Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mother/Daughter Weekend

Our dear friends invited us to a local conference, and it was such a blessing for my family to spend the weekend in sweet fellowship at their lovely home! It was a delight to meet other like-minded ladies this weekend, along with quite a few blog readers--How wonderful!
They had tables set up for daughters
and Mothers to create notebooks together...
Knitting needles and yarn was provided for
ladies to knit together during breaks!
My sister taught a few girls how to crochet--that was such a sweet sight!
It was so encouraging to hear scriptures on Biblical womanhood
& testimonies of Homemakers...
An Old-fashioned Hairstyle
1. Clip hair half up/down, then divide into two sections
2. Braid the two sections of hair
3. Starting from the right, guide braid over to the left,
so that the ends are being held in place, while it's pinned.
4. Do the same for the left side until secure.
I thought this style was lovely, I had to share!

A Tea party!
At the closing of the conference,
all the ladies dressed up for an afternoon Tea :)
It was a delightful time, and we all enjoyed the fellowship immensely!
Busy in the kitchen...
Edwardian Skirt (Finished!)

I love the simple style of the skirt, and have enjoyed wearing it all day! (I used the Butterick 3418 pattern, but constructed the waistband myself)


I'm still working on the closure {I used hook and eyes} but it will do for now!
ps) I'm wearing a hat of course :)

(Paired with my jacket)
This was such a fun outfit to wear out at the grocery today! :)
lol I can't imagine what they were thinking...

I'm inspired to continue to hand-sew though... It's fun to be able to work on a project while watching a family movie, or even whilst on the road during trips!


Kindredly Yours,



Cheyne said...

Oh, Mia! The skirt is just lovely!
I really like the hair style and will have to give it a try. Sometimes I don't know how to do up my long hair so that it is out of the way and still looks great.
I also have to say that I really like all the old photos/pictures you post. Where or how do you find them?


Anonymous said...

Your skirt really turned out beautiful!

Margaret said...

Ooooh, beautiful! What pattern is the jacket?

Lindsay said...

It looks like y'all had a very special weekend, Mia! I LOVE your skirt, and the jacket you're wearing with it is so pretty! :)

~ Love,

cinnamongirl said...

That sounded like a perfect weekend!
Wonderful job on your outfit/

Cinnamon said...

Everything looked lovely...the outing, the tea, the crocheting, the skirt.....makes me want to start making one for each of my little darlings right now!

Thank you for the inspiration~

not related to Cinnamongirl :-) or are we? hee hee

Lena said...

Oh, Mia! What beautiful clothes you have made!! I wish they were mine... I could never ever manage to make such clothes. You are really good at it :) And as always; it makes me so glad when I see there is a new post at your lovely blog!

Kate said...

Oh! I'll have to try that hairstyle! The skirt and coat are lovely! I would have stared at you at the grocery store, but out of admiration, not condemnation. I'd rather see you dressed like that any day over the dirty spongebob pajama pants that so many women wear grocery shopping these days. I was at Target once and saw a girl in skin-tight gold lame pants!! It'd be one thing if she wore a long black sweater or dress over it, but nope...

I think JoAnn Fabrics is having a pattern sale this weekend. I may have to go and check out their maternity patterns. I'm having a hard time finding skirts and dresses I like in maternity stores. I'm getting sick of wearing the same two pairs of jeans all week long.

Caroline said...

Your skirt is beautiful! I have so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing all the neat things you do!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you were able to enjoy some time with your mother and your sister, in the company of other like-minded ladies!

It is a joy to be surrounded by Sisters in Christ that see the world the way the Lord instructed.

Your skirt is just lovely! Hand-sewing is an art that takes dilligence...but once accomplished, it is absolutely worth it :)

Many blessings Mia and thank you for sharing your weekend.

Mrs. S

Goodwife said...

Beautiful! You are a lovely talented girl and when the time is right God will send you a husband who will cherish and appreciate you! I love being a homemaker and my husband is proud to support me! God bless!

