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2013- A Sewing Year in Review

I put off doing this post, because I honestly thought I was going to finish a few unfinished projects before the year was out, but I have come to the realization that I most likely won’t, so I’m just caving in and accepting it, and here is the post!

2013 was the year of less projects than I usually do.  This was, in part, due to that I was working full time doing theatre work in the field of costuming, and I didn’t have the desire to come home and do more work, even if it was for myself!  But the projects I did finish, for the most part, I liked.  There were, of course, a few failures.  But it seems like this was the year of BIG PROJECTS.  Most of these were for Costume College.  This could account for why I didn’t finish as many vintage projects as I have in years prior.

A big mention needs to go to The Dreamstress’ “Historical Sew Fortnightly”. It kept me motivated throughout the year, and I loved seeing the sewing projects of other members!  I’m really looking forward to it next year.

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January

Finished the 1899 Jacket.  This will be the first Wearing History pattern of the New Year, after I finish it up (I know, it’s been a long time coming… sorry).

February

1868 Blue Corset

March

1930’s Dust Bowl Dress

Jenn’s Wedding Reception Dress

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1940’s Bra (for work’s stock) from my digital pattern.

April

Nothing.

May

1940’s Overall Pattern Sample

Jeans from the Overall Sample (I guess I never took pictures!)

June

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1940’s Dress for Swing Dancing.  Upper Photo by Sylvia Wong.  I guess I never did a blog post for this.  Oops?

White Petticoat

White 18th Century Petticoat

July

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Late 18th Century Stays

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Late 18th Century Curtain-Along Dress- doing my best Mrs Miggins.  (I forgot to do a blog post on this.  Whoops?  Photo by Lauren of American Duchess).

August

18th Century Silk Petticoat

Striped 1780’s Dress

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Plaid Late 1860’s Dress

September

1930’s Sport Dress from a Bed Sheet

1930’s Adventurey Suit Frock

October

1930’s Corduroy Sports Jacket

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Pattern Sample- 1930’s Day or Evening Blouse and Skirt

November

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Gray Corduroy Smooth Sailing Trousers

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Two Dahlia Blouse Samples

December

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1930’s Chiffon Dot Blouse

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1940’s Sporty Jacket (just finished two nights ago. No blog post yet!)

I guess I got more done than I thought!

UFO’s (Unfinished Objects)

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- blue short sleeve knitted cardigan

- blue knitted sleeveless pullover vest

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-1940’s Knit for Victory knit-a-long blouse

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-Edwardian Truly Victorian S-curve corset

-gray denim from the 1940’s overall pattern

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-border print 1940’s summer dress (A total and utter failure)

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- Edwardian tea gown/wrapper

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-1910’s linen skirt

-1910’s striped blouse from my Edwardian Blouse pattern

-striped 1940’s blouse from a thrifted man’s shirt

Yup, a lot of projects were started, then abandoned because of lack of time.  If I had been more disciplined, I would have followed through, but I didn’t!  They’re sitting and waiting for me to finish next year, or to abandon for good.

This year I have learned to spend more time on detailing.  What makes me proud of my work are the little fiddly bits that go into them.  Be it insane tucks amount of tucks (like my 18th century silk dress), or pattern matching, or seam and hem finishing- I find I need a good balance of durable, serviceable everyday vintage, and more intricate, difficult, accomplished projects to make me happy with my accomplishments.

Here’s to 2014!  May it bring lots of fun, creativity, and sewing!

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Sewing Year in Review- 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve!  2013 is literally just a few hours away, so I thought it might be fun to do my yearly sewing and creative recap.  Click on any image for a link to the post, if there was one :)

January

Regency Short Stays

A Regency Turban, and new trim added to the dress above. (photo from Beth)

February

A cheery dress from a 1938 pattern.

A 1910s Corset

Two blouses, two skirts, and one dress as pattern samples for the Cordelia skirt and the Edwardian blouse patterns.

March

I suffered a bit from burnout this month, so I only made a checkerboard ruffle dress from 1917.

April

A modern Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity dress for Easter

A skirt from a 1910s vintage pattern in remembrance of the Titanic.

And a hat to go with the outfit.

May

A 1940 seersucker dress and a late 1930s white jacket that I forgot to post pictures of until now.  Oops!

July

Three pairs of shorts, and two peasant tops to take photos of the Rita shorts pattern.

A 1940s poncho blouse

August

A plaid 1870s Victorian Dress, and trimmed a vintage hat to match.

Trimmed a hat to match the Tissot inspired dress I finished last year.

A 1930s Old Hollywood inspired dress, slip, and cape.

A white late 1930s blouse to go with a vintage skirt.

A 1940s white fringey dress inspired by “You Were Never Lovelier” and a turban inspired by Carmen Miranda (photo via Beth, who is on the left).

September

1950s western shirt for my husband (which still needs buttons), and a dress for me to match that I’ve still not taken proper pictures of.

A pumpkin made from burlap.

Brooches and hair flowers made from old sheet music and felt.

I also made a tent interior for our easy up tent.

I also almost finished a tatting project that’s sitting in bits, and started a corset mock up that I still haven’t finished.

October

An autumn floral version of the 1930s Smooth Sailing blouse.

A sample of the Loretta pattern in the day dress version and I also made the hat by draping   on a hat form.

November

Finished a sample of the Loretta evening dress version that I haven’t taken picture of yet.

December

Finished a crocheted sweater project that I still don’t have pictures of yet.

Finished a 1940s knitted sweater.

Made a white blouse from a 1940s pattern.

And I just finished a green plaid 1930s blouse, but I haven’t gotten pictures of it yet!

Also finished several pairs of pajama pants as Christmas gifts for family.

In retrospect, compared with previous years, I did more historical sewing that I am actually more proud of in construction and detailing than in previous years.  I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing two corestry projects, which I usually don’t like making at all.  And I think I was a bit more ambitious than I had been in the past with choosing patterns, plaids, and stripes that actually matched pretty well!  I am most proud of the 1870s bustle dress I made, as it was such a challenge to match the plaids.  I was most unhappy with the 1917 checkerboard dress, since I  *really* should have made a mock up first, and the 1930s plaid blouse I just finished since I think my construction was sub-par, and the plaid didn’t match as well as I had hoped.  But in general, I’ve been pretty happy with the projects I finished this year.

This coming year, I’d love to make more clothing I can incorporate into my daily wardrobe that I’ve made from authentic vintage patterns.  I’d also like to finish my late 1860s corset, and make at least two really awesome Victorian gowns.  And possibly make an 18th century project since I did get two Waverly curtains for the sew-a-long that several others I know are making or have made.  And maybe a Regency dress, since those are always fun.

Hope you have a very happy New Year!  Wishing you much happiness and sewing in 2013!

And if you are planning on going out tonight, DRIVE CAREFULLY!  Keep your eyes peeled when driving home.  If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you get a ride home or stay where you are.  Make sure your 2013 starts well, and safely, for you and everyone else on the road tonight.

God bless!

Lauren

2011 Sewing Year in Review

I’m a tad late with this post this year, but here’s my recap of my sewing projects accomplished this year!  Click on the images for links to blog posts or pattern listings.

January

Regency Sari Evening Gown, 1950’s Plaid Blouse, and Green Gaberdine Smooth Smooth Sailing Trousers

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