Blog Awards!

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Wow!
What can I say – Two award in one week!

Last week the wonderful Crystal from “Adventures in Biastape” nominated me to “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!”, and this week lovely Catherine from “Catherine the Teacher” does the same.

I’m just so happy and humbled by these ladies kindness and support of my work/blog.
Thank you so much!
I really appreciate it (and I love reading your nice comments to my post and projects every week:-))

To claim the award/awards I need to follow the rules and:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions sent to you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
5. Nominate 10 blogs.

And since I got two awards I should probably double it…Right?
I normally don’t pas on chain-letters and similar stuff, but I’m willing to compromise a bit on this one.

So, I will nominate a total of 10 blogs, and come up with 10 new questions.
And since answering these kind of questions are pretty fun, I will try to do both Crystals and Catherines questions here below. So prepare for a long post..
That seams quite fair I think.

But first, here are my nominees:

1. Sarah – A Most Peculiar Mademoisell
2. Caroline – Anno 1776
3. Isabella – All the Pretty Dresses
4. Merja – The Aristocat
5. Caroline – Dressed in Time
6. Cathrin – Katafalk
7. Elisa – Isis Wardrobe
8. Nora – The Shadow of My Hand
9. Liz – The Pragmatic Costumer
10. Vienna – The Austrian Woman
Lots of Swedes in there, but these are the blogs/and people I feel all do some tremendous work in both blogging and costuming.

And my questions:

1. How did you start sewing Historical/or other costumes?
2. What other tings do you do then sewing/creating?
3. What item/project that you made are you the most proud of? (may we see pictures?)
4. Do you have a secret shame item/project that you will share? (Pictures?)
5. Do you prefer Books, You-Tube videos or other, for sewing reference? And which are your favorite one/s?
6. Whats your best sewing tip/trick?
7. What’s your biggest sewing cheat that you do but you know that you shouldn’t?
8. What’s you biggest inspiration in deciding on up-coming projects?
9. Do you have a favorite era/style that you do?
10. What is your dream project? (Picture/s please)

Ok, time for some answers:

Crystals Questions:

1. Why is your blog named what it is?
Everything else I tried was occupied. No, but really, I had lots of ideas, but non was vacant, or they would convey the wrong message. And being un-patient as I am, I just ran with the first thing that worked.

2. What made you decide to start blogging?
The Historical Sew Forthnightly” 2013 – I read everyone else’s blogs and loved it.
Then, when Leimomi (the hostess of “The HSF”) picked one of my project as her favorite and linked to my (only) picture, I knew I needed a blog.
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3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love how you have all your knowledge in one place. You can go back and take a look at previous projects and learn from past mistakes. I usually look through my “Portfolio” when deciding what to wear to an event – so much faster then going down to the basement.
I also love sharing my pictures of both costumes and events, and of course all the nice/smart/funny comments I get from my readers.bild 1

4. On average, how much time do you spend sewing?
Having a full time job, I don’t have the time (or energy) to sew as much as I like, but I usually spent an average of 10 hours a week sewing – ca 1-2 hour/s in front of the TV each night, and at least a couple of hours at the weekend.
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5. Of your favorite eras, do you prefer having patterns pre-made or making your own?
I usually make my own pattern (from any era), I either drape or draft the patterns using pattern templates and my dressmaking books as guides.
I used to think it was hard using bought patterns – not knowing the makers thoughts when drafting.
But lately I’ve been trying out some ready-made pattern which all worked great.IMG_5030

6. Speaking of favorite eras, which one is yours and why?
Oh, this one is always the hardest question to answer, since I love them all so much, and it wary from day to day.
But I must say mid 16th century will always be in my heart – Since that what’s got me into costuming. I love the structured aesthetics of female fashion with its abundance of decoration but without flimsiness – I guess it speaks to my modern sensibility.Catherine_ParrCatherine Parr (6th wife of Henry VIII)

7. What is the most unconventional object used in a previous project? (Either in the making of, or actually in the item)
Hm, I’ve used Duck-tape, hot glue gun and plastic zip-ties.
But I think they looked at me the strangest at the hardware store when I bought metal pipe-cleaners (and heavy duty pliers to cut said metal) to use in my 1850s Crinoline.
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I also must confess: My tool box (which I keep in my sewing room) is bigger then my boyfriends.

