Category: Sewing

A Tale of Two Gowns

It’s wonderful when I get a chance to reuse a pattern- but even better when the results look so wildly different! Both of these gowns were made with the J.P. Ryan “Robe à l’Anglaise or English Nightgown” as well as their pattern for pocket… Continue Reading “A Tale of Two Gowns”

1500’s Italian Kirtle

This project was a labor of love for the Renaissance faire. I wanted to try to self-draft a simple 1500’s Italian kirtle as new garb for the 2018 season. In my research, I had seen examples of some with side lacing in portraits and… Continue Reading “1500’s Italian Kirtle”

1930’s Butterfly Dress

This dress started as all good things do- with a clearance haul! One of my local Joann’s moved locations last year and I bought many yards of beautiful fabric without a plan (which usually means they sit in my closet). However, I really have… Continue Reading “1930’s Butterfly Dress”

Sophie Hatter Dress- Part 1

Part 1: Research and Mockups Part 2: Foundation Garments Part 3: The Dress I’m working backwards since this blog is new and I’m going to bring you the process of creating my historical Sophie Hatter dress! I started by studying the dress she has… Continue Reading “Sophie Hatter Dress- Part 1”

Planning an 1880’s Gown

After the completion of my green 1880’s gown I thought it would be fun (and efficient) to make a formal gown that can use the same foundation garments. I had vampires on the brain this past summer and it has been fueling my desire… Continue Reading “Planning an 1880’s Gown”