I’m taking a quick break from the 1950s adventure posts to insert my HSF #21 post into the mix. More 1950s coming soon! It’s been on my sewing list for a few months to add a bit more trim to the sleeves of Evie, my most recent Civil War era dress, but I’ve been working … Continue reading HSF #21: Trim For Evie In Time For A Ball
In all those pictures of Evie and the Returning Heroes Ball that I’ve posted recently, I don’t think there were any good shots of the front of my dress. So for now, a quick post showing the front of the gown with the double rosette to match the skirt and the graduated ruffle showing itself from … Continue reading Evie, A Front View
It’s been a little while since I posted about my new 1864 ball gown. Over a month, I think, because in February I posted about the plan/inspiration and then about the progress I made on the trim. I was steadily working on it during the month of March and had it ready to go for … Continue reading Project Journal: 1864 Ball Gown Part III: Innards
It’s time. I’ve been wearing Annabelle, my flounced not-so-new-anymore white 1860 ball gown, to all Civil War events for about a year straight, with no relief on the horizon. Not that I dislike Annabelle, I just want options, and a change. I have Belle, a dark blue 1860 ball gown, as well, but I haven’t … Continue reading Project Journal: 1864 Ball Gown Part I: The Plan And The Trim
I’m honored this month with a second blog award! Laurie from the blog Teacups Among The Fabric has nominated me for the Liebseter Blog Award. Thanks, Laurie! Here are the rules: 1. Post 11 random facts about yourself 2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you and come up with 11 questions for … Continue reading Wow! Another Blog Award!
6:30am: alarm dings and I press snooze 3 times 7am: wake up, shower, coif hair, apply makeup, dress 8am: grab already packed bags and head out the door 9am: change into Annabelle and participate in the filming of a documentary regarding Henry Bergh, the founder of the ASPCA, by Sagacity Productions 2pm: go out to … Continue reading A Day In The Life of Quinn
I include this list of posts because sometimes I think it is nice to browse the titles of previous posts. Hopefully this list is useful to you, and not just for my benefit! 1838 Yellow Bodice Construction Details (HSM #4) (September 2021) An 1836 Chemisette (HSM #3) (September 2021) An 1890s Outing To Save A … Continue reading Past Post List
In my last post (Returning Heroes 1860s Ball 2011) I mentioned that one of my favorite moments of the night was dancing a waltz with a Zouave. First of all, what is a Zouave? Secondly, why would I be dancing a waltz with one at at 1860s ball??? In the 1830s, the French military fighting … Continue reading A waltzing Zouave?
My first large sewing project for myself was, fittingly, an 1860s gown nick-named “Belle.” (This is the full story of Belle.) Owning a gown like this was a childhood fantasy for me, ever since my first days of loving Gone With The Wind. I finished construction of this gown about four years ago and since … Continue reading “Belle” of the ball (Fezziwig’s Ball 2010)
Finally, I actually have photos of a garment I made back in 2011! The story starts with my desire to be warm for caroling at the Christmas ball, so I went looking through my books and came across the image below in ‘Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive’ by Carol Belanger Grafton. It looked warm and … Continue reading c. 1855 Wool Cape