8. Describe your ideal sewing area.
Big! Preferably the whole house…
No I’m kidding, even though I tend to use about every room in our (big) apartment for sewing – You know, pattern drafting at the kitchen table, fabric cutting on the living room floor, hand-stitching in the sofa before the TV and trying out mock-ups by the hallway mirror.
Whats the fun in being caught up in your sewing room…?
IMG_4980Using the whole living room and hallway floor for fabric cutting. (1880s Evening Gown)

9. Care to share your favorite sewing tip/trick?
I always work on all the pieces of a garment at the same time:
Pinning everything, then stitching and finally pressing everything in one bunch, then back to pinning once again. And on and on it goes until I finish the garment with hand-sewing.
Working like this makes it go so much faster then working one seam/piece at the time. I do however need to know where I’m going with everything right from the start, as I often finish the sleeves before the bodice, and the lining is ready and waiting even before the final fitting.
IMG_5147The sleeves, “skirt” and buttons were all ready and waiting to be attached at this stage. (1770s Caraco Jacket)

10. Coffee or tea? Plain or doctored?
Neither.
Here in Sweden it’s considered strange (and a bit childish) not to drink Coffee, but I can’t stand the taste. When it comes to tea it’s basically the same – I do however drink it “when etiquette calls for it”, but I just rather have a glass of water.

Catherine’s Questions:

1. What type of music and/or movies do you like to have on while you work (work = sewing/creating art)
I usually watch TV-series on my computer when doing my hand sewing, preferably historic dramas.
This year I’ve gone through all seasons of: Game of Thrones, Downton Abby, The Tudors (I know, I know, sorry), The Borgias, Mr Selfridges, Outlanders and Marco Polo, among others…3f17ccdefb5208a7d3dd2d569c5e3009“Mr Selfridges”
The trick is to re-watch.
Then you already now what’s happening, and can focus on your work while listening and only catching a gimps now and then.

2. What gives you the most satisfaction while working on a new project?
Progress!
I’m what they call a “project starter”, and sometimes have a hard time finishing one thing before moving on to the next. This makes my head over run with ideas, and my cutting table full off fabric and pattern piles for upcoming projects.
So fast, and easy to spot progress, makes me really happy, and make it feels like I’m really getting somewhere (See question 9 above).IMG_2471I love putting my projects on my dressform to see how they’r coming along. (1550s Doublet)

3. What inspires you the most when you are mulling over what to create next?
Pinterest!
And my own fabric stash (and sometimes the fabric stores stash).
It’s when those two comes together that magic happens, as they say.
It’s like “Hey! I have that fabric!” and then I’m of…
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1914s Summmer dress)

4. Does it bother you if your pet lays on your fabric, paper etc while you are trying to work? And what are your pet(s) names?
Well, since I don’t have a pet (only a boyfriend), It does sometimes bother me when he lays on my work for attention, especially if I’m on a tight deadline.
But other times, not so much…
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5. How long ago did you get involved in your hobby?
As a kid I was a really creative drawer/painter, and flooded my room (and my parents) with paintings. I can sill draw, but now a days I don’t have time to work at it as much as I used to.
I started sewing in “Gymnasiet” (upper high school) about 14 years ago, where I attendedfashion & sewing school“.  syhörnan tyllbergMe, working on a costumers ball gown about 6 years ago.
I’ve always been interested in history, but Historic costuming is relatively new to me – I only started 4 years ago, after some sporadic previous try’s.
I think it was when I discovered “The Historical Sew Fortnightly” I really started to develop an interest in costuming and getting everything “Right”.
(Thanks Sarah of “A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle”, for introducing me to this obsession ;-))DSC_0189My very first 16th century gown, which I loved back in 2008. (1530s Tudor Gown)

6. What is the ultimate garment that you yearn to create?
A perfectly flawless 1550s Gown including accessories – Something I will never afford, or manage to do, but a girl’s got to dream…
I just adore Izabela of “A Damsel in This Dress” Tudor gown.

