Saturday, July 11, 2015

Polka Dots Galore!

Hello, fellow bloggers! It's been awhile, hasn't it? I've been wonderfully busy with all sorts of fun things. This morning, however,  I have a bit of free time, so I thought it would be fun to share with you my recent sewing project!

I made these four dresses using Sense and Sensibility's 1958 Party Dress Pattern, which I highly recommend. I was attracted to the pattern because it's such a simple, pretty style, and easy to sew. There are options for making the dress fancier, but it was wise for me, inexperienced sewer that I am, to keep it simple as possible. And they turned out quite nice! 

I just love these bright fabrics! The first dress I made was Mary's green one, as a birthday gift for her. I had planned to eventually make the rest of us dresses with the same pattern, but I didn't anticipate them being matching fabrics until I noticed the fabric I picked out for Mary was also made in several other gorgeous colors! 

We wore them last night to our English Country Dance ball. It was really fun to be matching, and the dresses were fun to dance in. As you can see in the picture, Mary made her brothers bow ties and suspenders out of the scraps so they could match us too.:)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sisterhood Award

I feel like half the posts on this blog so far have been tags. But that's okay, tags are fun. Anyway that'll probably change soon. I've got some posts planned, and some of them may or may not involve birthdays and beaches and 50s dresses.:) 
Anyway, Emma has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Doesn't that sound official? Thank you, Emma. 

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 

2. Put the Award logo on your blog. 

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you. 

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 

5. Nominate ten blogs

#1 Do you like county fairs?

     Yes, but not for long periods of time. They're kind of loud and crowded and scary. They can also be fun and charming, though. To be honest I'm terrified of most rides. I agreed to go on a ferris wheel with my cousin a few years ago. It seemed like such a glamorous thing to do. I ended up keeping my eyes closed nearly the whole time, I was so scared. 

#2 Were you ever in some sort of club as a kid?

     I probably was, but I don't remember any in particular.

#3 What's one of the first movies you remember seeing?

     Well, we watched a lot of old musicals when we were little. Like The Music Man, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, The Harvey Girls, Meet Me in St. Louis. We watched The Wizard of Oz a lot, is that a musical?  And some other old period dramas I remember watching as a youngster.

#4 Which would you rather do: hop in your old pickup truck and go for an unexpected adventure, or sit on the back porch with a good novel on a warm summer evening?
      Both sound very inviting. It would depend on what kind of day it had been. But I think most days I would choose to go on an unexpected adventure. In an old pickup truck. Yeah.

#5 Do you enjoy live concerts?

     Yes! Of course it depends on the concert, and I do have a bad habit of getting bored even at nice concerts if they're long. But in general I love going to concerts.

#6 Which do you read more of: historical fiction or contemporary fiction?

     I've read mostly historical. I would probably like some contemporary too, I just haven't read much yet. 

#7 Do you like country music?

     Do I like country music? I love country music. Particularly old stuff that has gospel messages, like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family.

Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys.

    I also like Iris Dement, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Mary Black and- well, lots of people. :) I like some new country, if the lyrics are good. But like I said, my favorite is the old gospel-y stuff. While we're talkin' about country, Nobody's Darlin' is one of my new favorites. :)

#8 If you could play any role in a musical, who would you chose?

     That's hard to say, because I don't have much of a Broadway voice. But pretending that I did have a good voice,  probably someone from a western musical, such as Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, or someone like that. Or Martha Jefferson in 1776. :) 

#9 Do you ever put your feet up on the dashboard when riding in a car?

     I think so. It's a fun thing to do.

#10 Can you tell us a funny story of something that happened to you in the last week/month/ever?

     One time when Emma, Mary, and I were having a photo shoot, I decided to braid our hair together like a picture I had seen on Pinterest. It was pretty difficult for me to braid all three of our hair together, but it actually turned out looking pretty nice. Then we had to walk and move exactly together or we would pull each other's hair out. It's not such a funny story, it was just fun. :) I can't think of something funnier right now. 
We did take some pictures, but I don't have them. This is the picture I saw on Pinterest.

I tag:

By the way, if I tagged you you needn't feel obligated to do the tag. Only if you want to.:)
And I'm just going to pass on Emma's questions because they are fun. I would love to read y'all's answers! I'm off for a walk in the creek.:)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Figure-Eight Braid ~ Civil War Hairstyle

     Hello friends! This style is quite simple to do, but I think it looks rather complicated and is very pretty. You will need rather long hair if you do this exactly as I did, but improvisations could be made if you have shorter hair.
     As far as I know it could be an accurate Civil War-era style. You probably can't tell, but I've parted my hair on the side in the front. In the 1860s center parts were most fashionable, so that's what I would recommend to anyone who is more flattered by center parts than I. Also, back then it was not usually fashionable for the ears to be showing, so you can keep that in mind if you want to be super accurate.
     I think this same sort of bun could be made to look 1920s or '30s if you wish. Like Miss Lemon or Mrs. Hughes. You would just need to alter the shape a bit and add finger waves or something. 
Step 1: Braid your hair into two braids, temporarily securing them at the end with whatever you have handy. 

Step 2: Twist the braids around into two buns. Try to keep it smooth and nice-looking.

 Step 3: Cross the ends of the braids, tuck them around the bun on the other side, and pin them into place.

