• Costuming
  • Outlander Inspired Druid Lanterns (DIY)

    Since that first mesmerizing episode of Outlander with the dancing druids performing their celestial ritual, I have wanted to duplicate this casual costume.  I almost always costume Claire, but this is a nice alternative for hot weather.  While the garment is basically an off-white nightgown or 18th century chemise (I used this lady’s guide to create […]

  • Costuming
  • Sewing 18th Century Petticoats

    My first 18th century skirt (note: not a proper petticoat) was made for my Claire costume from Outlander (Season 1).  I didn’t have a pattern or much skill/knowledge, so I bought 9 yards of heavy upholstery fabric and manually box pleated the hell out of it.  Wishing I had pocket slits, I went back about a […]

  • Costuming
  • Sewing 18th Century Stomachers

    I’m of the opinion that one can never have too many stomachers.  They’re like the statement necklace of the 18th century; interchangeable, drawing the eye to the chest *giggle* and worn in the closure of women’s shirt jackets.  And because they’re easy to make and need little fabric (yeah, scraps!), I currently have six…and counting! […]

  • Costuming
  • Sewing 18th Century Pockets

    When I made my Claire from Outlander (Season 1) costume last year, I didn’t include pockets in the skirt.  Pockets make every outfit magical, from 18th century on.  So rather than adding the pockets in the skirt I so desperately coveted, I decided to make a set of traditional 18th century pockets that could be […]

  • Adventures
  • What’s in My Bra?

    Ladies and gentlemen, behold: one of life’s great mysteries revealed…what’s in my bra!  Some (maybe most) women hide things in their bra.  Phone, ID, money, keys, granola bars, etcetera.  You just never know what we’re packing.  So as a runner, I use these “built-in pockets” to store essentials for before and during races.     As […]