Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun Video - Draping "Young Victoria" inspired bodice

Hello everyone!

I've put together a quick video of me draping the "Young Victoria" inspired bodice. This is my first video. So I hope you all like it. I would like to try and do more videos for the blog - hopefully sometime soon. =) I also want to thank my readers who helped me out with my movie editing question earlier. Thank you!


Sneak Peek - "The Young Victoria" inspired costume

Yesterday afternoon I drapped the bodice of my newest costume of the year! {see picture above.} Like my only costume so far in the year 2010!

This is the dress I'm getting my inspiration from. It is from the movie, The Young Victoria {2009}.

I hope to have more pictures and maybe, video of me making the dress later today, or later this week. =)

I do have one question. Do any of you know how to speed up a video using a macbook? The video clip I have is 25 minutes long. I would like to show that same clip in a shorter time frame - like 10-15 minutes. Any ideas? 


Monday, September 27, 2010

{1944} Jumper, Dress, and Skirt all-in-One


Pattern: Simplicity 1016 (vintage 1944) 

Pattern Sizing: Size 12 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, in a way. I did do a few changes. =) 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It can easily be a jumper, dress, or layer a shirt on top and you have a jean skirt. How fabulous to have a three-in-one pattern! 

Fabric Used: Denim from Marie-Madeline Studio. 

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthen the skirt an inch. Didn't add the sleeves nor the bow around the neckline. 

Would you sew it again? Yes, if I ever needed another one. Which I might, you never know. ;-) 

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, if you can find yourself a copy of the pattern. 


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sew Through the Decades Challenge, Week Six: 1950's

Well, remember that 1950s pajama set I was making awhile back? I finally finished them. Even if they are a little late for the Sew Through the Decades Challenge on A Lemon Squeezy Home.  =) If you can't tell, I'm in a huge sewing mood right now. Which is great!

 Using "Ava Rose" fabric, vintage buttons, rick-rack from the 50s, and a vintage 1950s pattern. 

1950's PJ's Set

Close-up  Pant close-up

I love the finished result. Even though I did make a mistake with cutting out the fabric for the top. =)


Sew Through the Decades Challenge, Week Seven: 1960's

1960's Dress for Hanne-col

A Lemon Squeezy Home's, Sew Through the Decades Challenge is back! Well, it was back last week but I didn't get pictures until today. :p This week era was the 60's. I made this dress for my sister, Hanne-col.  Using out-of-print Simplicity 3559.  

This pattern was a piece of cake to use. Even with those long darts that I tend to not like to sew. Don't know why. I would highly recommend this pattern. Just check the finished length before you cut out your fabric. =) I does run short - remember it's the sixties. 


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blog Party!

Below the plateau is having a blog party with tons of great giveaways! So go on over and join in all the fun! =)

1. Ring! Ring! You receive a phone call from a national sweepstakes organization saying that you have won a life-time supply of your favorite beverage!! What would that drink be?

Umm, let me think here. Maybe a Strawberries & Creme Frapp. or Double Chocolaty Chip Frapp. from Starbucks.  Simply delicious.


2. If you could live in a Jane Austen novel, which book would you pick? What character would you be?

That's easy. My favorite Jane Austen is Emma.  I would be Emma, without a doubt. 

3. What is your theme song, that favorite song that absolutely matches you?

This is a hard one.  Well, perhaps "Sweet Days are Ahead " by Heather McCready. 

4. You are trapped on a deserted island. Your only supplies are the clothes you have on, and a box with five things in it. What are those five things?

1. Bible
2. Water
3. Bow & Arrow
4. Matches
5. Ax 

5. Chocolate or Caramel?

Chocolate hands down.

6. Vacation! If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Europe of course. =) 

7. If forced to do one of the two, which would you do: sky diving or scuba diving? Why?

Um, maybe scuba diving. Even though I don't know how to swim. =P AS falling out of the sky does not appeal to me. 

