Beth of BWPW Photography has sent me the results of our photoshoot with her earlier this year. The pictures are amazing!

Check these out! This is just a sample of what she did.

BWPW Photoshoot

BWPW Photoshoot

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BWPW Photoshoot

Thank you Beth!

Now that I’m back from Thanksgiving, In the Long Run Designs is open with a sale!

Use code DECEMBER5 for 5% off your order of $20 or more, and code DECEMBER10 for 10% off your order of $40 or more. Sale ends 31 December 2014. Please order by 17 December for Christmas delivery.

I have listed several new items, with more to follow throughout the month!

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

See everything at https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun.

I’ve got a trip with a long plane ride coming up, and I find that knitting is easier for me on planes than sewing is.

Which means it’s time to start working on my version of this sweater! (It appeared in an exhibit at the DAR Museum last year and was on loan to the DAR from Historic Northampton.)
DAR Museum Mid 1890s Sweater

I’m using a worsted wool, and I started with swatching on a mix of US 6 and US 7 needles. After blocking, this resulted in a nice fabric that should work.
Sweater Swatch

Then today I took measurements and started plotting out what the pattern should look like. I also am using as reference a 1902 pattern published by Butterick, which was suggested to me by Katherine.
Planning the pattern

Yesterday was the 8th Annual Pumpkin Tea, hosted by Stephanie. It was another great installment, full of laugher and delicious food. I wore my teal spencer for the first time, and topped off my outfit with a HUGE bonnet, made by Suzanne on Etsy. I quite like how the ensemble came out.

This year Stephanie encouraged any attendees who have their own craft businesses to bring some things to sell. I myself did a brisk business for In the Long Run Designs, plus I bought a roomy reticule from Very Victorian and tea from Regency Tea. Jean Masetti was also there selling some of her beautiful watercolors. I’m very happy with my purchases!

Additionally, I offloaded some craft supplies and fabric that I haven’t been able to use. I came in with two grocery bags full, and got rid of almost everything, all to good homes. Nice to de-stash some, instead of the other way around!

After tea, we all changed into street clothes or PJs (with tiaras!), and then settled in to watch Austenland. I had already seen that movie, but it’s still funny on repeated watchings. What a fun day!

Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

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Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

All of my photos are here.

First try on today!

Outlander Jacket

Outlander Jacket

Patterning the stomacher
Outlander Jacket

The next day after the dinner, we gathered at the Winterthur museum to see their Downton Abbey exhibit. I had already seen the exhibit last spring, but it is worth seeing twice. Plus, there was also an exhibit of needlework, The Diligent Needle, which had some lovely pieces of embroidery and quilting. After touring the museum, we also wandered around the grounds, including the ever popular children’s garden. The weather was crisp but clear, which enabled us to walk outside for a couple hours. Overall, a very fun weekend!

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All of my photos are here.

This past weekend I went to a birthday celebration for Vanessa‘s mother, Marilyn, who is a big fan of Downton Abbey. Marilyn wanted to come east to see the Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur. We kicked the weekend off with dinner at the Dandelion Pub. This is a cute restaurant/bar in the downtown Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. The food was very tasty, upscale versions of traditional pub food. I had yummy fish and chips, plus I got to try bites of others’ desserts, which were divine. Thanks to Kat for helping to organize the dinner with the restaurant!

After dinner, we went across the street to the bar at Serafina for some drinks and more hanging out. We got a large booth where we could all fit, except for Mat and Steve, who elected to stand in their own guys’ corner. We had a lot of fun chatting and laughing into the late evening. After that it was bed time, because we had a long day at Winterthur ahead of us!

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Photos from the day at Winterthur are next!

I have assembled a lot of my Outlander jacket. I had a hiccup where I sewed several pieces together, and then realized that I probably needed to interline the wool, since it’s pretty lightweight. After unpicking all my sewing and flatlining the wool to a cotton bottomweight twill, I then sewed everything back together. Second time is the charm?

Here is the bodice sewn together. It’s just two pattern pieces, mirrored on the left and the right, making only four pieces total.
Outlander Jacket

The front of the bodice
Outlander Jacket

Now with the peplum pieces attached
Outlander Jacket

Outlander Jacket

I finished my spencer last week. I had to search at three fabric stores for matching buttonhole twist (and I still only found something close, not quite matching), which held me up for a week or so. But now this is ready for the Pumpkin Tea.

Teal Spencer

Teal Spencer

Last night Mike and I went to the 2nd Annual Lit Up Ball, hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. Big thanks to Maggie and Jess for encouraging us to try out this event. It is a themed costume benefit ball on behalf of several early literacy initiatives. This year the theme was James Bond: From Russia with Love, and attendees were asked to wear 1950s attire.

Mike and I wore stuff from the closet for this outing. I chose a vintage-style dress by Lindy Bop, which I accessorized with a small pillbox hat that I trimmed and some simple pearl jewelry. Mike wore one of his suits, topped off with a black fedora.

There was wonderful live music and dancing, along with an array of yummy desserts. Plus before the ball we all had dinner together at Heavy Seas Alehouse, which was quite tasty. Throughout the night we worked on a fun “spy game” that the organizers had set up, where we solved word scrambles given to us by various volunteers in order to catch a thief who had “stolen” a letter from the Arlington Library.

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

Lit Up Ball

All of our photos are here.

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