7. What has been the mistake that taught you the most?
I make so many mistakes all the time (and always learns a lot), I’ts hard to choose just one.
Perhaps it’s one of the events I went to last year – The Historic Multi Era Picnic, were I put so much effort into everything being perfect for me and my sister, that I ended up totally exhausted and really cranky instead of just relaxing and having a good time.
So now I try to put some of the pressure aside and not fretting over every detail ( I said try.)
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8. If you have any advice for someone just starting out in the hobby, what would it be?
Oh gosh there are so many – You know, always press, baste, measure and take your time etc.
But I would say – learn to make it right, so that you then can learn how to cheat.
And also – Don’t be afraid of starting over or doing it wrong – just use cheap fabrics in the beginning. IMG_6233I spent half a day trying to pattern a 1860s bonnet before I realized it just wouldn’t work. (1860s Bonnet)

9. Who has been the biggest inspiration and/or mentor when working on projects and/or keeping you motivated?
Everyone on the historic blogosphere.
But most of all I’ts been Leimomi of “The Dreamstress” for bringing everyone together in “The Historical Sew Fortnightly“, where I love to show of my creations.
I also owe a great debt to Sarah of “A most Peculiar Mademoiselle” for getting me into historical sewing.
And I love to read and marvel over Izabela of “A damsel in This Dress” and Lauren of “American Duchess”  for their never ending inspiration and impeccable sewing skills.red-dress-and-shoesI soo need a red Robe Anglaise now… (Picture from American Duchess)

10. If you could attend any event (historical or otherwise) what would it be and why?
Such a hard one, but I would love to go to Costume College one day, to see all the fabulous people/dresses and attend all the classes I’ve can only dream of here in Sweden.
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Blog award

I usualy never go along with the “chain letter” (kedjebrev) stuff, like “do this and invite 5 friends to do the same” kind of stupid spam. And those of my friends who haven’t figured that out yet should defenetly take it to heart, that I never return/or pass on anything of this sort. I would never herras my friends with spam like that.

But recently I got a “kedjebrev” which didn’t got me all up and iritated – I got an Award.

One of my blog followers, Nessa of “Sewingempire“, nominated me for “The Liebster Award”.liebster-blog1(and yes I’m full aware that this is just another way to get you to “send this to 5 friends…”).

But this time I think it is for a good purpose – The aim is to promote blogs with fewer than 200 followers to a wider audience. And since I love the historical sewing comunity, and the way everyone helps and encourage eatchother, I would love to help promote others newbees in costume blogging.

So here we go. These are the things you need to do to claim your award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you Nessa for the nomination, and for all your positive feedback on all my projects – it really helps to know somebody likes what you do.

2. Nominate 10 other bloggers, and notify them of their award.

Ok, this is the worst part. So tricky, and to pick only those with less then 200 followers – how do you know for sure? (I’m so sorry if some of you do have more then 200 followers – I have no idea how to find that out).

As a statment to my sceptism for this kind of “kedjebrev”, I choose to only nominate 5 blogs instead of 10. (If thats mean I’m not worthy of any prize – so be it.)

  1. The Shadow of my hand: Sutch beautiful creations, and such increadable attensin to details. And I love all her pretty pictures.
  2. The Quintessential Clothes Pen: Quinns wounderfully detailed blog about her costuming adventures. Always a great inspiration.
  3. Isis Wardrobe: A fellow Swede, who shares her detalied research of everything from 18th centurys hoods to how to make, and apply, your own historical makeup.
  4. Needle, Threads, & Whims: A lovely blog with lots of great pictures and creative projects. A joy to read every time.
  5. In the Long Run: Dresses, juwelry, costume parties and sewing – There are so much beauty created of this girl. I’m in ave.

3. Come up with 10 questions you want your nominees to answer.

  1. When and how did you get into sewing?
  2. What was your very first garment (historical or other)? And what did you learned from it?
  3. Do you have a dream project? And what it is? (Picture?)
  4. Which of your costumes are your favorite and why? (Picture?)
  5. What will be your next big project?
  6. What part of costuming do you enjoy the most (the planing, patternmaking, sewing, details ect.)?
  7. And what part would you rather not do?
  8. Do you have a costuming rolmodel or muse (historical, fellow blogger or other)?
  9. Whats the reason you decided to start your costuming blog?
  10. What are your best advise for anyone wanting to get into historical costuming?

4. And lastly: Answer the questions you recived from the one who nominated you.

What is your favorite historical period?

Do you have to pic just one?

I’ve have a very sweet spot for early to mid 16th century english fashion – since this period was what first got me into historical costuming. I just adore the sharp but feminine silhouette of the stylish Tudor lady.childelizPrincess Elizabeth.

But then you have to love the late 18th century with all those beautiful fabrics worked into such wounderful creations.

Then again, who can resist the awsome shape of the bustle period and the elegant line of the late edwardian.

Oh my, I’m getting a “must sew everything” overload here…

How long have you been sewing, and how did you get into it?