8. Favorite TV show, and why?

I will go with, lets see, Road to Avonlea. Why? It is Avonlea! Plus, it reminds me a lot of me and my family. Also the costuming is wonderful. 

9. Are you a coffee and donuts sorta lady, or a tea and scones type of gal?

Definitely tea and scones. Yum, English scones with clotted cream sound good right now. =) 

10.The time machine has finally been created, and you are the first to be able to use it! What era would you travel too?

The 1770s to see the birth of America. =) 

11. What is the last movie you watched?

It Happened One Night (1934). 

12. Ding-dong!!! Your favorite actor/singer/celebrity is at your front door!Who would it be?

OHH! Let's see here. Can it be a dead person? It would be e

ither, Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, or James Stewart. =) 


13. What was your absolute favorite toy as a baby?

I decided to change the question to favorite toy as a child. As I don't remember my favorite toy as a baby. =) It was my dolls, Sarah (later called Margaret)  and Samantha.  Sarah was a baby born doll. While, Samantha was the American girl doll Samantha. 

14. What types of blogs do your like best? (examples: DIY, cooking, journal, ect.)

I enjoy reading fashion and sewing blogs best.

15. What is your favorite Bible verse, your "life verse?"

1 Timothy 4:12 - "Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baking Away.....

Today I did some baking. First order of the day? Cinnamon rolls using a recipe found on Marie Madeline Studio blog. Boy, are they good. They are for breakfast tomorrow, but we just had to try one for a snack this evening. I was given rave reviews saying they taste like they are from a bakery. Which is always good news. =)

I also made some chocolate chip cookies using Lindsay's recipe on her blog. They are wonderful! Each batch I make turns out better then the last and taste even yummier.

What can I say, I used only recipes from blogs today. =) The only changes I made to both recipes is to use freshly ground spelt flour. We have a mostly gluten-free family, myself included, even though Spelt is apart of the wheat family we don't react to it. =) Believe me, they taste simply scrumptious made out of spelt flour. I am the type of girl who didn't use to like healthy foods. Mostly foods not made out of white flour. =) Now, I love healthy foods, including cookies and cinnamon rolls made out spelt flour.

Have any of you been baking lately?


Bramblewood Fashion's Modest Fashion Week

You are invited to join in our Modest Fashion Week October 10th - 16th! With fall weather coming soon, hopefully, it means we will be pulling out our boots, fingerless gloves, scarves, tights, and what not. To celebrate the coming of Fall weather and modesty we will be hosting our first "normal" fashion week, meaning you need no costumes. =) 

Now all the little details about the event. 

When is this wonderful event?
October 10th through the 16th. (Sunday - Saturday)

What is it all about?
Showcasing how we can dress modestly and fashionable in the Autumn weather. 

How can I participate?
By posting photos of your outfits on your blog and linking them up here on Bramblewood Fashion daily. 

What should I wear?

Besides keeping modesty and Fall weather in mind, the choices are endless and completely up to you. Be yourself and have fun! 

Are there any rules? 
I only have one rue. Make sure your outfit is modest and pleasing in God's eyes. If I find your outfit entry to be objective or suggestive I have the right to remove your link. 

Other sidenotes:

Spread the word! Tell your friends and try to get them involved in this week. I have a HTML button for you all to use below, to help spread the word. Just copy and paste the HTML code. If you have any questions let me know. I will try to get back with you. 

I would love to host some giveaways during the event week! If you would like to donate an item send me an email and we can talk. =)  You can reach me at: bramblewoodfashion (at) hotmail (dot) com


Bramblewood Fashion

Monday, September 20, 2010

What I Wore | Roses & Plums

What I'm Wearing - 9-20-10

What I'm Wearing - 9/20/10


-What I'm Wearing-

Floral Skirt - Made by me {Pattern I used}
Purple T-shirt - Kohl's
Jean Vest - Made by me
Plaid Scarf - Kohl's (came with a t-shirt)
Butterfly Necklace - Kohl's
Purple Leaf Earrings - Etsy {AmandaBeth Boutique}
Black Boots - Bass Shoe Outlet 

Today was rather warm, meaning I was hot in my boots and long-sleeves. But I didn't care as I love this new outfit combination. Out of all my printed skirts, this one has to be the most versatile. I have worn it many different ways - they are all featured on the blog here. 

