The American Duchess Guide To 18th Century Dressmaking: A Book review

When I was contacted by the Page Street Publishing Company to review a copy of The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, by Lauren Stowall and Abby Cox, I was excited! The American Duchess Guide To 18th Century Dressmaking demystifies the sewing techniques used in 18th Century fashion so even a beginner can get […]

Wonder Woman! Simplicity 1035

This costume was inspired by a trip to McDonald’s earlier this month, whereupon Gigi received a Wonder Woman headband in her Happy Meal. Et, voila! An idea was hatched. I just happened to have some star spangled fabric, and there also just happened to be a Simplicity sale at Joann that weekend so it was […]

More My Fair Lady costumes and my first hat!

So I finished making the costumes for Eliza of My Fair Lady!  Using only fabric from my stash and things from my own wardrobe. I am so glad to be done! I’m reviewing a couple costume patterns, too.I made this skirt from the 1910 Ladies Empire costume from Reconstructing History. I was planning on making […]

White Lace Butterick 6190

Another version of Butterick 6190 designed by Nancy Ferris Thee from Making History, which I made for the school play, My Fair Lady. I was curious to learn more about Nancy Ferris Thee since I’ve sewn a few of her historic patterns for other plays and really enjoyed them. I found this interesting post about […]

1915 silk and lace gown Butterick 6190

Well it’s time for the annual school play again! This year we’re staging My Fair Lady. I won’t be in charge of all the costumes this year. Only the costumes for Eliza Doolittle and the maids’ outfits. We wanted to make the costumes historically accurate and the play is set in around 1915. This is […]

Butterick 4827 Medieval gown in silk

Presenting Queen Theodolinda, Queen of The Lombards Wearing a collaboration between mother and daughter.Hat designed and made by her. The dress was made by me.Pattern: Butterick 4827. A Making History pattern. Fabric: Silk re-purposed from some old curtains in my garage. Underlined with cotton flannel and trimmed with plastic pearl trim sewn into the seams.We […]


My daughter has been studying the Greek myths and chose to present herself as Persephone in her class pageant. She made the costume the night before, and baked her Yia Yia’s Greek New Year’s cake recipe to bring to school. She also made some tzatziki, which was delicious! While gathering flowers in a field one […]