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Just two days left to get tickets for the NZ Jane Austen Symposium!

Ticket sales for the New Zealand Jane Austen Symposium close on the 25th of March!  Pop over to EventBrite to get yours! Saturday 8 April at the historic Thistle Inn, with period food and fantastic speakers. I’m going to be talking about Jane Austen & Regency fashion, with lots of visuals and reproductions. I’m using this as an excuse to make some of those key pieces I’ve always intended to make (or finish…), so there are going to be some exciting new things! In related news, you can expect some Regency garment construction posts here on the blog over the next couple of weeks! 😉

Paper doll collection, thedreamstress.com

A little bit of nostalgia: paper dolls

I had friends over for a ‘sewing’ afternoon (the closest we got to sewing was them trying on upcoming Scroop toiles to check the fit) a few days ago, and we ended up chatting about our childhood toys. I still have example of one of my favourite types of childhood toys, so I had a rummage in the boxes of semi-stored things, and unearthed my paper doll collection: I collected paper dolls from the time I was 8 or 9, when my parents let us choose any two things we wanted from the Dover catalogue for some special event (oh bliss!), all the way until university. These were the first two that I chose.  My interest in historical fashions was already clearly established! (I have my doubts about women wearing bustles under their bathing costumes in the 1880s though!) From then on, I got at least one paper doll book almost every birthday, Christmas or Ayyam-i-ha for years.  They were mostly the Dover Tom Tierney paper dolls, but there were a few other brands and …

2016: A Sewing Year in Review

It’s that time of year again: the holidays done and dusted, and time to look back at what I accomplished this year, what I didn’t accomplish. 2016 was a weird year.  It was great on a career level (yay, I launched Scroop Patterns!).  And there were some personal/sew-y highlights (Costume College), but it was also a really horrible year on a personal level (things I don’t talk about here…). My goal is to make 2017 even better on a career level (so many Scroop Patterns!).  And I’m going to do everything I can to make it a much better year personally, though I don’t have as much control over that by far, and a lot of my personal grief and heartache of 2016 will continue for a while. It’s also a year that came to an extremely frustrating end: my main working computer crashed catastrophically on the 29th, while I was backing it up: a disaster that appears to have taken both the hard drive, the backup it was doing, and the backup before that, with it (insert …