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The Scroop Henrietta Maria dress with elastic waist thedreamstress.com

The Woodwold Henrietta Maria

Quite a few Henrietta Maria’s got made as I finalised my pattern, and many of them got left in the PHd pile, finished except for hems.  (fess up, who else gets to that part and just can’t quite I make it happen…?)  I’m slowly reducing the PHds, and adding the Henrietta Maria’s to my wardrobe. At this point my Costume College packing is going to be entirely Henrietta Maria dresses and historical frocks! Every time I finish a Henrietta Maria I love it more than the last one, and this one is definitely no exception! This is the Scroop Henrietta Maria with an elastic waist (tutorial here), in a poly crepe chiffon (it’s a very high quality polyester, and, thanks to the weave, breaths well).  I’m calling it my Woodwold dress, because the print reminds me of the description of the amazing wrought-iron gates of Woodwold in Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End.  There are even tiny roses hidden in the print! This is one of those prints where no matter how you arranged the fabric, it was going …

HSM ’16 Challenge #5: an autumn cardigan

I had grand plans for the Historical Sew Monthly 2016 Challenge #5: Gender Bender.  I was going to finish my 1916 Wearing History jacket, and give it a few twists that made the correlation between the jacket and menswear even more obvious.  But life, as it so often does, got in the way, in the form of unexpected overseas visitors and exciting opportunities. With the month coming to a close, I was in a bit of a panic.  What did I have on my sewing list or in my UFO pile that wasn’t going to take 20 hours to finish, and that was for a man, or that showed the influence of menswear? How about a 1920s cardigan? Perfect! Even better, I realised I had a half-finished blog-post on the history of cardigans for my terminology series sitting in my draft folder.  I could cross two UFOs off my list in one go! The cardigan is made from midweight merino knit in black, with buttons in black and light brown. Although black became a fashionable colour …

Penguin crossing shirt thedreamstress.com

Penguin crossings

Because New Zealand is so close to the South Pole, it has penguins – four species in total, though only one, the little blue penguin, or kororā (the world’s smallest penguin – so basically as cute as a penguin can possibly be), is normally found in the Wellington area. Even though Wellington is a city, much of the coastline is quite undeveloped, and kororā still come ashore to nest.  They nest in underground burrows along the coast, and will happily use man-made ‘burrow’ spaces – such as under houses, if given the chance.  This is a bit of a problem, as this means they have to cross the road which divides buildings from the beach. So all along the Wellington coast you can see ‘Penguin Crossing’ signs: For 8 years, until we bought The Castle, we lived less than 300 meters from a ‘Penguin Crossing’ sign, but, to my everlasting dismay, I never managed to see one in the wild.  I finally had to go to the zoo to see a korora in person. This summer I sewed a …