Clog Dancing: Bluegrass and Beyond


I’d like to share something a bit different with you all today. One interesting thing about blogging is getting to know people a bit beyond the main subject of the blog. I’m sure many of you may have made friends IRL (in real life) via of sharing yourselves on your blogs.  Well, your girl, Lyric LOVES dancing!  Doesn’t matter which genre.

Along those lines, this dance video touched my heart as evidenced by the fact that I visit it again and again. In my world (read that my own head) I am an avid, wonderful dancer.  Though no one in this video looks like me still I feel that like laughter dance is a universal positive language. I am so grateful to David Hoffman for filming and sharing this video.  It makes me want to jump up and get busy!

Check out the lil lady in black shorts and black top!

This was a stumble upon just before posting. Mr. Bilz can come to my town and lead a dance class any day.

Shooot, you know what, I might just get myself a wood, portable dance floor and get my dance on all by myself at the homestead.  Yeah, that’s the answer!



Hand Sewn Regency Dress


For a period I will be sans my Tabitha sewing machine.  This will be a good time to make a hand sewn regency dress.  It’s something I have been thinking of doing for about a year.  This site may prove to be a godsend for making this dress.   Keeping things simple I have also chosen this pretty dress to be my June and July Make A Garment A Month project.


Transferring pattern to tissue

For this project I selected The Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern.  Following sewist divas’ advice to transfer the pattern versus cutting up the original seemed a good idea.  I have read Swedish tracing paper is the go to medium but I am on a budget and went to a dollar store and purchased regular old tissue paper.

These same divas also suggest making a muslin at the very least for the bodice.  Being a hard-headed sewist I did not.  This will be a bed sheet garment so worst case scenario I will have wasted all of $1.00.  I semi-paper fitted the bodice and hope that will do as I have no extra fabric.  As a matter of fact, I had to lay the bodice lining skewed to get it to fit.  The sheet is striped and obviously I will be laying the main pieces lengthwise.  Ahh, the things I do to fabrics and patterns when I sew.

Stay tuned by following along via Bloglovin’ or email as this hand sewn dress comes to life.  You’ll find links to the right in the sidebar or at the end of this post. It will be my first and I’ll be using the Elizabethan seam as found at Extreme Costuming.



Elizabethan seam, first attempt

Above is the garment back and side back sewn with the Elizabethan seam.  I can see how with the Elizabethan seam you’d better have an exact fit or else the ripping with be substantial.  I did not do a muslin and I have a feeling I may be eating crow about it.  As usual, I underestimated the difficulty of the task at hand.  Yet, I promised the good, bad, and bugly (butt ugly) with this sewing blog and will stand by my word.



Bodice Front


Bodice Back


Sleeve attached

At this point I am working on attaching the second sleeve to the armscye.

I see no problem completing this project by the end of July.  Sew, let’s see where this all takes us.  Stay tuned!

July 26, 2014

It’s time to put this baby to rest.  Reminding myself that I promised to show the good, bad and the ugly on my blog I am going to share this “miss” with you all.


Regency Dress Front Crossover


Regency Day Dress Back View

Project Wrap-Up – A Lyrical Perspective:

  • Pattern ease of use:  Well written, easy to understand instructions
  • Did the garment resemble the pattern:  Yes (basically, LOL)
  • Would I recommend this pattern:  Yes
  • Will I use the pattern in the future:  Definitely!
  • Will I hand sew another garment:  Maybe
  • Fabric:  Thrifted bed sheet – $1.00
  • Thread:  Free
  • Sewing needle:  Maybe .25

Comments:  Halfway through the project I realized this bedsheet fabric (most def a cotton blend) is HOT!!!!!  My goal in making this Regency day dress was to have something cool to wear while working on our land and chilling out at the homestead.  When I realized it was a hot fabric, my interest dropped 50%.  But, I am in a sewing challenge so I persevered on.  Oh, I admit to not hemming one of the sleeves – I was so done with this project once I decided I would not be wearing the dress  :-|.

One arm is a tad bit tighter than the other.  Not so much that I would not wear the dress had I chosen another fabric.  I am chalking the difference up to perhaps not hand sewing in a straight line.

The Elizabethan Seam – This was my first time trying this seam style.  I like the seam but I do not like mine – make sense?

I am pleased with the back of the dress in particular.  In general I do not like this dress, LOL.  Bottom line, I am chalking this project up to a non-wearable muslin.  At least I got to try the pattern out for future Regency day dresses that are sure to come off my dear Tabitha.

Thanks for hanging in there with me my dear sewists  ;-)






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Hand Sewn Simplicity 1717 Skirt


This fabric was easy to fall in love with. When I saw it, had to have it and a cute skirt immediately came to mind.  In steps the hand sewn Simplicity 1717 skirt.  This fabric is cra-cra busy and It’s all good.  It reminds me of the semi-tropical climate where I live.  Check out the little hula girls.


If I were younger and smaller I would have made this knee length.  You may read the pattern review that I wrote here.  This is my third hand sewn garment.  I had to pull out a new needle because the one I used for the other two items got dull and I noticed the finish was removed.  Can you say, “Change needles for each project, dear sewist”?

Project Stats:

  • Fabric: Leis, Luaus & Alohas Sheeting Natural Alexander Henry
  • Purchased from Etsy:  Zeet Zeet – $9.95/yd.; and Sobrightfabrics –  $9.00/yd.
  • Thread:  Guttermann cotton – $2.49
  • Double sided bias

This was a fun, quick project to sew and I think the skirt is sassy, flirty.  There will be more rolling off my sewing machine though the next time.




