will be an outside project, I think. I am teetering between yellow and green right now. I can’t seem to document bright blue for this style.


I happily added a new plaster millinery block to the collection. Be sure to catch the video about it’s arrival. It is a mysterious shape. This addition has me thinking about a display with the blocks accompanied by examples of the styles they make.

Coming ahead:

I think I will do a glove sale during February recess. I have so many gloves from estate sales, but wear few of them. It is silly to have them sitting around in a box. I will photograph about a dozen or two ranging from wrist length to elbow length and put them up in Etsy at fun prices.


I am going to try something new since I simultaneously have difficulty making time for projects for myself and recalling the little spur-of-the-moment things I make. In each month’s reflections, I will keep up a running project checklist to see if it helps me keep track.

Running Project Checklist:

  • The Super Secret Project
  • Pink Plaid Parasol
  • Rose stripe sheer 1860s gown
  • Pink plaid gown
  • 1830s dress (Still from 2017)
  • Red wool petticoat – I am now eyeing the brown moire ribbon – hanging on the rail
  • Blue wool skirt with tbd work bodice – wool hanging on the rail
  • Embroidery on ticking relaxation project (kit from Colleen)
  • Millinery piece for me
  • Birdcage Windsor Chair – IN PROGRESS
  • Modern quilted silk bag – pieces hanging on the door
  • Winter Hood Book – LOTS of PHOTOS NEED TO BE TAKEN
  • Jewelry box for me – Considering feet on the glove boxes
  • Something with the wool yarn and silk/wool yarn – yet tbd
Published in: on January 30, 2020 at 10:54 am  Comments (3)  

Striped Hat

I am quite pleased with this striking striped hat combining copper and black straw in a taper crown style.

Published in: on January 27, 2020 at 5:24 pm  Comments (2)