Friday 25 November 2011

Lucetted cord scarf

I thought the childeren I work with how to use a Lucet and really love to do it. The cords usually end up as bracelets, hairbands or even as necklaces. But other then that, we didn't know anything fun to do with the cords. Until I came across a website that made scarfs with them. It's called LSP Designs.
One of the childeren is the daughter of a girlfriend. And we decided that we would make a scarf for her mother, together.

8 lucetted cords

Started braiding

only halfway done

End result

I loved it as well...
But I will probably make one of the other scarfs on the website.

Thursday 24 November 2011

Edwardian Underbust Corset finished

My Edwardian Underbust Corset is finished. I think it looks really lovely, but as it it my first it has some flaws. The biggest being that it doesn't give the desired waist reduction.

The problem is probably that I am really short waisted with a square ribcage. So I have to alter the pattern next time that I want to make it. Althought it is a little bit dissapointing. I knew from the start that there was a big chance that this would be the case. Making the "perfect" corset for your figures takes practice and fine tuning. The corset even if it's not perfect,is functional. So I will be using it for the upcoming event.

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Making a pillowcase

My (almost) ten year old son wanted to sew his own pillow. And I couldn't resist making a lot of pictures and sharing them with you. When I was about ten I sewed my first skirt. Funny how history repeats itself...

Cutting the fabric.

Ironing with a steam iron is a tricky business.

Pinning the fabric


Stuffing the pillow case.


Do I really think he will follow in my costuming shoes? No, he is more a
technical kind a guy.

Figuring out how the sewingmachine works....


Dear readers I hope you all can forgive me for acting like a proud mum ;-)
My Edwardian Underbust Corset pictures, I'll post the pictures later this week.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Coat alteration

A good friend found a company that sells victorian style workmens clothing. The clothing they sell is not intended for re-enactment. The coat he bought had zippers and plastic buttons. So my husband and I made some alterations.



We removed the zippers and added leather pocket welts. The plastic buttons where replaced with blue (they look lighter in the picture) wooden buttons. The buttons are from 1910.

The coat he bought looks a lot like an original pattern from 1877, sold by Ageless Patterns.

Saturday 12 November 2011

Edwardian Underbust Corset part 2

Underbust corset laid out flat in a previous stage.

Current stage. Waiting for the spiral boning and eyelets that I ordered to come in... I finish the ends of the boing with nailpolish to prevent them for rusting.


Nice blog, Corset fitting tips.

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Edwardian Underbust Corset

I finally started to work on my Edwardian underbust corset. I am a little bit, or actually more than a little bit, nervous. Because it is the first real corset that I will be making. The first result look promising. I like the effect of the mock-up model so far. The pictures and description that come with the pattern are clear and easy to understand. And even the sizing doesn't look like it needs to much work.

The pattern is Laughing Moon #113 Underbust Corset, view B the Corset Girdle.

I am not sure that I will be able to finish it in time for the Anton Pieck Parade in Haarlem on the 10th of December. This time is always really busy with my son's birthday (10th) and Sinterklaas. But if it's not finished I can wear the corset that I already have. So I'll try not to stress too much over it.

If been doing a lot of small crafty things the last weeks. Mainly trying out things to do with the childeren in school.

This is the "workshop" I will be doing, in two weeks time. Making a heychain/pursehanger with ribbons and beads. Easy and fun to do with quick results. I like it and hope they will do too!

My son and I made pompoms together and he really like it! Not sure what to do with it. Something traditional like decorations for winterhats, scarfs etc... Or something a little bit out of the box like making christmas decorations for in the tree... Or something a little bit crafty like making necklaces with them.

This scarf I knitted in one evening. It's perfect for impatient knitters like me!