Purfylle: September 2014

Recent Posts

Pfalzgrafin Dorothea Sabine von Neuberg pair of bodies, c1598 - Corset / Stays

I promised to share some of my incomplete projects with you to help me determine if they should be WIPs or UFO's.

Today's Incomplete Projects

A few of my iterations of the Pfalzgrafin Dorothea Sabine von Neuberg pair of bodies, c1598.

Each version is a mock-up for testing different things such as order of work, size, materials, pattern corrections etc.

Images of the extant stays can be found here and here.

Pfalzgrafin Dorothea Sabine von Neuberg pair of bodies, c1598 - Corset / Stays

Extant Drawstring Pouches of the Renaissance

Pouches were highly decorated affairs richly purfylled in polychrome and metallic threads, braids, beads of glass, pearl, metal and coral and all manner of fancy work.

Tassels were a common feature depending from the seams, corners, drawstrings and handles. Drawstring pouches were closed with a double drawstring threaded through eyelets or a channel stitched into the fabric.

Linen, silk taffeta, wool, silk thread, silver thread, silver-gilt thread, hand sewn, hand embroidered and hand braided, 1600-1625, British.

Thingamabobs have a proper name!

Yesterday I shared with you some extant Victorian cuffs which have some buttons that are secured with thingamabob-whatsits but I couldn't remember what they were called.

button shank pin
I did a bit of digging today to try and find

Victorian Cuffs

Victorian cuffs
Have you ever wondered what Victorian cuffs were really like? These men's and ladies cuffs are

Celebrating our 'First' September

You know those days where you feel like you might have bitten off more then you can chew?

It's felt a bit like that around here this month, but it's been so worth it! 

Purfylle is now on Pinterest! It's so easy to lose yourself pining all the things. 

Purfylle also has a Facebook page. Squeeee!! There's a bit to learn about managing a page but I'm finding my feet. I'd love for you to pop in and say hello!

September has been a big month of 'firsts'.

  • My first

Challenge Accepted! Fill your editorial calendar in 30 minutes.

I was doing a bit of web surfing for editorial calendar plug-ins, without much luck I might add. Sure an editorial calendar is an awesome idea, if you've got more then just some vague thoughts about what to write about.

Having an editorial calendar means you at least intend to have an actual plan, not just a few musings from the shower fairy, but actual at least half sketched out ideas for what you're going to post about, and maybe some idea of when you will post it.

Sewing Notions Clutter

sewing notions clutter

I'm mystified how my sewing notions become so cluttered.

The Humble Thimble

thimbles old and new

If you do a lot of sewing you will find yourself wanting a thimble at some point. They are ever so helpful at keeping your fingers safe from all the poky sharp things.


No I'm not talking about Mr Whippy icecream or alien spacecraft.

For those who haven't come across the acronyms before before WIP stands for Work In Progress and UFO for Un-Finished Object.

Now I used to think these two terms were interchangeable and basically the same thing.

But I was wrong.

If I only had the shoe cupboard space of Emelda Marcos!

shoe problem shoe clutter

I love shoes, especially boots. 

I find it really hard to let shoes go even when they've seen better days. I totally understand why Emelda had her shoe collection.

A little less of a disaster now.

I forgot to tell you yesterday, the sewing room is now a little less of a disaster.

multiple pencil sharpeners

I should have got rid of the excess pencil sharpeners, but I don't know which one works well on the tailors pencils, which works well on lead pencils and which works best for graphite. So I'll do that next time I need to sharpen those things.

Adding your Google Plus page as an Author to Blogger

Being new to blogging and G+ I generally feel like I am blundering all over the place trying to not really stuff things up.

My sewing room is a disaster

The clutter in my sewing room is so great at the moment I don't know where to start.

No I'm not going to show you a photo of the whole room but I can bring myself to show you a small section of my sewing table.

sewing table clutter

There is stuff that should be there and stuff that has just been dumped there because there wasn't another surface to put it on.


spelt lasagne with ricotta and spinach



  • lasagne sheets
  • pasta sauce
  • 900 grams ricotta cheese
  • sweet paprika
  • nutmeg
  • 2 bags of baby spinach
  • grated cheese
  • pepperoni
  • crunchy crumbs

Cooking for an Army of Two - Part 1 - Pasta Sauce

pasta sauce flavours paprika parsley oregano bay leaves pepper garlic
sweet paprika parsley oregano bay leaves pepper garlic

Pasta Sauce


  • 2 large onions
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 purple carrot
  • salt to taste
  • sunflower oil for frying

What I learnt From My First Guest Posting Experience

Now that I've finished my first guest post (go check it out, I'll wait), I thought I would share with you some of what I learnt from the experience.

It's a good idea to let people know I live on the other side of the planet!
Really, how else are they going to know that I get their emails at 2 am when I'm asleep. 'rolls eyes at my own thoughtlessness'

Love Your Machine And It Will Love You Back

My first ever guest post!!

dusting the bobbin housing

Gina's Craft CornerToday's post, Love Your Machine And It Will Love You Back is about taking care of your sewing machine, and you can read it over at Gina's Craft Corner.

I was so thrilled when Gina asked me if I would like to write a guest post for Gina's Craft Corner. I'm still getting over the shock that another blogger thought I could add some value to the content she provides to her readers.

Gina creates brilliant conceal and carry bags that are super funky with great hardware features. Make sure you pop over Gina's Craft Corner to see her creations.

Blunt, Sharp and to the Point

A blunt sewing machine needle can cause all sorts of problems with your sewing such as missed stitches and thread breakages. I am guilty of not changing my sewing machine needle as often as I probably should, but how often should it be changed?

sewing machine needles

I've seen recommendations to change your needle as regularly as

My Earliest Costume Memory

Pink Splendor Barbie - Limited Edition - 1996

I'm not a Barbie fan but