Monday, December 14, 2009


I have been so busy the last several nights, what with my church's Christmas play coming up. It finally took place yesterday (Sunday 13), & it turned out beautifully. I hope to be able to post photos soon, but I have to get them from my brother's camera, since I was so involved with directing & taking part in the production that I never had time for photos.

So, now that it is over & life is going back to normal for a few weeks before we begin auditions for the Easter production, I have some housework that needs to be done. While I was doing a few odd & end chores I began thinking about house dresses or work dresses as they are sometimes known. Below I have compiled a few pictures of house dresses from different time periods.

A 1770-1785 workdress & th color combination is very striking.

1799, I could easily imagine myself doing housework in this dress, sans shawl.

A wonderful adaptions of Jane Austen's novel & I simply love this outfit.

1798-1800, a dress that I personally would wear for very messy tasks.

Late 1830s to early 1840s workdress.

A simply georgeous 1860s pinner apron.
1860s cotton plaid workdress.

A very serviceable 1890s apron & the ruffles on the sleeves are fabulous.

A quite basic, but still beautiful 1930s housedress.

Simple, but pretty 1940s shirtwaist dress, a common housedress staple.

Don't you just love the ruffles on the sides of this 1940s housedress?

I personally enjoy most housework & sometimes I am not sure why. Perhaps it is the sense of accomplishment that I feel when I have completed a task. But for whatever reason, I feel blessed that God has seen fit to give me such a satisfaction in such simple things.

God bless to all in your homemaking endeavors,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Many Apologies.....

It has been a month since I last posted anything, but I have been so busy that I haven't even had much time for being on the computer, much less for writing a blog post. I will try in the future to be more constant with my posts, but during the holiday season, I am always so busy, what with Thanksgiving (by the by Happy Quite Belated Thanksgiving!), numerous Christmas parties, making presents for family & friends (which I hope to post photos of), sewing costumes for the upcoming Christmas play at church (which I am helping direct), & teaching American Sign Language to my church group for the Christmas program, I have been a little short on time for anything else.

I recently watched "The Thin Man" starring two of my many favorite 30s-40s actors/actresses, William Powell & Myrna Loy. It is the first in a series of films that are simply fabulous, from the dry satirical humor to the gorgeous clothes, to the plots that keep you guessing, they are a must see. As I was watching the particular film which was made & set in 1934, I had the desire to rummage through my stash of 1930s fashions. Below are just a few of the wonderful creations as well as several photos of William & Myrna:

The above three photos are of William Powell, Myrna Loy, & the terrier that played Asta in the Thin Man series. Below are some of the lovely clothes from the period.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week & that the above photos will inspire you to break out a new project or an abandoned one & enjoy yourself while sewing.

God bless,