June HSF – Metallics

It’s been a terrible couple of months for HSF.  It’s been a terrible couple of months anyway.  Lots of travel, a number of family emergencies, me completely screwing up last month’s challenge  and having to start from scratch, my job… it’s been nuts.  But with CoCo 2017 just around the corner, I’m determined to get back on track.


(With sewing and blogging… I’m beginning to feel like Creed from “The Office”, writing blog posts and leaving them on my computer.)


But at least in an effort to do something other than hyperventilate about my failed May project, I got my June challenge done, a 1830s style parure:

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Sew Monthly – Remake, ReDo

February was a bad month for me, in terms of getting things done.  My parents’ puppy got lost for a week at the beginning of the month, I had some work issues, then they sent me on a business trip… and I had at least two “re-do” attempt projects go completely wrong at the last minute.  That happens sometimes.  It’s okay, just means I don’t have very much for this challenge.  (Posting it at the end of March, after all).
So all I’ve got is a petticoat.  Made from another petticoat.  Which isn’t that big of a deal, but still technically counts, I do believe.
I’ve been working on an 1869 crinoline that I drafted myself – I’m still refining my “doing it with math” method on all this, but overall, I’m pleased with how it’s turning out.  I did need a couple of petticoats for it, and remembered I had an extra, half-finished petti in the UFO pile. Not the most creative re-do in the world, but not so simple, either.  It saved me a ton of time with the gathering and hemming, at least!

Hi y’all!

I’ve been going back and forth on the idea of doing a costuming and sewing blog for a while now.  Social media can be anxiety inducing for me, but at the same time, it’s a wonderful way to connect and share.  Considering how much knowledge I’ve gleaned from costuming blogs over the years, I’d love to be able to share some of my own discoveries as well.

A little bit about me; I’m a former active duty military officer currently located in Houston, Texas. I’ve got two cats, a boyfriend I adore, and a pretty decent gig as a project manager that keeps me in the fabric.  I’m also rather shy, so you’ll never see me on stage at a costume contest.  For me, this isn’t about performing; it’s about making things.

Sewing’s been a huge part of my life since kindergarten.  My first love was quilting, but honestly, if it involved a needle and thread, I was all over it.  My high school job was working at the local quilt shop; my Featherweight came with me to college; I’d take the bullet train to Nagoya for fabric back when I was stationed in Tokyo.  Lately, I’ve been moving into historical costuming as well, with a healthy scoop of cosplay on the side.  Both of those, while somewhat related, have required me to tap into a whole host of alternate materials and techniques.  Everything is related.  That’s definitely something I’m learning.  It’s all related.

This blog will focus primarily on historical costuming and my journey through that massive world, but I may occasionally talk about some of those other things I’m interested in.

Anyway, this weekend is Space City Comic Con here in Houston, and I’ll get some photos up tomorrow or Monday of my steampunk outfit.  I’ve also got a few how-tos to share, plus some fun events coming here in Texas that I’ll be working on dresses for!