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1909 muff

I am a member of a local Star Trek club. Yes, I am a geek; No, we aren’t all like the movie Trekkie. 😉 Anyway, each year (well, almost) we participate in a local Christmas parade. Basically, the parade has a theme, and each float puts their own spin on it. We put a Trek spin on it.

This year, the theme is “Christmas – A 100 Years Ago.” I am kinda in charge of costume or costume ideas since I like historical fashion. One of the ladies dressed in historical clothing (as opposed to Trek Uniforms) needed something to complete her outfit to make it historical. So I said I would make a muff (I wanted one for myself but I will be holding something.) (I will probably post about my costume later.)

Jo-Ann’s is having a big 3-day sale, so I was able to pick up a 99 cent pattern, some fleece and batting on sale and forgot the coupon and paid full price for the fake fur.

The fur is apparently from a faux albino grizzly, the lining is bright orange fleece (I like orange) and the ribbon loop is green polka-dotted grosgrain.

Those aren’t the best photos. But it isn’t the best muff. I screwed up a little and missed the fur when I was sewing the lining to the fur/batting, so I had to hand-sew part of it. I also discovered that the pattern (Butterick 5265) instructions were wrong – they said to place the loop on the outside – I discovered that after I was almost finished so I had to grab the handy-dandy seam-ripper so I could pull the ribbon to the lining side and hand-sew it in place.

Also, the pattern was missing a step at the end. But I am intelligent enough to flip the muff so the fur is on the outside. 😉

But I think it came out OK, and I hope no one will notice the so-not-period orange fleece lining during the parade.

I may adapt it for my own personal use after the parade. If I do, I will put elastic near the ends to keep out the wind and also had a pocket for my iphone or something.

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The Chrismon

Another crafty thing i am involved with – sort of – is Chrismons.  A Chrismon is a Christ Monogram – a Christmas ornament that symbolizes some aspect of Christ.  They are usually made up of pearl or gold beads and can be very intricate.  There are small ones that you can put on your home tree and quite large ones for churches.  My grandmother made Chrismons for her church since I was a baby.  She also made her children/grandchildren small Chrismons, usually starts, crowns and angels.   Last November, Grandma taught my sister and I how to make a very simple cross.  When she died a month later, my mother told me I was to make a Chrismon for Grandma’s church’s tree for this year in memory of her.  Which is ironic since I am the least crafty of the family, but I took on the responsibility or going from the simple cross to an ornate ornament. I went to Chrismon.org and ordered all of the instruction books that they had.   I flipped thru them and discovered a crown that I didn’t think Grandma had made.  

Page 54 Crown
The Page 54 Crown

I order the larger beads from Rufty’s Chrismon shop (can’t really recommend – they aren’t in the 20th century yet, but I don’t know of  another supplier) and picked up wire and other beads at local craft stores.  And I made it, and then I remade it and then I remade it again.

I finished the beading the 1st week of November – but the crown was too floppy.   So I wove wires between the two rows of beads that form each point.  The result was this.

The Chrismon is in no way perfect, and Grandma could have done it much better (without needing to take it apart 3 times), but it is on the way to her church (may have arrived).  And besides, I have heard that crafters leave an imperfection in their work to show the perfection of God.  Well, if that is the case then this crown virtually screams that God is perfect. 😉

Anyway, I don’t know if I am going to make more, probably none of that size unless my church decides to have a Chrismon tree.  But maybe, I will make a smaller version of the crown for my parents.  My mother gave me all of Grandma’s beading supplies and it would be a shame not to use them. 😉

Hi – my Intro

I am trying to learn how to sew – or rather learn how to sew better (I know the mechanics – I am just not very good).   Some of my ideas are interesting and I thought maybe useful to other people.   To be honest, I am more handy with a computer (I’m a geek) then a needle, but I want to be able to sew well for several reasons.

One of which is my heritage:  My great-grandmother (I’ve never met her) used to sew uniforms for the army (I think – I know it was uniforms – not sure for what).  She never needed a pattern.  Apparently, she made my mother new clothes just by looking at her and then started cutting out the fabric.  My grandmother was a 4-H sewing instructor and used to make me dresses/skirts when I was a child.  They were quite pretty.  My mother can sew but isn’t as good as Grandma because Grandma was a perfectionist (like 1 of my sisters – who rips up any imperfect seams).  My mom isn’t a perfectionist, but she doesn’t have to be –  she makes costumes for church plays or  doll clothes for my nieces etc – it doesn’t need to be perfect since she doesn’t usually make clothes.

Another reason is: I love historical clothing and would love to have historical based clothing for me to wear to work or whatever.  I grew up drooling over the American Girl Catalog (or Pleasant Company) as it was known then.  And it has influenced my taste.   Well, somewhat the not wearing pants bit and the headcovering for church bit (both can be handled in separate post sometime in the future) are all me.  So I would love to make my own clothes that reflect my taste.  Now I shop primarily at thrift stores because I don’t care for the same old same old, and I would rather spend my money on books and computers stuff.  Anyway, I think it would be very fun to have historical based clothing adapted for the modern life with extra bright colors.  What can I say my favorite color is the rainbow.

A third reason (which will be the last I post here but not really the last), I am cheap, at least when it comes to clothes.  I would love to find something I love in the thrift stores except it’s too long or too short or too low cut or too something and make it just right.

Anyway, I am going to post my past attempts at sewing here and future attempts. I will probably throw in other crafty type stuff – I like to dye clothes to make them unique and I have made Chrismons.  Or I might post non-crafy stuff too.  Who knows.