Monday, January 16, 2012

Sewing, Sewing and More Sewing

Today I'm working on making my first ever corset. I'm using a pattern, so we'll see how it turns out. It's not a proper garment pattern, but more of a costume pattern. That's alright though I have to start somewhere. The only problem is I need to find my red twill which is hiding somewhere in my storage closet. I can't wait to be finished making my costume for the medieval festival. It's not until this summer, but I am so excited. I've always wanted to go to a ren faire, but there aren't many around here. This is the first one I've found that's close enough for us to get to.

I also have to make a costume for my mom, and the boys. I'm thinking family pictures will be a must once we're all in costume. I'm still undecided as to whether I want to dress the kids as knights or pirates or little princes or what. Any suggestions?

And on top of that I want to make myself a cloak, and I need to make a petticoat/crinoline for under my skirt because it's a very very full skirt and it would be a waste not to poof it out. I know it's more historically accurate to use a farthingale, but I'm going more for comfort and a fantasy style than historical accuracy. So if anyone has any advice on how to make a petticoat let me know. I've read several different ways online but I'm not sure which one to go with. I'm hoping someone will have some experience to share with me.

I also got a tiara today, though I'm not sure if I should wear it or not. I'm still debating between that and maybe a circlet of flowers. Not sure how well flowers would go with the dress though.. I will have to see once it's finished. Now the hard part, getting C to serge the hem of the skirt for me so I can hem it and finish it up.

It's kind of nice having all these projects to do though, keeps me busy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Has it really been since November? Yikes. My kids are growing up so fast it seems. I often wonder where the time has gone. Right now I'm busy working on my friend's wedding. She's doing a steampunk DIY kind of thing, and I think it's going to be fabulous. I'm currently crocheting the shawls in her wedding colours (peacock blue and black). We're going to be dressed in Victorian/Steampunk style dresses and I'm very excited for the pictures, Skyler is also in the wedding party as the ring bearer. It's not until July though.

Adriel is walking unassisted now. 4 or 5 steps at a time, but I think by tomorrow or the next day he will be full blown walking on his own. I found out there is a medieval festival thing going on the summer time in a little town not too far from here so I am also making a dress to wear to that. Can you tell I like period costumes? And crafting.

Skyler is doing well, we've been practicing letter recognition and phonics on his chalkboard and his whiteboard (which is actually a bar fridge). He is learning so much, and so quickly. I have little doubt that he will be reading on his own before 5 years old. And Adriel is eager to copy anything he sees someone else doing, especially his big brother. Yesterday he climbed right up onto the couch from the floor by himself. I was astounded. Especially since he doesn't really know how to get back down on his own!

My birthday is coming up at the end of the month. I'm going to be a quarter of a century. Sounds so old when I think about it that way. I've been working on my family history and I just love finding out all sorts of things about the past. It's fascinating. It makes me wish my great grandparents were still alive so I could question them about all sorts of things.

Anyway I have two wonderful little boys who need my attention. Hopefully I will be able to write more before another month or two pass by!