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How to turn the Scroop Wonders Unders Singlet Camisole into a V-neck

June is singlet camisole & slip season. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m wearing a Wonder Unders singlet under my merino tops, or a Wonder Unders slip under a wool dress nearly every day. And if I was in the Northern Hemisphere, I’d be doing the same thing under sheer blouses and frocks. Buy the Scroop Wonder Unders Here In honour of the season, here is one of my favourite hacks of the Scroop Wonder Unders pattern: turning the singlet camisole or dress slip pattern into a V-neck. It’s super easy, and very helpful when you need one under a V-necked top, and don’t want it to show. I’ll be demonstrating on a singlet camisole (well, actually, two singlet camisoles – so you’ll see the two different types of elastic), but it’s exactly the same process for the dress slip You’ll need: A Scroop Wonder Unders singlet camisole or dress slip, completed except for the neck binding & hemming The binding elastic called for in the pattern, + 1 1/2″ / 3cm more length. (And …

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Recipe: Vegetarian (and easily Vegan) Kate Sheppard’s Pie

Lots of you (and absolutely everyone who attended the dinner) asked for the vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe I used to make Kate Sheppard’s Pie for A Feminist Thanksgiving. Here it is! To be honest, the first time I tried this I was a bit surprised it worked.  First, I looked at a bunch of vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipes, and then didn’t follow any of them and just winged it with what I had in the fridge.  Second, my track record making anything casserole-y, or traditionally British comfort-food based is pretty poor.  I just didn’t grow up eating or making those kind of foods!  So I expected a repeat of my fish pie/cheesy potatoes/macaroni & cheese experiments (basically inedible).   Instead, I got amazing!  And it’s not a fluke.  Every time I make it its delicious. This recipe makes a rich, filling, pie.  Most vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipes use celery, but I use parsnips instead.  Their warm, sweet, earthy flavour adds an unexpected element to the pie, and keep it from getting watery and bland, as …

1910s Tricorne Revival Hat thedreamstress.com

A 1900s-1910s tricorne revival hat

The Research: About this time last year I became slightly obsessed (as I do) with the early 20th century bicorne and tricorn hat revival: The tricorne revival was part of the overall 18th century revival that happened at the end of the 19th century, and flowed into an Empire revival in the late 1900s and early 1910s. (more examples are on my pinterest page for the topic) What’s not to love about it? It’s 18th century meets my favourite timeperiod, it’s wacky and quirky and a little bit pirate-y! There are mentions of tricorne & bicorne hats being fashionable as early as 1897, and the tricorne revival lasted until the mid 1920s.  Within the period there are definite changes – early tricorne revival hats, are generally very large, like turned-up picture hats, and are overflowing with feathers and flowers.  As the 1900s progress, the hats become smaller and more streamlined.  Mid-1910s examples are often quite severe, with only one upstanding feather tuft, or a sculptural bit of ribbon.  Asymmetry is another major trend in mid-teens …