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.

My Big Froufy Costumey Costume - Skirt Decoration

The gown I wore to the Heritage Festival needs a name, My Big Froufy Costumey Costume is perfect for it don't you think?

The below images of extant gowns have been sourced from Pinterest and can be found on my Pinterest board 1868-1876 Early Bustle era.

This multi hued visiting dress was the primary inspiration for my skirt decoration choices. I tried adding a similar ruffle at the front side, as well as the ruffles at the base of the train. 

1870-73 Visiting Dress Wien Museum
1870-73 Visiting Dress Wien Museum

The multiple shades convinced me that it was okay to use the two shades of fabric I had. Not that I had a lot of choice in how I used the fabric as it was being re-purposed from offcuts and two old projects that had never been completed. 

Search as I might I could not find another view of this blue gown from the other side or the front.

1870–73 American Met Muesuem
1870–73 American Met Muesuem
The beautiful asymmetrical ruffles on this American gown inspired me to try a similar effect on the right rear side panel.

As I stitched the blue ruffles to the side back panel prior to attaching the panel to the train I didn't quite get the angles as sharp as I wanted. In fact when the hem was trimmed to shape they looked like hem decoration rather then higher up the panel as I had originally envisioned. 

I guess these things happen when you only vaguely mark the skirt pattern out on the fabric and worry about the hem line later. 

1870–73 American Met Muesuem
1870–73 American Met Muesuem

Hubby, my photographer, was amazing! He even gave up watching the world cup to come to the fair with me and take photos, now that's true love.

However, his strong point isn't remembering to get the train into the shot or to tell me my skirt is askew or that the hem is wonky and the skirt bustle needs to be let down. That's why you need a costuming buddy, but my buddy is some 4000 klms away hence the wonkyness here and there. 

Unfortunately those ruffles and hem details seem to have escaped nearly every photo from the fair.

right side of skirt -1870 costume

I have lost the reference gown for the zig zag decoration on the other side. I think it was a Met Museum gown. It is going to drive me crazy until I find it now. 

left side of skirt -1870 costume

1873 McCord Museum

Above is another gown with contrasting panels in the skirt, a rarer feature in contemporary garments then the base fabric of the gown being one colour and the trims another, as can be seen in the 1870's walking suit below. 

Walking suit ca. 1870s
Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art

I had plans of adding a parasol pocket, but time did not permit. I ended up having to use bits of fabric I thought I would get to use for the overskirt so now I'm not sure if I will have enough fabric for either an overskirt or a parasol pocket. 

Walking suit ca. 1870s
sold at Whitacker auctions


  1. Just Beautiful. I Love costumes. They are so fun and this one is Fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Becky, I hope to remake it with some lovely fabrics and a proper fit. Thanks for visiting.


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