Hi, so here's what I've been up to lately. Unfortunately I haven't been able to resume my historical costume sewing, but I will soon. Or at least I hope to.
This is a little sailor collar sweater I made from a 1916 pattern. You can find it here: Child's Middy Jumper. It really is super easy to knit, just time consuming.
I also knitted a placenta. Yep, you read right, PLACENTA. As in after-birth. Personnaly, I think it is a most fascinating organ. I knitted it for educationnal purposes, tu use in my childbirth classes. It's even got a little amniotic membrane, and snaps to fasten the cord on my teaching baby. I figured out the pattern myself after looking at a few others.
Finally but most importantly. Isn't this the most beautiful cat you,ve ever seen? Her name was Caline, she was the most lovely cat ever. She has been missing for a few days, and I happened to find her this morning while looking for her in the woods. There wasn't much left of her, some wild animal had killed and eaten her. It wasn't a pretty sight. So you can imagine I'm devastated. After three days of looking through the window and calling her every 5 minutes, and treks in the woods to find her. I buried the remains in the snow. She was really young, and I was sure she would be my companion for many years to come. May she rest in peace.
Hello again! I was pleased to learn yesterday that I was awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Cindy of The Broke Costumer. Check out her blog, it's awesome.
To accept the award, one must: 1. Display the award and link back to the person who nominated you. 2. State 7 facts about yourself. 3. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award. 4. Notify the winners. So, 7 facts about myself: 1- My other passion has to do with babies. I am fascinated by the process of pregnancy and birth, and by the power of women. That's why I chose to be a doula as a career path. I get to know all about birth, and I get to help future parents, inform them and support them during the whole process! I'm a big advocate for natural birth, and I believe that the way we are born affects the whole society. Maybe someday I'll be a midwife, but so far I'm happy with being a doula. I also have two doula blogs, one in french here, and one in english here. There aren't many articles yet in the english one, but more are on their way! 2- I don't really have a religion, but I do believe in reincarnation, and in the power of positivity, simplicity, love and gratitude. 3- I love singing, and Karaoke, and have a good singing voice (or so I'm told) 4- I have visited over 15 countries within the last 13 years. 5- I am a little bit of a hippie, I try to grow my own organic food as much as I can (considering the climate here in Canada), I don't buy red meat, and I try to only buy things I can't make myself. 6- I drink tea every afternoon, usually with my mother and sister, and every time I travel somewhere, I bring back a new blend. 7- I hate modern music and prefer anything that came out before the 80's, especially old swing, jazz and rock'n'roll (basically music from the 20's to the 50's). My favorite singers are Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald. And now the 15 blogs I nominate for the award (not in any particular order): 1- Romantic History: I love Sarah'outfits and the little costumes she makes for her kids, and I am astonished at how much she sews and manages to make, given she has four little ones to take care of! Either she doesn't need sleep, or sews a lot faster than me. 2- American Duchess: I don't have to explain here, we all love her, and her shoes are amazing. I already have three pair! 3- Make It and Love It: Okay, it's not a costuming blog, but her blog is really fun to read, and she's got loads of great tutorials. 4- The Fashionnable Past: Cause she's super talented and I love all her outfits. I made my 1840's stays with one of her patterns (which I altered a little bit to make it strapless). 5-Rachael's Costumes: Lots of great twists on historical fashion! 6- Les petites mains: It's a blog in french about children's historical fashion. It's very well researched and has got loads of awesome pictures from all eras. 7- A Frolick Through Time: Another very talented lady, who manages to sew a lot while taking care of her kids! 8- Dressed in time: Another great blog by a very talented lady. 9- Bella Miss Ella: More great costumes! 10- Experiments in Elegance: Even more costumes! She focuses mainly on the 19th century, which is, along with the early 20th century, my favorite era. 11- Diary of a Mantua Maker: Another very talented lady. She even makes her own shoes!! 12- Thistle and Lily: I love the little patterns she makes for her daughter. I'll totally try them out someday, especially the little gaiter shoes! 13- Daze of Laur: She makes seriously drool-worthy costumes, both for herself and her little boy, and the pictures are awesome. 14- The Couture Courtesan: She's also very talented, and I love her costumes. 15- Temps D'élégance: The the costumes and pictures in this billingual blog are gorgeous. Plus She's in france, so she's already got the perfect setting, with all the old castles, gardens, and buildings. Good job ladies! Keep up the good work. I love looking at your wonderful costumes when I take a break from birth stuff. Have a great day!
Hello, sorry I've been neglecting my blog lately. Truth is, I've been really busy and almost haven't touched my sewing machines in a while. After I cam back from Florida, I hade a few weeks to work (I'm working on like 4 different things as a doula, so it takes up all my time) and I went to a midwife assistant workshop at The Farm in Tennessee. I also had the chance to meet the wonderful Ibu Robin Lim (The amazing midwife from Bali who was named CNN Hero of The Year 2011) when I got back to Montreal. She's just amazing. Since I came back on march 11 I've also continued working on all my doula projects, and the only things I managed to make sewing and knittingwise, are a knitted placenta, a few newborn hats, and a sweet little knitted baby sweater with a sailor collar from a 1916 pattern (which isn't finished yet). I havent't managed to get any work at all done on my Young Victoria Dress, but I hope to start working again on it in a few weeks. Oh and I justt got my American Duchess ''Tavistock'' boots today. They are absolutely lovely, I LOOOVE them!! Photos to be posted soon.
That's me with a few of The Farm midwives, recently from left to right: Me, Ina May Gaskin, Joanne Santana and Pamela Hunt. They are really amazing, and inspiring. I'm so glad I got to meet them all. For those who don't know, these three (along with a few others) have been midwives there for over 40 years, and have some of the best birth outcomes in all the USA. Ina May (who was awardde the Right Livelyhood Award, and who was recently introduced to the Women's Hall of Fame) wrote a few very very good books. If you're abot to have a baby, or just interested in childbirth, I highly recommend you read all her books. She is also very active in the cause of maternal mortality in the United States. You can check out her safe motherhood quilt project here.
With the lovely Ibu Robin Lim! She started a clinic in Bali that provides free midwifery services to women in Bali (and now Aceh too), regardless of their income or social status. The whole organisation runs on donations. Check it out here: www.bumisehatbali.org . She has also written a few amazing books about birth and the postnatal period, as well as a fiction novel and some poetry.