Monday 27 December 2010

50's style Snowflake dress

Here is a picture of my 50's style dress in blue chinese "silk" with white and violet snowflakes.

Better picture of the dress but a lot less christmassy...

The pattern I used was M5292 by McCall's.

detail of fabric.

My favorite picture of this christmas, is by far this one, of my son and me.

Friday 24 December 2010

The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;...

Well actually I am working on finishing my dress for Christmas!
Luckily, it's not christmas eve yet.
And hopefully it will be finished before dinner.

I couldn't find a dress that I liked, and could afford, in the stores.
And complained to my husband about having nothing to wear. He then pointed to my fabric stash and my clothing patterns. So I decided to make something myself.
It a 50's style dress in blue chinese "silk" with white snowflakes.
Pictures of the dress will follow on December the 27th.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday 13 December 2010

Anton Pieck Parade 2010

Last Saturday we attended, one of our favorite events, de Anton Pieck Parade, a small victorian/edwardian event, in Haarlem. Here are some images.

They make for good christmas cards! So I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our crafts for this day where...


I actually nearly finished the inside of my long woollen victorian coat.

Anton Pieck Parade on You Tube

Sunday 5 December 2010

Saint Nicolas is almost gone...

With my sons birthdaypartymarathon, we always seem to end up celebrating it about three or four times. And with Saint Nicolas almost gone, it is high time to start working on the final preprations for the Anton Pieck Parade on the 11th of December in Haarlem.

The Anton Pieck Parade is a Victorian/Edwardian event, much like the better known Dickensevents, but not based upon the stories by Dickens but on the drawings of Anton Pieck. Who lived and worked in Haarlem, the Netherlands. As he also made the illustrations for, a version of, A Christmas Carol well known and popular Dickens characters, like Scrooge, also attend the event.

In a week's time I have to make:

* my husband a new silk tie, and when I am on it, a spiffy silk Edwardian tie for myself as well.
* Finally(!), finish the inside of the long black wool victorian coat I made and wore last year. Which means covering the seams with bias band, the bais bands have to be sewn in by hand. Next year I intend to wear my purple Edwardian ouft, so knowing me, if I don't finish the coat this year it will never be finished...
* (re-)braid my fake hairbun. A job that I really hate, because I am really bad at it. Last time a friend did it for me.
* sew a few small roses on my overskirt
* re-decorate my top hat.

So my current project, my Edwardian hat, has to wait, at least, untill next week! I had made some pictures of the various stages the buckram hatbase has gone to up untill now, but I seem to have deleted them from my computer. And I have already erased them from my photocamera. So you will have to wait a little bit longer for pictures.

We celebrated Sint Nicolaseve yesterday, instead of today, with three small childeren in the family we didn't feel we had a choice. And I got this really magnificent book Men's Clothing & Fabrics, in the 1890's.

Thank you, Saint Nicolas!