Didn't do much today. Went to work. Researched for some upcoming sewing projects. Went for a walk after dinner with my mom. I'm watching a baseball game on TV right now. My team is winning - for now at least. =)  What did you all do today? 


Latest Sewing Project | Purse

Purse/Bag 1

Sunday evening I created this purse/bag. I used a pattern that Gabrielle drafted for the bag part. And just cut pieces out for the inside pocket, handle, and the tabs that handle connects too. 


The fabric is from Joann Fabrics. While the button is vintage, made in Holland, and back in it's day cost 13 cents for three buttons on a card. Don't you wish that buttons still host this much? I know I do. I find that it is cheaper for me to buy vintage buttons, rather then modern buttons. How odd, but nice.  

The handles

I still have fabric left over. So, I'm thinking of making one for our etsy shop. This bag is wonderful and holds spiral notebooks, sketchpads, books, and what-not. It evens has one handy pocket for your cell-phone. Hurray! No fishing for your phone when you need it! Hint, hint. ;-) 

Pocket inside purse.

I'm thinking this purse will be my staple at conferences. Like the up-coming SAICFF.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

What I Love About Fall



{Apple Cider}


{College Football}  


What about you? What do you love about Fall?

 ~ Ashley 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What I Wore | Vintage Secretary

What I'm Wearing 9-16-10
9-16-10 Close-Up
-What I'm Wearing-
Peach Blouse - Laura & Jayne (1983) - from my Mom
Pencil Skirt - Made by me
Tan Wedges - Target
Pearl Earrings - Gift
Cameo Necklace - Portobello Market, London, UK

I'm so excited to be wearing this blouse! Why, you may ask? It used to be my mom's. She received this blouse for her nineteenth birthday back in 1983. I have owned this blouse since I was around the age of eleven, or twelve. But I was only able to wear the blouse for a few years. The blouse looks best with a skirt that sits on your waist, or higher. And for the longest time I didn't have a skirt that fit that requirement - until now. I paired it with my favorite, and only, denim pencil skirt, wedges, pearl earrings, and cameo necklace.  My outfit has several sentimental pieces in it. Blouse - was my Mom's. Pearl Earrings - received for my thirteenth birthday. Cameo Necklace - bought at Portobello Market in London last year.  

I also forgot to mention, the blouse reminds us of one worn by Shirley Temple in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) and by Jean Arthur in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).  Both of which are favorite movies of ours, but that is for another day. 

This evening, my mom, sisters, and I attended Mrs. Morecraft's School of Elocution & Composition (Webinar). It was most delightfully fun. I don't know if I can wait until next week for the next class. =) Are any of you taking the class? 

I've been busy sewing mock-ups for our SAICFF formals lately. Tomorrow I get to start on one of the real dresses. You know, making the actual dress. =) 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Strike Up The Band" {1940}

Strike Up The Band {1940} is one delightful, charming, feel good movie. I saw it for the first time this past Friday with Gabrielle and Hanne-col - we loved it! In fact, it was our first Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney film we ever saw. For that matter, it was our first Judy Garland movie we ever saw. =) Needless to say, she is a darling.

Judy was lovely. Mickey was hilarious. They made us laugh and feel oh, so happy. It had great songs and some fun dance routines. Plus, Judy's wardrobe was one I wouldn't mind owning myself. Her wardrobe is great for some 1940s teenage sewing inspiration. ;-)

Some of my favorite songs from the movie were, Our Love Affair, Drummer Boy, and Nobody.

For more information about the film check out these links.

What are your favorite Judy & Mickey films? Or, Judy Garland films in general? =)



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