Sunday, December 28, 2014

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas| 1950's Christmas Dress

Happy Holidays!!!!
I trust everyone had a great Christmas with family. I know I did!!!


I am so excited to share this 1950's Christmas outfit I sewed.


White Christmas-Bing Crosby
And yes I am dreaming of a white Christmas because here in Texas it rarely snows:)




I used Vogue 8789 view B which is actually a 1957 dress. A few changes I made were lowering the front neckline an inch and doubling the width of the cummerbund. Dress is made from satin and the cummerbund from sparkle organza.



I love fur coats and wraps. I had fun making this cream fur wrap, but it was a little challenging. 






Here is the crinoline that I made and wore under my dress. Because 1950's skirts just don't look the same without one:)

Be sure to go to Edelweiss Pattern Blog and check out all the other lovely Christmas outfits!


☆Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too Ya'll☆






Thanks to my oldest brother for taking my pictures and my younger sister for doing my hair!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!!!!

For you Jane Austen fans out there, today is her 239th birthday anniversary. 




 Born on the 16 of December in 1775 at Steventon Rectory near Alton Hampshire, Jane entered this world during a record snow storm. She was the seventh child and second daughter born to Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra nee Leigh. Austen was primarily educated at home and spent most of her childhood with her seven siblings. She and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father’s library and spent much of their time putting on plays and acts for their parents. At age 14, Austen had already written a number of stories, and in her early twenties she had written the novels that she would later revise and publish as "Sense and Sensibiilty," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Northanger Abbey." Austen was closest to her father and her only sister, Cassandra. As a young woman, Austen lived with her family and spent much of her time writing, reading, socializing with the neighbors, and dancing. After her father’s unexpected death in 1801, Austen’s family found themselves in a tight financial situation. She, her mother, and her sister moved from place to place until they finally were able to settle at her brother’s cottage in Chawton. It was in her thirties that Austen began to anonymously publish her work. Her first three novels received a great deal of positive attention, but it was only after her death in 1817 that her brother made it publicly known that she was the author. Today, Austen is considered one of the great English writers, known for the wit and lively commentary that are embodied in her fiction.


Jane's home in Chawton


Jane's home in Steventon where she was born.



Beautiful collection of Jane Austen's books.



Jane Austen's six heroines. Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliott, Emma Woodhouse, Catherine Morland, Fanny Price, and Elinor Dashwood.



These stamps were from the Jane Austen festival last year which was the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. My great Aunt's sister gave them to me after she went to the festival.


Some Jane Austen thing I was given. Stamps, perfume, pin, cards, dance card, and paper holder.




Here are some beautiful Jane Austen themed cakes.






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In honor of Jane Austen's birthday I am offering 10% off your total purchase in my Etsy shop. Use the coupon code JANEAUSTENDAY10. This is good now thru Saturday the 20th.







Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Dress Blog Party 2014




Hello there!!!
Here is a lovely Christmas dress blog party that is going to be hosted by Katrina at Edelweiss Patterns. You should check it out!! I am making my Christmas dress to share on her blog party.


Here is a sneak preview to my dress. I will be posting pictures of it when I finish it.


Have a wonderful day!!!



Sunday, October 26, 2014

In the Shop| Jane Austen Wall Decor


  Hello!! Today I wanted to share and tell you a little about three of my Esty shop items. I really enjoy Etsy and it is a great place to sell your handmade items! 
  First let me introduce you to my shop. Back in June I created my Etsy shop and thus was born the Boutique Shoppe!!! 
  I am a really big Jane Austen fan!! I love her books, the movies, and especially the clothing from that time period. These four items are all Jane Austen related!
  Awhile back I purchased so Jane Austen paper. I decided I would use it to make wall hoop decorations but instead of using fabric I would use paper. All of them are embellished with braid, ribbon, gems, or dainty roses.




 Jane Austen Hoop Wall Decor
   This first one has different scences and characters from Jane Austen's books.

 
 "The wishes the hopes the confidence the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union."
                                                                                                    ~Emma
               

Details of the pretty pictures!






Love and Friendship Inspired Quote Hoop Wall Decor 
Pretty, pretty, pink!! I had fun making this one.

 
 "Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!"
                                                       ~Love and Friendship, Jane Austen

 
 Love the pretty little roses!!!






 
This one is inspired after one of Jane Austen's famous quote.

 
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."                                                                                
                                                                                                  ~Jane Austen
  



Pride and Prejudice Hoop Wall Decor
I just love Pride and Prejudice! This one is inspired after Mr. Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth.

 
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
                                          ~Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice


I love the silhouette portraits of Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy!



I had fun making these items and taking the pictures! Honestly I would like to change the name of my shop and also have future plans for my shop but for now I am keeping it as is.  

Do you love Jane Austen? What do you like about her? I would love to hear any shop suggestions!

Be sure to check out my shop and other items!!







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Up Coming Sewing Projects

I am so excited to start blogging!!!!! I thought it would be neat to show you my up coming sewing projects. So here it goes......




My First Project



So several weeks ago I went to Hobby Lobby and found these two pretty cotton fabrics. I plan on making a knee length skirts out each one. Here are a few examples of what I am thinking of:





My Second Project



Awhile back I bought this floral linen on sale at Joann's. I wanted to use it to make a 1950's dress. The pattern I was originally going to use Butterick 6835 I couldn't find. So I decided to use the lovely Simplicity 1459!! I am going to make view A but with short sleeves.




My third project
A good friend of mine and I are each going to make this next dress together.


 ...............and we are making it out of this fabric


My four project

So I am soooo excited about this last one!!! I am going to attempt to recreate Elizabeth Bennet's Netherfield ball gown from Pride and Prejudice 1995 movie!!


 
I will have a separate blog post on this one when I finish it :)


 I searched and searched for a exact look alike fabric but I wasn't finding one. This is the closest one that I found. After several bodice mocks, I got the bodice to look the same as the dress and then cut the other pieces out. Now to sewing it!!!!!
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I hope to have individual posts of each one of these when I finish them!!!


Yours Truly,
Samantha

Monday, October 6, 2014

Start of a new blog!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am really excited about starting blogging and look forward to inspiring you with new ideas.