And you're done! Told you it was simple. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Favorite Period Drama Wardrobes ~ Edwardian

Elise McKenna (Somewhere in Time)

This movie is breathtaking all around, and the costumes are just gorgeous. Most of Miss McKenna's dresses are made of light, flowy fabrics in light summer colors.

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)  
Now this is how I would like to dress about every day. Anne and Diana's clothes are so sweet and simple.  I love how they dress when they're young girls, and then when they grow up too.

Those sweaters! I love Anne's blue one that she wears a lot.

These dresses are so frilly and poufy and Edwardian-looking. But yet they are rather simple. I love the white with the colored ribbon around the waist. Actually I think it's a bit more than a ribbon. Whatever you call it.

This might be my favorite outfit of Anne's. The one Marilla hasn't seen her wear in years.:)

 She looks every inch the perfect teacher.

This blouse might be the same one as above. I love the outfit with the blue apron. That scene is so beautiful! 

The Crawley sisters (Downton Abbey)

These girls clothes are simply magnificent. Whether they're in the dining room, or hunting, or driving a tractor, or anything else, they always look perfectly lovely. I've always admired how each girl's clothes are distinctly different. They each favor certain styles and colors. I can't say who's wardrobe I like the best because each one is perfect for its wearer. Their clothes always suit and flatter them wonderfully. 

The colors and textures!

Ah, the old days.

That's one of my favorite outfits of Mary's. I think she was at her best in the second season. It's one of my favorite outfits of Sybil's too. :) And the colors of Edith's blouse and skirt look so elegant on her.

Rose, you're adorable.

Christy Huddleston (Christy)

I know I said I wanted to dress like Anne every day, but I really want to dress like Christy every day. While I admire fine fabrics and trims, I like simple clothes best. I love her work dresses, and her slightly fancier ones that aren't overdone. 

What a solid work dress. 

I wish I could see the front of this dress, but McGuffy's readers and slates are nice too. I can't tell, is it the purple one of Margaret's?
There's one green blouse with white dots that I particularly love, but I couldn't find any pictures of it.

What are some of your favorite wardrobes?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ten Favorite Screen Characters Tag

Hello friends! Hamlette has tagged me to do this fun tag. I am horrible at picking favorites, especially when we're talking about screen characters, but I'll try to at least pick ten of my favorite screen characters. Some of them might be a bit random, but I want to pick less obvious ones. Well, here I go! Oh, and they will be in no particular order, either.

Christy Huddleston (Christy) 
Because she is young and inexperienced and kind and pretty and altogether very likable.  

William Bush (Hornblower) 
Because he's just the coolest person ever. The end.


Ingrid (Dr. Quinn) 
 Because she's sweet and pretty. I so wanted she and Matthew to get married and have a family of their own.

Abigail Adams (The Adams Chronicles) 
Because she is Abigail. I cannot describe her in words. There's no one like her.

August King (The Journey of August King) 
Now I really can't describe August. I'm afraid by attempting I would make less of him. I'll just say I like him a lot.

Brett Main/ Hazzard (North and South)  
Because she works in the fields with Semiramis and Madeline. And she's so nice to Orry. And she loves Billy. And she knows how to put Ashton in her place, even if it's only long enough for Billy to get away. 

Arthur Hastings (Poirot) 
 Because he's the perfect gentleman. And he's always positive. And he's so interested in cars, and races, and he likes to golf with men named Skiffy that he meets at hotels. 

Diana Barry (Anne of Green Gables) 
Diana is such an amazing friend. She's a bit more sensible that Anne, though not always entirely sensible. She goes along with Anne's whims and fancies. She has such a nice way about her. I would love to have her as a friend.

Matthew Crawley (Downton Abbey)
Because he is Matthew Crawley, and I cannot exclude him from this list.

Mr. Pinch (Martin Chuzzlewit)
Because he is genuinely kind and humble. It's sad that he isn't perfectly happy at the end. But nothing could turn him bitter. 

Who are some of your favorites?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Edwardian Gorgeousness


There's nothing like the 1900-1910s. It's just such a  wonderfully glamorous and romantic period. I think of it as being such a  peaceful time, before the war. I imagine many people looked back to it as such. It paints a very pretty picture in my mind.   

Edwardian era hairstyles seem to portray very well the extravagance and utter romanticism of the period. I haven't attempted these elaborate coiffures much in the past, but my fascination has led me to do some research, and I am beginning to understand how someone could possible create such magnificence.

From what I've read and seen, there was quite a variety of styles and shapes in this period. Naturally women tried to were the shapes that were most flattering on them. I read somewhere that one's nose had a great deal to do with what shape one's hair should be.

Here are some of my humble attempts:

(Excuse the blurriness)

I haven't used rats, as you can see these aren't that big and pouffy. For the top two I twisted some hair into a long, flat bun, leaving some hair below it and on the sides, which I then pulled over it to do some twisty thingies. For the pompadours I twisted and pinned hair around the head in whatever shape I thought flattering, and pulled the rest of the hair over it to make the bun. Here is a picture of what I did beneath Mary's bun:

I know it looks strange, but from the research I've done I think people did things like this. As you can see, Mary's pompadour is not even that big, and her hair is very long and thick, so I understand how useful rats must have been. 

I'm sure some people used curling tongs of some sort, but it seems to have been acceptable for hair to be any natural texture. Waves or curls may or may not have been more desirable. I think general pouffiness is what was desirable.

I hope you enjoyed this post, dear readers! Have a lovely day!