Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cake Love...

I made cake today.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Italian Butter Cream Icing and strawberry jam filling.

You know you want some....

My friend Garth has decided to live with us for a but and to celebrate his arrival, I baked a cake and of course I had to try out a piping technique I saw on pinterest.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mrs Letty and Her Lovely Brunswick

Mrs. Letty came to me one day.

She had a problem...

Mornings were oh so cold and damp in camp and she wanted something that would keep her warm while she prepared morning meals for the soldiers.  Mrs Letty had very little, as she became a washer woman when her soldier husband died in a skirmish, and a few months before she had been cheated out of wages by another washer woman who had invaded camp and was undercutting her prices and offering more than just washing services!

I was astonished, yet a little saddened to hear her plight.  Mrs Letty had been saving her small pittance for years to gain enough money to afford construction of a new Brunswick and this new interloper threatened her way of life....

I know I shouldn't feel sorry for the lowly workers, but I did, and in trade I decided to construct her a new jacket.  She agreed to wash my linens in exchange.  She brought me the fabric that had been passed down to her.  It was a serviceable brown wool and light weight slubby silk in red.  What a great color to support the crown with.

 Miss Letty was quite please with how well it turned out an I don't have to wash my linens for the next year.  I think it was a great act of charity....

Your Truly,

Mrs. Elizabeth Harding (aka Kate)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Blue En Fourreau

I've been avoiding my blog....There I said it!

I have been super busy creating, and have ton of things that I have made  over the past 8 months that I would love to share with you, and I will.  But I'll be honest, It's probably just gonna be pics and not much writing.  But Who doesn't love Pictures of pretty things!

The Blue Linen En Fourreau......

This was a commission I made for Mrs. B.  It was a lovely linen that she wished to be made into a gown that would be servicable for a lengthy period of time.  It was constructed from 3 meters of fabric and all visible seams were hand sewn, while interior seams were machined.   The pattern is draped, with the sleeves being a combination of modern pattern drafting and draping.

Piecing to get a full sleeve.

ALAS...even though this gown was made almost a year ago I still have no pictures of Mrs. S in the gown....That woman is elusive!