Billie Jane said...

I used to work at a Victorian museum and always wore an 1890's outfit - skirt almost identical to yours and blouse with BIG puffed sleeves - on one occasion I needed petrol on the way home and simply pulled into the garage, got out and filled up, without thinking. No one batted an eye at my costume while I was queuing to pay... and it was only afterwards I thought how strange I must have looked. I think everyone was too polite to stare. Well that's the English for you!

Daughter of the King said...

Going to such a mother/daughter conference seems like it would have been a lovely time! I absolutely love the Edwardian Skirt! Nicely done! I wish I was skilled, as you are, in sewing garments to wear. I however am not, I have only tried my hands at quilting and knitting. Perhaps in the future... It is always nice to read your blog postings, and of your simple life lived out for our King!

Kimberly said...

Such loveliness!
Thank you for sharing the hairstyle as well. I may try that later today.

Megan said...

Thank you for posting again! My sisters, mom & I love to read your blog!

We will be trying that hairstyle sometime soon! It's really pretty!!

Wow! Your skirt turned out beautifully! I love the blouse & jacket with it!
What pattern was the jacket from? I would love to be able to make one like it for my victorian outfits!
Maybe sometime I can make the skirt too! :)

Thanks again for posting!


Stephanie Ann said...

I absolutely love the hairstyle and both your skirt and jacket! The skirt has such clean lines, it's beautiful.

Erika said...

Oh my!!! I LOVE your Edwardian skirt! I wish I could sew that well.
I love that hairstyle, too. Mia, thanks for your posts. I love your blog. It is so refreshing to city-girls like me who dream of a simple, country life. :)

lady Estelle said...

My dear Mia, You have been an inspiration even to an older lady like myself. I have started a sewing project after many years. I am so excited about it. After following your blog and seeing how well your lovely skirt turned out. I am more determined to start back to making my own Victorian clothing. I would love for you to come check out my blog and may be follow my endeavors. I would love the help and the comment though this project.

Emily Pendleton said...

Hi Mia! It was so nice to meet you this past weekend. Your outfit was gorgeous! I hope that we will be able to see each other again in the near future.
Emily Pendleton

Kristy said...

If a blog can be lovely; then this one is! You are a joy to read about......(and that skirt is fabulous!!!!!) ;o)
Looking forward to getting to "know you".
Blessings ~

Cinnamon said...

Wanted to get back to you~ I tried the beautifully braided hairstyle on my dtr and it really was easy and came out beautifully. Thanks again for sharing~


Antoinette K. said...

How lovely Miss Mia, you did a wonderful job! now I really want to make a clothing item by hand! :) You are such an inspiration for me! :)

I LOVE the jacket, did you make it? If so, what pattern is it? i would like to know! :)

The conference looks wonderful as well, I am sure you had a wonderful time, it is such a blessing to be with other like-minded sisters in Christ, and their family's too! :)


Miss Antoinette

MissJo said...

Miss Mia,

It was so wonderfully delightful to meet you this past weekend! May God richly bless you as you continue to serve Him.


Lydia said...

The skirt is beautiful! And that hairstyle looks lovely, I can't wait to try it!
God Bless,

AJ from Texas said...

Hello Mia ~
How wonderful your weekend must have been spending time with like-minded Sisters. :) Being around others who have such values as we do, either by internet or in person, gives such inspiration and encouragement. Thank you for that. Your skirt looks great and with that blouse and jacket...beautiful! People must have thought you stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. ;) I'm always afraid my hand sewing isn't sturdy enough...any tips?
~*~God Bless You~*~

Elaine said...

Mia, I love the skirt. I have thought of making it before, but know I am definitely decided. It's beautiful.

The Gilmore Family said...

Mia! You look so lovely! Your skirt turned out beautifully! Did you make that white blouse too? I've been wanting to make one... It's very pretty!

Where do you find hat now-a-days?

