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 RenĂ©e 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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What I'm Wearing- Gabrielle Renee

Hello everyone! Here is my "What I'm Wearing" on November 10, 2009. 

 ~What I'm Wearing~
Skirt- Made by me
Black Sweater- Given to me
Black Shirt- Talbots
Black Belt- Ashley's, she bought it at J. C. Penny's

What I'm Wearing Today - Ashley Nicole

My sister and I decided we would try to do a "What I'm Wearing" post at least once a week. At least that's what we are going to aim for. :P This way it would give you the readers, ideas for different outfits. I know we enjoy seeing what others wear for new ideas and inspiration. :-)

What I'm Wearing



 Dress - April Cornell
 Crimson Scarf - from Portobello Road, London
Jean Jacket - JCPenny's
Black Boots - Bass


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Old Hollywood Inspired Jeans

I struggle with finding jeans that fit and are not too tight, nor too loose. I had told myself several times that I should try sewing my own jeans, but got scared! :p Then a couple weeks ago, I decided that I wasn't going to be afraid anymore.

I knew that I wanted jeans that had a Old Hollywood feel to them. Like my inspiration below: 

Ginger Rogers Hollywood Pattern

Off to Jo-Ann's I went looking for the perfect pattern, or at least one I could adapt. And lo, and behold, I found the perfect one! With no adaption, Simplicity 3686 would work like a charm for my brand new jeans, which would have that Old Hollywood feel.

                              Pattern Description: Misses pants with slim & wide leg.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 10 (used it as is)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? When I was doing the mock-up I ran into trouble! I COULD NOT sew the pant legs correctly! It took five tries and a week before I got it right! But, once I was working with the jean it went together like a dream!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern, super cute and stylish! It has that 1930s/1940s Old Hollywood feel to it!

Fabric Used: A nice denim from Joann's.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Nope. Next time I would shorten the length just a tad, as the legs are a little long. :-)

Would you sew it again? Yes!

Would you recommend it to others? Sure, they are so cute!




::Sneak Peak::

Here's a sneak peak to my Maid Marian inspired dress!

Can you guess which one I copied? :-)


Friday, November 6, 2009

"Anna" - My New Formal

Next week today, I have a banquet to attend and I dearly want a new formal. So my solution is to make one with only the supplies I have on hand. :-) That's not very hard as I happen to have some lovely pale pink crepe on hand, bought on clearance at Jo-Anns last year for $2 yd. I also have some pink and white tulle that may be good for a little peak-a-boo at the hem. What do you think? 


My inspiration for my dress is from one that Anna Popplewell, wore to the Prince Caspian premiere in Slovenia.

Is it not a beautiful dress?!? I love the bow and sash around the waist. I'm hoping to copy that feature on my dress, but we'll see.

::My Copy::

My dress is going to be pale pink, with the peak-a-boo (whatever you call it) at the hem. And possibly the bow and sash, I don't know what color right now. :-)

Here is a picture of what I'm sort of talking about for the hem, Anna's dress from the Prince Caspian premiere in Paris.

 Do you see what I'm talking about now? I'm thinking on attaching a wide strip of tulle on a petticoat underneath the dress, gathered of course, to peek out below. :-)


I'm planning on using M5882 for the bodice. While for skirt, I'm just going to wing it with a half circle skirt that I'll draft myself.

For warmth, as it is sleeveless, I'll either wear my cream cardigan or white bolero jacket. And I'll accessorize with a pearl necklace or large cameo necklace, my bracelet from Amanda, black heels and clutch, and possibly some white vintage gloves. Plus, style my hair in curls that are loose and down, or maybe I'll put it up. And I'm good to go!


Coming soon! Pictures of several sewing projects I've had going on over the past few weeks, late 30s early 40s old Hollywood inspired jeans and a Maid Marian inspired dress. I'm hoping to get some pictures taken sometime today or this week-end. :)


Anna Popplewell pictures from:


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