Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Etsy Order: Toddler dresses

A client from Mississippi order 2 outfits for her daughters sometime ago. They were to be worn in the annual Pilgrimage tours held in in Columbus, Mississippi. So they aren't really accurate to one time frame...

...but here's what we came up with. :)

For Nora's I use a basic yoked bodice pattern, with a puff sleeves which I put elastic on the bottom of to form a ruffle, a square cut skirt, with a ruffle on the bottom... Pretty simple over all... :)

And the back.

On Alliene's I used a very simple yoked dress base. Then just did puff sleeves this time with an actual band on the bottom.


Onto the 'bloomers'. The pattern for these is basically a sloper with some width added. There's elastic in the waist and 2 rows of lace on the hem...

And last, but not least we have the adorable little girls....

They turned out pretty cute if I may say so myself. I kinda hated to send them off. :D


*sorry for the poor quality of the photos. My main photographer was working when I made these. So the lightning was never right when she was home. Which meant I had to take them. :S lol

Monday, August 29, 2011

Galesburg Heritage Days Part 3.

 We've come to the last part of the journey thru the reenactment. So please enjoy the final huzzah! :)
 These were taken by my darling sister Michelle...

Michelle's favorite part of reenacting...she gets to see all the guns together. :D haha

We had the pleasure of meeting Laura and her children. She's a lovely lady and I do hope we can see her again soon.

Thru out the day we sewed on out repro scrap quilt. We can't wait to see what it looks like finished. It should be interesting with all the different fabrics.

Sewing, what I do best.

Waiting for instruction on sewing.

Michelle's graceful hands...

A perfect back view of my new sheer and hat. As well as Megan's new esemble.

For tradition. (We took one just like this last year)

A quiet moment in the camp.

Preparing for battle.

Marching off to war.

Waiting in anticipation.


Riding into the action.

Looking for...???? :D

Moving a cannon.

A stately commander.

In the heart of the battle.

*Note to Michelle-horrible background.* Okay back to our regularly scheduled program. :P

The doctor and his assistant. Peter and David.

Walking in harmony.

The fallen...

A group of artillery weapons. Notice Tom, doing what he does best. ;)

Showing 2 dimensions

The dead.

Coming to a close.

And the end, of the battle that is. ;)

The love of a mother and son.

Our dear friend Sarah Jane was also in attendance with her family. We had a lovely time visiting with her as always. She's such a wonderful lady and I'm very blessed to know her.

Abigail and Sarah shopping.


A humorous picture of our group with 2 soldiers. Notice the phone and Chris yelling into his pal's ear. lol

Trying to be normal, but that's only a setting on a washing machine so it clearly isn't working. :P


Michelle looking beyond compare.

Showing the detail of her new esemble.

Beaming for the camera and looking like a freak. lol

A wonderful image of Megan. This was the first time she wore this outfit. She made pretty much all her underclothes and helped on the dress.

Laughing at another one of Tom's jokes.

Sarah looking grand in her new dress made by Michelle.


Showing her colors.

Lovely Lauren.

An awesome shot of us with our "adopted" Grandpa by Christian Jebb. lololol


Michelle can't be creative right now and think of a caption for this one (its policy to think one up for each other) so I suppose we'll leave this as lame....

Awaiting the dance.

The little sister.

A nice romantic gaze. ♥ :)

Sarah posing for yet another shot.

Just for the record they are drinking English lemonade in cool colored bottles.

My cousins at their best. Just teasing we still love ya. :)

Gasping for air. haha

Your guess is as good as mine!

A cover for the movie Hats, Hoops, and Happy days. lol :P

Heading out for dinner...

The stampede approaches.....

The hottest car I've seen in along time!

Sarah crooning over the it....

A view from our table at Steak & Shake! (If ya can't tell its a guy pushing a lawn mower)

Dad's reaction to thee above.

Abigail debating what to order.

Another tradition...

"I wanna be in the picture to!"

Looking happy before this...

.....happened. While eating it started pouring to our dismay. Thankfully it let up in time for the dance. We were afraid it was going to be a re-run of Jacksonville being flooded out.

How'd that happen?!?!?!!?

The twins...not by birth... :D

Back to the park we went...

Passing time till the dance.

The ever graceful Lauren and Emily.

Lined up to dance! Photo credit: Tom.

During the middle of the dance there was night cannon firing.

(the last 3 are also courtesy of Tom.)

Overall, tho small its a wonderful event. The location is fantastic and beautiful. The rendezvous side is much larger the the civil war side. But we find smaller events make it easier to visit with people one on one. The battle was not the best we'd seen. Not because of lack of good intention, but due to the small amount of soldiers. There wasn't many ladies there either. The dance could use some improvements in our opinion. It was still very fun tho! :) They had a very nice variety of attractions for sure. The park is very scenic and makes for wonderful photos. And it has wonderful paths all throughout. The night cannon fire is really awesome to as you can see from the photos above. And the people were really friendly which is always a plus. :D In the end we recommend you go if you have the opportunity! And I suppose this will be the end of our small review. We do hope you've enjoyed a peek into our weekend experiences. We'd love to hear what you think! :)

Brooke and Michelle