Friday, October 18, 2013

We're Off To Neverland!

So, this week has seen the sewing up of a Peter Pan shirt and hat, a stomach virus interlude sweeping through myself and the children, and I finally got the Girl's Regency dress pattern from Sense and Sensibility traced and the fabric cut out. Hopefully everyone will feel better tomorrow and I can sew something!
Peter Pan shirt for Sir J the Brave.
This shirt was a relatively quick sew, but I didn't realize I was supposed to have grommets to lace the leather through on the front. Since people were sick, I was definitely not going to go out to try and buy some. So, I hand sewed some eyelets, which made this a much longer project. Thankfully there were only four. Considering the hat was entirely hand sewn as well, I think this turned out to be a surprisingly fun project. I think I kind of like handsewing.

So, my little princess has decided to succumb to her mother's intense begging and let me sew her not one, but two Regency gowns! The first will be the short-sleeved "Wendy" dress and the second will be a long-sleeved version in this cute print featuring children in Regency era clothing playing. Hey, she needed some more wintery dresses anyway. Plus, I've wanted to sew Regency dresses for a long time, but do not want to sew one for myself just yet as they remind me too much of maternity wear, and I'm not pregnant....right now, lol.
I bought this when my Cowgirl Princess was a baby with the intention of making her a Regency gown out of it one day. I didn't have a pattern at the time, but knew this had to be a Regency gown. 
By the way, Sir J the Brave has hardly taken his hat off since I finished it the other day. His taking the hat off today was a good indication that he didn't feel well. He's always liked wearing hats, and pretty much refuses to leave the house without one. I love that about him.
And with his felt hat.  
I have to say that I'm blessed with children who enjoy playing dress up and still want mommy to make them clothes. I hope that never changes unless it means they're making their own. Which reminds me that I need to finish another long-sleeved dress I had started for my daughter a couple months ago in the fabric below. This was originally going to be a dress for me, but I ended up trying to size it down for her, because it never quite looked right on me.
It's kind of a deep purple with hot pink flowers, but for some reason didn't show up that way in pictures. 

Ahh..doesn't a nicely folded stack of cut pieces of fabric just make you happy? 

Hard to believe this is enough for two Regency gowns, and one that is fully lined. 


  1. That's so cute. I love the fabric for the Regency gowns. You've picked a lovely colour scheme :)

  2. Thank you, but I can't tame all the credit for the fabric selections. I have a daughter who is very opinionated when it comes to what she wears. I can't wait to see her in them :)

  3. That toile-esque fabric is so wonderfully pretty. I can't help but think what a great 1950s style dress it could make as well.

    I'm so sorry to hear that you and your family have been hit by a stomach virus. My goodness, it seems that the bugs are out in full force early this year. My husband came down with the flu a couple of weeks ago and is only just starting to get over it (I'm all but in a state of shock that I didn't pick it up from him - knock wood that I still don't, especially with Halloween so near now). Let's hope this is the only time this fall/winter either of our houses sees viruses like these.

    Sending tons of hugs and feel better wishes your way,
    ♥ Jessica

  4. Thank you so much! I think we're past the worst of it for now, but hoping and praying we stay well for a good long while before we see another bug again. Children and stomach bugs are no fun. However, I'm starting to get things a little more back to normal, and will be sewing like crazy to get these done by my daughter's birthday next Saturday.