Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Polishing (Stage 1)

Project 15, part 2 – Kidaore (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the Edo Period mirror restoration project! This week I finally got brave and began to clean and polish my mirror. It may look like I dive cavalierly into my projects, but the truth is I spend a lot of time hemming and hawingContinue reading “Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Polishing (Stage 1)”

Edo Period Coat Restoration: The Quilted Lining (Stage 3)

Project 9, part 9 – What Makes a Man Turn Neutral? (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 here) Welcome back to the Edo period coat restoration project! Remember this? It’s still a thing! It’s honestly a dead heat between this project and the Victorian undergarmentsContinue reading “Edo Period Coat Restoration: The Quilted Lining (Stage 3)”

Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Beginning

Project 15, part 1 – The Sword, The Mirror, and the Jewel Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! I’ve got a brand new restoration project to share with you, and it’s not even clothing this time! Gasp! I was wanting a bit of a challenge, and to try something I’d never done before, when oneContinue reading “Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Beginning”

One Little Word: Illuminate

One Little Word 2023: Where There Is Light Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing and Happy New Year 2023! I don’t really do “resolutions,” per se, but since 2011 I’ve taken part, more or less, in a project started by scrapbooker Ali Edwards called “One Little Word.“ In 2006 Ali began the tradition of choosing oneContinue reading “One Little Word: Illuminate”

Obiage: The Beginning and Sewing

Project 14, part 1 – Fried Obi Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping for fabric with my Aunt Sue at an adorable quilt shop, and I ran across some fabric from Moda Fabrics that I went absolutely feral for. It’s their “Wild Ivy” print series, and itContinue reading “Obiage: The Beginning and Sewing”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Reveal

Project 13, part 6 – Soft Focus (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This week I was able to get the photoshoot done for the two velveteen dresses so you can see how lovely they look! I wanted to give the impression of theContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Reveal”

Happy 100 Posts, 昔のSewing!

Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Friends, I can hardly believe it, but this is the 100th post here on the blog. Your comments, likes, and support have made this a beautiful community of fashion and history enthusiasts, and I can’t wait to keep sewing and crafting with you for at least another hundred postsContinue reading “Happy 100 Posts, 昔のSewing!”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Neckties)

Project 13, part 5 – It’s Buttonholer Time! (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This week I was able to finish the last piece of the restoration for the Velveteen Princess JSK – the neck ties! Honestly, this was purely for my own sake – they’reContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Neckties)”

Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Headdress)

Project 13, part 4 – The Best Form of Flattery (Part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! With my dresses cleaned, it was time to turn my attention to crafting a headdress to match the red velveteen dress. (I already have an ADORABLE black velveteen headdress with white laceContinue reading “Velveteen JSKs Restoration: The Sewing (Headdress)”