Friday, December 18, 2009

Random Friday

Some adorable sky blue pumps on Etsy that I found. Aren't they the cutest thing?
Be sure to check out the whole store Jitterbuggin - they have some really cute vintage clothing and shoes.

What We Are Wearing - Ashley & Gabrielle


~What I'm Wearing~
Burgundy Top - Liz Claiborne
Floral Skirt - Made by me (Amy Butler Pattern)
Brown Vest - Made by me
Brown Kitten Heels - Naturalizers


~What I'm Wearing~
Black & White Floral Skirt - Unknown
Black Top - Talbots
White Sweater - Unknown
White T-shirt - Kohls
Black Flats - Payless

I will have you know it was freezing outside! It was like in the 30s today. We just look warm in these photos. :D Besides, there is much better lighting outside, then inside.

~Ashley & Gabrielle

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tagged once again!

Bramblewood Fashion has been tagged once again. This time by Rebecca from Singing in His Name. Thank you, Rebecca! :D

1. Thank the person who gave the award.

2. Copy the award.

3. Post it on your blog.

4. Tell seven things about yourself that your readers don't know.

5. Link seven new bloggers as recipients.

6. Notify the winners with comments on their blogs.

7. Keep being awesome!

As she tagged both me and Gabrielle, you will be seeing two tags. My sister, Gabrielle, will post hers sometime soon. :D

1. I have read over 3,000 books since I was about 11 or 12. I'm now 19.

2. I did the costumes and make-up for an independent film called, Taylor Made (2009).

3. I have attended two movie premieres this year Taylor Made (2009) and The Mysterious Islands (2009).   

4. My favorite modern music composer is Ben Botkin.

5. My favorite movie director is Frank Capra. He gave us It's a Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, etc...

6. I still can't believe that Christmas is almost here! I need to watch some movies that will get me in the mood! Like Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, The Little Drummer Boy, or It's a Wonderful Life. :D

7. I am the party planner in my family. I love planning out and decorating our parties.

I tag the following bloggers.

1. Elise of Ribbons of Light.
2. Natasha of What I Wear, What I Do and Why I Did It.
3. Ëarwen of A Hot Heart
And who ever who wants to do this tag! :D Just let me know if you do it. As I would love to see your answers! :D

Friday, December 4, 2009

What I'm Wearing - Ashley Nicole

~What I'm Wearing~
1950s Plaid Skirt - Made by me using a vintage pattern
Green T-shirt - St. John's Bay from JCPenny's
Brown Vest - Made by me (Simplicity 2556)
Brown Wedges - Xhilaration from Target
Brown Pattern Knee-high Socks - Kohl's
Channel Bead Ring - Arizona from JCPenny's
Layer Necklace - So from Kohl's


Random Friday

I'm going to start a new thing for Fridays. It is going to be called "Random Friday" and I'll post a picture of something that inspires me, or what just makes me smile. :D I hope you all will enjoy this new series! Let me know what you think about this idea.

I recently discovered Disney's blog  and boy, does she do inspiring projects! (Yes, her name is Disney.) :D Hop over to her blog and be inspired! :D 

Ruffles and Stuff (Disney's Blog)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What I'm Wearing - Ashley Nicole


~What I'm Wearing~
Jean Skirt - Made by me
Cream Mock-Turtleneck - St. John's Bay from JCPenny's 
Teal Cardigan - Worthington from JCPenny's
Brown Wedges - Xhilaration from Target
Channel Bead Ring - Arizona from JCPenny's
Layer Necklace - So from Kohl's

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DIY | Shabby Chic T-Shirt

For some reason, when ever I get sick I get very inspired in all things creative! Sickness cranks up my creative juices, I guess. :P 

While I was sick in bed I was glancing through the magazine Belle Armoire, a delightful and inspiring magazine. I stumbled across an article by Bonzie that I had forgotten about, on taking plain t-shirts or tanks and changing them into something more creative. :)

A picture from the article by Bonzie.

Today I was feeling much better, and I have three old shirts were the sleeves had shrunk on me. So I decided to give the article a try. Here is my result. All I need was a little rick-rack, bias-tape, a fabric flower, a button, some ruffles and I have a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Hurray!

