Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Galesburg Heritage days 2013

Over the weekend we were finally able to hit our 2nd event of the year! Our schedule has been so crazy we've been skipping out on a lot this year....and when your like me and live for the few days of the year you get to see your dearest friends....sadness overcomes me...Needless I was over joyed to finally be able to hit one!!!
The traditional - Galesburg Unmentionables shot. I'm thinking this one should go on the wall.. lol ;)
I don't think I've ever been to an event with more beautiful weather!!!! Moderate temperatures, a bit of breeze and NO rain. For this time of year that's unusual...normally the heat would be stifling. So wonderful and such a breath of fresh air from our last round of events.
Much time was spent in dream land...

Or just lounging around in general.... 

We got to see the fabulous Meister family. That's always a fun! I'm constantly in awe of the new wardrobes Ms. Sarah has created each time I see them!
Beautiful little Miss Anne.
Big sis' last hurrah as a single lady...its gunna be sad not having her around at events anymore...nostalgic much? (yess.. :( )  In other news I think my hats suits her very well, no?!?!
Yours truly... I brilliantly forgot sun screen and somehow we ended up with a slat bonnet missing every single slat...all that to say...I got a horrid sunburn. Hopefully I won't be making that mistake again anytime soon.
 Lil sis was, infact, there...just didn't make it into any pictures... o.O
Dat hat!!! This, people, is how its done!
Looks like a bit of skepticism going around..wonder what that could have been about. lol
I always have a favorite event picture...Without a doubt...its this one....
The day had its slow moments, but the highlight for me was getting to spend time with my bestfriend who I hadn't seen for almost a whole year. Thus I accomplished what I went for - so in the end its all a win!!
The rest of our pictures are here
And that's a wrap folks!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1860's Civilian Men's Shirt

A while back I had a gentleman commission this shirt....
I used pima cotton for the first time ever. One of the most fabulous materials I've ever worked with. Perfect weave and incredibly smooth! I was able to find the best price with an eBay seller - who unfortunately no longer offers this product. :( It is available for just a tad more here at
Made in the same fashion as mentioned here.
I sewed the majority of this one by machine. I always do buttonholes, gathering threads, and other finishing touches by hand tho...
China buttons from my secret "supplier".
 Very lightly gathered back. 
Buttonholes - not my favorite part of mid-century sewing. ;)
I am still chugging along on the biggest 'commission' I've ever taken on in my sewing career...An overload of pictures will come around sometime in September.. ;)