Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Will I Even Have To Make A Decision?

modern gloves and fan
I'm running out of time. I have the rest of today and tomorrow basically (because Saturdays are generally a write off) to get my HSM March projects finished if I am to wear them to Sunday's fair.

Ideally I would at least have the following ready to wear:
  1. Chemise
  2. Bloomers
  3. Stockings
  4. Corset
  5. Shoes
  6. Bustle
  7. Underskirt or two
  8. Skirt
  9. Over-skirt
  10. Bodice
  11. Basque
  12. Hat
  13. Gloves
  14. Jewellery
  15. Parasol
  16. Fan
  17. Hair pieces
I'm sure I've forgotten one or two things. Today here is what I have complete and ready to go:
  1. Shoes - modern but passable 
  2. Small Bustle 
  3. A corded farthingale that will hopefully work successfully as a corded underskirt.
  4. Skirt - hemmed and decorated but needs the opening and waistband to be finished.
  5. Corset - not yet completed
  6. Fan - modern, I have a period fan but it is in poor shape 
  7. Parasol - modern because I won't take my extant parasols.
  8. Jewellery - I have no idea 
  9. Gloves - maybe, somewhere, modern things I bought a very long time ago from Sovereignhill

corded farthingale

I don't have a bodice pattern drafted up yet, so at this stage it is looking very doubtful that I will have an outfit and if I do it will look very costumey.

The question then will be if I even want to wear it.

costumey skirt for early 1870's gown

My apologies for the photos of the skirts just being piles on the cutting table but I can't take the time to set up my dress stand and arrange it with skirts in an area where there is enough room to take photos (which would mean moving furniture) if I am to actually have a chance of stitching everything.

While I ponder my options I'm going to keep sewing because if I don't at the very least get the skirt, corset and bodice done I won't even have to make a decision.


  1. I'm looking forward to what you wear to the event.

    1. Well at this stage it's going to be jeans and a t-shirt! I'm making progress though. I've nearly got the bodice pattern complete, which I couldn't get started until the corset was done ( I cheated a little but that's allowed ) I do have some long term plans for this costume that you might be interested in though.


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