My shirt started out as a regular turtleneck. As you can see above.

Step 1. Cut off the turtleneck part.

Step 2. Do what ever you want with the sleeves. I cut my sleeves a couple inches above my elbow.

Step 3. Do what ever you want to the neckline. I made mine into a v-neck, and added bias-tape around the neckline.

Step 4. Embellish in any way you want!  I added some ruffles, a flower, rick-rack from London, and a button. :D

The Finished Result


Monday, November 30, 2009

Ingrid Bergman - Casablanca (1942)

What can I say? I came down sick over Thanksgiving week-end. So, I decided to watch Casablanca for the first time. And I fell in love with Ingrid Bergman's clothes! :D And Ingrid looks just gorgeous in this film with her long hair! I have only seen her in two other films, Bells of St. Mary's and The Inn of Six Happiness, both of which she has short hair. Though, I must say, she has looked lovely in each film.

I also put together a Casablanca inspired set on Polyvore, right after I finished watching the movie. :P  What can I say? I was inspired! :) And I really like the song, As Time Goes By right now.

"As Time Goes By"

What about you? What is your favorite Ingrid Bergman film? Or, Humphrey Bogart, for that mater? :) 


Thursday, November 26, 2009

I just want to wish you all a.....

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful day! :)

 "Come, let us sing to the Lord!
      Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
      Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
  For the Lord is a great God,
      a great King above all gods.
  He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
      and the mightiest mountains.
  The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
      His hands formed the dry land, too.
  Come, let us worship and bow down.
      Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
     for he is our God.
   We are the people he watches over,
      the flock under his care...." (Psalm 95: 1-7)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What I'm Wearing - Ashley Nicole

Here is what I'm wearing today, on the day before Thanksgiving. I have had a full day of baking yummy desserts today. :) What did you do today?

~ What I'm Wearing ~
Cream Ruffle Fashion Shirt - CHAPS from Kohls
Brown Vest suede - Made by me (Simplicity 2556)
White Tank Top - St. John's Bay from J.C. Pennys
Floral Skirt - LAUREN Ralph Lauren - given to me 
Brown Cowgirl Boots - The Children's Place

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bramblewood Fashion Recives an Award!

Hello everyone! Once again Bramblewood Fashion has been tagged/awarded! :)

Thanks to "Modest Blends" for giving us the award. I am supposed to blog seven unknown things (or thing you all don't know) about Me. So, without further ado!

1. I've gone to "Black Friday" sales at Joann Fabrics for as long as I can remember!
2. I LOVE, LOVE "The Sound of Music" (!) and the clothes! ;)
3. I am learning to play the piano and guitar.
4. Keeping in line with the "Sound of Music" at one point I had ALL the songs memorized and could sing them all.
5. This is the embarrassing one... I use to NOT like sewing!!!! :P
6. I've always wanted to act in a movie.
7. I did not grow a inch for two years! I am now 5'4"! I know, all you tall girls are laughing at me. :P

Now, for tagging people (my favorite part) 
I tag Olivia at "Working with Eager Hands" because I LOVE her style and she always encourages me to try something new and different! :) 
I tag Jessica at "Seasons of a Heart" because I like reading her blog. 
And finial I tag Jasmine Baucham at "Joyfully Home". Her blog is excellent and I would really recommend checking it out! ;)


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Anna Popplewell Inspired Formal Finished!

Yesterday afternoon I finished "Anna" just in time for the banquet that evening. :-)


::My Version::


I used M5882 for the bodice and just drafted my own pattern for the cumberband (sash) and circle skirt.

The dress went together pretty well. I'm just wondering on why, oh why, I keep doing very full circle skirts on all of my formals! I keep saying I won't do another one as I don't like hemming the full skirt. :-) I think, I keep doing it because the full circle skirt flatters me. ;) 

What I'm  Wearing:
"Anna" - made by me. ;)
Cameo necklace - from Portobello Road, London
Bracelet  - from Amanda
White Sweater - IZOD
Black Wedges - Xhilaration from Target
*not pictured* Black "clutch" - given to me 

We Have Been Tagged!

We have both always wanted to do a tag! And guess what?! We were tagged by "Marianne" and "Elinor" over at Hooks and Needles.