Sarah G.

Shan said...

Dearest Mia,

I just adore your are a very inspiring young lady.

I put your blog button on my sidebar in the hopes that it will encourage other young, or not so young ladies!

Yours very kindredly,
Honey Hill Farm

Amy said...

Oh I want that skirt!! Looks like y'all had a great time...

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mia~
How delightful...
Mother and Daughter events
are Oh SO special!!!
Your skirt is stunning...
elegant lines and gorgeous fabric!


Love in Jesus~ Jenny

The Road Less Traveled said...

Dear Mia~
You are such an inspiration to my girls! After I showed them your skirt they too want one. I too would like to have one. Thank you for sharing with us and thank you for inspiring others to dress in such a lovely and modest way.

Yahweh's blessings be upon you and your dear family.

Rhonda said...

Wow! Your Skirt turned out so lovely! I absolutely love it! Well I love your whole outfit, Skirt, blouse, and jacket!

Please don't worry about what other people think of you when you are dressed in your lovely clothes! You aren't dressing to Please are dressing to please the Lord! That is all that matters!

The conference looks like it was a lot of fun and great fellowship! I long to go to a conference like that one day with my two daughters!
I love that hairstyle too, I have to grow out my hair again to be able to try that style. I donated my long hair to "Locks of Love" ,but I am growing it out again. Now I have inspariation to grow it out!
Have a Blessed week Miss Mia!
P.S. I am going to crochet a shawl! I have been inspirered by your sisters lovely crocheting cratfs! Please tell her thank-you form me!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Mia,
Beautiful post, and a beautiful time. We so enjoyed the fellowship of your family!!! And the precious Biblical encouragement. Lord Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Mia, you are a stunning lady. So talented and curious! It is a joy to read your blog. Your life is so very different than mine, but it always lifts my spirits to realise how much we also have in common :)

All my best to you and yours, Amy.

Cecilia Rose said...

Hello Mia!

It is so wonderful to read your blog. It takes me back to a simpler time...I do love the Anne of Green Gables/Edwardian period!

I am trying to get back into blogging...please check mine out at I am doing a week-long series on feminine dress, specifically on "Modesty in the Professional World." I went to college and am now the administrative assistant at a music school for children. However, I do have the same long-term aspiration as you do: being a wife and mother! :)

God's Blessings,

Malori :)

Mrs.Rabe said...

What a lovely blog you have! I love your outfit and that hairstyle you showed!

My daughters are going to a civil war ball - I think I will try out this hairstyle for one of them!

The Kate said...

Dear Mia,

I have been reading your blog for a while, and I absolutely love it! Especially the old-fashioned photos along the side, they're lovely. :)

Your mother/daughter weekend sounds like so much fun! And I love the skirt you made! I can't sew, myself, as my attempts to learn have never gone well, but my husband's family is really involved in costuming and reenactment, and it's always so interesting to see what others are able to do.

Lori said...

I love your blog. Such inspiration can be found here. I would love to see a picture of your hand sewn seams.

SinginginHisName said...

Thats great you made your coat and skirt, I wear my own civil war coat with my edwardian skirt as well all the time. I plan to wear it today to my college choir class. yes many of the guys stare in I think I don't know thinking I am strange, and the girls are just amazed and say how lovely it is to dress modestly and in a more old fashioned way. I love dressing femininely! thank you for being an encouragment and doing the same Mia!

Anonymous said...


I finally found your blog again! It was so nice to meet you and your precious family at the mother/daughter conference. Hope to meet up with you all again sometime.



Anonymous said...

I love that. Can I pay you to make one for me?? :) Seriously...

*Katia* said...

how wonderful is your blog??? i'm a vintage&edwardian era lover too!!

S.L. Gabriel said...

That was a wonderful skirt. I am trying to make one myself at the moment, and it's nice to see a finished one. I really liked your jacket as well. I'm sure you have answered this question before, but what pattern did you use?