The Historical Sew Fortnightly: Challenge “Underneath it All”

Once upon a time in a forest long ago and nearly as long forgotten, I made historical garments for museums and historic sites, and pretty much lived as a middling-class woman raising her rather large family. 20674_221909331793_8102148_n

Recently I’ve become aware of a group called The Historical Sew Forthnightly, which is “a group to celebrate historical costuming, share our historical sewing triumphs, ask questions, share interesting links and information, and MOST OF ALL, post about the themed historical sewing challenges that we are working towards every fortnight.” Awesome. This is exactly how I shall pick up my long-neglected sewing projects again.

The latest challenge issued is to sew a lovely undergarment. I am in dire need of a new set of stays, my white muslin petticoats are in tatters, and I don’t have nearly enough shifts. What to do? Although the stays are probably the highest on my to-do list, my fingers long to put together neat, orderly squares into a nice new shift. I love the felled-french seaming intrinsic to this garment’s construction. I shall begin forthwith – or as soon as I can lay hands on my linen stash.



Pigs Can Fly, Sometimes

I’ve finally decided what I want to do in this blog. Been playing with the idea of this or that purpose, when what I really need is a place to throw things out there without having them necessarily tied up with who I am in RL.

I mean, a lot of people actually know who sophie pie is in RL, but it’s been an internet nom-de-plume for some time and it’s serving a purpose of quasi-anonymity, as far as such things can do.


Not that I harbor any notions of real anonymity, because it’s pretty easy to figure out who someone is if you really want to know. Still. A long time ago I began my first blog pretty much anonymously and then came out for whatever reason. Since then I’ve been hesitant to write about certain things that I’d like to process and possibly get help with from passersby.

So here’s to this new learning environment – identity-free. Sort of. Maybe what I really mean is, without ego.

Yeah, pigs can fly, too.

Thanks to Tonia Conger I know now the source of my favorite painting. More of Michael Sowa’s work here! 😀