To Kentucky and Back Again!
Last week, I drove to Kentucky with four friends from my church on a sort of vacation… we were there to attend a Children’s Ministry conference, but had so much fun together it hardly felt like work. Still, we did learn a lot and came back inspired. One thing that our Children’s Ministry director and I ended up talking a lot about was something that has been on each of our hearts for a long time. This summer, we are hoping to run a series of workshops for the kids in our community where she can teach painting and I can teach sewing and history – if we can inspire others in our community, we hope to add more workshops to the list. I am so excited about this idea and am looking forward to sharing what I love with these kids with the hopes of making a positive impact on their lives in the process. That being said, my newsletter may be themed around these workshops as I hunker down and start preparing my presentations… I would love to hear your insight, thoughts, and ideas as we move forward with this plan!
Four Patterns in Four Weeks… We are Really Rocking at Thimbles and Acorns!
By the end of this month, we will have released a total of four patterns since the last newsletter!
The first pattern was the revised version of Keepers Dolly Duds Designs 1850s Girls Dress! We have learned a lot and honed our skills since releasing this first pattern, so we have begun working our way through all our older patterns to bring them up to the standard and quality of our newer ones. This updated pattern features a fresh full-color cover and updated illustrations, pattern pieces, and layout. All the revisions, with the exception of a slight widening of the armscye to improve the fit, were cosmetic so if you purchased this pattern in the past, there is no need to purchase the new version. Because we now have so many customers, we will be unable to offer free PDF updates, however, we are working on a plan to make the cover and the altered pattern pieces available to you on our websites. We will keep you posted as we figure it out.
The second pattern was an A Girl for All Time version of Thimbles and Acorns 1860s Day Dress. I began working on this a long time ago, but it got buried under a number of other projects this winter. It finally resurfaced last month, and it is now available at Pixie Faire! It can be worn with or without a crinoline… which means that a resized version of our “Unmentionables” pattern has been bumped up on the priority list! The good news is, I already finished resizing the crinoline so I could use it to model Lydia’s dress on the front cover. The pattern now features an optional front placket that will also be added to the revised American Girl size pattern which should be available sometime next month.
The third pattern was a brand new one from Thimbles and Acorns called “First Impressions”. As I have been working my way through the Victorian Era, I just knew I had to try this pattern out as I found the use of stripes fascinating and I have a penchant for Impressionist artwork. Now, if you find the myriad of pleats a bit daunting, don’t worry, the pattern comes with instructions for a simple, unpleated skirt as well! Leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing to win a kit to make the the “First Impressions” dress as pictured on the cover!
Last month we released our “Waterfall Bustle”, the first in Thimbles and Acorns”Design-ables” series. This is an add-on pattern that works with just about any dress, skirt, or even pants if you are in a Steampunk frame of mind. It looks gorgeous with the “First Impressions” dress.
As for pattern number four…. drum roll please…. Keepers Dolly Duds Designs pattern should be available for purchase later today or tomorrow!
Coming Up Next….
As always, there is plenty on the drawing board. Over the next few weeks, keep your eyes out for another Design-ables pattern…
I have also been neglecting my boys for far too long, so keep your eyes open for this Daniel Boone style hunting outfit!
Homeschoolers and Teachers Take Note!
At the request of several local homeschool moms, I have begun working on a Sewing through History curriculum that will teach the basics of sewing while exploring the historical evolution of clothing and fashion. I would love to have your input. What would you like to see in a curriculum like this?
Winners from Last Months Drawing…
Congratulations to Kara for winning the drawing for the “Poison Green” 19th Century Reproduction fabric by Andover Fabrics. The article that this drawing was in didn’t make it into last months newsletter (oops!) so if you missed seeing it, I included it in this months newsletter so everyone will have another opportunity to win a yard of this fabric to make your very own “Poison Green” doll dress!