Thursday, May 15, 2014

Regency, a beginning

Every girl has her romantic side...  Ever since I was little I loved Victorian bustle dresses, medieval attire, and as an adult I've also come to appreciate the Regency Era after enjoying the 1995  BBC Pride and Prejudice series.  Now, I have never been much of a sewer.  I have tried a few things growing up, such as a pillow and as an adult peasant blouse and maybe a few things that I don't quite remember.  But my daughter has shown some interest in fashion design, so I bought a regency pattern from Sense and Sensibility, and have made her a regency girls dress, hat and pantaloons.  I do plan to do a pinafore sometime this summer as well.  I thought the sewing process would be good for her to watch and to do some of.  I did this with the hopes of making my own Regency era dress and underpinnings.  So  here are a couple of photos of the dress and pantaloons I made with Zoe's help (she sewed the straight pieces of the dress),  They aren't perfect, but they are the best that I have every done, and I hope a step to doing more.  BTW, I have been hand sewing a regency chemise for myself, and I'll post a photo of that later.  I should photograph the whole process but my house is so small and cluttered, so I haven't.

Here is the hat, which was completely hand sewn.

The fabric was purchased at a local quilt shop called Quilter's Candy Shoppe.  We don't have any regular local fabric shops, so we have to travel 70+ miles or order online.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta

Mark of Distinction

Price of Privilege Trilogy

Jessica Dotta

Tyndale Publishers

Mark of Distinction is the second book of the Price of Privilege trilogy, and we pick up the story of Julia (Elliston) Pierson after she has been rescued from her husband, Macy, by the Lord Pierson, whom she had discovered was her father. Julia struggles with her father's plans to introduce her to society and the illusion that they have created to protect her. She also has to beware of her past....

I found the book easy to read and hard to put down. I wanted to find out what was going to happen, which is great when I find a book that can keep me reading. Her characters are interesting. The plot keeps you wondering, and the characters are intriguing. I did have a major problem on how she does and doesn't present the truth of God's word in this book. It's lacking seriously. As a book marketed to Christian audiences, which would also have appeal to secular audiences, the author has a great opportunity to share the gospel and how it is affecting the main character (and it doesn't have to be blantant), but she fails in this. I hope that the final installment will tie things together and present a character who is convicted by the word of God to change and not just some imagined experience that seemed vague.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy. I do hope that a proper gospel presentation to the mail character and response are developed in it.
One comment that I have (that really does not lend to the quality of the book) is that the cover image does not portray proper historical fashion. I would have loved to see a cover with that....
This book was provided by the publisher, I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Baby Blanket

My sister-in-law is expecting a second daughter, and so I got inspired to weave a lightweight baby blanket.  It is primarily acrylic for ease of washing, but it does have a third of angora, alpaca, and wool  fibers.  It's rustic, but I love it, and wish I had made one to keep for photography.

Here is the warp.  It had a lot of wool fiber mixed in and each yarn was constantly catching its neighbor.  It was strong enough for the warp but that catchiness wasn't too pleasant.

I used a purple warp, and purple, variegated and cream yard for the weft.

I did have some booboos in it, but I decided not to go back and fix them, but instead leave them for a more rustic look.