1860 Wrapper (First Sewing Project of 2018)

Happy 3rd day of the new year everyone! I hope your year is starting out great! I worked the past two years so today I was able to start on my first sewing project of 2018- an 1860 wrapper.

Now a wrapper in the 1860’s referred to a clothing garment that we would consider as a dressing gown or a night robe or housecoat. This will come handy during reenactments!

 

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I purchased this fabric from Ensembles of the Past on Etsy. It’s a reproduction fabric and I thought it would make a perfect wrapper the moment I saw it!

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I’m using the Period Impressions 1860 Wrapper pattern. Now I’m not following this to a “T” at all. I’m using the pattern as a foundation to build off of, so I’m using some aspects of it and completely ignoring the rest of it, haha. I actually do that with most patterns so why not continue it! (;

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I’m also trying to be careful with how much fabric I use, especially since I want the skirt to be as full as it can be!

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Here is the back piece with the two back side pieces. I don’t know why, but I like laying the fabric pieces of the pattern out like this. If only the sewing part could be as easy and quick as that!

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It turned out that I only had a little over a yard of brown broadcloth and the lining pattern pieces barely fit on it! It took a little bit of squeezing everything together, but I’m happy that I won’t have to purchase some more fabric! My Grandmother taught me to work with the pattern pieces to get them to fit so you can save fabric, and also not to throw away the bigger fabric scraps until you’re finished with that project. You never know if you’ll need it!

After I get the skirt cut out I can start sewing everything together! What projects are you working on this year?

P.S. Thank-you Sarah for suggesting this post! (;

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Cottage Update- Kitchen

The kitchen is coming along quite nicely! It’s not finished by any means, but it’s starting to look more and more like a kitchen! It’s amazing how insulation and paneling can already make a space look more complete!

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Once everything is trimmed and painted my small China cabinet will sit against this wall. I love the look of shabby chic and cottage styles so the whole interior will be painted a nice white color. It’ll make the house look bigger than what it is and give it a nice, clean look.

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This wall well have a built in shelves for dishes and pantry items.

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My Dad made a stand for my refrigerator to stand on so it would be off the ground. He attached some of the same paneling to give it a uniform look as well. Later we will build a shelf that sits over the refrigerator and it will hold my convection oven. We’re also going to make the rest of the stand look more like a broom closet.

I also painted on the kitchen counter. It just needed a little wipe down and a fresh coat of paint!

The same goes for all the drawers and the rest of the counter.

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Dad built this awesome counter top!

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After we brought it over to the house we were able to make the hole for the sink.

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Next it was time to stain the counter top. I chose a “dark walnut” stain and am very pleased with how it turned out.

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A close up of the stain.

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The overall stain on the counter top.

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After the stain completely dried I put some polyurethane seal on it.

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Then I let the seal dry for a few days before I put another coat on it.

There is still *quite* a bit to do in the kitchen area, but it’s nice to see everything coming together!

 

Why I Wanted to Go Tiny- Common Questions Answered

A question I continue to get asked is- “Why a tiny house?”

This question is usually followed with- “Why not just get a camper?”

Which in turn is followed by this- “I mean wouldn’t it be cheaper?”

Those are great questions actually, and I enjoy being able to answer them and afterwards they understand why I wanted a tiny house. Today I’m going to break those questions down for you.

The answer to the first question is this- I wanted my own space.¬†Plain and simple. I wanted my own space for me and that’s about it actually. It was actually thanks to my Mum that I started looking into tiny houses.

You see, my Mum and Dad are the best parents ever. They understood that as I was getting older that I wanted my own space for my own things and for it to just be me. They were perfectly fine with that! However, they did not want me to rent an apartment. My parents wanted me to work towards something that would be mine, and not me giving money to someone else every single month.

This is what made the tiny house the perfect solution! The building I have is on a rent to own plan. So yes I am making monthly payments on it, but in a few years it’ll be paid off and all mine.

With a tiny home I get the space I want and it’ll eventually be completely paid for. I think that’s great and a pretty good answer to the first question.

Well not everyone thinks so. This is when I go to the ‘Plan B Answer.’

“Well I’m a tiny person so it’s not like I need a lot of space.”

This is my answer to the second question- I lived in a camper for a few months and learned a lot. The main thing I learned was that I didn’t really want to get a camper for a tiny home. Now I have nothing against campers at all, but for me and for the vision I wanted and the things I like, a camper just wouldn’t work out for me.

You can make a tiny house out of a camper, I know of a couple that does! I think it just depends on the person and what they would like.

Now we come to the third question. Wouldn’t a camper be cheaper?

Well I mean I guess it could be, but that would be if I got a camper and left it as is. Knowing me there would have been a lot of alterations I would’ve wanted done before I felt the camper would be ready. This would’ve started adding up to the price of the camper.

Both the tiny house and a camper are investments. For me I wanted more of a cottage look so the tiny house was the right fit for me. I’m still so happy with my choice too, even when I would look at showers and want to croak at some of their price tags, ha ha. Side note- I *finally* picked out my shower!

Every person who goes tiny has their own opinions and reasons why they decided to go tiny with what they chose. To me that’s what is so great about going tiny- the options are endless!