The rules are to tell seven things about ourselves.

Ashley Nicole's seven things:

1. I'm a Christian!
2. I have tried many crafts and hobbies over the years. Sewing is my favorite! :-)
3. I LOVE to study His-story (history)! With my favorite eras to study being: American Civil War, American Revolution, Reformation, and the Middle Ages.
4. Chai is my favorite hot drink. I strongly dislike coffee!
5. I have been sewing clothing for 3 years.
6. Right now my favorite movies are: The Widow's Might, Meet John Doe, Emma 2009, and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon. 
7. When I was younger I wanted to be a figure skater like Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen. =)

Gabrielle Renee's seven things:

1)    I am a Christian!!
2)   Last night I saw “The Widow’s Might” for the first time and LOVED it! It may be one of my favorite movies…
3)    My favorite book characters are: Mr. Travilla (Elsie Dinsmore), Mr. Knightly (Emma), and Capt. Levis Raymond (later Elsie Dinsmore books). Molly Gibson (Wives & Daughters), Fanny Price (Mansfield Park), and Lulu Raymond (later Elsie Dinsmore books).
4)    I like sword fighting. :P
5)    I’ve always wanted to learn archery.
6)    I am not a good conversationalist! I wish I was…
7)   I have a fear of mice!! Funny that Reepicheep is my favorite Narnian… :P

We tag Emma & Johanna at A Banner of Crimson.
Amanda at AmandaBeth Online.
Beth at The Ripple Effects.
And Vineeta at Song of the Stars.

Thanksgiving Fashion

With Thanksgiving coming up, you must be pondering on what you should wear!? Well, I am. Thanksgiving is a day spent with family and friends, lots of yummy food, and maybe some football. :-) I love the holidays! And I'm always planning weeks, or months, in advance on what I'm going to wear for the holidays. :P

I have put together some ideas for you on what YOU can wear for Thanksgiving. I haven't decided yet on what I'll wear for Thanksgiving. Though, I may take my own advice. :-) (I only have my Christmas outfit planned out. :p)

You can easily change the skirt for jeans, or black slacks. I was having fun discovering all these cute skirts to add those in. You see, black is one of my favorite colors for clothing - in a classy vintage way. :-) 

What are YOU planning on wearing for Thanksgiving? Maybe YOU will give me ideas on what I should wear. :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

An Introduction and A Bag

Hello! My name is Gabrielle Renée and I am the younger sister of Ashley Nicole. I am going to be her co-author of this blog and hope to bring you inspiration to dress modestly and femininely. I share my sister’s love for modest, feminine, fashionable clothes; however my style will often differ from hers so you will not see too much of the same… ;) At 15 years of age and a home-schooled junior in high-school, my interests are vast. They include: piano, guitar, modest and feminine dress, history, fashion design, photography, school (yes, you read that right.), writing, reading, art… In all that I do I hope to glorify God! Soli Deo Gloria!


In the beginning of October I was suddenly inspired to sew a bag that I could use when I had to carry around all my notebooks... There was one problem in doing this- I did not have any pattern to use! So I set to making my own. ;) I am very pleased with the final result! It works perfectly! I already had plenty of scraps so I did not have to buy any fabric! ;)

For decoration I added lace and some delightful "Festive Posies". I LOVE Marie-Madeline Studio's posies!! 

Here is Ashley sporting my bag.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Peasant Disguise" | Maid Marian Inspired Dress

Inspired by Maid Marian's "peasant disguise" in Robin Hood BBC. I set off to recreate this dress for the Maid Mariain Fashion weekend, but was unable to finish in time.


::My Version::



Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESS IN TWO LENGTHS: Princess seamed dress has back ties on all views and patch pockets on view B.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 10 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Nope, as I made changes to the design.

Were the instructions easy to follow? So easy I didn't use them. :P

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern is baggy and doesn't look right. But, with my design changes it looks fine.

Fabric Used: Calico from Jo-Anns.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: YES! I shortened the longest length, it was easier then lengthen the pattern. Changed the length of the sleeves, and added ruffles to the sleeves and neckline. I also added lacing to the side.

Would you sew it again? Have no need to.

Would you recommend it to others? Only if they wanted to copy Maid Marian's dress.


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