23 August 2013

sewing again!


Though I sewed most of my own clothes during junior high and high school, I stopped sewing regularly many years ago, when our children thought home-sewn was dumb. The last clothes I made was an Alice-in-Wonderland dress & apron for a granddaughter last year.

Now I'm sewing a costume for myself, planning it out in my journal. In November, we are attending the Texas Renaissance Festival (never been to one before!) and I have decided to dress up for it, though in a very simple peasant style. The "blouse" would actually be the upper part of a long shift, but I've divided it up to a blouse and underskirt of the same fabric. This way, I can also wear the blouse later with jeans.

My mother will sew the bodice for me. She is a much better seamstress and I don't want to mess with the stays or boning or whatever it's called. Billy gave me a tartan stole for my birthday; we will be going to the Scottish weekend of the festival, so I'll pin that over one shoulder. Not sure if I'll mess with the kertch or not. Our son-in-law will be wearing his new kilt purchased in Scotland in June -- can't wait to see that!

10 comments:

  1. Wow... you actually sewed your clothes? That's amazing... I mean, I can't even use a sewing machine, much less thread a needle :) Well, I CAN thread a needle, but aside from sewing together a stuffed doll once, I never really got into it because math and patterns are NOT my thing, at all. That being said, I give you much credit, as I know it's not easy at all... but I'd sure love to see pictures of how it all comes out, and yay for a shirt you can also wear with jeans!!! :) By the way, just wanted to let you know, I'm coming along well, and will try and post soon about my surgery. Stay blessed!!!

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  2. SO GOOD to hear that you are mending! I'll keep an eye out for your next post.

    As a teen, I had to sew my own clothes or I didn't have anything new --- used my babysitting funds. As a divorced mother of two, mom just didn't have much money --- but I was blessed with both a mom and grandmother who sewed. Fabric and patterns were much cheaper then, too. I was shocked at how much they cost now, as well as being hard to find unless you are in to quilting (I'm NOT!).

    Blessings to you and those sweet kids!

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  3. Thanks, Leone! Very basic and probably not _strickly_ of the renaissance period, but I figured it would also work for Scottish gatherings with my plaid thrown over a shoulder.

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  4. It looks very nice, Vicky! You are very skillful!
    Jana

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    1. Thank you, Jana. It was coming together quickly, but now the sewing is "on hold" and we probably won't be going to Texas Ren Fest after all. My husband had a heart attack this past Saturday and is scheduled for bypass surgery at the end of the month. Recuperation and healing will take time, but we are trusting God to be in charge through the process.

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  5. Oh, Vicky, I am sorry to hear that. I shall keep you in my prayers. I wish him a speedy recovery. The Lord bless you and keep you…
    Jana

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  6. Lovely outfit..Fun to be able to make it yourself too. So sorry you wont be able to attend now but at least your hubby will be here to recoup. Festivals come and go. :) Life happens while making other plans as John Lennon once wrote.

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    1. Yes it does! We can always go another time.

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