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June 29, 2007

My 1860's Corset is Finished!!

This is the first corset I’ve ever made. It will give me a period correct silhouette for reenacting. I’m so excited! It’s actually very comfortable. I have it on right now! When I wear it, it gives me better posture.

I didn’t do the most wonderful job on it, but the shape is correct. It’s just not the most beautiful work of art that it could be :) It also needs to be taken in a bit, to make it fit better. Making a mock-up is supposed to prevent fit issues… but I didn’t do the greatest job on fitting mine. At least I’ll be able to wear it longer than I thought!

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June 22, 2007

Curly Girl


No gel, no mouse, no shampoo, no brush

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June 15, 2007

Baby 'Matoes!


My beautiful garden

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June 09, 2007

Corset mock up is finished!

With the help of Moriah, I fitted my corset mock up. It’s now finished and I’ve made it into a pattern. I included 1/4” seam allowances instead of the 5/8” in the original pattern. You’re supposed to trim it later anyway and I find it more precise to sew a smaller seam. I can’t wait to go make the REAL corset!

My back has been killing me since Monday. The best I’ve felt since then was when I was laced up in the mock up! It was like a back brace. I can’t wait to see how the boned corset feels!

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June 07, 2007

More about my Birthday

Beside Singer sewing machine

I’m wearing a dress that was made by my friends as a birthday gift, and I’m beside my wonderful Singer sewing machine

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Posted by Jordan in: family| history| sewing

June 06, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my 15th birthday. My favorite present so far (okay, my only present so far) is my new (old) sewing machine! It’s a treadle sewing machine that my parents bought at the estate sale of our neighbor. Her name was Thelma Johnston. She asked us to call her “Tim” (her nickname from grade school.)

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June 04, 2007

Ballet costumes


I helped my 4 ballerina friends to make these tops to dance in

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June 03, 2007

Corset update

I finally stopped putting it off and cut out my 1860’s corset mock up. A mock up is a “test drive” in sewing. If all seamstresses had time, we might make one for every single thing we make. Since we don’t, it’s mostly used for special things made out of expensive fabric, or especially fitted garments.

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