Friday, February 22, 2013

Progress on the Chemise

I am finally making some progress on my entirely hand-sewn chemise! I even took it to book group last night and finished the hem. I'd say that was a valuable use of my time! Intellectual stimulation, female social interaction, and sewing progress all the same time! It was a lovely evening. :-)

Now all I have left is to cut some bias fabric to sew around the neck, put in the drawstring, and hem the sleeves and then it will be finished! I do hope I'll get it done at least before the end of the month. It's ridiculous how long it's taking as it's a fairly simple garment to make, but I just keep putting it off. Just the thought of hand sewing can be intimidating, but once I get going, it's not that big of a deal.

On another note. I just heard about a giveaway from American Duchess shoes and had to write about it. Their historically inspired/repro shoes are absolutely stunning and I'm not even that big of a shoe person! However, when I see shoes like their "Gibson" shoes, even I go a little misty-eyed. *sigh* They even have those tall button-up Victorian boots! Eeek!!!! Such gorgeous shoes! Anyone can enter for the give-away so give it a try! The end date is Feb. 26th, I believe.

Here is a little bit about American Duchess that I found interesting:
American Duchess is a small, historical, reproduction footwear company based in Reno, Nevada, USA. It was born from an inability to find elegant, affordable, comfortable and historically accurate footwear. Partnering with a community of hundreds of frustrated costumers around the world, we now manufacture a growing line of beautifully hand crafted 18th Century, Regency and Edwardian shoes as well as reproduction shoe buckles and silk stockings.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Off the Bandwagon

Okay, so I had to fall off the bandwagon of The Historical Sew Fortnightly. What with homeschooling and my sporadic sewing habits there was no way I could keep up with a sewing project every two weeks. The good thing is that it kept me motivated with working on what I do have to do. I even found a sewing buddy who lives in D.C. (1 hour away) via the Sensibility.com sewing message forum. She came over with her little girl last Saturday and we chatted and sewed for several hours. I got all my seams flat felled on my linen/cotton Regency chemise! This is totally awesome because I was at a standstill with it mainly because I had determined the whole chemise would be hand-sewn and I kept forgetting to sit down with the darn thing and just sew it! Now all that's left is the neckline and hemming the sleeves and bottom. Yippee!