Month: October 2018

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie is a ubiquitous autumnal staple, and one that I have looked forward to every year when the crisp air arrives ever since I was a child. I’m pleased to pass this anticipation on to my children, and First-Born especially favors them (she has literally cried at the thought of missing a slice of my pumpkin pie, and she has cried with excitement … Read More Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Tender Pie Crust

Homemade pastry doesn’t have to be a chore. This recipe is so simple, and simply delicious, that I often deliberately look for recipes to use throughout the week that require a crust. Since developing this version, my husband has begun insisting that the crust is now the best part, and that he’d be happy to eat it on its own. No longer the forgotten … Read More Tender Pie Crust

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Historically In-accurate 18th Century Girl’s Gown

This weekend was busy with celebration and excitement because it was my birthday (I’m now 31!), and more importantly – we went to Colonial Williamsburg with the big girls dressed in their latest finery! The dresses and kerchiefs were made by me, but their caps were purchased at the Mary Dickinson Shop in Colonial Williamsburg. I also made red wool cloaks for them, but I will write a … Read More Historically In-accurate 18th Century Girl’s Gown

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Girl’s Six-Gore Jumper

Another addition to First-Born’s autumn wardrobe, and using the same fabric as the previous circle skirt. She has a thing for cats, if you didn’t already guess. We photographed this the weekend Hurricane Florence was tearing through North Carolina, our southern neighbor. While the weekend was a bit rainy and overcast, we were very fortunate to completely miss the storm after all. Nevertheless, she … Read More Girl’s Six-Gore Jumper

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Girl’s Mid-Century Circle Skirt

This is another garment for First-Born because she doesn’t have the advantage of having hand-me-downs ready to go when she has a sudden growth spurt. But don’t worry, Second-Born isn’t neglected: I’ve promised a very special project for her once I’ve finished filling out First-Born’s wardrobe. Pattern: vintage Simplicity pattern #1741, size 8 Fabric: blue cat embroidered cotton chambray by Mood. It is $13.99 a yard and 52/53 inches … Read More Girl’s Mid-Century Circle Skirt

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Girls’ Purple Playsuit

Pattern: Butterick pattern #B4176 ( currently in stock ) Retails for $10.95 but the Butterick website has very frequent sales, and as of this writing is being offered for $6.57, or $5.26 for club members. Fabric: Mystery fabric from my grandmothers stash. Seems to have some cotton in it, but I suspect it is a cotton/poly blend. Lightweight, a bit translucent under certain light, fluid drape. In the … Read More Girls’ Purple Playsuit

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Cotton-Sateen Pleated Maternity Top

Pattern: Simplicity pattern #1472. This pattern in vintage (circa 1950s) and is not available on their website, but they frequently do reprints of their vintage patterns, so check them out! Fabric: Mood Fabrics Theory Sand and Mother Goose Striped Cotton-Elastane Sateen. Product #304849. Currently still in stock. The description on their website reads, “Glossy, yet sophisticated, perfect for business attire! Here we have a classy, light-weight, cotton and elastane blended … Read More Cotton-Sateen Pleated Maternity Top

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Girls’ Pleated Floral Jumper

Pattern: Simplicity pattern #4860. This pattern is vintage (circa 1950s), and is not available on their website, but they frequently do reprints of their vintage patterns, so check them out! Fabric: Mystery fabric featuring various shades of pink roses on a blue/almost periwinkle background (from an old stash given to me by my grandmother). I’m guessing it’s cotton (possibly voile?) or maybe a cotton/poly blend. It … Read More Girls’ Pleated Floral Jumper