Monday, November 26, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Maddie and Emma's dresses

Emma's dress.....
Maddie's bodice front
Maddie's bodice back
Maddie's skirt
Maddie's skirt up pleats.... :D

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A brief note on the instructions...

After the video was completed, I realized that I made a couple of mistakes - namely, saying, "However it is easier than box pleating." and then trying to show something that was outside of the camera's view. I hope y'all found them helpful, and if I can do anything else to assist the pleating, please let me know.

God bless y'all!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

White flannel...and pink thread

I used the chemise/shift pattern from McCalls 4548 - just adding a five inch ruffle to the bottom, and using bias tape around the neck instead of folding it over.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Young Confederates

Looking around for patterns or ready-mades for the boys, this is what I came across:

As far as patterns go, Period Impressions has both pants and shirt patterns, which can be found here: Period Impressions Boys. The review of both patterns are on here: Great Pattern Review.

Or, if ready-mades look good at this point, Ott's Sutlery has the best prices, and I've actually seen their finished clothing - they do a good job with them.

I hope that helps, and if there's anything else I can do, just let me know!
God bless!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

And mine...

The purple-y looking stripes are actually metallic silver threads...hurrah for sparkles!

Maddie's Poodle Skirt...up close

You can't tell in this photo, but the thin silver stripe is metallic :)

Jumping Forward in Time... to the Swingin' Fifties!

Here are the skirts for Maddie and I to wear to the swing dance on Saturday
(I was feeling rather silly, if you can't tell ;)

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Captain's Trousers - Stitching Progress

And tbe button-fly complete with permanent marker

Right front - button side

Right front - the inside

Left front - buttonhole side - inside

Monday, October 22, 2007

Dressing the Little Ladies

After taking a quick look at Mrs. Clark's website, I am very pleased to say that even the tiny ladies are able to use the basic girls' dress pattern that we have. I think the size 1 will fit Anny and Emma, with little or no tweaking. The skirt length for babies once they start walking is about mid-calf. And for a baby in arms the dress would be full length.

If anyone has any questions just let me know and I shall answer them as best as I can. :)

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas!
In Christ and Mary,

Sunday, October 21, 2007


And welcome to A Civil Seamstress!

Hopefully sometime in the near future I shall be able to share photos and videos of Civil War era clothing construction.

Until then...
God bless!
In Christ and Mary,