Fancy Fair- Small handmade items
Small items from period fashion magazines to create
Need an idea to give as a gift to a reenactor friend or family member? Need a portable period project to keep your hands busy at a historic site?
What about helping to "support your habit" or your site by making these items to sell?
Marna Jean has sorted through her years of period magazines (1859-1880'S) to find some reoccurring and particularly useful looking items to please the period palate.
Patterns shown in ladies magazines are often merely drawings of the finished items with a few scant instructions. Knowing that this can cause fear in the hearts of many seamstresses, we will print in the lessons full sized patterns and well graphed diagrams to create a plethora of these loving gifts.
Included are music roll/map case, needlecase for those of poor eyesight, photo frames and cases, several small housewifes/or sewing kits, shoe pockets, stuffed rabbit, traveling toiletry case.
Marna has been interested in textiles since the age of four when her grandfather purchased her and her brother their own herd of sheep. She was spinning by the age of 10 and an accomplished seamstress by her teens. Her submersion into 19th century dress research began when she noticed many available patterns for Victorian dress didn’t quite “look right” and started collecting primary resources to ascertain why she was unhappy with them. This has lead to a research library and personal museum that is the envy of many friends.
I've been sewing since I was 9 years old taught by a talented mother. When I took Home Ec. in high school my teacher wouldn't let me slack off with an easy project I could already do. She bullied me into trying things I had never done before like making tailored coats, and creating patterns of my own. I owe much to these two women. My grandmothers gave me a love of embroidery and cooking. Skills that had gone long by the wayside were common in my family from gardening, to handling livestock, to feeding a harvest crew. Today I like to say I participate in active archaeology. There is only a finite amount that can be learned in history without experiencing it to some extent. It is easy to say "I would never wear a corset" without wearing an appropriate corset and learning about the support it gives you for your dresses and ease it gives your back.
I am in a large amount self-taught. My great joy is research. Pouring over old volumes, collecting photos of other peoples relatives, examining the patches in a work dress from the 1870's. My research library consists of not only other's studies of the Victorian era, but volumes printed in the time frames I study. I collect dressmaking systems (there are around two dozen in the cabinets), fashion magazines (my preferred magazine is Demorest, but I have a good selection of Peterson's), antique photos (err... around 5000?), and Butterick Pattern catalogs (because if you are going to know what the average person is wearing- check the pattern available!) I have an eye for detail that easily lets me put together clues in clothing that many might miss.
StartSewing Sundries- overview
StartSpool Case for Those with Weak Eyesight Peterson's 1870
StartA Paper of Toilette Pins
StartStrawberry Emery or Pincushion
Start1877 Boot Needlecase
Start1878- Pocket sewing kit page 1
Start1878 Sewing Kit - page 2
Start1878 Needlebook and Scissor case
StartSupplies and "How to" sites