DuPage County Fair

•July 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the DuPage County Fair, your missing out on a great time.  Every year it gets better!

The dates for this years Fair are:  July 21 – 25, 2010

Check out www.DuPageCountyFair.org for the details.

During the week, we will be set up in the Home Economic Buildings #2 & 3 where I will be making a Regency dress as the fair entertains and feeds thousands.  If you get a chance, stop by and say “Hello”.

Mention to me that you are on our email list and I will give you a coupon to use on your next order with us.

Hope to see you at the DuPage County Fair this next week!!

Sandy Peterson

Our hours will be as follows:

Wednesday:  2:00 – 5:30pm

Thursday:  9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00 – 5:30pm /  6:30 – 9:00pm

Friday:  9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00 – 5:30pm

Saturday:   9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00 – 5:30pm  /  6:30 – 9:00pm

Sunday:  1:00 – 5:30pm


An Afternoon at the Beach

•August 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 Wading in Lake Michigan



It was a beautiful day that we had playing on the beach.  I only wish that our camera was more cooperative for most of my photo’s turned out fuzzy.

Here the girls are playing in their Regency Dresses.  The pattern is by Sense & Sensibility Patterns. 

Our daughter in the photo on the top left is wearing an 18th century shift under her bodice.  The shift pattern in Kannik’s Korner.  It is the Second Half of the 18th Century (1750-1800) English Style Shift (Chemise).  The bodice, pleated skirt, and the apron are patterns that I designed.

You can purchase the patterns through the companies mentioned.  The fabric can be purchased here.  Look on the side bar for more information.

 On the Move


Emma-Walking-on-the-BeachFabrics used were:

Pleated Skirt:  Green Linen

Apron:  Green Dupioni

Shift:  White Linen

 Bodice:  Champagne Dupioni



Regency:  Solid Green Cotton (above left), Brown Linen with Antiqued Cotton Underdress (top right), Snowy Wonderland (top center – picture on the right) 


 Just Running Around Link

Just Running Around

•June 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment


It was a beautiful summer day, and as I was outside taking pictures for our website, the girls were out playing in the front yard.   As they were running away, I captured their picture. 

Esther (the one in red) was wearing a dress (Sense and Sensibiliy Girls Regency Pattern) that I had made for her older sister Emma a few years ago.  The dress was made out of some fabric that was meant for pillow coverings.  But I used the fabric for a dress instead.  There wasn’t enough fabric to make the dress long enough, so I used a coordinating fabric as an attached underdress to make the dress complete. 

If we look at things in a different way, we might come up with ideas that wouldn’t have happened if we just gave up.  When I decided to use this fabric for a dress, I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough.  (Sigh)  Now what do I do.  I had convinced myself that the dress would be beautiful –  I wasn’t happy.  “I know”, I thought, “I will just run to the store and pick up the extra fabric that I needed”.   When I arrived at the store that I purchased my fabric, it was gone.  

Now what do I do?  I had my heart set on this fabric.   As I look around…………..well…………….I came up with the idea of adding a coordinating fabric, and I think it turned out to be very pretty.  Almost like I had planned it this way. 

So when you think you don’t have any options, try and think outside of the box.  You might be surprised!!

Happy Sewing!!!


An Afternoon at the Beach Link