Friday, June 18, 2010

Because Plaid Begs for Bias

I decided my plaid crossover dress was a little plain as it was. So I added a bias ruffle around the neckline and around the sleeve caps. It isn't much, but I think it definitely finishes off the look very nicely. Plaid is so lovely since you can do so many interesting things with it.On a different note, I heartily apologize to anyone who has recently visited my Historical Clothing Blog - I have been receiving so many spam comments lately with links to terrible sites therein. I will be working on cleaning up and updating that blog over the next week or so and even though I hate to do it, I will be putting all future comments through moderation so hopefully we can keep everything cheerful and pleasant over there. :) I think I will take the whole site offline while I work on it. I have a lot of updating to do and things will probably be crazy and unorganized over there for a little while!

A question for those of you who are interested; do you prefer actual patterns on the site, or would you prefer simple tutorials? I am really afraid that my scanned patterns are not printing out the same for everyone and that the sizing is off.

Finally, check out the new website, Historical Help, by Atlanta Shannon from Bonny Blue! I am so very excited about this site. It looks like it will be a great resource for new female Civil War reenactors.


  1. The dress looked beautiful before, but now it is You! :-D

    I am glad that you are updating and revamping your Historical clothing has been a great encouragement in the past when I began to sew retro-looks and the like. Also for information, it has been very helpful.

    Having comment moderation is a bit of hassle, but as long as you want to leave a comment, going through the steps should not be hard :)

    Blessings to you and your dear family,


  2. Your dress looks beautiful with the extra trim.
    The Historical Help website looks very neat. It's nice to have someone lay out the basics for those of us who haven't gotten into re-enacting.

  3. I love what you did with your dress! The Victorians were very clever with their plaids and stripes, and I appreciate seeing fellow re-enactors going that extra mile on their garments. It really makes the difference.

    You do such an amazing job on you and your family's clothing. I love seeing everything you do.

  4. That is absolutely gorgeous! The colors in the fabric are so feminine and soft.

    I love ruffles but can't figure out how to do them :( I've tried sooo many times ... and still can't figure it out. Sigh!


  5. Thank you, Sarah, for listing this website for new reenactors...I will probably be spending a LOT of time there.

  6. I love the dress trim.

    I know comment moderation is sometimes a hassle, but it helps keep junk off my blog and I don't ever miss seeing a sweet new comment on an older post. So it does have its benefits.

    I prefer tutorials over printing off patterns.

  7. oh, plaid does beg for bias and it does look so fabulous! what a beautiful dress!


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