More Sewing

I made another dress this weekend, this time from a vintage 50s pattern. The fabric is a pink calico, from the dollar bin at Walmart. And I am so thrilled with it! I tweaked the side seams and added a dart today, and it fits like a charm. The first dress I’ve made that really does! The neck is scooped with a low back (going to have to figure out something to do about that) and the bust is gathered, then darted to the waist. It buttons up the front. The skirt is to mid-calf, with release pleats at the waist, and is very full, though not quite circle. And it is absolutely perfect for swing dancing. I’m wearing it to the next one.

For history I am studying Israel this week. The formation of the secular state after the Holocaust, particularly. And I’ve discovered, especially since reading The Chosen (now a favorite book) that I have anĀ emotional interest in the Jews.

In other news, I burned my hand on the iron last night. All such minor accidents are welcome to the fledgeling herbalist, as it gives an opportunity to test one’s own homemade medicines. My hand is right as rain this morning. Wanna buy some salve? ;)


  1. Aunt Joni Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    Pictures! Pictures!!
    The Chosen is a great book. There aren’t many orthodox jews anymore. At least it seems that way to me.
    Aunt Joni burns hand getting something out of the oven. Aunt Joni pulls leaf from aloe and holds it on burn for a while. Now Aunt Joni is curious as to what niece Hannah puts in her salve.

  2. Hannah Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    Hi Aunt Joni!
    I used aloe first on the burn, actually, and that helped, and then before bed I put my salve on. It’s mostly calendula-infused coconut oil, with beeswax, vitamin E, and lavender essential oil. At least that’s all I can remember!
    And I shall be taking pictures on Friday. :D

  3. Krissy Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

    If you ever have salve for sale, lemme know. I love the stuff, and Sonja took the one you gave us to college. =P
    Ooh, I love The Chosen, too! I found it one day on our shelf and started reading it, not knowing anything about it (it was just there and I was bored), and I ended up loving it. =)

  4. Aunt Joni Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 4:42 am

    Ahh yes, calendula. It helps with pain and healing. the vitamin e would be healing too. In coconut oil – great idea. Does it end up smelling like lavender – perfume smells bother me. Did you grow your own calendula? I need to grow some this summer. Maybe I’ll try your salve. Do you have to cook it or just mix it? do you share recipes??? or is this a professional secret? That’s not a sarcastic question it’s a serious one!

  5. Hannah Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 10:46 am

    Well, if I do end up successfully selling the recipes I come up with, I’ll have to print the ingredients on the wrapper anyway, so I suppose the recipes aren’t terribly secret!
    I didn’t grow my own calendula- I realized I needed it after the growing season was over, unfortunately. I’ve made a few different kinds of balms and salves and my bases are always infused oils. Chop up your fresh or dried herb and let it sit in a jar of oil (olive or coconut, usually) in the sun, for six weeks. Or cheat, like I do when I find it necessary- heat the oil at the lowest possible setting in a crock pot or on the stove.
    That’s my base. It would make a fine salve on its own if you just add beeswax until it’s solid enough- but I add vitamin E for a preservative and essential oils for an extra kick. The salve does smell like lavendar. I wouldn’t call it a perfume scent because there’s a big difference between synthetic fragrances and plant-derived oils, but I know some people are bothered by both. My lip balm is made with comfrey-infused olive oil and peppermint EO. I heat everything in a glass saucepan and pour it into tins and tubes.
    Unfortunately I don’t get to make it often because of the expense of the ingredients, but the recipes work really well for me!

  6. Aunt Joni Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

    I will have to grow some calendula for both of us :-D

  7. Sonja!! Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 1:22 am

    Hannah! I’m so thrilled your dress came out well. =D I can’t wait to see pictures!

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