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Red Pencil Skirt


Imagine my joy when I found this tutorial Pencil Skirt Pattern Draft after the arrival of  fabric for my red pencil skirt  yesterday.

Lately I have been steering away from fabrics that me and the hubby call “oil”.  However, due to budget constraints and impatience I simply have to make a red pencil skirt to go with my peplum blouse.  This polyester poplin at 60″ width fit the bill.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package and the fabric was prettier than what I initially saw on my DD’s computer screen.

This will be my first pattern draft and I am excited to give it  go.  The goal initially was to make this skirt to wear this coming Sunday.  I was going to take a RTW skirt, place it op top of the fabric, add seams and cut away.  For the waist area I was considering simple elastic because it will not be seen underneath the peplum (okay, and ’cause it’s darn comfy too).  Now that I have found the instructions for drafting a pattern I dunno if it will be a Sunday wear go.  Oh, and as I am visiting DD and my new grandbaby, yes, this skirt will be entirely hand sewn.

My skirt must have a kick pleat .  Look what I found Kick Pleat tutorial. Easy peasy; now let’s get started.

Screeching brakes – a new plan:

On an errand to a local fabric store this afternoon to get elastic for my skirt waistband I got pulled in the $1.99 Simplicity pattern sale.  Ay yi yi.  I’m not going to draft my own pattern (at least not today) I’ll be making

Simplicity 1465

Simplicity 1465

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Perhaps I’ll put a kick pleat in it and not feel like I completely sold out, ha ha ha.  Stay tuned for my version of a red pencil skirt.

And heeere we are:



This is my second hand sewn garment.  Thankfully practice will make perfect.  Project stats:  Simplicity 1465 review.  Hand sewing beats not sewing but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my Tabitha.





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Blog Roll Sewing Resources


This is my blogroll, my go-to list of useful reading when I need to learn a new skill or look up information. In no particular order you may find it a good resource too. It’s about paying it forward.

Sense & Sensibility Patterns
Vintage Patterns
Retro Chick Vintage Fashions
Wearing History Blog

Sewing How-To: Grading and Pattern Sizing
Vintage Pattern Sizing
Making Sense of Pattern Grading
FBA: Full Bust Adjustment

Sewing How-To: Vintage Patterns
Vintage Pattern Primer
Dressmaking Research

Reading Vintage Patterns
NVL Reading Vintage Patterns

Useful Tuts!
Resizing A Pattern-Jennie Chancey
Sizing Up A Vintage Pattern-American Duchess

Now you know there are myriad of sewing tutorials, advice, books on the Internet so if you have found a good one please let me know.  I’ll post it for all to enjoy!






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Regency Era Women’s Fashion Resources


Image from Mary Robinette Kowal

Some place in time I came to appreciate the Regency dress.   We’re building a small family farm and I need something practical and cool to wear in this subtropical climate.  Regency Regency Era Women’s Fashion Resources is being compiled for those of us that can’t get enough of Regency, love to wear it, enjoy reading it, want to thumb through articles about it and so on.

Reconstructing History Patterns

Historical Pattern Resources

Old Time Patterns

Nehelenia Patterns

Jane Austen’s World

Primer on Regency Era Women’s Fashion

The Oregon Regency Society

Fabulous Fichu

Chemisettes, Tuckers, and Fichus

As a challenge I am working on a hand sewn Regency day dress.





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Making a Regency Gown with a Crossover bodice


Beautiful dress Tea In A Cup! I have got to remember the detail of the pretty lace on the neckline and arm edges. Sew on point!

Originally posted on Tea in a Teacup:

Regency gowns – to me – have often all looked the same. It probably has something to do with the simplicity of their design, particularly in the early Regency period when plain dresses were very fashionable. After a bit of research, I discovered the Regency bodice that wraps around and crosses over at the front, and decided to try this relatively simple bodice design for my next Regency day dress.

I have been involved in the JAFA Costume Challenge, for the Jane Austen Festival Australia (2013), where participants make a Regency garment each month. This garment was also designed to double-up and form part of my Historical Sew-Fortnightly entries, specifically for the Challenge #5: Peasants and Pioneers (making a Common dress).

The half-robe patterned in Patterns of Fashion 1, (c. 1795)

The half-robe (c. 1795-1800) shown in Patterns of Fashion 1, from Snowsill Manor.

I found a pattern for a half-robe that crossed over in front in Janet Arnold’s book, Patterns…

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My Regency Journey: Making a Chemise


Though my interests are more relaxed than making my wardrobe exactly as “they” wore Regency I feel this post is informative and may be useful when I make my own chemises.

These would make very nice night gowns too, IMHO.

Thank you, Tea In A Teacup.

Originally posted on Tea in a Teacup:

An American Regency chemise; which seems a little different in style to the English ones.

The third stop on my Regency Journey is to make a chemise to go underneath the corset. The benefit of having a chemise underneath is that is stops the corset pinching, and it protects the corset from perspiration. The chemise is also easier to launder.

Another great thing about the chemise is that it is easy and quick to put together without a pattern!

Steps to Make a Regency Chemise

Step One: Measure! There are several measurements you will need. Firstly, a measurement from the shoulder to the knee, or the length that you want your chemise, allowing a little extra for a hem. (Mine was 105cm in length, but was too long and was trimmed later.) Secondly, you will need a measurement of the length and armhole-height of the sleeve. (My sleeve was a square, 20cm by 45cm, where 20cm is the length of the sleeve…

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