Category : Sewing

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The dress when it was given to me.

Back in around 2007-8 I was assisting a lady in her alterations and tailoring shop. One of the items that came in was a wedding dress. The lady that brought it in wanted a baby shall made from the dress. The baby shall was cut out of the train leaving the main part of the dress in tack and still use able. The lady who’s dress it had been was generous enough to let me have the dress since she had no use for the dress any longer. I brought it home and stuck it away in a closet; faintly hoping that someday, maybe, I could fix it and wear it myself. This fall I did fix the dress (cut of the train and added sleeves) and also got to wear it at my wedding.


the hole in the train

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The dress on wedding day.

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The dress with a fixed train and sleeves




I have a little friend that I got to know reenacting the War Between the States and decided to make her a new little friend to play with at reenactments. The doll was named Rebecca and here are a few pictures of her and her things. The doll, thankfully, ended up being the correct size to fit into most 18″ doll clothes so dresses are very easy to find and make for her. Here are the pictures.

Project finished in March, 2015.



Her hair is made from wool yarn, her eyes are made from reproduction buttons – purchased from James Country Mercantile – her body his Muslin, and her dress is an 1860’s production cotton.


Another one of her dresses made from 1860’s production cotton. I used snaps on the back and arms of the dress despite their inaccuracy for the time period. I wanted something easy – so I used snaps.


The back of her crocheted shawl


The front of her shawl – hopefully it will keep her warm on those cool nights reenacting.


Her quilt. Made from all my reproduction fabric scraps. The blocks were cut at 1 1/2″ squares and finished at 1″. Hand-quilted the layers together.


The doll on her quilt.


I made her one more dress after she had left my possession – so Elsie had to model the last dress. Made from reproduction cottons.



After my brothers got married I turned their old bedroom into a library. I get a love seat from a friend (she said her and her husband bought it in about 1982) and tried to make somewhat coordinating pillows and a quilt for it. Here are the pictures.

Pillow Number one for my love seat. Personal Design.

Pillow Number one for my love seat. Personal Design.

Second Pillow I made for my love seat. Nine-Patch Granny Square Pillow. Personal Design. I made both pillows to look like something grandma might have made.

Second Pillow I made for my love seat. Nine-Patch Granny Square Pillow. Personal Design. I made both pillows to look like something grandma might have made.

Quilt top made from 1930's reproduction fabric. Backed with Polar Fleece. Tied.

Quilt top made from 1930’s reproduction fabric. Backed with Polar Fleece. Tied.

Along with the Adoniram Judson outfit that I made and the 1930’s quilt that I completed I made finished the following projects:

I made a set of tea-pot embroidered towels for a wedding gift:


I made a set of 7 tea-pot embroidered towels for a wedding gift.


I also got asked to make a replica of the American Girl Doll Molly’s Christmas dress. This was my replica.


Replica of the American girl doll Emily’s Christmas Dress.

This quilt top was started by my Grandma Lou but she never finished it before she died. I finished to give as a present to my cousin's  baby boy. Machine Quilted. Finished in November 2013

This quilt top was started by my Grandma Lou but she never finished it before she died. I finished to give as a present to my cousin’s baby boy. Machine Quilted. Finished in November 2013

Finished 1930’s quilt.

This past weekend my cousin and I had the opportunity to finished a quilt that was begun in the 1930s. We purchased the quilt blocks at an antique shop  and determined it would be an interesting challenge to finished the project. The quilt blocks were accompanied by a newspaper clipping that contained a pattern. The quilter who had begun the quilt had finished the pieced blocks but had not gotten around to the embroidery portion of the quilt. After we embroidery the quilts blocks I pieced the remainder of the quilt on my treadle showing machine. The final step was to tie the quilt and that was finished this last weekend. The project got me thinking a little bit about the history and legacy of quilt making…

Quilts have a long and fascinating part of American history. Families have snuggled beneath quilts as they read inspiring stories of adventure, risk, and kingdom building. Quilts traveled in covered wagons as the pioneer families settled the frontiers. Every little scrap of fabric to be found was sewn into quilts and blankets by the resourceful women during the War Between the States. Quilts also were sewn from scraps left over from the famed “Flower Sack” dresses of the Depression era of the 1930’s. Quilts express the wonderful ideas of multigenerational thinking and  resourcefulness. Therefore, they can remind us of our tasks of dominion under Jesus Christ and our heritage as Christians. They also brighten our home and serve the practical purposes of warmth and comfort.

I have quilts that were made for me by my great-grandmother and my grandmother. They remind me of my own heritage, and remind me of the Providence of God, and His kindness towards me. I’d like leave a similar legacy for my own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (should the Lord bless me with them): I’d like to pass down to them a legacy of resourcefulness and Christ-centered womanhood.


I have had a number of friends inquire about how I make my skirts. I thought I’d share this online in the hopes that other people might find it helpful. This will explain (hopefully…) how to make a nice denim skirt out of two pairs of jeans.

To begin you’ll need two pairs of jeans (if you want a fuller skirt boot cut jeans work well) the size that you want your skirt.

To begin rip out the inside seem of both pair of pants:

Now take  the  first pair of jeans and cut the legs off right below the pockets:

With the second pair of jeans rip-out the front and back seam part way up:

Take one of the leg pieces from the first pair of jeans and tuck it inside the second pair of jeans like this:

Turn the raw edge of the second pair of jeans to the inside of the skirt:

Line up the hem line of  the second pair of jeans and leg piece from the first pair and pin it in place:

Pin the middle back seam of the second pair of jeans to the middle seam of the legs piece from the first pair of jeans:

Make sure that the edge lies smoothly then pin the rest of it in place like so:

When pinned the the inside of the skirt should look like this:

Next sew very closely to the folded edge on the outside of the second jeans:

It should look like this when it is sewn:

Next turn the skirt inside out and trim off the excess fabric near the seam:

Follow the same steps for the front of the skirt:

Once both sides of the skirt are finished trim off the hem edge of the skirt:

Finally hem the skirt to the desired length:

I made this doll dress as a gift for a little girl in Texas. It’s one of the fancier dresses I have made! I made it from Felicity’s Christmas Dress pattern here.

One of the many things I enjoy doing is sewing. There is a young girl as our church who has the American Girl doll named Kit, who is from the 1930’s. Her doll doesn’t have many clothes, so I thought I’d make her a few more – the dresses are made to look similar to the style of the 30’s, including the use of 30’s reproduction material. The Pattern I used (with a few minor adjustments because of the size of the doll) was Vogue number 7565.

Another item I made for my young friend was a bed. I found the idea at a fabric store. They had a pattern for sale to purchase, but Momma assured me I could make it fine with out a pattern. I used a clear plastic tub for the bed, so it doubles as a storage container. The dust ruffle is made out of 3, 6″ x 43″ strips of fabric. Sticky Velcro is what I used to keep the ruffle on the plastic bin. The quilt is made of 30, 4 1/2″ blocks of fabric. For the fitted sheet I measured the lid of the bin and added a few extra inches to case elastic in, and then cut the fabric to that size. I rounded all the corners before folding the the edge over to make a casing for the elastic. There is a small mattress (not pictured) made out of quilt batting and a scrap of white muslin that is underneath the fitted sheet. The flat sheet is measured to fit underneath the quilt, and the pillow is stuffed with left over quilt batting.