New Hat in the Shop

I made this fashionable Civil War era hat with a tapered crown and narrower brim. This brim is stylishly shaped while being two inches deep. This hat would be good for a seaside adventure or other recreational excursions.

This crown is 20.25″around. The brim is 10.25″ across. This will suit an average size head.

A seaside painting was just posted by Victorians, Vile Victorians, with two hats of this style. I rather like the daisies along the ribbon on the girl’s hat.

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New Hat in Shop

This is a shallow hat, possibly the shallowest I’ve made.

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After missing my chances previously, I am so excited I finally got to order on of Family Heirloom Weaver’s fabric bundles.

I have a few ideas about what I might make: I could make a pair of runners, one for the dolls shelf and one for the coffee table trunk. I could make a couple big strawberries. I could make some really pretty pin cushions. I could have a nice set of pillows. A pretty pair of Christmas stocking would be an option. If I was really feeling creative, I could make a pretty bear from my birthday bear pattern.

What would you make?

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New Hat in the Shop

I just added a fashionable hat for those waiting for a smaller size.

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Wardrobe Essentials

I indulged in purchasing myself some wardrobe essentials.

First…. I learned something recently. There are things I am good at. There are things other people are good at. I don’t have to be good at everything. It is okay for me to have others make the things I am not good at making.

Things I do not make for myself:

  • Collars
  • Stockings
  • Shoes/boots
  • Knit goods

Collars are the newest addition to this list. Going from the sewing need for straw to the fine sewing for a rolled hem just doesn’t work well. I end up with the wrong tension and a wonky collar.

I gave myself permission to let someone else make my collars. To my delight, and sanity, Marie makes the most lovely collars. These are beautifully sewn. The material choice is just lovely. And…. I am smitten with the lace! The plain collar is for my red plaid cotton dress. The lace edge collar is for my yet to be made pink silk dress.

Second….. You’ll have to follow me on this one. I started noticing last fall that my white side lacer boots were starting to wear along the lacing area. Upon closer inspection, I discovered the material binding the lacing opening was not leather. I was rather disappointed to find this because I find these boots to be very comfortable and enjoy wearing them. My concern is that if this sub-par material was used, what will happen with the rest of the boots? (Don’t worry, this is not a seller you can mistakenly buy from. While I don’t recall the name, I know I bought one of the last pairs before they closed their store.) While, I probably will just rebind this area with ribbon, I knew new boots would be needed.

Ideally, I could replace them with a well made side lacer. My dream wish boot has long been Robert Land’s green side lacers made many years ago. But, considering he has retired and those were coveted boots, there is next to no chance of finding them. Let alone finding them in size 7.5 for my crazy wide feet. I decide balmorals would be nice as well. After all, I do love the wool balmorals that Land made me years ago before my feet got wider. So, winter crawls on by. I see people posting sizes too small. I see people posting sizes too big. I see some pretty worn boots posted as well. I join another costume group that has lots of shoes. Oh. The. Prices.

No luck.

Then last week, a pair of nice, never worn Sekala balmorals in a size 8 pop up. These would be made by my friend Samantha. I’ve tried on her shoes. They fit. They are well made. They are correct. Horray!!!!! Mine!!!

And then….

Just a couple days later…. what pops up in a costume trading group?

You have got to be kidding me….

My dream wish boots in my size….

Green, side lacer never worn Robert Lands!!!

For a fabulously low price!

I actually hesitated.

Am I crazy? 2 pairs of boots in the same year? I can’t do that!

But, I did….

The reality is both of these pairs will last me years as I most often wear them in a building and to/from buildings. I have other boots reserved for wet or mud.

(Pardon the partial lacing)

Now, Clara would like you all to know she finds the box and packaging to be far more interesting than the boots…

Published in: on May 10, 2019 at 4:58 pm  Comments (2)  

New Hat in the Shop

I just added this Mousquetaire hat to the shop. (I am tired. That is all I am writing.)

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New Millinery in the Shop

I just added two straw bonnets to my shop. One is a cottage bonnet with a deeper, rounder brim. The other is a more petite version ideal for a woman with a petite head or a child.

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Unboxing: New Straw

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New hat in the Shop

I just posted the last hat of April. Sorry for the delay. This hat has a very shallow crown with a nice tapered line and a fashionably shaped brim. Find it in my Etsy shop now.

Published in: on April 29, 2019 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

April Reflections

I started off April with some new ribbon and new CDVs. At least, I think that was still April. With winter lingering on, I am not quite sure where March ended and April began. But anyway, Ribbon… I lucked upon some very pretty vintage ribbons. Pinks, purple, blue, green, black…. and stunning stripe. The purple is oh-so-close, but not quite an exact match to some of the mourning pieces at the Wehle Gallery in the Victoria’s Closet Exhibit:


Speaking of the Victoria’s Closet Exhibit, I was able to spend the day in the exhibit during the Sneak Peek. While guests got an early look at the collection of 1850s garments and accessories, I showed them how straw plait was sewn into hats and bonnets.


This demonstration kicked off my “Spring Break” from school. I decided to challenge myself to offer a hat or bonnet each day of break. I did pretty well until I ran out of straw.

After I ran out of straw, I decided to make a velvet ribbon hairnet. After starting said velvet ribbon hairnet, I decided I don’t like making velvet ribbon hairnets anymore. Sigh…..

and then straw was delayed…

and then straw was delayed some more…..

I decided in the meantime to make velvet ribbon hairnets. Promptly, as I wove the first net’s ribbon and began stitching each of the 122 intersections together, I recalled how much I dislike making ribbon hairnets. Said hairnet has worked its way to the edge of the coffee table trunk, where it is occasionally glanced at with disdain. At some point, the net must be finished; the only motivations being the need for the clips holding it to the board and the want to not have another random UFO, let alone one comprised of 10 yards of vintage velvet ribbon.

I added a few CDVs to my collection. Some of these are still traveling according to the USPS tracking….

Finally straw arrived on Friday evening… One last hat for April… Which I am finishing as I write.

Be sure to catch the post where the mystery hat block is matched up with the hat it likely makes.

I almost forgot. I was going to do a numbers things. 9 pieces plus 3 decoratings….. That is about 105 sewing hours.

Published in: on April 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment