A Little of This, a Little of That- What I’ve Been Up To

I don’t know about you, but sometimes inspiration comes so in force that I get scattered.  I dabble a bit here… dabble a bit there…. and nothing quite seems to get done.  There’s just too many fun things to do!

I’ve been slowly making progress on my tatting.  Thanks to some facebook users I found out I am tatting a hat- not a belt.  It would have been good to look up the term “fanchon” before I started the project.  Ah, we can only laugh at ourselves ;)


I’ve also been procrastinating on making my 1868 corset I started.  I have to finish this before I can start the historical costumes I’ve got my mind on.  Both this and the project above are from Frances Grimble’s Reconstruction Era Fashions.  My corset mock up looks scarily like my first bustier I ever draped in fashion school. Was it really over ten years ago since I was in that class?  My, how time flies…

1868 corset

I’ve finally finished sewing a western shirt I started making for my husband well over a year ago.  Why are men’s clothes such a pain to sew?  He’s got the job of adding the snaps.  And now, of course, I need to make a matching dress…

western shirt

And other than that, I’ve been listing a few vintage dresses from my collection on Ebay.  Time to pass these on to new homes…

One is a Horrockses dress with matching jacket


And the other a studded late 1930s crepe dress


Plus, I’ve been adding more vintage patterns to Ebay and Etsy.

Of course, the creative mind goes much faster than our abilities to complete projects and I’m already daydreaming of things to make after all these projects are done!

8 Comments on A Little of This, a Little of That- What I’ve Been Up To

  1. wacky tacky
    September 20, 2012 at 10:04 am (12 years ago)

    Oh my gosh…that shirt!!! I want one next! I never sew stuff for myself because it is too hard. People ask me all the time if I make menswear and I tell them that I would be a lot better dressed if I did. I think of menswear as BORING, but you know how I feel about western wear. AWESOME!!!!

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2012 at 10:05 am (12 years ago)

      I so agree! I hate sewing men’s clothes!! Wait until you see the back of it… haha. When I get my dress done we’ll take a picture so I can share. and thanks! :)

  2. Gay Linn Edwards
    September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am (12 years ago)

    Love the 1930’s crepe dress. Goes well with my curves. :)

    I have my great grandmothers steal tatting shuttle. Wish I had someone to teach me how to use it. Your tatting looks beautiful.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm (12 years ago)


      Aw, you should totally learn! I taught myself from a DVD/book set. It’s not that hard, but the DVD sure does help!

  3. Tasha
    September 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm (12 years ago)

    Those dresses are beauties! I know what you mean about being scattered and feeling like you’re not getting anything done. I’ve definitely been like that lately! The only project that I actually sat down and banged out was this week, and in fact your Smooth Sailing trousers! I’ll be documenting them soon (my very first trousers!). And now finally I have something to show instead of one more inch on these knitted sleeves, or a little on this, a little on that… ;)

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm (12 years ago)

      Awesome!! I can’t wait to see!!

  4. Garofit
    September 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm (12 years ago)

    That studded dress is beautiful!

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm (12 years ago)


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