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Vernet 1.0: Summertime Edition. Part 2: Evidence and Thoughts Behind the Dress Construction
First wear. Nice, but where's the bust-to-waist change? Lauren Marks' dress worked out as it should in this regard. Mine did not: that's what you get for wearing the wrong stays.  We know from last time that the Vernet 1.0 dress is a work in progress... How...

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In Memoriam, A Blythe Spirit: Miss Blueberry Muffin
Miss Blueberry Muffin: 2011-June 27, 2016 Calm center in the busy noise of boys and mama and daddy in the family room Lounging presence hogging the heating vent in the kitchen Reading the comics on the floor daily with Christopher Pawing at the creamer lid ...

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Vernet 1.0: Summertime Edition. Part 1: the Wearing
Vernet Robe a la Ninon 1.0: Summertime Edition, with hat by Shocking Bad Hats .  After so long waiting for this dress, gracious, nearly 1 2/3 years, why not see it being worn for a first try and a first critique at the  Louisville, KY Jane Austen Festival  ...

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Vernet: Embroidery Done and Bodice Mocked Up and Cut Out
Completed Vernet embroidery. Well, well. Done. Is it as smooth as the work of experienced hands ? Why no. Will it look better when washed and pressed? Yes. Where does the embroidery go? Not at the hem, where it was so common to embroider. On the bodice. Mor...

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What, That Eternal Vernet? Mais Oui, On Ne Peut Pas L'Oublier
Vernet is alive and well in this household, thank you. I may be more than a year behind, but it's a wonderful dress that should see the light, and so little by little it moves ahead. First, Different Embroidery Thread: Choice Number One Was Poor Let's have ...

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Meet Nina, Lana's First Lamb
Nina. Eight pounds. Fuzzy, warm, adorable. The first for Lana. The first for us. The boys' own lamb. Here she is not long after birth, barely dry and already up and walking. This morning as I write a wood thrush is singing outside the open window, the song ...

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Early Spring Means Sheep Shearing...Or, How Lana and the Flock Took To Their Heels
Holding Lana before she's sheared. Some of that dual coat is six inches long, and it's almost as dense as felt, without being felted. Lana's fleece is a crofter's dream: there's wool in there for every purpose, from soft sweater to rug. Yesterday was sheari...

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Not Shaun the Sheep, but Lana the Sheep!
Once upon a time there was a Shetland sheep, almost a year old. Her name was Lana, and she had long, tawny wool, almost like hair, and she was beautiful, and I fell in love with her. Lana was born and lived at Square Peg Farm * nearby, and with the blessing...

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Vernet: I Spy Eyelets! Different Qualities of Handmade Eyelet Embroidery
Reverse side of piece of finely produced eyelet embroidery with new threads laid on top for comparison. Discussion below.  The embroidery I've been doing for the Vernet dress has struck me as fairly coarse. I am an occasional embroideress, so no surprise th...

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Vernet: Ninon declares, "Vive le Roi!"
Arrival of Louis XVIII at Calais, 1814; Edward Bird. Courtesy BBC Your Pictures. More info . Are those angels on the stairs? No, sailors on the shrouds. It was lilies, lilies, everywhere, "Vive le Roi" in fashionese: Ce 4 mai 1814. Le costume de cent quaran...
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