Iv’ been sewing regularly since I started fashion school at age 16. But I’ve recently found evidence I started way before that (making litle clothing for my barbie dolls).

I acctualy hated the sewing lessons in elementery school, instead I wanted to be an actor and study performance. But after wisiting the theatre high schools “open house” I was horrorstruck – There was NO WAY I was going to do that. But my parents got me looking at the other classes the school provided, and after just one look at the sewing/fashion class I was hooked. I knew right then and there, this was the place for me. And I never looked back. (The fact that I now work with theater from the costuming point of view, may be a sigh I picked it right).

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Historical sewing however is quite new to me. I didn’t really start until I joined “The Historical Sew Fortnightly” in jan 2013. And (as usual) I’m now obsesed with it.

Which historical person would you like to meet and why?

I think I would have liked to meet Anne Boleyn. She must have been such a intriging women. Strong and independent, yet stuck in a mans brutal world.anne_boleyn_001aAnne Boleyn – Holbein jr.

Do you have a favorite kind of fabric you enjoy working with?

Not really.

I do like working with cotton. It is so easy to adapt in whatever way you whant, and it look so elegant, simple and classy even if it may not always be rich and glamorous.

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Twills and Jeans-fabric are also great, and so easy to work with. But then again, It is really satisfying to get those chiffong hemes perfect to.

What will be your next project?

I’m currently in the planing stage of making the green and white gown from this lovely painting (which I was sure was made by Vige Lebrun, but now can’t find on google…)robe à l'anglaiseI’m also working on a brown flowery Robe Anglaise (1780s), 1770s light green skirt for my sister, a re-styling of my new “Edwardian Ariel” dress, a huge Edwardian hat and some pieces for an upcoming steampunk outfit.

Which place, in space and/or time, would you love to travel to?

I think I would love to visit 18th century france, and get to seen Rose Bertin (Marie Antoinettes fashion mogul) perform her magic. She must have been so creative to style the queen, and other high born ladies, in new fashions each and every day. Even though her pride got the best of her in the end.Joseph_Roques_-_Portrait_de_Madame_Sermet_ou_La_Rose_et_le_Bouton_-_ca_1788Joseph Roques – Madame Rose Bertin.

Where do you wear your sewing creations? Are you a regular at historical events or do you sew it just for yourself?

I’m sorry to say, most of my costumes have never had a proper outing. I do try to take some nice pictures of everything I make, but alas there are few opurtunetis to wear my creations where I live.

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I have attended a few events, and hopefully this summer will ad to that experience. I’m currently plan to attend one 1900s dinner, one huge cross period picknic, one steampunk fair, one medieval fair, one regency bal and hopefully some dance shows and lighter festivetis this year.

I would like to say I make my costumes for myself, but the truth is I’m totaly addicted to the reactions my creationd get from other people. Maybe someday I get confident enough to make my own thing, without needing to prove myself to everyone around. But right now I really enjoy being known for my habit “to whip up a new gown every forthnight”.

Do you have a favorite clothing item, historical or modern?

I love my spring/fall jacket. It’s dark blue, straight and have a slight of the shoulder straight sleeve. Wearing it I always feel like a cool “cultural lady” (kulturtant).

When it comes to my historical favorites, I have to confess it’s my brown cotton stockings. I bought them on sale from a regular clothing store about a year ago, and they work perfect for most of my historical outfits. They are just high enough to stay up on their own or to fit into the suspenders, and the soft brown colour makes them sutable for everything from medieval to edwardian – and everything in between. Sadly they are now falling apart – the toes are poking through. I think I will have to try to mend them, since I’m not ready to part from them just yet.  IMG_7002

What is your favorite book?

I love Antonia Fraisers “Queen of Fashion – What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution”. It captures me every time (I’m currently on my third reading), and there are always some new things to learn. Marie_Antoinette_Young4A young, but fashion forward Marie Antoinette.

What are your other hobbies?

I don’t have time for other hobbies…

No, I’m kidding, but there is a bit truth in it.

I used to dance “folk dance”, but since most of my dancing team moved away, we only get togeter once or twice a year. But when we do, I love to dance all those lovely walzes, hambos and polskas once more.

I also like to exercise (Ok, not always). I tries to run 3 times a week, and do some strenght like weightlifting, boxercise and core 2 times a week.

And I’m of course obsessed with watching costume movies and series. 11662_viewMovie Still “Gladiator”